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Old 08-22-2009, 04:31 AM
 
Location: ITL (Houston)
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The point was that the Northern Virginia part of the metropolitan area has grown significantly over the past 20-30 years..especially compared to Maryland and DC proper. Considering we live in one of the most expensive places in the nation I would say that is quite a feat that we can still manage that type of growth. Much of that domestic outmigration is to counties that are right on the metropolitan fringe but not technically considered part of our MSA. Places like Berkeley County WV, Washington County MD, Franklin County PA, Frederick County VA, etc. This isn't Houston...we have zoning and other extensive land-use regulations.
What does Houston have to do with it? DFW and Atlanta (among other places) have zoning, too.

And I have nothing but love for the DC area, and plan to make it my future home.
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Old 08-22-2009, 09:14 PM
 
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I think society - in general - has become more materialistic - very sad - the best things in life really are free - that is what I have learned as I have grown older - you young ones will find out soon enough -
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Old 08-22-2009, 09:39 PM
 
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True, Granny. The best things in life are not things. But some things are fun to have and add to our lives. It sure helps to have the money to buy those that you do want. There's nothing wrong with wanting to spend your money as you choose on things that you want.

As soon as someone starts talking about how materialist people are, it says to me that that person doesn't have as much money as they would like to have and envies those who do. Otherwise, why would care how others choose to live their life and spend their money? Why judge others as ''sad''?

I've been happy poor, and happy richer. Richer is better. Definitely.

Just sayin'................
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Old 08-22-2009, 09:40 PM
 
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What does Houston have to do with it? DFW and Atlanta (among other places) have zoning, too.

And I have nothing but love for the DC area, and plan to make it my future home.
Houston has a reputation for not having zoning, or not having enough of it.
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Old 08-22-2009, 09:43 PM
 
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I agree with the last poster and disagree with the other two. I've been to many major metropolitan areas in my lifetime, and DC, by far, is one of the most materialistic ones. The sheer volume of high-end vehicles on the roadways is a very good indicator of this.
Wrong, again. High end vehicles indicate that people here have more money and can buy the cars that they want. Why shouldn't they buy what they want? They've earned the money and that gives them more options. They can buy what they choose.

Pretty simple, huh?
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Old 08-22-2009, 10:02 PM
 
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Wrong, again. High end vehicles indicate that people here have more money and can buy the cars that they want. Why shouldn't they buy what they want? They've earned the money and that gives them more options. They can buy what they choose.

Pretty simple, huh?
They are actually borrowing the car from the bank until they pay it off.
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Old 08-22-2009, 10:55 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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To the OP: I wouldn't trade commute for a bigger house if I were you. Been there, done that. You have to come here and drive during rush hour to understand what I mean. A 5-mile commute can take 30 minutes if you get stuck in traffic, for no other reason than sheer volume. My current commute is only 8miles one way, but it still takes roughly 20-25 minutes each way.

Try not to live more than 10-15 miles away from your work or you'll spend most of your time seeing traffic rather than seeing your own family.
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:42 AM
 
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There's a difference between having nice things just because you are materialistic and having them because you are successful and can afford them. (Not that money is the only measure of success, of course.)
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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I don't know why so many people on here have such an infatuation with what other people choose to do with their own lives. I'm with Denton...money isn't everything but I'd rather have more of it than less.
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Old 08-23-2009, 04:22 PM
 
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To the OP: I wouldn't trade commute for a bigger house if I were you. Been there, done that. You have to come here and drive during rush hour to understand what I mean. A 5-mile commute can take 30 minutes if you get stuck in traffic, for no other reason than sheer volume. My current commute is only 8miles one way, but it still takes roughly 20-25 minutes each way.

Try not to live more than 10-15 miles away from your work or you'll spend most of your time seeing traffic rather than seeing your own family.

Try to live somewhere close to the Vienna metro station -- it is the end of the Orange line and you could drive in and park and take metro. That way you can live in Fairfax and still have less than a 1 hour commute. You can only get a townhose -- if lucky -- in Fairfax for $300,000 -- although now is the time to buy!! Besides -- with a townhouse there is less yardwork and more time to enjoy all the parks and free offerings in the Washington metro area.

DON'T get trapped into the horrible commute -- life is too short -- plenty of people are very happy in a townhome.

Again -- congrats and good luck!
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