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Old 08-13-2020, 08:43 AM
 
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Was having a discussion with a friend the other day about Bowie. He seems to think Bowie is in its own world culture wise and has a mix of other parts of the DMV and Maryland. I.E it's a different from the rest of PG and has elements of Annapolis and AAC mixed in.
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Old 08-13-2020, 10:19 AM
 
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Bowie is definitely on the edge. Annapolis is closer and easier to drive to than DC. DC is slightly closer/more convenient than Baltimore, but just barely. Of note, the Washington Post has little news from Bowie. Ditto for Baltimore Sun. Capital Gazette has a "Bowie" section in its local news. Throw up an antenna, and DC stations come about as well as Baltimore. Want NPR? WYPR and WAMU are about the same strength. Your natural gas comes from Washington Gas, but your electricity is from Baltimore Gas & Electric.

The closest large shopping centers outside of the city are in Parole (~10-15 minutes) and Waugh Chapel. The strip of businesses and restaurants is more or less contiguous from Bowie Town Center to Waugh Chapel. Social groups and clubs (Bowie-Crofton Camera Club, Bowie-Crofton Garden Club, churches attendance, bowling leagues, youth sports, etc. seem to straddle the river. To add to this, Bowie values its autonomy in many regards from the county: The city runs its own police department, water, sewers, waste management, park/trail system, snow removal, senior and youth services, leaf removal, street maintenance, etc.

Now... culturally, I suspect there's a bit of a racial difference in opinion here. Bowie had some outflow to the Crofton area (mostly white), and inflow from DC and closer in PGC (mostly black). For white residents, the social ties to nearby Anne Arundel communities will seem obvious, while black residents will likely feel strong cultural ties to family and friends in Lake Arbor, Kettering, Mitchellville, etc. So, whether Bowie feels more like its naturally linked to Crofton, Gambrils, Davidsonville, Parole, etc. or Glenn Dale, Kettering, Lake Arbor, Greenbelt, etc. Neither is wrong, just a different frame of reference.

(Also worth noting that people will refer to their area as "Bowie" even if they live well outside of the city limits. Parts of Lake Arbor, for instance, have Bowie ZIP codes. The 20720 and 20721 area codes include small parts of the city at their eastern edges, but - in particular 20721- extend well inward, almost to the beltway)
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Old 08-16-2020, 08:34 AM
 
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Where is Parole?
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Old 08-16-2020, 09:30 AM
 
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Where is Parole?
Essentially where Annapolis Mall is located. Just outside Annapolis city limits so no municipal property taxes. The development where Whole Foods is Parole.
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Old 08-16-2020, 09:57 AM
 
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Essentially where Annapolis Mall is located. Just outside Annapolis city limits so no municipal property taxes. The development where Whole Foods is Parole.
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Old 08-22-2020, 10:04 AM
 
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Bowie is definitely on the edge. Annapolis is closer and easier to drive to than DC. DC is slightly closer/more convenient than Baltimore, but just barely. Of note, the Washington Post has little news from Bowie. Ditto for Baltimore Sun. Capital Gazette has a "Bowie" section in its local news. Throw up an antenna, and DC stations come about as well as Baltimore. Want NPR? WYPR and WAMU are about the same strength. Your natural gas comes from Washington Gas, but your electricity is from Baltimore Gas & Electric.

The closest large shopping centers outside of the city are in Parole (~10-15 minutes) and Waugh Chapel. The strip of businesses and restaurants is more or less contiguous from Bowie Town Center to Waugh Chapel. Social groups and clubs (Bowie-Crofton Camera Club, Bowie-Crofton Garden Club, churches attendance, bowling leagues, youth sports, etc. seem to straddle the river. To add to this, Bowie values its autonomy in many regards from the county: The city runs its own police department, water, sewers, waste management, park/trail system, snow removal, senior and youth services, leaf removal, street maintenance, etc.

Now... culturally, I suspect there's a bit of a racial difference in opinion here. Bowie had some outflow to the Crofton area (mostly white), and inflow from DC and closer in PGC (mostly black). For white residents, the social ties to nearby Anne Arundel communities will seem obvious, while black residents will likely feel strong cultural ties to family and friends in Lake Arbor, Kettering, Mitchellville, etc. So, whether Bowie feels more like its naturally linked to Crofton, Gambrils, Davidsonville, Parole, etc. or Glenn Dale, Kettering, Lake Arbor, Greenbelt, etc. Neither is wrong, just a different frame of reference.

