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Old 05-31-2013, 08:23 PM
 
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I visited Reston Town Center today for the first time in forever. It has changed a LOT since I lived there in the mid-2000s. Lots of new stores (but no Barnes & Noble anymore, sadly). It was almost like being in Clarendon -- in terms of a young, preppy, mostly blond crowd -- just with fewer bars. I got hit on by several guys at happy hour. I remember my days in Reston being quiet and staid, with no dating prospects to be found for miles. That's why I always chuckle with amusement when people on these forums direct newcomers to Reston for a lively scene. Hunh. Maybe I should have kept that condo there after all.
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:35 AM
 
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Confirmation bias.
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Old 06-01-2013, 07:05 AM
 
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LOL, funny how things change, especially out in the burbs where there's a lot of growth and the demographics are skewing younger. It's one big reason I cringe whenever I see someone who hasn't lived here for a few years giving advice about specific neighborhoods. I don't even give advice about Arlington or Herndon anymore, even though I grew up in Arlington and raised a family in Herndon. It doesn't take long for your knowledge of an area to become out dated after you move away.
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Old 06-01-2013, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Tysons Corner
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LOL, funny how things change, especially out in the burbs where there's a lot of growth and the demographics are skewing younger. It's one big reason I cringe whenever I see someone who hasn't lived here for a few years giving advice about specific neighborhoods. I don't even give advice about Arlington or Herndon anymore, even though I grew up in Arlington and raised a family in Herndon. It doesn't take long for your knowledge of an area to become out dated after you move away.
I look forward to looking back to all the Tysons trashing threads and Washington Post comments about Tysons 5 or 10 years from now to see how funny it seems in retrospect for this same reason
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Old 06-01-2013, 07:01 PM
 
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Frat guys and sausagefests are spreading throughout the DC area. From U st/Admo to Clarendon to Reston....the disease is spreading.
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Old 06-01-2013, 07:30 PM
 
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Reston is Clarendon for the thirties crowd. Except, every single drunk person you see there is driving somewhere at the end of their bar crawl.
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Old 06-01-2013, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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It's one big reason I cringe whenever I see someone who hasn't lived here for a few years giving advice about specific neighborhoods. I don't even give advice about Arlington or Herndon anymore, even though I grew up in Arlington and raised a family in Herndon. It doesn't take long for your knowledge of an area to become out dated after you move away.


Same reason I rarely pop into San Diego anymore.

I wish CD would make the location field required and it would autofil where we live.
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I look forward to looking back to all the Tysons trashing threads and Washington Post comments about Tysons 5 or 10 years from now to see how funny it seems in retrospect for this same reason
LOL yeah some of the Tysons posts in particular should be pretty funny. Tysons is going to see so much change--but I think it'll be sooner than 5 years. We'll be snickering at some of those Wapo comments in just another year or two.

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Reston is Clarendon for the thirties crowd. Except, every single drunk person you see there is driving somewhere at the end of their bar crawl.
What do the drunks in Clarendon do? Take a nap in the alley?

Or it could be a musing on how drunks who live in Reston are different from the ones who drive in for a visit.... hmmm, you might be on to something. If you can afford to live in one of those apartments in the RTC area you're probably having just a drink or two, and then escorting your date on a little stroll around RTC and oh-so-conveniently back to your apartment. No need to waste time getting drunk.

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Same reason I rarely pop into San Diego anymore.

I wish CD would make the location field required and it would autofil where we live.
Totally agree about the location field. But, it's ok by me if people post in other cities, in fact some of the best CD forums have regular posters from all over the country. It's great as long as you stick to the general topics. What ticks me off is when people who don't live in an area try to give advice about things like where to live, which schools are good, etc.
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Old 06-02-2013, 03:11 PM
 
Location: among the clustered spires
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Frat guys and sausagefests are spreading throughout the DC area. From U st/Admo to Clarendon to Reston....the disease is spreading.
The bro herd is spreading.
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Old 06-02-2013, 03:49 PM
 
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What do the drunks in Clarendon do? Take a nap in the alley?
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The implication is people walk or take the metro in Arlington, but they have no choice in Reston unless they live in one of the few overpriced condo buildings.
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