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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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Admit it. At this point, you're watching Downton Abbey more for the property porn than whatever is going on in Lady Mary's bedroom. That staircase, that wainscoting, those gardens... it's almost as exciting as finding a handsome Turkish man in your boudoir.
Of course, you can see all this in the flesh with a visit to read