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Old 06-06-2011, 09:32 AM
 
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They have to try and justify why they're not an idiot for paying twice as much just to live in the District. In the end - you win - because you have more disposable income and the views of DC.
Prices in Rosslyn Ballston corridor for decent condo are just as expensive as dc
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Columbia Heights, Washington, D.C.
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Because Arlington is cookie cutter....
People in Arlington don't deal with true city life. They get all the positives with out the social ills as someone else said.
What makes a city is the GOOD, BAD, and the UGLY. D.C. has that but Arlington sure doesn't, the ghettos in Arlington are like a picnic with Mr. Rogers compared to DC's.....just a bunch of wannabe thugs and a bunch of MS-13 gang members that don't intimidate anyone. This probably goes for Bethesda as well.

Silver Spring on the other hand is much more diverse and does offer both good and bad of city living.

Ballston is cool though, its the best of the Wilson blvd corridor.
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:13 AM
 
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Because Arlington is cookie cutter....
People in Arlington don't deal with true city life. They get all the positives with out the social ills as someone else said.
What makes a city is the GOOD, BAD, and the UGLY. D.C. has that but Arlington sure doesn't, the ghettos in Arlington are like a picnic with Mr. Rogers compared to DC's.....just a bunch of wannabe thugs and a bunch of MS-13 gang members that don't intimidate anyone. This probably goes for Bethesda as well.

Silver Spring on the other hand is much more diverse and does offer both good and bad of city living.

Ballston is cool though, its the best of the Wilson blvd corridor.
Getting all the benefits of city life without the accompanying crime, grime, and social ills sound like a dream come true. And it's a decline in all those "ugly" things in DC that has brought back so many people to the city who had fled to the suburbs in the past decades. While I don't want to live in a cookie-cutter Disneyland, I also want to live in a city where it's safe to walk alone and raise a family.
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:44 AM
 
Location: DC
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LOL someone once told me it was better to live in Newark with a view of Manhattan, than live in Manhattan with a view of Newark. Those who like Arlington should just develop a thicker skin.
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Bridgeport, PA
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I think you might be underestimating Arlington's cost just a wee bit there.
Depends where in Arlington. Shirlington is cheaper than Dupont Circle or the downtown area.

And to the OP, check out this satire:

YouTube - ‪Arlington: The Rap‬‏
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:12 AM
 
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Getting all the benefits of city life without the accompanying crime, grime, and social ills sound like a dream come true. And it's a decline in all those "ugly" things in DC that has brought back so many people to the city who had fled to the suburbs in the past decades. While I don't want to live in a cookie-cutter Disneyland, I also want to live in a city where it's safe to walk alone and raise a family.
And thats why Arlington/Bethesda have gotten so expensive and desirable with educated professionals of all ages though it tends to skew younger in Arlington while Bethesda is more family oriented. You will see the samething happen in Whiteflint (Bethesda 2.0) and the Tysons Corner Remake
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:25 AM
 
Location: District of Columbia
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Because Arlington is cookie cutter....
People in Arlington don't deal with true city life. They get all the positives with out the social ills as someone else said.
What makes a city is the GOOD, BAD, and the UGLY. D.C. has that but
Is this supposed to be a negative? That would be a feature not a bug. I'd say that Arlington gets crap because it is all very new, and a lot of the condos look alike. It seems like the chains have moved into Arlington, and a lot of the weird quirky places that used to be there have moved on or been priced out.
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Springfield VA
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Figured I'd jump in since I live in Arlington. I really like Arlington it has a city-lite feel that I find appealing. I honestly don't see Arlington as a suburb its a city in its own right but the District just happens to be bigger and right next door.

I also like the fact that I'm 10-15 minutes from downtown but I don't have to deal a lot of the problems associated with living in the District and the crime is extremely low even in areas that are a little rough-around-the-edges. I don't live in Arlington because I'm not tough. I live in Arlington because I like going out and enjoying all that the city has to offer but I don't want a longer commute to my job in Fairfax nor do I want to deal with lots of crime. Also its much easier and cheaper to maintain a vehicle in Virginia versus the District.

Yeah I've gotten my fair share of the business about where I choose to live. I'm always getting guys telling me to move to the city. I've had people who hate on VA all day and implied that because I'm black and gay I have no business livign in Virginia. I should be living in either the District or Maryland. At the end of the day I have to do what's best for Terrence.
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:43 AM
 
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LOL someone once told me it was better to live in Newark with a view of Manhattan, than live in Manhattan with a view of Newark. Those who like Arlington should just develop a thicker skin.

Arlington is pretty cookie cutter and generic. Dupont, U Street, Co Heights are far more trendy/urban. I don't contest any of that.

My beef is when people equate living anywhere within DC with living in Manhattan or Brooklyn.

DC is a fairly small city, most of which is a quiet, quasi-small town.

I went to visit a friend who lives around Petworth.
His urban experience:
1) He lives 20 minutes from the Metro (which he tells people to avoid walking at night for safety reasons).
2) There is little to no street life anywhere within walking distance of his house.
3) He has maybe 5 bars or restaurants within a 20 minute walk.
4) There are no 24-hr places to buy essentials.
5) He lives in a quite tree lined row house neighborhood, with a small yard and fence around the front.
6) He drives to the grocery store.

Now there is nothing wrong with any of this, but why must these people act like they live in LES or Williamsburg. Or compare DC to Arlington as if Manhattan vs. Jersey. For most of the District, its Staten Island/Easter Queens (w/ more crime) vs. the new stuff in Jersey.
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:49 AM
 
Location: DC
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Like I said, develop a thicker skin.
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