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Gen. Chat “Official "possible relocation area advice" thread” by Mac

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Slade xTekno 6 years ago on 06/25/13
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Killian said:
Cheap housing in Foggy Bottom? Nope. When I lived there in my first semester my roommate and I were shelling out the equivalent of $2500 for a studio apartment.

Capitol Hill is nice and is where I moved after Foggy Bottom but it's still e...

I'm still reeling at how expensive DC is. I currently share a 3/1.5 townhouse apartment that runs $1000/mo, and it's a good area of town; I personally pay ~$450/mo, including utilities + cable.

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Slade, what type of lifestyle are you looking for? Walkable everything or will you have a car for local transportation?

Walkable, you almost have to pick something on the Orange line. Local Driving you can try something on the Yellow line. In ...

I don't plan to bring a car. I was told insurance in DC is expensive, and I'd have to buy a parking permit.
If I lived in VA, would car insurance be cheaper? It'd be nice to have for shopping and trips along the East Coast. I wouldn't have to buy a parking permit either if I just take the Metro to school.

Why is the Orange Line so important?
PS: Can't believe I'm actually considering it.
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Kirei the Klown 6 years ago on 06/25/13
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Mac, I'll vouch for Newark, DE too. I'm living there now! It's a pretty decent place - we're in the Brookside neighborhood and the houses are all pretty neat and tidy, and it's a great place to take stroller walks. It is a bit of a college town, but so far that hasn't bothered us. There's a neat main drag by the campus with good dining. Cheesesteaks are good here too!

I don't know anything about Wilmington except that sooooo many people who live here work there, so the commute is supposed to be a hassle.
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Killian 6 years ago on 06/26/13
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Slade xTekno said:
Why is the Orange Line so important?


The Orange Line is important for you because that is the line that Foggy Bottom is on and it also dissects the city in half from east to west. The other main line is the Red Line which runs in a U shape through NE and NW and up into Maryland.

If you become a DC resident then a residential parking permit is like $80 for the year but if you don't then it is something like $350 for the year.

Car insurance is cheaper in Arlington.
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Devi 6 years ago on 06/30/13
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Sooo I guess I'll be jumping in on this too! Can anyone share some info about Portland or the Pacific North West in general? I don't have a set timeline yet. It looks like I'll be moving to my Grandma's first to save up some cash.
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Dobby 6 years ago on 07/03/13
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Katy's relocation has inspired me. I have been looking into moving up to Chicago, and I have also decided to go back to school for my Master's degree. I had planned to do an online school (Ashford) since none of the colleges around me have the program. So Chicago people: do any of y'all know anything about the schools up there? Any have Master's programs in Early Childhood Education?
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Frito 6 years ago on 07/04/13
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What would you like to know about the NW? Honestly, I'd pick Portland cause you can live anywhere in the greater portland area and access everything from the maxx.

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Malkiah 6 years ago on 07/04/13
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The only Chicago institutions I'm intimately familiar with are University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and University of Chicago (uoc). As UoC is firmly in the Ivy League price range, I'd recommend uic of the two. It's not exceedingly expensive, and the dorms are right in university village which is within walking distance of downtown and Union Station. It has a massive course library, so while I went there for nursing I'm sure it has the classes you're looking for. Overall I'd give it a B for courses and an A for environment as its right in the heart of the city.
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Lucifer 6 years ago on 07/04/13
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Chicago has been an interesting experience. I was just getting comfortable. In time I would have began to love it, however another family emergency is calling me back to Montana. Been trying to get out of Montana, and I keep having to go back. Fuck me...
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Dobby 6 years ago on 07/05/13
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Malkiah, I appreciate the information.
I looked into the colleges and neither of them has a Master's program in my area of study. Booo. I'll just have to do an online program.
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pamelaNeko 6 years ago on 07/08/13
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There are TONS of universities & colleges in Chicago. Do a little more research if you really want to move here for school.
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Dobby 6 years ago on 07/08/13
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Just moving for pleasure. (:
Was hoping to kill two birds with one stone with school.
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Devi 6 years ago on 07/08/13
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Frito said:
What would you like to know about the NW? Honestly, I'd pick Portland cause you can live anywhere in the greater portland area and access everything from the maxx.



I can't think of much off the top of my head, but I wonder if there's any neighborhoods you'd recommend or any other active towns close to Portland that might be a little cheaper.
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Frito 6 years ago on 07/08/13
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Beaverton. Find a place in Beaverton. It's part of the tri-city system. Also find a place as close to a Max line as possible. Hillsboro is on the maxx but much lower retail value. Beaverton is the sweet spot for culture/price. Plus it's minutes away from Portland central.
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Kumba 6 years ago on 07/09/13
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Slade xTekno said:
Anyone have any issues commuting from Virginia?


