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I admittedly don't pay very close attention, but it's my understanding that there are plenty of good schools in DC west of Rock Creek Park.
eamhokie94: Is your name Nazi in pig Latin?
I would be happy to live in a city if the schools were good and we could afford a decent amount of space in a good neighborhood. Cost of living, safety, and schools are the three biggest issues.
I love suburbia. But I also love buff chick and sitcoms and Keisha
I'm not sure how newsworthy this is, but the trend since 2000 has been for families (mostly with upper middle class and above income) to be moving back into the city. Poverty in the suburbs has actually grown 25% in the last decade.
The suburbs will eventually become mostly middle class and poor people.
I prefer to live as far away from a city as possible. I'd live much farther out if I could.
NYC has very good public schools. If you're white, the chances are you can get your kids into very good public schools. People that send their kids to private schools in NYC are doing it for elitist or religious reasons. No idea if this is true in DC or other cities, just NYC.
I used to commute an hour plus door to door. It was on the Metro, so it wasn't THAT bad but it still sucked.
Now I can walk to work and I don't know how I ever lived without it. It's an amazing thing.
I think people live where they live because that's where they want to or feel most comfortable. If you wanted to live in a city, suburbs or exurbs you can make it work
You wouldn't want to spend more time with your dog, or spouse, or camcorder?
Of course. That's the premise of my statement. If I were to start a similar thread, I wouldn't bother adding (esp. dog owners) like having a dog makes me special or different.
classlessthug: I have too much on my plate to worry about the fact that my junk intimidates some needle D undergrad.
If it were just myself I'd love to have a place out in the country but I must say, suburbia is great if you are raising kids. Not necessarily for the parents but for the kids. Nothing like hopping off of the bus and 10 minutes later you've got enough kids milling around for a football game or whatever. That said, when my daughter moves away I'm out of this neighborhood life.
Agree 1000%. We live in a cookie cutter community, 1/4 to 1/2 acre lot sizes, but the kids have so many friends to choose from and play with, that even though I have considered moving to a house with more land, I just can't pull the trigger and take my kids away from what they know and love.
I have a good friend that has a nice house with about 5 acres of land, kids are the same age, and they complain all the time that they want to move to a neighborhood like ours. They just don't have any friends to cross the street and play with.
Yeah, I do love that on my block there are always between 5-10 kids running around in the street playing whatever, no real traffic, and big yards for them to play in. My kid isn't yet old enough to join them, but will be in about 4 years. In our neighborhood, I'd feel totally comfortable pushing a 6 year old out the door to play and not keeping an eye on them at all. Not so much in DC.
We got lucky to find a neighborhood like that that's 15-20 minutes from downtown (in Falls Church). At the end of the day, though, it's more important to my kid to have a relationship with me than the ability to play football in the street. Minimizing your time away from your kids is more important than having a big back yard.
In a way my train of thought is like yours. I like Frederick County a lot and I think it's a great place to raise a family. I can't see myself really liking Alexandria or Springfield on the same level. Both of them have a lot of things going for it, but it's just way too crowded and congested for my taste. The only reason I would move to either is to lessen my commute. I'm sure I would love that part of it. Though I know people who live in Vienna and it takes them almost 90 minutes to get downtown. With DC I don't think it's only where you live that determines your commute, but what time you're willing to wake up in the morning.
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