by May 8, 2013 at 11:00 am 1 Comment

From Cara Scharf. Email her at cara[AT]

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DC young professional ranked 3rd as the happiest in the country . (Luis Gomez Photos)

No one will dispute that DC is full of young professionals, and many might say DC’s young professionals are overworked and over committed. A recent ranking from paints our city’s young professionals in a different light: as the third happiest in the country. compiled the list with information from the past 12 months. They define young professionals as people who have been working full-time for less than 10 years, and factors surveyed include work-life balance, boss and co-worker relationships, compensation, growth opportunities, and company culture. Rounding out the top three cities are San Francisco in the second spot and San Jose in the first spot.

Before you start doubting the math, I’d like to share some reasons why I agree that DC is bringing good tidings of comfort and joy to us young professionals.

Myriad of Networking Opportunities

DC’s young professionals are driven, and while that’s sometimes an annoyance, it also means that you can take advantage of every encounter as a networking opportunity. I’ve found that DC is a hotbed of professional development and networking groups.

As a young arts professional, I’m engaged with Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of DC and Emerging Arts Leaders of DC, both of which host happy hours, workshops, and conferences.

Social Activities

Kickball. Bocce. Running. Trivia. Even a competitive karaoke league and a drunken spelling bee. DC’s young professionals play as hard as they work, so no matter what your interest, you can find a group that is combining your activity of choice with drinks and social interaction.

You’re in the “Center” of the Country

DC is an important city, which makes it an exciting place to be. In just one week, I volunteered inside the World Bank and attended a congressional briefing in the Capital Building. Where else in the country can you go to so many important places, places that people all over the world are reading about and may never be able to visit?

And as bothersome as a motorcade might be, how many other young professionals get to say that they were “this close” to the President?

Young professional readers: does your experience validate or go against the rankings?

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by January 31, 2009 at 7:44 pm 1,539 0

We asked readers who attended the Inaugural ceremonies on the National Mall to rate the event’s logistics. In an extremely unscientific and unreliable poll of readers, 61 respondents (as of Jan. 31) said the following about Inaugural ceremony logistics:

Inaugural ceremony logistics were:

  • Excellent: 8% (5 votes)
  • Good: 26% (16 votes)
  • Fair: 21% (13 votes)
  • Poor: 16% (10 votes)
  • Really Bad: 28% (17 votes)

by January 7, 2009 at 9:10 pm 1,556 0

Greater Greater Washington.)

Artist’s rendering of a 1959 design for the National Cultural Center, which would ultimately be called The Kennedy Center. (Image: Greater Greater Washington.)

Just had to share this posting and photo from Greater Greater Washington. (It’s a favorite local blog of mine.) This is a 1959 artist’s rendering of what might have been The Kennedy Center, then referred to as the National Cultural Center.

Personally, I like this 1959 design better. The building is joined with the Potomac River. I have never figured out why the current building is cut off from the water. We seem to deny our waterfront.

by December 28, 2008 at 8:05 am 2,027 0

Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Barack Obama and Joe Biden will be sworn in on January 20 on the west side of the Capitol, facing the National Mall. This photo taken during 2008 National Kite Festival. (Image: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Washington, DC, needs volunteers to help provide information and support to the huge number of visitors expected for Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama on January 20. There is a call for volunteers from Serve DC, whose “mission is to strengthen and promote the District of Columbia’s spirit of service through partnerships, national service and volunteerism.” The following info is from the Dupont Forum listserv on Yahoo! Groups: (more…)

by October 19, 2008 at 9:24 am 1,587 0

The Wilson Building is home to the D.C. City Council. (Photo from D.C. Council Web site.)

The Wilson Building is home to the D.C. City Council. (Photo from D.C. Council Web site.)


Candidates for two At-Large seats on the D.C. City Council will debate this Monday, October 20, at the Dupont Circle Candidates’s Forum.

Two of the four At-Large seats are being filled this year. The other two seats, plus the Council Chairman slot, are up for election in 2010.

When and Where

Monday, October 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Powell Room at the Cosmos Club at 2121 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Participating Candidates

Click on the candidate’s name to go to his or her campaign Web site.


The debiate is co-hosted by Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) and the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) Dupont Circle/2B.

Submit Debate Questions

You can post questions for the debate online at ANC 2B/Dupont Circle–just click here to submit your questions.


  1. All candidates for the two seats appear on the ballot together. The two candidates receiving the most votes are elected to the two At-Large seats.
  2. At least one of the winning candidates on November 4 for the At-Large seats must be an Indpendent or from a party other than the majority party (the Democratic Party).

by October 19, 2008 at 8:33 am 1,815 0

Western view of the U.S. Capitol on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (Photo by Luis Gomez, One Photograph a Day.)

Esquire magazine has made its own list of the “10 Worst Members of Congress” and “10 Best Members of Congress.” 

I’m posting these links because we live in Washington and… well, many of us in Borderstan are political geeks even if we don’t work on The Hill or for lobbying firms.

But, not to worry: is NOT going into political advocacy. There are plenty of Democrats and Republicans on both lists.

by September 18, 2008 at 9:16 am 1,156 0

From the Dupont Forum:

The Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (OLA) will partner with embassies from various Latin American countries to offer engaging entertainment and fun activities for the entire family. At 1:00 p.m., the film, “Under the Same Moon,” will be shown in the theater. This film follows the parallel stories of a nine-year-old boy named Carlitos and his mother Rosario. Rosario wants nothing more than to provide the best life possible for her son. To that end, she is working illegally in the United States while her mother cares for Carlitos in Mexico.

Some unexpected circumstances arise that cause both Rosario and Carlitos to try to reunite with one another. Naturally, they both face plenty of challenges along the way, but never losing sight of the end goal–being together again. For more information contact the Office on Latino Affairs at (202) 617-2825.

A program collaboration of the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (OLA) and The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.


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