A statement was made by a commenter here: “I’m pro trying to make Metro work,…..The reason is, we are a bedroom community from coast to coast–even the rural west has very few farmers-for-their-living, and a whole lot of just-longer commuters.”
A bedroom community would be something like Hamilton; not the whole of Loudoun county and beyond. And, yes, the RURAL west may have few farmers but how does that justify longer commuters, which is exactly the issue I have with all this.
The 3 classifications of living environments are urban, suburban and rural. I consider suburbs part of city life so lets just deal with city folk and country folk. Country folk like the open outdoors with peace and calm and that is their quality of life. City folk like people crowds, living very close to you neighbors, hussle and bussle. I had to conform to city life when those folk rolled over me like a tsunami. Why? Because my job and my home were 4 miles apart and that is the way it is suppose to be. My quality of life was sacrificed somewhat by the influx of people. I still had the quality of life when I got off of work and spent no more than 15 minutes on the road (use to be 5) to get home and get into my things. As it turns out, my quality of life was sacrificed for someone else’s quality of life and I’ll explain.
Things grow. Places expand with development and it is called progress. A fixed “center” is the government in DC. Many people work directly for or with that government but WANT to live somewhere else, and that is okay. The problem ensues when someone wants to have a quality of life AND live far from their place of business. When this happens transportation becomes the issue. And Loudoun is all about transportation. We build and improve on a constant basis and to what end? So that commuters can have an easier and shorter time with their commute, get their quality of life back and still move farther out as “communities” continue to engulf them. I see much of this traffic going THROUGH Loudoun instead of it being easier to get around within Loudoun. Who suffers by all this? The first group and every subsequent group who sacrificed some of their quality of life to be close to their jobs. Some can’t afford the cost to live close to their jobs and some no longer work and cannot afford to move. This is all being done for someone else’s quality of life in the guise of “progress” and “needs”. Bullshit. It is for selfish reasons of a few that refuse to sacrifice.
There are many alternatives to being at work and many businesses understand this. This is where faxes, conference calls, tele-commuting, computers and a host of other modern technologies and alternatives come in. This is to save time, money, overhead and frustration and it works well if you use it. Businesses understand and utilize these concepts. People want and need their quality of life and they should have what they can get without the burden of a few selfish others. If you live too far from your work and you commute, reasonable steps can be taken to ease your time BUT your live/work situation is usually a self inflicted wound where you want others to sacrifice for YOUR wants and needs. No. It is time to stop this foolishness and look at your own hand and responsibility in this mess. If businesses can’t get the people to them, they usually move to the people. After all, you can only have so much “business” in DC before you need to start bulldozing residential so that business can expand.
In essence, Metro will change none of this and is only being conceived for a selfish few. It will be under used and not change the progression of development. What it will do is change the quality of life of those who previously sacrificed as well a new group. Metro isn’t about transportation anything. It purely deals with quality of life or the lack there of, for everyone involved.