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james
Arlington, VA

Arlington Exploding with Construction - 11/27/2015

Here in cozy Northwest Arlington, about a third of the homes have been bulldozed in the last ten years -- and reincarnated as "McMansions." These teardowns are escalating. Houses once 2,000 sq. ft. are becoming 5,000 sq ft. Their whole-house vacuum systems, heat pumps, grease fans, blinding security and architectural lighting, and sheer height and girth, make them scary neighbors. Schools are bursting, their athletic fields littered with portable classrooms. New schools can't be built fast enough. Massive road projects and other construction ringing and bisecting Arlington, occur 24/7 -- and traffic is only getting worse. There's gridlock in the Lee-Harrison shopping center now, where ten years ago, its large parking lot was more empty than full. The Metro has added the Silver Line. Noise from the trains and mounting traffic are becoming a din. The Rosslyn-to-Ballston metro corridor is becoming more and more lined with condos towers averaging about 22 stories, creating a relatively energetic, successful urban village, where the goal is for people to be able to work, live, and shop without being reliant on the automobile, which has, heretofore, dominated life in Arlington. If you're young and coming up, Arlington can be a great place. If you've lived here 20 years in a small house on a small lot, albeit in a nice neighborhood, you may be getting really sick and tired of the endless construction, no matter where you go -- for Arlington is one of just dozens of localities that comprise the exploding (with construction) Northern Virginia area. The beauty and charm of DC and its suburbs has been tainted by incessant construction, increasingly affluent, over-educated, competitive, entitled go-getters. The incidence of lame, insipid, even nasty, vanity license plates must be way near the top of the charts. Things like, "MyBeemer," and "EnvyHer." There are many good people here and some clever pleasant vanity plates. You'll be sitting in so much traffic that you'll be seeing tons, and tons of license plates, unless you do what the county government hopes and buy a condo along the metro corridor and walk to work, stores, and attractions. Tremendous arts and culture and beauty available. Your experience may vary.

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Mark
Arlington, VA

Fun but expensive - 9/2/2014

Great access to everything but housing is crazy expensive.

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Maithong
Houston, TX

How's Arlington - 2/8/2013

Not really a review, more of a "help" post. I have three kids, one soon to be in jr. high and two in elementary. I would like to hear your opinions on the best jr. high school to attend. I'm also interested in information for the best elementary school, if you can please help me. Moving to the area where the schools are is not an issue. Thanks, really appreciate it!

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Janet
Arlington, VA

Rude locals - 8/24/2012

After living in the city for over 15 years, I have to say that it has not remained the same. Quality of people and respect for common folks has disappeared. The city officials have become rude and greedy.

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Michael
Arlington, VA

Nice Place - 4/19/2011

Great urban area.

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Ali
Melbourne, FL

Arlington's a great place to live, if you can affo - 2/8/2011

Like many DC-area neighborhoods and cities, Arlington has much to offer residents of all ages and stages of life. And, like many DC-area neighborhoods and cities, it has the housing prices to match.

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Marilyn
Dulles, VA

Transportation - 12/5/2010

Public transportation is excellent with the metro (subway)and buses for local travel. Roads are excellent for privately owned vehicles. Highways and main streets are crowded during rush hours morning and night.

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Sara
Arlington, VA

As a musician... - 11/4/2010

It's hard to get gigs here. While this area does have a few good venues (IOTA, Jammin' Java, etc), there are more musicians who want to play than the venues can handle. There doesn't seem to be a guaranteed crowd anywhere, either. Places are hit-or-miss, and so venues focus on a band's ability to bring people, not so much their actual talent. Which makes it hard to move here, because you can't get a gig without a crowd of fans. You can't get crowds of fans without gigs. Catch 22. The people at open mics are pretty nice and the community of musicians itself is friendly and welcoming. It's not a bad place to play out if you don't care about getting paid or doing anything regularly. It's a weird scene here, though. So far (I've been here about 4 months), I see a lot of old rich (usually ex-government types) people walking their dogs and driving big SUVs, and I see a lot of blue collar or serving position people from everywhere in the world you can imagine. Which means there's awesome ethnic food here: it's cheap and authentic. But there seems to be a lack of people here who are 20s-30s and culturally aware. Most of the people around the DC area I've met in that age bracket seem to care a lot about their budding careers and are making more money than they know what to do with. But they listen to really bad music and play stupid drinking games like they never left college. It's been hard to find the group of struggling artist types I normally call friends.

