Cranes at Dawn

Cranes at dawn

Originally uploaded by tbridge.

I don’t know how people live so close to the flight line as they do in Rosslyn. It’s just never made sense to me why someone would choose to live beneath the noise of a planes engine at full throttle as it scorches into the clear blue sky. But there I was at just after 7 this morning picking up some keys for a client.

I stood outside on the brisk air, the first sign of Autumn’s arrival, in the shadow of these two cranes, wondering how soon I’d see the skeletal steel of yet another densepacked space in Rosslyn. Give me the bucolic Fairlington, any day.

2 Comments so far

  1. WFY (unregistered) on September 13th, 2007 @ 11:44 am

    I always figured the “roll up the sidewalks at 5 p.m.” was a bigger deterrent to living in Rosslyn than the planes. I suspect the buildings have pretty good sound insulation and it is something you get used to anyway. The planes only bothered me once when I worked there years ago.

    Rosslyn’s location on two Metro lines, quick walk to Georgetown and views of the District are appealing. it still has a ways to go before it becomes as good as other orange line neighborhoods or Pentagon City though, but it is improving.

  2. Daniel (unregistered) on September 14th, 2007 @ 12:41 pm

    And never forget that humans can get used to almost anything. I have spent more than 20 years in the Courthouse/Rosslyn area (my apt is right off to the side). I don’t even really notice it.

    I will say that Rosslyn is slowly trying to shake the closed by 5 problem. You have places like Cafe Asia and nice bars such as Continental that are dragging more people down into the area that few people used to visit in the evening.

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