CNN's Jake Tapper looks back on a decade of change in his new hometown.
“Some of the news is just unequivocally good. We have a baseball team now—and a gorgeous stadium to go with it. As the Nationals celebrate their 10th anniversary, I remember opening day at Nationals Park in March 2008. Seven years later, it’s a thrill to take my kids to Nationals games—even when they beat the Phillies. Meanwhile, the Capitals have been on a tremendous run, with five division championships in the last 10 years and no signs of slowing down.
“There are so many new places to explore. In addition to good ol’ Lincoln, Jefferson, and Washington, we now have memorials for Martin Luther King Jr., too. My family loves the National Harbor, and it’s fun to watch the development at The Wharf, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, to open soon.
“There’s a new generation of leaders now in town, in Congress, the DC mayor’s office, and the City Council. It’s fun to watch and cover. The population of our city is on the rise for the first time in half a century, with the first enrollment increase in public schools since the 1960s. There are big challenges that come with these changes, regarding schools and housing and many other issues, and I hope we rise to meet them.
“It’s wonderful to be in a town that’s on the rise. But anytime I get homesick for Philadelphia, we make a run for The Pretzel Bakery, which opened on 15th Street SE four years ago.”