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Why all the Hate on Fairfax County? - October 25, 2012, 08:23 AM

I have lived in MD all my life. Spent 1st 12 years of my life in Allegheny County, MD (Cumberland). Then 10 years in PG County (Bowie), and the last 30 years in Montgomery County (Bethesda & Gaithersburg).

MoCo has a lot going for it but over the last 10 yrs it seems to have less & less going for it. Same deal w/ MD. Ever since Martin O'Malley became governor the state has accelerated it's downhill slide. Origianally a moderate state tending now to ultra-liberal. As a consequence the state is loosing jobs to VA and increasing taxes on citizens anyway they can. Bag tax, beer tax, property taxes, speed cameras, & etc. And MoCo is now talking of addtl gas taxes.

Bought same 6-pack of beer in VA & MD one week apart. DFH Snake Dog. About $12 out the door in Gaithersburg. About $8 out the door here in Reston as an example. MD & MoCo are creeping taxes into everything. And businesses have noticed and are leaving MD.

My job is in Herndon, right on the edge of FFX county and am planning to relocate to close by in VA. I see FFX county as sort of like MoCo, but don't really know having never lived there. I suppose I could relocate to Loudoun County.

So why all the hate on FFX county? And if you had a choice, would you avoid FFX county altogether and just move into Loudoun given the scenario I outlined?

Want to hear pros & cons of both FFX & Loudoun Counties.

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October 25, 2012, 08:38 AM

I can only speak for me but I like living in Fairfax. Plenty of places to eat, hang out, pretty convenient to get to most things, good proximity to metro for those times you want to Metro into DC. The biggest issue is having to use 66.....and if you know the right back roads you can avoid large parts of the traffic that clog up 66. Working in Reston you should be good. The commute is easy from Fairfax.

I think the biggest gripe stems from the fact that Fairfax cops are quick to hand out a ticket. Even that does not have to be as big an issue if you come at them the right way. I got popped the other day (first ticket in 4 years) for some stupid shit. Cop could have given me three tickets but I own up to doing what I did and he knocked the charge down and only wrote me up for one thing. Was I happy about it, no, but I did it so I am not going to bitch about getting busted.

One thing to keep in mind, Fairfax City vs. Fairfax County. There is a difference. Know which one your moving into.


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October 25, 2012, 08:44 AM

If you didn't like California-style liberalism, you shouldn't have moved to it's capital - MoCo!
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October 25, 2012, 08:46 AM

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If you didn't like California-style liberalism, you shouldn't have moved to it's capital - MoCo!
It wasn't like that when I moved there in 1979. Go back & re- read my post.
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October 25, 2012, 08:49 AM

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I can only speak for me but I like living in Fairfax. Plenty of places to eat, hang out, pretty convenient to get to most things, good proximity to metro for those times you want to Metro into DC. The biggest issue is having to use 66.....and if you know the right back roads you can avoid large parts of the traffic that clog up 66. Working in Reston you should be good. The commute is easy from Fairfax.

I think the biggest gripe stems from the fact that Fairfax cops are quick to hand out a ticket.
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I live in Prince William, I work in Fairfax. The car tax is cheaper in PWC than either Loudoun or Fairfax. The difference in income tax between MD and VA makes up the diff as far as I'm concerned. I'd never live in Maryland, I like my CCW too much. With that said, the commute from Ashburn to Reston isn't bad, I used to do that before I moved to Woodbridge.
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October 25, 2012, 08:50 AM

b00st, morsetaper2 was right about moco going about it the wrong way even since O'Malley took the governor seat at MD. I grew up in moco during the 90's and it was great. now it's just a constant tax tax tax/


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October 25, 2012, 09:13 AM

I've lived in Fairfax for the last 7 years and can't honestly complain about anything other than what was already stated above.. That being said, you mature quickly behind the wheel around these parts..

Food, entertainment, grocery stores are everywhere..

Traffic is ok for the most part.. anything heading in the WEST direction after 3:30 ish is garbage.. don't do it.. 50, 29, 66...


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Most of the FFX hate is just because of the heavy traffic policing.



Nothing in Fairfax was ever meant to handle the amount of traffic it sees - Loudon exploded in the last couple decades. So traffic always sucks in Fairfax. It will be worse than what you're used to in MoCo, I could practically drive up Connecticut or Rockville Pike with my eyes closed outside of rush hour. Loudon is in easy reach of Herndon and is closer to the sticks... probably more house and land for the money. that's my impression anyways. If you're looking for MoCo-like living minus this O'Malley fellow though, Fairfax is it.


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Most of the FFX hate is just because of the heavy traffic policing.



Nothing in Fairfax was ever meant to handle the amount of traffic it sees - Loudon exploded in the last couple decades. So traffic always sucks in Fairfax. It will be worse than what you're used to in MoCo, I could practically drive up Connecticut or Rockville Pike with my eyes closed outside of rush hour. Loudon is in easy reach of Herndon and is closer to the sticks... probably more house and land for the money. that's my impression anyways. If you're looking for MoCo-like living minus this O'Malley fellow though, Fairfax is it.


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October 25, 2012, 12:24 PM

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It wasn't like that when I moved there in 1979. Go back & re- read my post.
Ah...didn't know it actually got worse. I was under the impression that with the exception of Poolesville and Damascus, MoCo has been a bastion of bleeding heart liberalism.

We got plenty of room in Fredneck county.
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I've lived in Ffx for around 4 years now. I work in Chantilly, so it makes sense. I love this area.


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FFC is better than DC, which is where I lived before. Only bad things are:

Cops are a little on the crazy side to pull you over for stupid shit

Everyone knows the traffic is shit, and they (government) only talk about what to do and never actually do anything consctuctive but propose more fucking bus lanes and argue about how much the silver line is costing.

Seems like everything around 95/395/495 is constantly under construction (and it is) with no end in sight

HOV on 66 is ignored, HOV on 395 is full of hybrids

Freshly paved roads are about as flat as a washboard and every other road is loaded with potholes, divots, tar patches, and ruts.
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Stick with ffx for its centrality, if you can happily afford it. Lived there 20 yrs.


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