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Cari Shane

The District of Columbia, better known as Washington, D.C., is a small city made up of eclectic neighborhoods with distinct personalities. And while it may seem like everyone there works in politics — from the lawmakers in Congress to K Street’s lobbyists — the city is also home to one of the youngest and most diverse populations in the nation. Look beyond the memorials and museums and the crowd-drawing springtime cherry blossoms and check out D.C.’s rich cultural history, its award-winning food and music scenes, and its waterfront revivals.