Washington | World’s Best Cities


The ubiquity of the U.S. capital in dramas on screens small and large (to say nothing of the real-life stuff) has escalated its resonance in the zeitgeist and helped propel it to the cusp of the Top 5 large cities in the nation. The winning of Amazon’s coveted HQ2 in nearby Arlington, Virginia, dominated local chatter last year—the 25,000 jobs created will be located in what Amazon calls National Landing, a newly minted place brand for the neighborhood near Reagan National Airport known as Crystal City. The jobs will improve D.C.’s already impressive #4 ranking in our Prosperity category, powered by its #3 spot for Household Income in the country and #6 for Fortune 500 Companies. Before the COVID-19 outbreak, 2020 was going to be one of the busiest ever for D.C. development, with Capitol Hill’s the Roost, a 12,500-square-foot community-based food hall, kicking things off. West Half, near The Yards Park, is also planned to open later this year and will feature views of Major League Baseball’s Nationals Park and includes a brewery, cafés and local grocery store. And Ward 7, two blocks away from the Minnesota Avenue metro station, will be home to Market 7, powered by a variety of black-owned businesses including a grocer and retail installations by local makers. The jewel in the city’s culinary crown will be the $250-million River Point, two blocks from Audi Field, between Capitol Riverfront and the Wharf, with piers, waterfront activity and new restaurants that include a veggie-friendly eatery by James Beard–winning chef Spike Gjerde.