While I’m in Maine, Maine Tea Party leaders are sending the following advice to Tea Partiers headed to DC to fight tyranny:
Many parts of DC are safe beyond the areas I will list here, but why chance it if you don’t know where you are?
If you are on the subway stay on the Red line between Union Station and Shady Grove, Maryland. If you are on the Blue or Orange line do not go past Eastern Market (Capitol Hill) toward the Potomac Avenue stop and beyond; stay in NW DC and points in Virginia. Do not use the Green line or the Yellow line. These rules are even more important at night. There is of course nothing wrong with many other areas; but you don’t know where you are, so you should not explore them.
Five years ago I would have said definitively that the most terrifying thing about the Green/Yellow lines is the black people, but more recently this may be a caution against interacting with hipsters. But honestly this is bad advice. When visiting DC you might want to check out the baseball stadium, the many bars and clubs of U Street, the dining and shopping options of Columbia Heights, all of which are best-reached on the Green/Yellow lines. You can also take these lines to the vibrant Gallery Place / Chinatown station.