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Unread 07-03-2012, 12:42 PM
 
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Umm... to change the subject, is there much of a white population in the area of Lanham close to Glenn Dale? I am seriously considering moving to that area, and while I do not really consider myself "white" (I am middle eastern and a lot of people think I am of mixed race), I don't want my daughter to be the only non-black kid in the area.
I don't think there's much of a white population there, although there appear to be more in the portion of Lanham off Good Luck Road and Lanham-Severn Road. That area is older, but there is a community, Woodstream I think it's called, off Lanham-Severn Road that may have more white residents.

But really, if you're looking for more white folks, why not just look in Bowie? It's just down the road from Glenn Dale (which also has some white population in the older parts).
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Unread 07-03-2012, 01:21 PM
 
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I don't think there's much of a white population there, although there appear to be more in the portion of Lanham off Good Luck Road and Lanham-Severn Road. That area is older, but there is a community, Woodstream I think it's called, off Lanham-Severn Road that may have more white residents.

But really, if you're looking for more white folks, why not just look in Bowie? It's just down the road from Glenn Dale (which also has some white population in the older parts).
When I am driving through the area that includes Springdale/Bowie/Lanham/Glenn Dale addresses, I have to be honest, I do not see any clear delineation marking them as separate communities or towns. I guess I just like the homes in that part of Lanham better (they seem to be cheaper and nice). Bowie proper is also a little far out from public transportation. I want to stay as close to 495/New Carrollton metro as possible, because I'm most likely going to work in d.c. and I would like to have the option of taking the metro or train. We're in such a transitional phase we're most probably going to hold off on buying anything very soon, unless we find an outstanding deal.

Just to be clear, I am not enamoured with white people in particular, I'd just like an area that is more diverse (this thread is about white people so I said white people), and where my family will not stick out like a sore thumb. I was "different" from all the other kids in the neighborhood, and while I'm sure it made me a stronger better person or something (or not), I don't think I should deliberately put my own kid in a similar situation.
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Unread 07-03-2012, 02:51 PM
 
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When I am driving through the area that includes Springdale/Bowie/Lanham/Glenn Dale addresses, I have to be honest, I do not see any clear delineation marking them as separate communities or towns. I guess I just like the homes in that part of Lanham better (they seem to be cheaper and nice). Bowie proper is also a little far out from public transportation. I want to stay as close to 495/New Carrollton metro as possible, because I'm most likely going to work in d.c. and I would like to have the option of taking the metro or train. We're in such a transitional phase we're most probably going to hold off on buying anything very soon, unless we find an outstanding deal.

Just to be clear, I am not enamoured with white people in particular, I'd just like an area that is more diverse (this thread is about white people so I said white people), and where my family will not stick out like a sore thumb. I was "different" from all the other kids in the neighborhood, and while I'm sure it made me a stronger better person or something (or not), I don't think I should deliberately put my own kid in a similar situation.
I don't think you're going to get all that you desire. Bowie proper (20716, some parts of 20715) has a much different population than the "extended" parts of Bowie (20720,20721 zip codes). It will be difficult to get the diversity that you are looking for with public transportation. Have you considered Laurel?

I don't think you need to explain your feelings about the white comment. I completely understand where you are coming from. No matter what you are, you don't want to send your kids to a school where they may be the only or one of the only members of that particular race. It's sad that we have to think that way, but it's reality. People are ignorant. At the end of the day, you have to protect your children and do what you feel is best to put them in a safe and productive school environment. Anybody that questions your motivation for asking those questions doesn't understand the type of society we live in and how kids (and even adults) can be when someone is different than them.
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Unread 07-03-2012, 02:53 PM
 
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Did I not say MOST of them?
And that's my point. Most whites are middle aged or elderly.
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Unread 07-03-2012, 03:21 PM
 
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I don't think you're going to get all that you desire. Bowie proper (20716, some parts of 20715) has a much different population than the "extended" parts of Bowie (20720,20721 zip codes). It will be difficult to get the diversity that you are looking for with public transportation. Have you considered Laurel?

