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11 Reasons Why D.C. Ruled 2012 — Some Of 'Em Will Surprise You!

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    Even with all its ups and downs, 2012 was a pretty amazing year — especially if you're lucky enough to count yourself a DMV resident. Just think back on all the awesome new stores, restos, and bars that opened; the inspiring, world-class art events that took place; and the quirky, nowhere-but-here occasions that make the nation's capital feel truly special.

    Since we're feeling a little nostalgic these days (an extra serving of eggnog will do that to ya), we've decided to relive our favorite memories, highlighting what we think made D.C. a truly amazing place to live. From top-notch shopping to cultural swagger to, yes, even football, here's what made our year rock.

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