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December 14, 2005

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Stephen

It is my fundamental assessment that Northern Virginia and Maryland's traffic problems stem from several issues (not in order).

1. Virginia's laws prohibiting a governor from serving more than one term
2. NIMBYism (particularly Arlington County) prohibiting the widening of I66 in BOTH directions inside the Beltway
3. Political bickering between Virginia & Maryland about bridges spanning the Potomac.
4. Historical decisions which only allowed for one concentric Interstate around DC, which included I95 traffic NOT bound for DC, but only wished to bypass.

On a more germane note to your post, there are plenty of bucolic, wonderful little towns in the Northern Virginia area similar to Lexington, but within a more reasonable area. Occoquan, Middleburg, Leesburg & Vienna, just to name a few. Georgetown is also a wonderful area, but requires knowledge of the area in order to avoid/mitigate the effects of traffic.

ocracokewaves

Yes I would agree that there are some good reasons that the traffic is so bad. If the area had real mass transit to the Tyson's area, that would help greatly. I can still remember shopping in Boston while living in Cambridge. All you had to do was hop on the subway and you could be downtown in minutes with little pain. However, you still had to fight the crowds while shopping. If you live in the right spot in Washington, you can do the same thing.

I actually did a post on Middleburg in late summer.

http://viewfromthemountain.typepad.com/david_sobotta_weblog/2005/08/middleburg_dog_.html

It's a lovely area with some great shops, but I doubt it is far enough away to escape the intense Washington area shopping fever.

Unfortunately many of these places are still filled with Northern Virginians, many of whom are still rushing about refusing to enjoy the atmosphere that they have come to enjoy.

Not many are as reasonable as you are, or the driving challenges wouldn't be so great. However, I can understand the pressures of life in Northern Virginia. Just going to get groceries can be a pain. Here is Southwest Virginia, we know many of the people even the grocery stores, so even that turns out to be relatively pleasant even the night before a storm like last night.

Then there's the whole matter of expense versus value. The closer to Washington the more expensive everything is from food to gifts.

Erin and I went out for dinner at Silver Dinner in Reston on Tuesday night. The dinner for two was $22 before tip. We both had soup, I had an appetizer, she had a sandwich.

Glenda and I went to a local diner here in Roanoke last night. The waiter and waitress both knew us well, and we had a much more substantial meal for $12.

We were one of only two couples in the diner as we finished just after seven pm. Just like I was the only shopper in most of the Lexington stores. At Sliver Diner, at an hour later the night before, we were lucky to get a parking spot.

So I estimate you have to a minimum of three hours away from Northern Virginia to enjoy the benefits of being out of Northern Virginia. :)

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