MS. REBECCA SHEIR
Welcome to "Metro Connection." I'm Rebecca Sheir and on today's show, we're all about suburbia. And I'm not going to lie, when we first picked this theme, we really struggled with how to tell the story of the Washington suburbs in a mere 60 minutes. Because here in the D.C. region, our suburban communities, I mean, they're pretty complex. And in this era of economic turmoil, they're in the midst of some fairly major changes. So we decided to start by turning the microphone over to the people who know the suburbs best, the people who live and work there.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE 1
The Washington area suburbs are like cities within a city. You don't necessarily have to go down to D.C. because the suburbs offer everything in its own area.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE 2
They're pretty seamless when it comes to D.C. and the suburbs. When you're in Silver Spring, you still think of yourself as being in D.C.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE 3
They have good schools, they have some nice people in them, but they tend to have terrible traffic problems and they don't have a strong sense of community. There's just a sense of we live in Washington or maybe we live in the Northern Virginia area. But I've never really felt like I lived in Fairfax as part of an identity.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE 4
I get to go out in my backyard and actually enjoy a backyard. You know, have some grass, have a place for my dog to be.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE 5
Traffic has just gotten really tough. You can't go anywhere now, in the morning or in the evening, because of the rush hour. So we just stay home and come out in the middle of the day.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE 1
It would be really nice if it was easier to get around. It's such a nightmare. When I was just driving here, I was coming from Germantown and I, you know, budgeted myself 30 minutes to make it here. It's, you know, a two mile drive.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE 6
The suburbs are still good, but you realize people know us now, there's crime everywhere. No place is perfect, suburbs, urban, it's all the same. It's all about the people.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE 2
I'd say it's different from place to place. You go to different neighborhoods and there can be drastically different environments, very diverse, for sure.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE 7
We're just not city people, you know. We like to have our own home and own yard. I love to do yard work so I have to have space.
Those were local residents in Bethesda and Fairfax City talking with our editorial assistant Lauren Landau.
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