I don't think you need to explain your feelings about the white comment. I completely understand where you are coming from. No matter what you are, you don't want to send your kids to a school where they may be the only or one of the only members of that particular race. It's sad that we have to think that way, but it's reality. People are ignorant. At the end of the day, you have to protect your children and do what you feel is best to put them in a safe and productive school environment. Anybody that questions your motivation for asking those questions doesn't understand the type of society we live in and how kids (and even adults) can be when someone is different than them.
But nooooo I am cheap and I want an easy commute wahhhhh! j/k. Laurel is a little north, and my husband works in Temple Hills (Fort Washington and Clinton are also in consideration, depending on some other factors). I guess it's not that much farther out but we might as well stay in Silver Spring for the time being.

Of course, there is also the "gamble" of going to a non-diverse area and seeing if other people follow your lead. This is actually a risk I might be willing to take. I actually really like PG county anyway, and if I didn't have a kid, I would live there in a heartbeat. These are very attractive, convenient areas with beautiful homes that we are looking at. My daughter is only 8 months old, after all, and we will not be stretching ourselves too far financially if we purchase a house here (i.e. it will be easier to move later). I have no problem being in the "minority" as long as I'm not the only one, but someone has to be first, I guess?
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Unread 07-03-2012, 05:27 PM
 
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But nooooo I am cheap and I want an easy commute wahhhhh! j/k. Laurel is a little north, and my husband works in Temple Hills (Fort Washington and Clinton are also in consideration, depending on some other factors). I guess it's not that much farther out but we might as well stay in Silver Spring for the time being.

Of course, there is also the "gamble" of going to a non-diverse area and seeing if other people follow your lead. This is actually a risk I might be willing to take. I actually really like PG county anyway, and if I didn't have a kid, I would live there in a heartbeat. These are very attractive, convenient areas with beautiful homes that we are looking at. My daughter is only 8 months old, after all, and we will not be stretching ourselves too far financially if we purchase a house here (i.e. it will be easier to move later). I have no problem being in the "minority" as long as I'm not the only one, but someone has to be first, I guess?
Where do Middle Easterners tend to move in PG? Maybe that should be part of your research. Nothing wrong with seeking out those who share common ground. Not that you have to move to that area, but the research could provide social opportunities regardless if where you move in PG.
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Unread 07-03-2012, 06:26 PM
 
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And that's my point. Most whites are middle aged or elderly.
Really? Because when I go to beltway plaza the only whites I see are are rocking UMD gear.
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Unread 07-03-2012, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Havre de Grace, MD
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But nooooo I am cheap and I want an easy commute wahhhhh! j/k. Laurel is a little north, and my husband works in Temple Hills (Fort Washington and Clinton are also in consideration, depending on some other factors). I guess it's not that much farther out but we might as well stay in Silver Spring for the time being.

Of course, there is also the "gamble" of going to a non-diverse area and seeing if other people follow your lead. This is actually a risk I might be willing to take. I actually really like PG county anyway, and if I didn't have a kid, I would live there in a heartbeat. These are very attractive, convenient areas with beautiful homes that we are looking at. My daughter is only 8 months old, after all, and we will not be stretching ourselves too far financially if we purchase a house here (i.e. it will be easier to move later). I have no problem being in the "minority" as long as I'm not the only one, but someone has to be first, I guess?
Try Alexandria not to far from Temple Hills or DC and a pretty family oriented community.
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Unread 07-03-2012, 07:12 PM
 
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Where do Middle Easterners tend to move in PG? Maybe that should be part of your research. Nothing wrong with seeking out those who share common ground. Not that you have to move to that area, but the research could provide social opportunities regardless if where you move in PG.
I don't actually want to live near a "community" of Middle Eastern people because 1. I'm Christian and 2. most of Middle Eastern culture is deeply annoying to me (which I can say as someone who is deeply immersed in the culture). I like the food, and I can make that at home myself. The huge numbers of Arabs I see in Virginia is one of the more minor reasons I don't want to live there. I'd ideally live in a diverse community with people of all colors and backgrounds, but I'm actually too cheap to live in those communities. It's about balancing what you feel you need vs. your preferences, I guess. We're adults, we can handle that!
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Unread 07-03-2012, 07:55 PM
 
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A positive article in the Washington Post about Prince George's County?


A very interesting article in the Post I found today. It speaks on the growing young white professional population in PG during the last few years. Hyattsville was the focus.

Because homes there are affordable to young people who have D.C. jobs. Montgomery County? Forget about it. Howard, nope.

Not every area is a complete third-world disaster zone though. Maybe they're finding a few diamonds in the rough.
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