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Old 07-25-2010, 05:16 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I hope not. Northern Virginia is spread out enough. It takes forever to get anywhere especially outside the beltway. Front Royal needs to stay a small town. I've driven through and its nice. It should stay that way. Not that I don't like NoVA I love it here but its too gosh darn big as it is.
I totally agree! I've always thought Front Royal was charming just the way it is. I love going out there to browse through the architectural remnants store. I know it's slowly becoming populated mostly by people commuting to jobs in the tech coridor, but I hope as that happens it retains its charm.
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Old 07-25-2010, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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I agree with pretty much what everyone said above. Northern Virginia is the DC suburbs that are in Virginia - Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, PW, Loudoun, and maybe Fauquier and Stafford counties. I would not include Winchester in that mix. I'd say anything north of Fredericksburg is included in NoVa - sorry Ajzjmsmom. I also agree that what NoVa includes has changed and will change over time.
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Old 07-25-2010, 06:40 AM
 
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FWIW, I think both Richmond and NOVA could claim Fredericksburg.

Other than that, I agree with the general consensus of suburbs within commuting distance.
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:16 PM
 
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It's the part of Virginia that is considered part of the DC metropolitan area. That's the whole reason for a separate designation of "Northern Virginia" - it wasn't coined to refer to the part of the state that is geographically northern-most, it was to create a label for (originally) Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, and Fairfax County because of the influence the Federal government has on them (jobs-wise). If the US capital had stayed in Philadelphia, we wouldn't be talking about "northern" Virginia as distinct from ROVA.
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