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Old 03-13-2012, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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I grew up in this area. Was born in Alexandria
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:34 PM
 
Location: In the woods
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Is it because most of the states that are moving here are typically NY and NJ, (which I have met people from both and can attest to the abysmal state of their inhabitants from said places) . . . .
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3)You kind of sum of the entire thing I am feeling - people from NJ who have no reason here other than to take our $$$ and jobs and spoil the area and moab about it. No offense to you or anyone else because you could be hard working or a good person etc., hard to tell online with a statement such as that.
Honestly, how many more times do you plan to keep generalizing and insulting people from New Jersey? Especially about people "who have no reason here"? After 23 years of living in NOVA I have plenty of reasons to be here. And none of these reasons, IMO, require justification to you or anyone else about my continued presence here.

And one thing I have never done is freak out about out-of-state license plates, too many people, and xenophobia. There are too many other things to worry about in this world my friend, IMO.
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:42 PM
 
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I grew up in this area. Was born in Alexandria

Me too. Alexandria Hospital...the old one at Duke & Washington, 1951.

Except for 5 years in New Haven CT (college) and a few temp postings for Uncle, been here the whole time.
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:48 PM
 
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Honestly, how many more times do you plan to keep generalizing and insulting people from New Jersey? Especially about people "who have no reason here"? After 23 years of living in NOVA I have plenty of reasons to be here. And none of these reasons, IMO, require justification to you or anyone else about my continued presence here.

And one thing I have never done is freak out about out-of-state license plates, too many people, and xenophobia. There are too many other things to worry about in this world my friend, IMO.
If you read my first post (did you?) you would come to the conclusion that it was a pretty baseless and unfounded confusion that I am feeling towards the sudden influx. I even said "I have no reason to feel that way..." and I quote.

Of course the natural reaction is to feel offended by someone else trying to understand what goes on behind the scenes. I def agree with you about other things to worry about - but as I mentioned 2 years ago 5, 10 this was never something I had thought of. It's been a random thought, couldn't help but noticing. If you go through and read all of my posts and not just the one after the NJ Mom said she feels sorry for anyone moving here - then you should garner that insight. Should, key word.
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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But jersey is the armpit of America isn't it? Yuck!



(I'm just kidding btw)
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:19 PM
 
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... but with the boob in the Whitehouse ...
Good grief.
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Old 03-14-2012, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I'm also a native--born and raised in Arlington. Then spent a few decades living around the country (mostly California) and am now happy to be back home.

Personally I think it's exciting to have some of the best and the brightest moving here from all over the country. I like seeing our metro area consistently topping lists like Most Literate Cities, Fittest Population, Best Educated, Best Health Care and a lot of that is due to the people moving here. I like the energy, I like the businesses that are arriving as part of this migration (Wegmans, for example), I like the seeing our schools thrive because the people moving here tend to have lots of degrees and care deeply about their children's education. The people moving in seem to bring a lot to the table, IMO.

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Is it because I think they are coming here to take all of the jobs - and thus my future employment for that 150k position is at stake (hypothetically)?
It's not like people are moving here and then looking for work. They move here because they already have the job. You would prefer their company located that job somewhere else? I could understand this concern if we were talking about entry level jobs, but your chances of getting a $150K job aren't dependent on whether or not other people move here.
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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The truth of the matter is the primary reason the DC region has so many jobs and a healthy economy is because of the government - the government of the whole United States. The fact that Maryland and Virginia happen to be located next to the nation's capital does not give its residents a monopoly on jobs directly and indirectly related to our nation's government.

The people who should be annoyed are those who don't live anywhere near Washington, DC. How unfortunate for them that in order for them to get jobs, they need to uproot their lives and move to an area that is primarily supported by a government that serves all the people of our nation. How blessed we are to live in the United States where there is freedom of movement - no passport or visa needed to cross state lines.
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:33 AM
 
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The truth of the matter is the primary reason the DC region has so many jobs and a healthy economy is because of the government - the government of the whole United States. The fact that Maryland and Virginia happen to be located next to the nation's capital does not give its residents a monopoly on jobs directly and indirectly related to our nation's government.

The people who should be annoyed are those who don't live anywhere near Washington, DC. How unfortunate for them that in order for them to get jobs, they need to uproot their lives and move to an area that is primarily supported by a government that serves all the people of our nation. How blessed we are to live in the United States where there is freedom of movement - no passport or visa needed to cross state lines.
Well said michgc! Can't rep you again! Didn't realize I was CD stalking you but CD did!
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:04 AM
 
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So the past few weeks I have all of a sudden noticed a huge influx in people flocking from all over the country to Nova/DC/MD.
You really have seen a noticeable change in the past few weeks? I certainly could say that for the past few years. What evidence of change are you seeing that you can narrow down to weeks? Moving vans in your neighborhood? I suppose that could be picking up due to 1) economy in this area improving more and more and 2) winter is over and people move more when it's not Nov - Jan.

In my area, I seem to notice a lot more PA tags than other states, and I've met a lot of people from Pittsburgh! I do also hear some people converse about NJ places as if they are common knowledge, haven't run into many New Yorkers. Not that I'd care in a negative way, though. I myself came here from NC, but a long time ago (and the move was due to Fed gov job, like so many others).

I feel some negativity about the population growth, in terms of numbers and what that has done to quality of life here. But I don't bemoan where the new population comes from one bit.
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