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Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 12/28/2010

Home sweet home in Washington

By Rob Pitingolo

Like many of Washington’s transplants, last week I packed my bags and headed out of town -- to Ohio, in my case -- to spend the holidays in the place where I grew up. Whenever I hear someone suggest that nobody’s a local in the Washington region, it really seems to irk many of those who have lived here their whole lives. I understand their frustration, but still, there’s at least some truth to the comment.

One of my favorite things about Washington and Arlington is the vibrant street life. There always seem to be people around and something to do. Needless to say, when I was in the city on Thanksgiving, it felt different. Walking to Metro was eerie, sidewalks were empty, and aside from a bus and a few taxi cabs, the streets were bizarrely quiet. On Christmas Eve, TBD's Sommer Mathis posted a photo of a completely deserted 11th Street – there’s not one vehicle or pedestrian in sight.

Over time, I’m confident that this phenomenon will change. Already, a few of my friends have started hosting their families and friends in D.C. over the holidays. And as more people become established and call Washington “home,” fewer are going to want to leave town during the holidays.

Rob Pitingolo blogs at Extraordinary Observations. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Rob Pitingolo  | December 28, 2010; 11:13 AM ET
Categories:  D.C., Local blog network  
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In your age cohort, all of what you say applies. Those people are all going to go "home" somewhere else, even if it is just back to Rockville (I'm hearing R.E.M. all of a sudden). My friends grew up here with me and most decided to stay; soon it will be our kids coming back from their condo pads in Ballston to do laundry, eat our food and hog our Wiis.

Posted by: krickey7 | December 28, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I am wondering if the people in Ohio were out on the city streets in the CBD or home with their family and friends as we Washingtonians were?

Posted by: maryrunk | December 28, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

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