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Old 12-30-2007, 04:55 AM
 
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Visit Tysons Corner Mall in McLean VA on a Saturday night and anyone who is not use to living in the urban Northeast is open for a shock. An old college friend who lives in a small town in Kansas (which is 97% white) went home after visiting Northern VA and is telling everyone about Tysons Corner. He could not believe the people. He must of heard 100 different languages, it seemed like the United Nations so many different ethnic groups, the stores were so expensive and so many of the young women were dressed like prostitutes. It was a 21 Century Place, a somewhat scary but exciting reminder of what America has become.

In his town in small town KS, nearly everyone is from the same background and 5th generation American. Almost everyone speaks English and most people are working class.

I do not think there is a Shopping Mall in America that has such a large cross section of ethnic groups in one building. A real shock to the small towned Kansan. Anyone else shocked when they go to Tysons?

 
Old 12-30-2007, 06:55 AM
 
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Visit Tysons Corner Mall in McLean VA on a Saturday night and anyone who is not use to living in the urban Northeast is open for a shock. An old college friend who lives in a small town in Kansas (which is 97% white) went home after visiting Northern VA and is telling everyone about Tysons Corner. He could not believe the people. He must of heard 100 different languages, it seemed like the United Nations so many different ethnic groups, the stores were so expensive and so many of the young women were dressed like prostitutes. It was a 21 Century Place, a somewhat scary but exciting reminder of what America has become.

In his town in small town KS, nearly everyone is from the same background and 5th generation American. Almost everyone speaks English and most people are working class.

I do not think there is a Shopping Mall in America that has such a large cross section of ethnic groups in one building. A real shock to the small towned Kansan. Anyone else shocked when they go to Tysons?
after 3 and a 1/2 years of living here in NoVA, i'm not surprised going into Tysons. for the record i grew up in a half white half black city in another area of Virginia and everyone speaks english down there. Some speak broken english but still english.
 
Old 12-30-2007, 07:02 AM
 
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I've lived here for 17 years and, coming from New England, I used to be shocked at the difference in diversity as well as socioeconomically. Now the reverse is true. I find it to be more "normal" here and when I go "home" it seems very working class, and folks don't seem as educated and wordly as they are here.

Everything is relative and what you are accustomed to!
 
Old 12-30-2007, 07:50 AM
 
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Heh, I can see how he could be shocked by seeing so many different people at Tysons. There's a whole other world outside Kansas. I love the area because it is so "international".
 
Old 12-30-2007, 08:07 AM
 
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Heh, I can see how he could be shocked by seeing so many different people at Tysons. There's a whole other world outside Kansas. I love the area because it is so "international".
My friend from small town Kansas, loved the beautiful Mall and the energy of the place, but did not have a strong opinion about the pros and cons of the extreme ethnic, cultural and economic diversity he saw at the Mall but did say he noticed a balkanization of the people here. Asians hung out with Asians, Arabs with Arabs, Blacks with Blacks. With everyone with their own group everyone is more isolated. In small town Kansas everyone is a potential and LIKELY friend, not so in NVA.

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Old 12-30-2007, 09:13 AM
 
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I originally located down the street from Tyson's Corner mall. To me, it was and always is: BEAUTIFUL !!! The stores are absolutely gorgeous and unusual without being uppity like Tyson's II. It's so unlike the other malls in northern Va -- it's in a class all it's own, and something to be treasured. That particular place is the essence of Washington DC to me, minus the terrible traffic and rudeness. It's an oasis of coolness.
 
Old 12-30-2007, 09:26 AM
 
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One place land is 250 usd per acre; the other it is 250 usd per square foot. Any guesses as to which is which?
 
Old 12-30-2007, 09:32 AM
 
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I've lived in this area for 20 years.
When we visit places like Indiana or Pennsylvania now, we are shocked that everyone is white.
And pretty fat, if truth be told.
 
Old 12-30-2007, 10:48 AM
 
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Are you kidding? People are not friendly in small towns unless you grew up there. They can be very close minded - as I suspect your friend is.
It does bother me that everyone stays in their own little ethnic group around here - but that will slowly change - it takes time - I see a lot more interracial couples around here - which makes me happy - hopefully some day we will all "get along"
And when I visit PA - I do notice how poor, dirty and uneducated it looks compared to NOVA
 
Old 12-30-2007, 10:56 AM
 
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Visit Tysons Corner Mall in McLean VA on a Saturday night and anyone who is not use to living in the urban Northeast is open for a shock. An old college friend who lives in a small town in Kansas (which is 97% white) went home after visiting Northern VA and is telling everyone about Tysons Corner. He could not believe the people. He must of heard 100 different languages, it seemed like the United Nations so many different ethnic groups, the stores were so expensive and so many of the young women were dressed like prostitutes. It was a 21 Century Place, a somewhat scary but exciting reminder of what America has become.

In his town in small town KS, nearly everyone is from the same background and 5th generation American. Almost everyone speaks English and most people are working class.

I do not think there is a Shopping Mall in America that has such a large cross section of ethnic groups in one building. A real shock to the small towned Kansan. Anyone else shocked when they go to Tysons?
I am curious (this distinction was referenced by shauna, maybe others) if this was the Galleria. I recently went into the Galleria for the first time in a few years and I was *shocked* at how expensive and exclusive it had become. All of the more average stores were just being overtaken by stores I couldn't even think of going into. I hate just giving up on my aspirations to be a fancy person, but it was just on another level.

PS - I'm not referencing the diversity issue ... I've lived overseas, worked at the UN, so it's always more shocking to be in an office with people named Bill and Bob lol.
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