Alexandria: City or Suburb?
Tell us how you refer to where you live.
While on vacation in California last week, I often found myself explaining to old friends and new ones exactly where I live and work.
I would tell folks I live “Just south of DC in Alexandria, Virginia.” That seemed to paint the picture pretty well.
If someone proved familiar with the area, I would say, “I live in the City of Alexandria, just a couple miles north of Old Town.” Most were able to figure that out, or at least nod and feign familiarity.
Sitting in St. Elmo’s, Duncan Library and other places around Del Ray and Alexandria over the last couple years, I’ve often heard people refer to the area as “a suburb.” I’m not sure if I agree with that. In my mind, Alexandria was once (maybe as little as 10 years ago) a suburb. It has grown, continues to do so and is now more or less part of the urban sprawl of the DC region.
I understand there are elements of Alexandria that are suburban. I understand it is not the major municipality in the region. But I also know I don’t spend a few nights a week at “Suburban Hall.”
Kimberly Hans McDermott was in the majority, writing on Facebook that she refers to her home as a city.
“I live in the City of Alexandria,” she wrote. “Very different from, say, Kingstowne, or Fairfax County.”
Linda Fairall Stedman, owner of Fabulous Frocks of Alexandria, wrote on Facebook: “Suburb... and I'm a born and raised Alexandrian. (Stipulation: When someone not from the area asks where I am from/live, I always say DC instead of VA... Being asked "how come you don't have an accent?" has gotten REALLY old after 29 years.”
Todd R. Foust wrote on Facebook that he believes Alexandria is a suburb.
“Some areas are city-like (Old Town, Parker-Gray) but most of Alexandria is suburban,” he wrote.
Others offered alternatives, saying they live in “a town,” “small town” or “village.”
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