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Settling in DC can be a difficult transition for some, especially those coming from the Northeast. There are both institutional and population differences that impact navigation through the city and its agencies. It seems that urgency and efficiency are not valued as highly as elsewhere, so people move more slowly and systems are not optimized for time or cost. Everyday examples include the time required to drive a car through an intersection (three or more red-green cycles are required at many locations), and the steps required to legally rent out an apartment (three required, separate, lengthy trips to DCRA is not atypical).

I hope to use these pages to describe these phenomena, therapeutically vent, and perhaps occasionally be helpful. The posts may focus on rental housing and real estate development, since those are part of my professional scope.