They’ve been called entitled narcissists, but in 2013 D.C. millennials are more typically characterized in the media by their skinny ties, the food they eat, and most importantly, the disposable incomes they bring to city living. The influx of these twenty- and thirty- somethings in recent years has been a boon to the District’s coffers and, for better or worse, has largely been the driving force behind the countless CrossFit studios, froyo shops, and small plate restaurants overtaking D.C. streets.
The millennial hype hit apocalyptic levels when the Washington Post ran a weeklong series dubbed the “March of the Millennials,” where reporters chronicled every movement of these young D.C. residents. After a week-long investigation, the Post predictably concluded that the entire generation is defined by foodies who are constantly on the search for the next gentrifying neighborhood. How “millennials” differ from “yuppies” won’t be clear until the next series.