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Old 04-12-2012, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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That's what I was going to say. NoVA is the most liberal part of the state!
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:32 AM
 
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When I drove into Maryland a few times, I understood why people prefer the Virginia side. Virginia is much nicer, no speed cameras, less liberals, more cleaner. The Maryland side has this Urban trashy feel. Seems like a lot more illegal immigrants and bad drivers.
It's amazing how someone can identity people's politics and their citizenship/immigration status from behind the wheel!

Virginia suburbs nearest DC have parts with visual qualities similar to what you apparently dislike about Maryland. Maryland suburbs further out have visual qualities similar to the bucolic parts of Northern Virginia's outer suburbs and exurbs. One difference, though, is that Virginia does not directly abut DC and therefore doesn't have a place with as urban a feel as Silver Spring along Georgia Ave. But are you telling me that Gaithersburg or Darnestown, for example, have an urban trashy feel?
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:41 AM
 
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When I drove into Maryland a few times, I understood why people prefer the Virginia side. Virginia is much nicer, no speed cameras, less liberals, more cleaner. The Maryland side has this Urban trashy feel. Seems like a lot more illegal immigrants and bad drivers.
Thankfully, liberals, progressives, and young adults are helping to turn NOVA into a much more progressive state. NoVA is like a state unto itself, and it the main reason VA is becoming more progressive.
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:45 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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Yeh I know what you're thinking: .

But honestly, this past weekend when I was driving to and from Richmond I decided to do 50 to 29 to 17 to 95 just to do a bit of exploring. I was shocked at how quickly it becomes rural in this area. Furthermore, I'd like to add that when I first drove down 66 for job interviews, I was equally surprised at how quickly things become rural (essentially western Loudoun).

I don't know, I had always assumed with millions of people metro area, there'd be all this sprawl that spanned the entire Northern part of the state, but in reality, (with I-95 corridor as an exception), urban and suburban/urban development of the DC area really only seems to go about a 25 mile radius outside of the beltway.
It depends on your perspective I guess. My dad told me that when he grew up in Philly, he could take the trolley to the city limit, and it was pretty much country right there. In car, on day with no traffic, its somewhat different. I mean 25 miles outside the beltway is actually pretty far, and encompasses a very considerable amount of land.
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:47 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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Unfortunately, the FCPS district is shockingly HUGE.
I think there are 135+ elementary schools alone, and the whole district is about 20 miles square.

That's bad for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that when there's a coating of snow in the west, the eastern schools (where there's nothing) still get the day called off. A waste.
Actually IIUC, a few years ago FCPS looked at dividing the county into two regions for the purposes of snow days, but couldnt find a way of making it work (I guess between schools on the edge, magnet schools, etc, etc)
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:48 AM
 
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Actually IIUC, a few years ago FCPS looked at dividing the county into two regions for the purposes of snow days, but couldnt find a way of making it work (I guess between schools on the edge, magnet schools, etc, etc)
Yep, I think you're right.
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:49 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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. One difference, though, is that Virginia does not directly abut DC and therefore doesn't have a place with as urban a feel as Silver Spring along Georgia Ave. But are you telling me that Gaithersburg or Darnestown, for example, have an urban trashy feel?
parts of upper MoCo have a suburban trashy feel, as do many older parts of Fairfax, though I suppose neither can match PG for suburban trashy feel. Meanwhile Silver Spring is steadily moving from urban trashy to urban slick. Though its way behind Arlington.
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:02 AM
 
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If you're stuck in rush hour traffic on 395 heading from DC to Virginia or on 66 going from DC to Haymarket, etc., you may not think it's very small. There are a lot of people, and more and more development (e.g., along 66), even with the housing slowdown. Yes, there are mountains fairly close, but that also applies to Los Angeles. We are looking at a second home in the Gainesville area. A few years ago it was fairly rural. Now in transition. It will be suburban as time goes on. We lived in Silver Spring a few years ago and I often went on group hikes out in Shenandoah Natl. Park, and sometimes went on trips to Harpers Ferry, etc. and can remember heavy Sunday traffic heading bck to DC.
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:06 AM
 
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One time I was flying down to IAD, and I looked out the window and all I could see were cu-da-sacks. I thought, geez what is this like a giant neighborhood!????
If it was just cul-de-sacs, eventually people would give up trying to get out of their neighborhoods. No exit, to paraphrase Sartre. Maybe it's just a giant maze designed by the government (or aliens).
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:14 AM
 
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parts of upper MoCo have a suburban trashy feel, as do many older parts of Fairfax, though I suppose neither can match PG for suburban trashy feel. Meanwhile Silver Spring is steadily moving from urban trashy to urban slick. Though its way behind Arlington.
I do not like what Arlington (specifically Orange Line corridor) has become, "slick" is very appropriate. Not for me.

Since I grew up around what might be considered "suburban trashy" in Ffx Co and didn't fault it for not being pristine and monied, but rather fairly middle-class but not upper-middle-class, I suppose I don't notice Maryland's "shortcomings" as much.
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