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Old 09-30-2012, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Agree or disagree?

It seems this is mostly a reference to the predominate car culture, as well as the wide range of multiculturalism.

To what degree do you agree or disagree with that statement?
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:17 AM
 
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Just as long as they don't vote for the liberals , keep the gangs out , don't bankrupt our beautiful state , I'm OK with people from CA. If you don't agree, move to Maryland.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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We don't come close culinarily. The food scene here really lacks in comparison.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:34 AM
 
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No.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:15 AM
 
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People here are much more culturally traditional and less entrepreneurial and trend-driven than in CA. A higher proportion of the population in CA is involved in commercial activities whereas here much of the local populace is connected to government. It's a different mindset. Just about every metro area in the country except maybe New York City and Philadelphis has a car-centric culture. Most are also multi-cultural.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:47 AM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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I'm no expert on California, but from what I have read and seen, the similarities you cited are superficial. Yeah, we're fairly car-centric here, but just as far as most people regard having a car as a necessity. That's true in most of America. But CA from what I've read, the car is much more an expression of your personality.

Also, CA is HUGE! It's about as far from north to south as Texas is from west to east. The geographic and climactic range is astounding. And culturally, San Francisco and LA could be on different continents.

I could see the greater DC area being compared to Silicon Valley; both are about the same size in land area, are crazy expensive, and are both "industry" towns (our industry being government).

(LA is an industry town too, but the cultural differences between us and them seem so much greater. People there walk around not knowing who the secretary of state is.)

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Old 09-30-2012, 07:58 AM
 
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I've always liked it here. The trees are the right height.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Leesburg
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I see Loudoun (mainly the western part of the county) as trending towards Napa and Sonoma. Of course, the culture is quite different. But I get a similar vibe.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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A huge number of Californians are moving here. To some extent they're bringing their stores and a California attitude. At the same time many are "escaping" some of the problems California has developed and so are interested in taking on new attitudes instead of bringing the old with them.
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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It doesn't remind me of California at all, not that I'm an expert on California - I've been there a half-dozen times on business and a couple times on pleasure. But Washington, DC is most definitely an East Coast city. It's much more conservative, less blonde, no surfer-attitude, no Hollywood attitude, much more political, more historic (or different historic - no missions, Mexican history, etc, gold rush, etc.), more uptight. There's no beach nearby. The weather is 4-season. There are cold winters. There's a decent-sized Asian population, housing prices are high, and traffic is bad, but other than those points, I don't see many similarities.

DC is more like NY, Phila., or Boston than any California city.
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