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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.

Local lingo: Northern Virginia vs. Virginia

29 Sep

A friend of mine, born and raised in Northern Virginia, went to a convention during college where attendees from other states asked why she didn’t have a southern accent. She explained that no, as she said, she was from Northern Virginia, near DC—they didn’t get it. But for anyone in the DC area, the distinction is clear: Northern Virginia and Virginia are in many ways two separate states. Virginia is firmly in the south, rural in many areas and many residents, yes, have accents. Northern Virginia’s identity comes much more from being in the DC metro area. It was, in fact, Northern Virginia, that narrowly won President Obama the state in the 2008 election. Another friend of mine says one of the reasons she prefers living in Virginia as opposed to DC is the fact that her vote counts much more (DC is about 90% democratic).

Northern Virginia is the most populous region of Virginia. It is also the most diverse and has the highest income. In recent years, Fairfax County and Loudon (LOUD-un) county have been among the top—and often at the top—of the highest-income counties in the U.S. There’s no clear cut line as to where Northern Virginia ends and Virginia begins, but those most strongly associated with NoVa include Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, Loudon and Prince William.