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Old 04-09-2010, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Roanoke VA
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Atlanta & DC have strong economies with good paying jobs. Remember housing costs aren't the only issue with NoVa, the state of VA likes to hike property taxes too! I am not familiar with Georgia. You will get a bigger residence in Atlanta than DC but if I were young again and if I could afford it, DC would be my choice. It is definately a world-class City. I am glad I don't live too far away!
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Old 04-09-2010, 01:42 PM
 
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I know this is a NOVA forum, but I hope people understand that when I say I'm looking to compare DC to Atlanta, I'm also including the Maryland part of it. Hopefully, that won't bring out all the anti-MD posters.
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Old 04-09-2010, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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I know it's bad in both cities, but residents of any city tend to believe traffic in their city is far worse than any place else. That's why whenever I hear people say DC traffic is worse, I have to wonder, "have you been to Atlanta?" The rush hour traffic I saw was horrible. A 7 lane freeway and not one car moving? DC may not be better, but can it really be worse?
I've lived (and commuted from suburb to downtown) in both places and DC's traffic is much worse than Atlanta.
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Old 04-09-2010, 02:45 PM
 
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I've lived (and commuted from suburb to downtown) in both places and DC's traffic is much worse than Atlanta.
Which suburbs in each city? Can you provide average times?
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Old 04-09-2010, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Which suburbs in each city? Can you provide average times?
Currently commuting from Reston to DC - usual time is 45 minutes via Toll Road and I-66 - arriving in DC at 8:30 am. The big cavet with my current commute is that I have a rider (slug in DC terms) so that I can drive in the HOV on I-66 (whole road is HOV during rush). If I was driving solo it would take me 1:10 to 1:20 on a regular basis and a day or two a week would stretch to 1:30 (without a major traffic incident). Without any traffic the trip takes 30 minutes. Fairfax Connector Bus to Metro takes 1:15 to 1:30.

In Atlanta I commuted from Tucker to Downtown and did it several different ways over many years. I started driving solo, then moved to taking the MARTA from Doraville, & ended up carpooling. I don't remember exact times.
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Old 04-09-2010, 10:00 PM
 
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Sorry..but no comparison between DC and Atlanta. DC is a world class city and getting better by each passing day. Mod cut

Bye bye!

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Old 04-10-2010, 08:49 AM
 
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Currently commuting from Reston to DC - usual time is 45 minutes via Toll Road and I-66 - arriving in DC at 8:30 am. The big cavet with my current commute is that I have a rider (slug in DC terms) so that I can drive in the HOV on I-66 (whole road is HOV during rush). If I was driving solo it would take me 1:10 to 1:20 on a regular basis and a day or two a week would stretch to 1:30 (without a major traffic incident). Without any traffic the trip takes 30 minutes. Fairfax Connector Bus to Metro takes 1:15 to 1:30.

In Atlanta I commuted from Tucker to Downtown and did it several different ways over many years. I started driving solo, then moved to taking the MARTA from Doraville, & ended up carpooling. I don't remember exact times.
Is the connector bus what takes you from Reston to the Metro? I have a cousin in Herndon. He drives to Reston, hops on a bus which takes him to the Falls Church station and then rides the Metro to DC. then he walks a couple blocks to his office. He says door-to-door, it takes him 1:10 to 1:30. How bad would it be if I lived in Reston and commuted to Tysons?

In Atlanta, I'd most likely live in Dunwoody, not Tucker. There are shuttle buses to the Marta station and I'm pretty sure the Marta is no better than the Metro.

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Sorry..but no comparison between DC and Atlanta. DC is a world class city and getting better by each passing day. Mod cut

Bye bye!
Care to elaborate on why you think DC is better?

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Old 04-10-2010, 10:57 AM
 
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I've lived in both. Given a choice, I would choose Atlanta without hesitation.
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Old 04-10-2010, 07:58 PM
 
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Is the connector bus what takes you from Reston to the Metro? I have a cousin in Herndon. He drives to Reston, hops on a bus which takes him to the Falls Church station and then rides the Metro to DC. then he walks a couple blocks to his office. He says door-to-door, it takes him 1:10 to 1:30. How bad would it be if I lived in Reston and commuted to Tysons?

In Atlanta, I'd most likely live in Dunwoody, not Tucker. There are shuttle buses to the Marta station and I'm pretty sure the Marta is no better than the Metro.



Care to elaborate on why you think DC is better?
Atlanta and DC are in totally different leagues. DC is a global city. Heads of state from the entire world are always destined to DC. With that said, it makes the entire metro very cosmopolitan - unlike Atlanta. With heads of state always destined to the area, it forces global people from all over the world to reside in the DC metro area.

DC is located in the Mid Atlantic - close by to Philly, NYC, Atlantic City, VA Beach, and hundreds of other places of interest even closer then then the cities mentioned.

Atlanta is in the South. Nothing really close to it. If you really want southern appeal and seclusion, then Atlanta is a nice spot.

In terms of job opportunities, no where else in the entire US is a better place than DC metro.

With that, DC metro has its problems. The top problems are cost of living and traffic. For me the weather is okay, but not the best. I like warm weather, so Atlanta is slightly milder.

To the OP, this is an easy decision. Find out what your priority is. If career/job and growth is your number goal, then DC metro it is - easily - with out question.

If you're looking to relax and hang out, and looking to survive with a low wage, then Atlanta is the place.

Not that you can't make big bux in Atlanta, it's just that DC metro is a Disneyworld for go-getters!

One last thing, there is a hundred more things to do and see in the DC metro area - also includes all the places near DC like NYC. In Atlanta, it feels dead compared to DC. And other places are so far from Atlanta.
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Old 04-10-2010, 08:09 PM
 
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There are shuttle buses to the Marta station and I'm pretty sure the Marta is no better than the Metro
Um....the Marta is NOTHING like the Metro. Metro is clean and safe. Marta is filthy and for the most part dangerous.
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