Local Lingo: Bridge and tunnel people

13 Nov

While you might not hear this specific term used all that often, the sentiment is far more frequent. “Bridge and tunnel people” refers to those of us who don’t live in the city and have to take a bridge or tunnel to get there. I recently met a friend of a friend and when he asked where I live, I said Falls Church.

“I’m sorry,” he responded. How annoying is that??!!?? There are plenty of reasons people don’t—or can’t—live in the city. For me, money is a huge consideration. I live in an apartment with two roommates and still can barely afford that. Living in DC would be even more expensive plus my income taxes would cost more and I’d probably have to buy a parking spot for my car. I’d love at some point to live in the city, but for now Falls Church is a great place for me. And I’ve met more than one person who raved about living in DC and then, a few years later, moved happily to the suburbs. Both have their pros and cons; it just depends what you’re looking for at that time in your life.

It wasn’t too long ago, 15 years maybe, when living in DC was not considered a good thing. People looked at you like you were crazy if you called the district home. Now the livability has improved, which is fantastic, but so have the prices.

So I will proudly cross the state line to and from work every day, and those who have a problem with that can kiss my bridge and tunnel butt.

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