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Old 06-19-2012, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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The rowhouses and apartments/condos next to the Torpedo Factory. How much do those go for usually?
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:42 AM
 
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Federal govn't has exploded in the Washington, DC/MD/VA area over the years reducing the DC environs to bedroom status. The "beltway" extends in all directions for miles with federal employment the norm. So the surrounding municipalities are where federal employees sleep, not where they "live." Hard to find a sense of community anywhere. Why the federal government continues to concentrate most of its assets in and around DC is hard to fathom.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:30 AM
 
Location: DC/Brooklyn, NY/Miami, FL
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Lol
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Federal govn't has exploded in the Washington, DC/MD/VA area over the years reducing the DC environs to bedroom status. The "beltway" extends in all directions for miles with federal employment the norm. So the surrounding municipalities are where federal employees sleep, not where they "live." Hard to find a sense of community anywhere. Why the federal government continues to concentrate most of its assets in and around DC is hard to fathom.
If this is accurate, 85% of all federal jobs are outside of the Metro DC area:

Where are most federal employees? Not in Washington - The Federal Eye - The Washington Post

Which makes sense, if you think about it, we have military bases all over the world and all over the U.S. Entire cities are known for their military bases - Honolulu, most of the Florida Panhandle, San Diego, San Antonio, Area 51 in Nevada, Colorado Springs, Virginia Beach, much of New Mexico, El Paso TX, Guam, and on and on and on. NASA stuff in Alabama and Florida, etc.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:51 AM
 
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If this is accurate, 85% of all federal jobs are outside of the Metro DC area:

Where are most federal employees? Not in Washington - The Federal Eye - The Washington Post

Which makes sense, if you think about it, we have military bases all over the world and all over the U.S. Entire cities are known for their military bases - Honolulu, most of the Florida Panhandle, San Diego, San Antonio, Area 51 in Nevada, Colorado Springs, Virginia Beach, much of New Mexico, El Paso TX, Guam, and on and on and on. NASA stuff in Alabama and Florida, etc.
That is a good point...although when one also counts the numerous private contractors, lobbying firms and the like, the % of those involved with the Federal Government might make up the plurality of jobs in the region, if not necessarily the majority.

Bringing this back to topic, Alexandria proper hasn't benefitted much from this until the recent relocation of Federal Employees to Mark Center due to BRAC. If one counts "South" Alexandria in Fairfax County, BRAC will also be bringing more Fed employees to the Fort Belvoir area.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Chicago IL
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If your a govt employee in the DC area, good luck competing with the contractors and lawyers.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:42 AM
 
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Has Alexandria flooded yet? It usually does when we have weather like this.
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:56 AM
 
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Has Alexandria flooded yet? It usually does when we have weather like this.
Not yet, but it would seem imminent. And, per the thread title, it will figuratively and literally stink for those Old Town residents who live within a few blocks of the waterfront.
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:19 AM
 
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I'm actually kind of disappointed Sandy did not wash Alexandria from the face of the planet. I agree with all the posters who note the anodyne, soul-crushing nature of life here. The soccer moms, the military-sized SUVs, the society-destroying embrace of private schooling, the projects next to the million dollar prefab townhomes collude to make this place represent the worst of American culture.

It seems that the Old Town thing especially is to shield yourself from as many urban experiences as possible whether it be knowing your nanny's last name to learning how to speak one word of her language to traveling by Metro. A sociologist would have a field day here.
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:39 AM
 
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Wow, Stormyskies - I'm sorry you're so unhappy! I love Alexandria, and especially Old Town. I admit I'm not sure I understand your comment about shielding oneself from urban experiences...don't really know what that means. I don't find Alexandria soul-crushing at all. I love the neighborhood, living close to the water, walking to just about everything, our public school, our neighbors, locally owned business and our nanny, whose language I have learned to speak pretty well! Different strokes, I guess.
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