Places like Ben's Chili Bowl--where strangers strike up conversations with one another--serve as a "cosmopolitan canopy," as described in a new book by sociologist Elijah Anderson. (Linda Davidson / Washington Post) (Linda Davidson/THE WASHINGTON POST)

“We all know how diverse our region is; the latest census shows that Washington is one of the eight major metropolitan areas that have become majority minority in the past decade.

“But how do those statistics translate into actual diversity? Where are the places in our region where people of all races, creeds, colors and nationalities mix most freely? Where are the markets, playing fields, dog parks, theaters, shopping malls that attract the most diverse crowds? And what does diversity even mean to each of us?”

What’s your take? Where have you experienced diversity in the D.C. region? Share your stories below (after the jump), and we may use them in an upcoming feature.