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Old 06-01-2012, 09:33 AM
 
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There's not really a name for the entire area.

NVCC is in the City of Alexandria and its address is also Alexandria. Target and the Ethiopian complex are in Fairfax County and have Falls Church addressses. The Ethiopian complex is literally next to the Alexandria/Fairfax County border.

The area near Target and the Ethiopian shopping center would generally be considered "Skyline" or "Bailey's Crossroads". "Skyline" is the name of the complex with the large high-rises, which Target is also part of. "Skyline" is also sometimes used to refer to the areas adjacent to the high-rises, like the Ethiopian shopping center.

The area near NVCC would be considered West End Alexandria, but that name encompasses a lot of neighborhoods in Alexandria.

None of these areas would be considered Arlington. Nothing south of Route 7/Leesburg Pike/King St. is in Arlington.

Skyline is an older suburban area. Large immigrant population, particularly Ethiopians, Indians, Pakistanis, and Middle Easterners. Some Salvadorans too (the Target has signs in both English and Spanish), but not as many compared to other parts of Bailey's Crossroads closer to Columbia Pike.

Safe from a violent crime standpoint but there are car break-ins and such. Traffic is pretty bad on the main roads and the main roads are fairly ugly from an aesthetic point of view. Lots of strip malls and the gigantic towers look very out of place. The residential neighborhoods off of Seminary seem nice and quiet though.
Skyline. Thats the first I've heard of it. So that's predominately Falls Church than? Falls Church mailing addresses and such?

Baileys Crossroads seems mostly Salvadorean? Or no? Interesting that Skyline is that close, but so ethnically different.

Great info on Skyline. Lastly, Shirlington isn't really a part of that area?
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:33 AM
 
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Skyline. Thats the first I've heard of it. So that's predominately Falls Church than? Falls Church mailing addresses and such?
Falls Church mailing addresses, but there are so many areas with Falls Church mailing addresses that it would be better to call the area something else if you're discussing it on the board (probably Bailey's Crossroads or Skyline). The area is 4ish miles from the actual incorporated City of Falls Church.

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Baileys Crossroads seems mostly Salvadorean? Or no? Interesting that Skyline is that close, but so ethnically different.
I think that's accurate. One reason Skyline is different ethnically is that Salvadorans tend to go for garden apartments rather than high-rises.

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Lastly, Shirlington isn't really a part of that area?
Shirlington is definitely distinct from that area. 31st and Abingdon (a few blocks up from King St.) is what I'd consider the southernmost point of Shirlington. That's about a mile away from NVCC but it seems like a completely different area. Shirlington is walkable and has the same feel as the other Arlington "urban villages" (Clarendon, Ballston), albeit on a much smaller scale. The areas around NVCC and Skyline, on the other hand, are totally car-dominated suburbs.
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:48 AM
 
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I think that's accurate. One reason Skyline is different ethnically is that Salvadorans tend to go for garden apartments rather than high-rises.
If you really want to parse this, I don't think it would be accurate to state that Bailey's Crossroads is mostly Salvadoran. There's a section of that area (Culmore, where the garden apartments are located) that is majority Hispanic (mostly Salvadoran and Bolivian), but Bailey's Crossroads typically would be understood to some other apartment buildings, a number of single-family neighborhoods, and perhaps even Skyline Towers (which also has a Falls Church mailing address) as well. The larger area is pretty diverse.
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:15 PM
 
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If you really want to parse this, I don't think it would be accurate to state that Bailey's Crossroads is mostly Salvadoran. There's a section of that area (Culmore, where the garden apartments are located) that is majority Hispanic (mostly Salvadoran and Bolivian), but Bailey's Crossroads typically would be understood to some other apartment buildings, a number of single-family neighborhoods, and perhaps even Skyline Towers (which also has a Falls Church mailing address) as well. The larger area is pretty diverse.
That is correct. As mentioned above, there are many Middle Easterners and Ethiopians in the Skyline area. There is also a long time black American community in Baileys just east of Columbia Pike. The Hispanics live in what one would call 'Culmore'. Then, there are more Middle Easterners that live near the mosque on route 7. I have even begun to see more Pakistanis in this area too.
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