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Tenure in A-Town
  • Tabby_TwoTone June 24, 2012 - 3:44 pm #51266 Reply

    Hey, posters!

    How long have you lived in A-Town? What made you choose A-Town over D.C. or (horrors) Maryland?

    What are your favorite parts of A-Town?Kiss

    Bluemontsince1961 June 25, 2012 - 6:57 am #51267 Reply

    Tabby_TwoTone said:

    Hey, posters!

    How long have you lived in A-Town? What made you choose A-Town over D.C. or (horrors) Maryland?

    What are your favorite parts of A-Town?Kiss

    I've lived in Arlington since 1956, I was born in D.C. and my parents moved to Arlington when I was one year old.  My favorite parts of Arlington are the Lyon Park and Ashton Heights neighborhoods (I like all the older homes with the varied architecture).

    Aaron June 25, 2012 - 9:27 am #51268 Reply

    If you're granted tenure in Arlington, does that mean you can't be subjected to a roundup or told to move if you don't like the “Arlington Way” and so forth?!

     

    I've lived in Rosslyn since 2000.  I can remember the time when the nightlife along the Orange line corridor had a reputation for being nothing but cougars and old fogeys.  Oh how times have changed!

     

    It's an easy decision to move out of the District, since it effectively gives the average worker an automatic 5% increase in his or her takehome pay.  Also, no one in their right mind voluntarily chooses to live in the MD suburbs.

    Westover June 25, 2012 - 10:44 am #51269 Reply

    Aaron said:

    If you're granted tenure in Arlington, does that mean you can't be subjected to a roundup or told to move if you don't like the “Arlington Way” and so forth?!

    I've lived in Rosslyn since 2000.  I can remember the time when the nightlife along the Orange line corridor had a reputation for being nothing but cougars and old fogeys.  Oh how times have changed!

    It's an easy decision to move out of the District, since it effectively gives the average worker an automatic 5% increase in his or her takehome pay.  Also, no one in their right mind voluntarily chooses to live in the MD suburbs.

     

    Why would you not want to live in Bethesda, Chevy Chase or Potomac?  All great places to live with style much like Arlington/McLean.

    22201 for 12 June 25, 2012 - 11:07 am #51270 Reply

    Twelve years next month.  This is the first time I have heard it called “A-Town.'  I will not be using that phrase.

    courthound June 25, 2012 - 11:48 am #51271 Reply

    My wife and I originally moved here in 1997 when the Court House Metro was a rusty bike rack and uncovered, weeded-up street entrance, Bardo Rodeo was hopping, the Market Common was a bike store in a big, flat parking lot, Ragtime was called Sagebrush, Fireworks Pizza was a 6-ish story deep pit of trees, Ray's the Steaks was an odd collection of little buildings with a shady “cybercafe” that had a 1985 IBM PC with an orange monitor and a coffee pot and Blockbuster and the naughty book/video store was where Orvis and Lululemon is now.

    We moved out in 2006 (dumb decision) and back in 2009. You really don't appreciate everything about Arlington until you move to the south.

    I'm not even going to remark about that name for it. It's Straight-Up Thug Town, VEE-A.

    Major Pup McPuppo June 25, 2012 - 11:53 am #51272 Reply

    courthound said:

    My wife and I originally moved here in 1997 when the Court House Metro was a rusty bike rack and uncovered, weeded-up street entrance, Bardo Rodeo was hopping, the Market Common was a bike store in a big, flat parking lot, Ragtime was called Sagebrush, Fireworks Pizza was a 6-ish story deep pit of trees, Ray's the Steaks was an odd collection of little buildings with a shady “cybercafe” that had a 1985 IBM PC with an orange monitor and a coffee pot and Blockbuster and the naughty book/video store was where Orvis and Lululemon is now.

    We moved out in 2006 (dumb decision) and back in 2009. You really don't appreciate everything about Arlington until you move to the south.

    I'm not even going to remark about that name for it. It's Straight-Up Thug Town, VEE-A.

    where did you live down south?

    courthound June 25, 2012 - 12:37 pm #51273 Reply

    Captain Pup McPuppo said:

    where did you live down south?

    Charlotte.

    Tabby_TwoTone June 25, 2012 - 12:54 pm #51274 Reply

    I'm mocking the A-Town name a-course.

    I lived near Ballston from 94-98, then moved far, far south from 98-05.

    CrystalMikey June 25, 2012 - 1:14 pm #51275 Reply

    This is my second stint in Arlington.  First lived here 98-01 on Ft. Myer while active duty, left the military and settled back here in 2007, first Crystal City and now Courthouse/Clarendon.

    iiandyiiii June 25, 2012 - 1:27 pm #51276 Reply

    Moved here in 2008 (grew up in Louisiana), and met my wife here (she's also from elsewhere).  We both love it.  We like not having to drive much, a low-stress commute on the train, and being able to walk to lots of restaurants and stores.  We just bought a condo near Courthouse at the end of April- before that we rented near Virginia Square.

     

    We also like the variety of places that deliver food… we get TNR Cafe a lot and East-West Kabob.  One of our new favorites that we can walk to is Pho 75 by Ray's Hellburger.  It's very cheap and very good.

    Bluemontsince1961 June 25, 2012 - 1:28 pm #51277 Reply

    I've never heard Arlington referred to as “A-Town”, but then I'm 50-something. 

    Tabby_TwoTone June 25, 2012 - 1:29 pm #51278 Reply

    I used to go to Bardo's. Clarendon Grill and Whitlow's were around of course. All those great Vietnamese places, RIP.

    Tabby_TwoTone June 25, 2012 - 1:31 pm #51279 Reply

    Bluemont, the Caribbean Breeze is reopening as “A-Town Bar and Grill.” And apparently, some people do refer to Arlington as A-Town.

    http://www.yelp.com/list/a-tow…..-arlington

    Bluemontsince1961 June 25, 2012 - 1:33 pm #51280 Reply

    Tabby_TwoTone said:

    I used to go to Bardo's. Clarendon Grill and Whitlow's were around of course. All those great Vietnamese places, RIP.

    Whitlow's is great – IMO.  Agree on the Vietnamese places.  I miss the old Hot Shoppe at Lee Highway & Kirkwood, the Howard Johnson's that was at Lee Highway & Old Dominion (now a BB&T bank), the Tops Drive-In (around when I was a kid), the Alpine, Wah Ying, and South Pacific restaurants.  Also the Arlington Hobby Crafters and a great old hobby shop that used to be in Clarendon (I forget the name), McCrory's and Brenner's Bakery.

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