Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The Many Charms of Living in The DC Metro Region- Traffic!
I have lived here in Northern Virginia since 1994. I first came to the area in 1993 to attend George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. I am originally from Richmond, Virginia. I did not go far but wow, what a difference in lifestyles!
Richmond represents quaint southern charm, rich with Civil War history. The city was once the capital of the Southern Confederacy. Outside the city where I was raised, farms and plush green countrysides make up the landscape. People say hello to each other and wave at every car passing the house. Neighbors will have conversations with each other from across the street.
Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas, however, are quite the antithesis of the laid-back "Old Dominion." The federal government is based here along with President, Supreme Court, and Senate. The national and political news is our local news. People are lobbyists, contractors, lawyers, government employees, senate staffers, and military personnel. Due to the heavy concentration of the federal workforce, there are a LOT of people here. And as a result, there is a lot of traffic! Did you know that the DC Metro Region is number 2 in the country for worse traffic? Whoo-hoo! I am so proud!
The above photo was taken at 5:03 pm. See the time on my car's console pictured below?
I think people are still out of town for summer vacation because the traffic was not as painful. School starts next week and I know the roads are gonna be bad!
So, how is the commute where you live?