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For all the laughable errors that outsiders make when writing about the District (or at least including us in Buzzfeed-esque lists), every once in awhile, someone gets it right. Curbed readers have spoken and agree with Movoto that D.C.'s most exciting suburb is, indeed, Silver Spring. It really wasn't even close. After 1271 votes had been cast, Silver Spring won with 43.4% of the vote. Its closest competitor, Arlington, was over 200 votes behind. Take a peek after the jump at the coolest things about Silver Spring (and add your own favorite spots in the comments!)
Much of the "excitement" of the city is admittedly within the downtown area. After all, Whole Foods openings remain big news. But culturally, Silver Spring is an interesting place as well. For first run movies, the Regal Majestic anchors the downtown area, but The AFI Silver theater down the street hosts nationally renowned film festivals and rarer runs for the more discerning film buff. It's also across the street from The Fillmore, a new mid-sized venue that has hosted everyone from Erykah Badu to Jamey Johnson to Meshuggah. For those who prefer a more avant-garde feel to their music (or art), Pyramid Atlantic is down the street and has hosted many concerts from visiting and local noise musicians.
In terms of food and beverage options, there are no shortage of chains, but dive The Quarry House is well known for its good beer selection, better jukebox selection and It's even hosted some punk shows during the day. Also, Silver Spring will soon be getting its own brewery! Remember the name Denizens Brewing Company and look for a summer opening. For those who like a little less excitement, Silver Spring is enormous and there are lots of neighborhoods that pride themselves on things like their gorgeous tree canopies. Well, done Silver Spring! You've essentially won the suburban version of the Curbed Cup.
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