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elinor
Arlington, VA

what recession? - 4/10/2010

Arlington is a booming city, unaware of the economic misfortune of other urban areas outside of US cities. It's young, hip and on the move.

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Detta
Arlington, VA

Overall great place to live - 12/4/2009

Arlington's proximity to DC makes it a super place to live. There are endless cultural and sports opportunities in the area. Some are expensive, but there are plenty of events that are free. The pols are a little full of themselves, but it is always an interesting show. Rents/properties are pricey, but there are some neighborhoods that are affordable. Traffic is pretty bad. Spring and Fall are delightful. Winters aren't bad. Summer is stifling hot/humid.

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Bp

Hot and muggy summers with mosquitos - 11/10/2009

Hot and muggy summers with mosquitos make it less likely you will enjoy the beautiful yards and parks.

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Robyn
Arlington, VA

Quality of Life in Arlington VA - 3/29/2009

For a region where life is very fast-paced and work-focused, Arlington is a good choice for a more balanced place to live. You can easily get into DC on the metro lines and go to the Kennedy center, the Smithsonian museums, or take part of the nightlife/ live music at the 9:30 club. Depending on where you work and where your clients/customers are, the commute is probably better than other areas in the DC metro region. Yes, it is more expensive to live in Arlington than other cities in Northern Virginia, but for us the higher costs are worth it because we get to fully participate in the cultural and urban attractions in DC.

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Pete
Arlington, VA

high cost of living - 2/17/2009

some of the highest cost of living in the country; but, good schools, services and security

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Bp
Arlington, VA

Arlington, VA - 8/17/2008

Arlington is a great place to live. We have very good schools, responsive county government and good transportation options.

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Vernon
Arlington, VA

Cost of Living Too HIgh - 7/14/2008

Moving here 9 years ago, I found a 3 bedroom apartment with all utilities paid for $863.00 with a 10% government discount. Since then it has gone up to $1,350.00. I am going to retire next year and am looking for somewhere about half the cost of here.

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Wanda
Ashburn, VA

Outrageous cost of living - 7/4/2008

The entire DC metro area which incldes Arlington, VA is WAY overpriced. I mean people are paying like 2K a month for a little itty bitty teeny tiny one bedroom apartment or condo. Unless your Bill Gates rich stay away from this dry out your bank account and have nothing to show for it place.

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Keside
West Palm Beach, FL

Visitor Eyes - 6/12/2008

Arlington is a very decent place to live and I love to visit often. Being close to Washington DC it has a lot of culture to offer. However, i want to caution anyone who is thinking of making here home that it has a very high cost of living that will make you wonder why you are not in Manhattan anyway. If your job depends on being in Arlington shut up and move there, you will enjoy it, but if you find same job in another decent locale, take it and visit Arlington and DC next time you are in town. Thanks

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Chanel
Annandale, VA

TOO MUCH MONEY!!!! - 2/1/2008

I HATE IT HERE!!! I can't wait to get out of this place. I have to rent a ROOM for $650 a month just to have somewhere to sleep at night! My sister lives in Greensboro, NC renting a three bedroom house for same! Efficiencies START at $1300 a month. You've got to be kidding me... I won't even say goodbye when I high tail it outta here!!!

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Sandra
Arlington, VA

Cost of Living in Arlington - 8/26/2007

The cost of living in Arlington is expensive.

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Sharon
Arlington, VA

Great City for the "City Mouse!" - 8/22/2007

There is so much to do in Arlington, and it is all in walking distance or Metro (subway) walking distance. The culture is very diverse, very educated. Cost of living is extremely high, but what you get in return is worth it. The climate is mild, with a few unberable days in August and January; outdoor exercise is in abundance, as are parks. We are also near the Chesapeake Bay for all of the water lovers. When you tire of city life, the beaches are less than two hours drive. Right across the Patomic (a five minute walk) is Washington DC. You become enveloped in a sense of pride to be an American (or live in America)!

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