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Old 08-31-2011, 02:35 PM
 
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Would you say those places are community oriented and liberal?
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Reston - Yes and Yes
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:32 PM
 
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All are very community oriented.

As far as being liberal, they all have a mix of liberal and conservative residents.

YMMV depending on who you meet. Here's how I see it. Reston is probably the most liberal in an artsy birkenstock wearing, chardonnay sipping, art show kind of way. Herndon's liberal spirit is seen in more political ways, not quite as artsy (this is where you'll find the gay bar, Quaker church, day laborer activist groups, etc.) The various communities in Sterling are quieter, but if you look for it you'll find a strong liberal current there, especially in Sterling Park (maybe because it's also the low income area?). Probably the most conservative section of Sterling is Lowes Island (north Sterling) yet LI has a very active recycling/conservation group and I know a lot of people there who are quite active in various liberal causes.
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Reston is probably the most liberal in an artsy birkenstock wearing, chardonnay sipping, art show kind of way.
I resemble that remark

Though I will note that I need to go to Herndon to buy my Birkenstocks!
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:37 PM
 
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I resemble that remark

Though I will note that I need to go to Herndon to buy my Birkenstocks!
Haha.

Ok, it seems like Reston is pretty awesome. We're going for a visit soon, I think we will like it.

Thank you for everything, JfromReston!
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:38 PM
 
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All are very community oriented.

As far as being liberal, they all have a mix of liberal and conservative residents.

YMMV depending on who you meet. Here's how I see it. Reston is probably the most liberal in an artsy birkenstock wearing, chardonnay sipping, art show kind of way. Herndon's liberal spirit is seen in more political ways, not quite as artsy (this is where you'll find the gay bar, Quaker church, day laborer activist groups, etc.) The various communities in Sterling are quieter, but if you look for it you'll find a strong liberal current there, especially in Sterling Park (maybe because it's also the low income area?). Probably the most conservative section of Sterling is Lowes Island (north Sterling) yet LI has a very active recycling/conservation group and I know a lot of people there who are quite active in various liberal causes.
Thank you, Caladium! Very informative!
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Saint Petersburg, FL
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All are very community oriented.

As far as being liberal, they all have a mix of liberal and conservative residents.

YMMV depending on who you meet. Here's how I see it. Reston is probably the most liberal in an artsy birkenstock wearing, chardonnay sipping, art show kind of way. Herndon's liberal spirit is seen in more political ways, not quite as artsy (this is where you'll find the gay bar, Quaker church, day laborer activist groups, etc.) The various communities in Sterling are quieter, but if you look for it you'll find a strong liberal current there, especially in Sterling Park (maybe because it's also the low income area?). Probably the most conservative section of Sterling is Lowes Island (north Sterling) yet LI has a very active recycling/conservation group and I know a lot of people there who are quite active in various liberal causes.
That's about how I would describe it. Pretty accurate! That said, there honestly is not too much in the way of really conservative areas in NoVA in general. Even Leesburg has what I would call a decidedly liberal bent to it.

Were I to live in Reston, I would probably live in north Reston. Herndon, very near or in old town Herndon. Sterling, I cant really speak to because I don't know it that well.

We are looking to move out that way too, but we are leaning hard towards Leesburg. We just like it better. Though Old Town Herndon could work as could parts of Reston. Good luck!
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Old 09-01-2011, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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Is it important to live in a community of uniform political beliefs? Are you referring to open-mindedness vs politics?
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Old 09-01-2011, 12:24 PM
 
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Is it important to live in a community of uniform political beliefs? Are you referring to open-mindedness vs politics?
Def leaning toward open-mindedness.
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Old 09-02-2011, 05:01 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Good to hear that you like open mindedness, because all these communities also attract a fair share of conservative people. None of these communities are like Brattleboro VT, where everyone is liberal--if you want that your best bet is to look at Takoma Park, MD. Nova is well known for diversity, and that includes a diversity of politics/social attitudes, all co-existing in the same community
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