At least judging by the comments ArlNow generates. I was curious and poked around on BethesdaNow and the PW/Stafford sites. We have way more comments over here, Bethesda is like a ghost town.
Not really sure what the deal is with the PW site. Looks like it was acquired by LocalNews LLC but kept it’s own formatting. It’s kind of hard to read – ArlNow is much better.
we have realized the promise Bethesda once held, but never fully realized. then again i feel like arlington will become a larger bethesda in the not-too-distant future, mainly because all of the new local commerce (restaurants, shops, etc) is corporately-owned or investor-driven with very little connection to the community. we don’t really have small businesses opening here. we have businesses managed by upstart-types, but controlled by big money. that shot place — the bracket room or whatever — is almost like a beacon of doom in that regard.
anyway, at least it’s sort of fascinating on a socio-cultural/anthropological level.
@Bard: I know what you’re getting at, but I’m not sure I agree. A lot of Arlington residents, myself included, have mad Arlington-pride. To me, Arlington feels really unique and not just as a part of the Washington metro area, but as its own little city (county technically, I know, but for intents and purposes as a large community).
I agree with Bard, Arlington doesn’t seem to have much individuality, and what it has, it’s slowly losing. It’s a great place to live, don’t get me wrong, but in terms of variety of businesses and feeling like you’re in a unique, identifiable place, Alexandria seems more distinctive, or Takoma Park. What Arlington has is an abundance of convenience. This is an incredibly easy place to get around, and pretty much everything you need is here – but it’s all chains/corporately owned, etc., and mostly developed in the last 20 years. There’s a sameness to all the new development which is a real shame. Arlington has lots of amenities, but not as much character. It makes me appreciate the few truly locally-owned, interesting, quirky businesses we have.
Maybe it’s because of the preponderance of bureaucrats and military who live here; both groups are accustomed to conformity.
I think the southern roots Virginia had keeps Arlington a bit sleepy at times. Individuality does lack here because of there is a majority of one socioeconomic group then another. Arlington is a great place to live and probably always will be. Native residents keep Arlington the little gem that it is. The recent developments of mix use land is starting to dilute the suburban charm Arlington had years ago. How many new apartment buildings can have a gym, frozen yogurt and a beer/burger joint on the street level in the area?? Pretty soon I think we will see a plateau of these developments. Some of these “upstart” owned places will soon close and muted buildings of “luxury” living will fad out. The new obnoxious and large buildings Arlington will fade in the background. Is a slight shift in Arlington for the better? I don’t know. Gentrification is on the rise.How much longer can Arlington Preserve the diversity that is still left already here? I don’t know. Places like Ballston have potential to bring in creativity and innovation. But it might fall to the same plainness that is here.
Some days in Arlington feel like plain greek yogurt. How much longer before you add some nuts and berries in the mix?
@Bard: I know what you're getting at, but I'm not sure I agree. A lot of Arlington residents, myself included, have mad Arlington-pride. To me, Arlington feels really unique and not just as a part of the Washington metro area, but as its own little city (county technically, I know, but for intents and purposes as a large community).
Tell me more about this. I feel this way about Alexandria (I worked there for 8 years) but Arlington seems a lot more like the rest of the DC burbs to me. I live in Lyon Village, for what it’s worth.
And for the record, I do enjoy living in Arlington. My post was more about the commerce here, at least with respect to the community-connectedness. I stand by those comments. I’d imagine it’s hard to find space anywhere in Arlington for almost any business that lacked a ton of start-up capital. That’s how you end up with so many chains and corporate places popping up on Columbia Pike, for example.
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