DC is one of the worst commuting nightmares in the nation. If you can travel by foot, bike, or metro, the nightmare is reduced to a lesser nightmare, but it can still be pretty ugly if one of the downtown bridges gets clogged up by something (accident, construction, jumpers, etc). Keep in mind, you've got three regions (MD, DC, and Northern VA) each with totally different driving characteristics all converging onto a single region each and every day, plus lots of out-of-towners (I've seen every license plate except Idaho so far). If you come out this way, keep a radio tuned to 103.5FM, WTOP, and you'll be able to (mostly) keep informed of anything nasty so you can re-route.

And Arlington is a maze. I don't know if there's a pile of cheese waiting at the end for someone who can successfully navigate it or not. Roads just start and stop almost randomly. I think I've spotted North Abingdon St in at least four different areas before. Alexandria's more sensible, especially Old Town's grid layout.

Also, skip looking at housing in MD unless you're looking in Montgomery County (which is hyper-expensive, so I doubt that) or don't mind commuting from the southern counties by car. Just forget that Prince George's County ("PG") even exists. There's just this gaping void on DC's eastern side, somewhere beyond which lies Anne Arundel County and then the Chesapeake Bay.
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Killian said:
Look at Arlington, Clarendon, Court House, and Ballston.


Wanted to add for the non-locals, Clarendon, Court House, and Ballston are all neighborhoods within Arlington. Kinda like Georgetown, Anacostia, Foggy Bottom, Adams Morgan, etc, are neighborhoods within DC. Arlington is both a city (to the post office) and a county, a fairly unique feature for the area (i.e., they have county police, not city police). Alexandria, on the otherhand, is one of Virginia's many "independent cities", which are separate jurisdictions from the county they're located in (in this case, Fairfax County).
PS: Almost forgot another commuting nit, in DC, if you do drive, watch your speed. DC loves speed cameras. They're set at 10mph over, and the citations are not dinky-little $40 things, but start somewhere around $250 and get higher with each mph over the limit. Conversely, in MD, all speed cameras are set to go off at 12mph over, and are usually $40 regardless.
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fukkake 6 years ago on 07/09/13
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No. No the speed cameras in MD are NOT $40 dollars. I was 8 over and received a ticker for $112. So did everyone traveling at the same speed around me that day BUT yeah... they have not been $40 dollars.. Both times 8 over and both were $112. (shame on me but I wasn't going to be the dick going 10 miles under everyone else and cause an accident that way.
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Killian 6 years ago on 07/09/13
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Was it on the highway? 95? They like to plop those vehicle based speed cameras in construction zones which may be why your ticket was high. Neighborhood speed cameras are about $40.
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fukkake 6 years ago on 07/09/13
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More then most likely, yes.
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NekoStar 6 years ago on 07/09/13
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When I got a speeding ticket in OCMD (I was physically pulled over) it was nearly $200 -- that was after it was doubled due to being in a construction zone. It seems weird that it's so much less for a camera caught violation!
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Kumba 6 years ago on 07/09/13
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fukkake said:
No. No the speed cameras in MD are NOT $40 dollars. I was 8 over and received a ticker for $112. So did everyone traveling at the same speed around me that day BUT yeah... they have not been $40 dollars.. Both times 8 over and both were $112. (shame...


Yeah, forgot to mention that in MD, speed cameras can only be set up in school zones and construction zones. Montgomery County was not happy about that, because they used to set their cameras at 6mph over, and they used mobile vans that would move around, typically without notice, to get people in high-traffic areas.

Every county is going to implement these a little differently now. PG likes to hide cameras in the bushes near schools and pick people off. My county, where the program is managed entirely by the Sheriff's office, actually announces on Facebook, every week, the locations of the active cameras and times of operation.

DC, by contrast, puts their cameras everywhere.

As for the citation fine, I was thinking of red light camera fines. I think those are $40. I generally try to not set these off so if my knowledge on the fine is off, that's a good thing :)


Princess Katy Cuppincakes said:
When I got a speeding ticket in OCMD (I was physically pulled over) it was nearly $200 -- that was after it was doubled due to being in a construction zone. It seems weird that it's so much less for a camera caught violation!

That's because the difference between a speed camera and an actual speed trap run by law enforcement is that a human, certified by some local/state government to enforce the law, witnessed you breaking the law, so they can levy fines and even escalate the violation to criminal status if the situation warrants.

A speed camera, being an automated device, will capture a violation but that violation is not witnessed live by law enforcement, so the state cannot criminally charge a violator (usually, at least in DC/MD). All they can do is levy a fine for a civil infraction of whatever law defines speeding. And a lot of speed cameras are reviewed by private industry contractors first, with law enforcement reps double checking things second, before a fine is issued, so the fines tend to be lower and usually state that no points will be assessed on your license nor can insurance raise rates against you.


Additionally, specific to Virginia, if you are 20mph over the posted limit OR greater than 80mph, it's automatic reckless driving, which is a class 1 misdemeanor charge. Trick usually is to get a local lawyer to knock it down to a basic infraction, which isn't cheap, but it beats jail time. MD/DC drivers hate this little nit about driving in VA. Factor in that VA set speeds on I-95 to 70mph, and you can imagine how often this gets used to fleece people.
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Creepy Stalker 6 years ago on 07/09/13
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