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Old 03-15-2019, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Martinsburg, West Virginia
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Here is an open thread to discuss growth, development and issues in the Eastern Panhandle. This starts from a conversation started on a Huntington -related thread.

Mods: Please feel free to merge any existing threads that are similar to this. I went through several pages and could not find an existing one.
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Old 03-15-2019, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Cumberland
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D.C. metro is a monsterously large region. It will likely keep growing, and a lot of that growth will be in WV as density restrictions in Loudon and parts of Frederick and Montgomery Counties keep pushing people west. Shopping will grow with residential, but lag behind until certain density is reached. You will also see retail growth as EP becomes a more attractive market for rural populations to their west, although infrastructural weakness will limit this (still easier for many people to go N/S than E into Berkeley County.)

Jobs will come too, as companies who want to be in the metro area, but want cheaper prices, locate on the fringe.

Of course, nearly all of this is already happening, but I expect it to continue. Just stop at Hedgesville, and leave my Berkeley Springs alone.
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Old 03-15-2019, 12:25 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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All this area is, is the Bedrooms for all who work in DC area! We LOST FARMS We Lost Caring folks that help one another. All we Gained is a bunch of Snobs. Brats that run wild .... No Adult supervision!
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Old 03-15-2019, 12:59 PM
 
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You need to adjust to the inevitable and embrace change. Smart investors will find a way to capitalize on it.
That area will mostly be West Virginia's future population.
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Old 03-16-2019, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Charles Town,WVA
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All this area is, is the Bedrooms for all who work in DC area! We LOST FARMS We Lost Caring folks that help one another. All we Gained is a bunch of Snobs. Brats that run wild .... No Adult supervision!
And thats the gospel truth!!!
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Old 03-16-2019, 01:22 PM
 
Location: City of Atlanta
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All this area is, is the Bedrooms for all who work in DC area! We LOST FARMS We Lost Caring folks that help one another. All we Gained is a bunch of Snobs. Brats that run wild .... No Adult supervision!
West Virginia is not doing well right now. You need all the snobs you can get to fill your state's tax coffers.
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Old 03-16-2019, 01:30 PM
 
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West Virginia is not doing well right now. You need all the snobs you can get to fill your state's tax coffers.
The EP doesn't need it, but the state does. That's for sure. If not for those areas that are doing well, the rest of the state wouldn't have the endless bailouts that seem to keep it going.
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Old 03-18-2019, 05:05 AM
 
Location: Martinsburg, West Virginia
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D.C. metro is a monsterously large region. It will likely keep growing, and a lot of that growth will be in WV as density restrictions in Loudon and parts of Frederick and Montgomery Counties keep pushing people west. Shopping will grow with residential, but lag behind until certain density is reached. You will also see retail growth as EP becomes a more attractive market for rural populations to their west, although infrastructural weakness will limit this (still easier for many people to go N/S than E into Berkeley County.)

Jobs will come too, as companies who want to be in the metro area, but want cheaper prices, locate on the fringe.

Of course, nearly all of this is already happening, but I expect it to continue. Just stop at Hedgesville, and leave my Berkeley Springs alone.
I've always had a special appreciation for Berkeley Springs and Morgan County.

To me, Hedgesville has always been the dividing line between DC metro/bedroom community/whatever you want to call it and "real WV".

I can always count on Berkeley Springs when I need a quick getaway
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Old 03-18-2019, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Martinsburg, West Virginia
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All this area is, is the Bedrooms for all who work in DC area! We LOST FARMS We Lost Caring folks that help one another. All we Gained is a bunch of Snobs. Brats that run wild .... No Adult supervision!
I've actually found most of the "transplants" to be more friendly, humble and open-minded than most of the natives.

I can say that, as I am a native. All of my neighbors are commuters and are some of the best people you could have as neighbors.

Again, some in both cases...not all. I would never make a broad generalization.

In my opinion, to move this state forward we need as many new people as we can get. I just wish we could distribute the growth in cities statewide.
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Old 03-18-2019, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Cumberland
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I've always had a special appreciation for Berkeley Springs and Morgan County.

To me, Hedgesville has always been the dividing line between DC metro/bedroom community/whatever you want to call it and "real WV".

I can always count on Berkeley Springs when I need a quick getaway
I would agree, and say this rough border existed before the exurban communities started to explode in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties. Nice places, but they always seemed more like the Shenandoah Valley of VA, than the parts of WV I am familiar with.
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