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Re: LGBT Thread for Fall 2007 Cycle
« Reply #500 on: May 24, 2007, 04:59:27 PM »
Ah OK.  I get to DC Sunday and am there until August 3rd.  Then home/vacation and back to DC for orientation the 13th. 

Are any of the gay DCers on Facebook? 

Yup. Andrew Welz.  I just joined the DC network.

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Re: LGBT Thread for Fall 2007 Cycle
« Reply #501 on: May 24, 2007, 05:12:49 PM »
It wears off. I lived in four Foggy Bottom-area apartments, then a Glover Park apartment, and moving to VA was a dream. My commute to GW is five minutes and direct (vs. 20 minutes on the bus from Glover Park, or involving transfers to the Red Line (CT ave) or Green Line (CH) that believe me, get seriously old after awhile).

If you don't mind sharing, how much do you pay in rent?  The couple times I've browsed, apartments within a 5 minute walk to a metro seem to be about the same price as DC rent.  I feel like the walk needed to get a decent price cancels out the transfers/bus riding.
I split a ~$1700 rent for a 1 bedroom plus den with my boyfriend/partner/sig other/etc, but I opted for a high-end apartment if I was going to make the move to VA. The apartment's a little over 1,000sq ft, carpet and tile, dishwasher, washer/dryer, jacuzzi tub and separate shower, walk-in closet, central A/C, balcony. Building amenties... both an indoor and an outdoor pool, a full gym, racquetball courts, a rec room, a convenience store with dry-cleaning, free parking spot, package services. Walking distance to Metro, Whole Foods, Safeway, Starbucks, bank, movie theatre, restaurants, bars, city government, post office, Barnes & Noble, movie rental stores, etc.

No question that the buildings near Metro stations will be generally as expensive, but your buck goes a lot further. I can't even think of a building with those amenities in DC and am certain it would be priced higher. And like I said, we opted to go for a nicer building than the ones we lived in in DC... there are much cheaper buildings in the area. Check out Barton House... long waitlist but it's cheaper, and right next to the Whole Foods. Yum.

GW's in a very pretty area but there's absolutely no reason to live in Foggy Bottom unless you're a college student. Van Ness and Cleveland Park are fun neighborhoods, but you can get newer buildings, better amenities, lower taxes, voting rights, and a shorter commute across the river.

All those things are great, but is there any strong gay community there?  Even if there is no community, how gay friendly is it?  Do you see same-sex couples?  Is there ethnic diversity?  When I visited a friend in Ballston last summer, my impression was no to all.  I would love to know if my impressions are wrong, because I know there are many benefits to DC.
Arlington is very, very different from the rest of Virginia -- the county government gave their employees domestic partnership rights all the way back in 97, though they were later quashed by the state legislature. The county government opposed the ban on gay marriage, and a solid majority of voters in Arlington voted against it. Arlington is very, very liberal.

I definitely see gay couples... the area is very 20/30-something. And I see enough single guys looking at my boyfriend to pay attention :)

As for racial diversity, that's the difficult card. Arlington has a strong Latino population but like DC there are white-white areas and black-black areas with nary a gray thread to be found. It's the most unfortunate stain on this metro area.

Saw you mentioned Ballston. Ballston felt too far from DC for me at the time, and I didn't like the area as much. Check out the run from Rosslyn through Clarendon - I liked it better.

I dunno, just my two cents. People come to DC pre-programmed to be suspicious of Virginia (myself included... I remember pleading with a friend in college not to move "so far away")... but it just makes more sense. I have much love and nostalgia for my little DC apartments, but I feel like I live in luxury now comparatively.

I am not suspicious of NoVa per se, but I don't need much space.  I don't spend time at home, so that isn't as important to me.  I would live in NoVa if the right opportunity came along, but it just seem as interesting a place to live.  I don't know that I am ready to trade the urban community, with all its failings, for a better quality of living per dollar spent. 

I do appreciate your response though!  I spend a lot of my time thinking about this, and writing this email has convinced me to broaden my search to NoVa (not that I will move there.  I can't!  :o :P)
I suppose "interesting" is in the definition of the beholder. One thing to be said about Foggy Bottom in particular is how it utterly shuts down after 5PM and on the weekends. It is more vacant than any area in a city where I've ever been.

As for trading in the urban community, I'd disagree - the area is very urbanized. Higher-rises than DC, popular bars and restaurants are all along Wilson/Clarendon Blvd, and anything you want in DC is just as easy to get to as if you lived in DC. The state line isn't impermeable, and some areas in DC are even more easily reached from Arlington (compare getting to Georgetown from Arlington vs. from Cleveland Park). I still feel very connected to DC, perhaps even more so then when I was off the metro grid and living on a bus line.

