A little over a year ago, I moved to Arlington, Virginia. My job was in Arlington and I was lucky to find a good house with good people. I appreciated having a relatively short commute to my job without being overly far away from the city. In the past year I’ve switched jobs, and effectively doubled my commute. When you throw in the fact that I’ve always wanted to live in the city, you’ll understand that it was hard not to grab an opportunity that presented itself. I’ll soon be a resident of the ever-changing U Street neighborhood.
I really think that Arlington has done a tremendous job creating walkable, bikable and livable areas. It’s a progressive town where the people and the leadership seem to really understand the value of good urbanism. Yet, at the same time, Arlington doesn’t always feel very urban from a design sense; and I think that no matter how well-intentioned Arlington is, it will always feel like retro-fitted suburbia, rather than a city that developed organically.
[Continue reading Rob Pitingolo’s post at Extraordinary Observations.]
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