(Also worth noting that people will refer to their area as "Bowie" even if they live well outside of the city limits. Parts of Lake Arbor, for instance, have Bowie ZIP codes. The 20720 and 20721 area codes include small parts of the city at their eastern edges, but - in particular 20721- extend well inward, almost to the beltway)
PG County and realestate companies started spreading Bowie out. Old Timers still refer to that area around Lake Arbor as Mitchellville. Also as you stated there are extended parts of Bowie , so are you including South Bowie area (Newest Library) as well? I have 2 family members who moved there and yes their connection is more to Lanham etc
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Old 08-22-2020, 11:01 AM
 
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Essentially where Annapolis Mall is located. Just outside Annapolis city limits so no municipal property taxes. The development where Whole Foods is Parole.
Arundel Mills Mall, Westfield Annapolis Mall, and Towsontown Center are the 3 largest malls in Maryland, measured in square feet.

the Parole community first got its name because it was a neutral location where captured Union and Confederate prisoners were brought for exchange and release. The Anne Arundel General Hospital also relocated to that area, as well as some State govt. offices, and hotels. It's a somewhat confusing mess of busy highways.

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Old 08-22-2020, 04:32 PM
 
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PG County and realestate companies started spreading Bowie out. Old Timers still refer to that area around Lake Arbor as Mitchellville. Also as you stated there are extended parts of Bowie , so are you including South Bowie area (Newest Library) as well? I have 2 family members who moved there and yes their connection is more to Lanham etc
Old timers? I'm 26 and refuse to call anything west of 193 Bowie.
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Old 08-23-2020, 03:02 PM
 
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Bowie is definitely on the edge. Annapolis is closer and easier to drive to than DC. DC is slightly closer/more convenient than Baltimore, but just barely. Of note, the Washington Post has little news from Bowie. Ditto for Baltimore Sun. Capital Gazette has a "Bowie" section in its local news. Throw up an antenna, and DC stations come about as well as Baltimore. Want NPR? WYPR and WAMU are about the same strength. Your natural gas comes from Washington Gas, but your electricity is from Baltimore Gas & Electric.

The closest large shopping centers outside of the city are in Parole (~10-15 minutes) and Waugh Chapel. The strip of businesses and restaurants is more or less contiguous from Bowie Town Center to Waugh Chapel. Social groups and clubs (Bowie-Crofton Camera Club, Bowie-Crofton Garden Club, churches attendance, bowling leagues, youth sports, etc. seem to straddle the river. To add to this, Bowie values its autonomy in many regards from the county: The city runs its own police department, water, sewers, waste management, park/trail system, snow removal, senior and youth services, leaf removal, street maintenance, etc.

Now... culturally, I suspect there's a bit of a racial difference in opinion here. Bowie had some outflow to the Crofton area (mostly white), and inflow from DC and closer in PGC (mostly black). For white residents, the social ties to nearby Anne Arundel communities will seem obvious, while black residents will likely feel strong cultural ties to family and friends in Lake Arbor, Kettering, Mitchellville, etc. So, whether Bowie feels more like its naturally linked to Crofton, Gambrils, Davidsonville, Parole, etc. or Glenn Dale, Kettering, Lake Arbor, Greenbelt, etc. Neither is wrong, just a different frame of reference.

(Also worth noting that people will refer to their area as "Bowie" even if they live well outside of the city limits. Parts of Lake Arbor, for instance, have Bowie ZIP codes. The 20720 and 20721 area codes include small parts of the city at their eastern edges, but - in particular 20721- extend well inward, almost to the beltway)
On a good day, from the intersection of 301/50 you can be across the DC in 15 minutes. Probably twice as long to Baltimore
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Old 08-24-2020, 11:44 AM
 
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On a good day, from the intersection of 301/50 you can be across the DC in 15 minutes. Probably twice as long to Baltimore
If you're near 301 in Bowie. You can get to Baltimore in under 30 minutes. It's a pretty straight shot.
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