Like I said, it's all about personal preference. I laughed when I met a GW student the other day who'd followed my exact same living track -- Foggy Bottom -> Glover Park -> Arlington. I think it's kind of something that just happens but maybe people need to live in the city first and find their own likes and dislikes. That's certainly how it worked for both me and my boyfriend. After living in DC for 5 years, I lost nothing and gained much by moving to VA, but that isn't necessarily the case for everyone.

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Re: LGBT Thread for Fall 2007 Cycle
« Reply #502 on: May 24, 2007, 05:27:22 PM »
Like I said, it's all about personal preference. I laughed when I met a GW student the other day who'd followed my exact same living track -- Foggy Bottom -> Glover Park -> Arlington. I think it's kind of something that just happens but maybe people need to live in the city first and find their own likes and dislikes. That's certainly how it worked for both me and my boyfriend. After living in DC for 5 years, I lost nothing and gained much by moving to VA, but that isn't necessarily the case for everyone.

You rock!  Where are you going next year (or already attending)?

What happened to Mike & the Michigan/Penn crew?  I didn't mean for this to become a DC thread.  Come back everybody!

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Re: LGBT Thread for Fall 2007 Cycle
« Reply #503 on: May 24, 2007, 05:55:29 PM »
You rock!  Where are you going next year (or already attending)?
Thanks :) Just thought I'd throw my two cents in the ring. I'll be at GW next year.

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Re: LGBT Thread for Fall 2007 Cycle
« Reply #504 on: May 24, 2007, 06:18:59 PM »
You rock!  Where are you going next year (or already attending)?
Thanks :) Just thought I'd throw my two cents in the ring. I'll be at GW next year.

Huzzah! 

Any comments on the queer night life in NoVa?

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Re: LGBT Thread for Fall 2007 Cycle
« Reply #505 on: May 24, 2007, 06:34:53 PM »
You rock!  Where are you going next year (or already attending)?
Thanks :) Just thought I'd throw my two cents in the ring. I'll be at GW next year.

Huzzah! 

Any comments on the queer night life in NoVa?
None actually... between working full time and going to school I am hopelessly out of all scenes, gay to political to TV... not to mention I'll admit we're pretty domestic. To make matters worse I realized recently that neither of the (DC) clubs I used to frequent exist any more  :-[ One changed its name (Badlands -> Apex) and Nation... well, Nation got knocked down. The baseball stadium needed a home. I'd still say DC is much more scene-y for the gay nightlife... Dupont Circle shifting to Columbia Heights shifting to Shaw. But, that may be based on my college years here. I'm not very familiar with the post-college gay scene at all.

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Re: LGBT Thread for Fall 2007 Cycle
« Reply #506 on: May 24, 2007, 07:08:01 PM »
Hey guys, new to the board and just wanted to say hi to everyone here. Seems like a good place, very informative. I'm going to be a junior this year at UIUC and started thinking about the law for a while now. I am still debating on whether this is what I want to do, hopefully, this place will help. :)

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Re: LGBT Thread for Fall 2007 Cycle
« Reply #507 on: May 24, 2007, 10:06:58 PM »
Hey guys, new to the board and just wanted to say hi to everyone here. Seems like a good place, very informative. I'm going to be a junior this year at UIUC and started thinking about the law for a while now. I am still debating on whether this is what I want to do, hopefully, this place will help. :)

Informative? LSD?

Psshhaw.

(kidding....sorta)

And you're lucky that you get another 2 years in the C-U...I miss it already
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Re: LGBT Thread for Fall 2007 Cycle
« Reply #508 on: May 25, 2007, 12:34:07 PM »
Hey guys, new to the board and just wanted to say hi to everyone here. Seems like a good place, very informative. I'm going to be a junior this year at UIUC and started thinking about the law for a while now. I am still debating on whether this is what I want to do, hopefully, this place will help. :)

Informative? LSD?

Psshhaw.

(kidding....sorta)

And you're lucky that you get another 2 years in the C-U...I miss it already

Sorta? Why do you say that? haha. Yeah, I still have 2 more years, when did you graduate? Where are you now?

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Re: LGBT Thread for Fall 2007 Cycle
« Reply #509 on: May 25, 2007, 12:53:11 PM »
I was just being facetious, LSD is a great source of information that for many of us provided the only useful advice during the application and decision cycles...you won't get much help from Dean Shafer at UIUC, he's a worthless troll who has no clue what he's talking about.

I just graduated a couple weeks ago.  Take advantage of the time you got left, I can tell already it doesn't get any better than that.
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