Arlington = DC’s Brooklyn?

Most of my relatives are from New York. When they see my address or my driver’s license and notice it’s VA, they always ask, “I thought you lived in DC?” I tell them that I do live in the city, it’s just there’s this pesky river in the way.

Arlington isn’t really a suburb, it’s part of the city. We’ve got bigger buildings here in Rosslyn than in DC. From my house I can see the Washington Monument and walk to Georgetown, and pre Civil War, it was actually part of the District. In some respects, I think DC is a lot like New York City. People who live in Queens or Brooklyn still live in NYC, they just don’t live in Manhattan. I’m still a urban city resident, even if I don’t officially have a DC address. By my definition, if you can walk to the supermarket and the subway station, then you clearly don’t live in the suburbs. So, I’m hereby declaring Arlington to be DC’s Brooklyn, with all the rights and privileges a integral part of the city deserves. Stop calling me a suburbanite.

And what the hell, if Arlington is Brooklyn I suppose Bethesda can be DC’s Bronx. …and Reston and can be DC’s New Jersey.

8 Comments so far

  1. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 10:59 am

    I love this analogy. If the five burroughs can get along, then so can DC & Arlington, Bethesda, etc.

    Hooray for DC’s Brooklyn.

  2. angst (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 11:15 am

    I do the whole public trans, walk to the grocery store thing in downtown Silver Spring… what does Silver Spring get to be?

    PG county = Jersey though.

  3. Brock (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 11:33 am

    Seconded. But I propose Silver Spring as Jersey and Reston as Philly.

  4. Doug (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 2:18 pm

    I also live in Silver Spring (less than half a mile from the district proper), and walking distance from the Metro and shopping. Don’t know if I agree with Jersey analogy though, where’s the Hudson-like river?

  5. Amadomon (unregistered) on August 13th, 2006 @ 9:27 am

    Bethesda = the Bronx? Uh, no. More like White Plains.

  6. Mo (unregistered) on August 13th, 2006 @ 4:48 pm

    Why can’t DC be DC and NYC be NYC? No need for a comparison. They are both unique in their own way. Why do you feel like you have to defend your Virginia residency. If you feel so inferior to live in VA, pack up and live somewhere else where you are proud to show that “Proud be a ” bumper sticker.

  7. Matt (unregistered) on August 13th, 2006 @ 6:04 pm

    Great. My dad clawed his way out of the Bronx 50 years ago, just so that I could be back there now? I’d better not tell him that.

  8. JoJo (unregistered) on August 13th, 2006 @ 6:56 pm

    Ok, but Alexandria = ?

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