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Posted at 6:20 PM ET, 01/30/2011

One storm in the city, another in the suburbs

By Dan Malouff

Last year during snowpocalypse I observed that while most suburbanites spent the post-storm days stuck at home waiting for plows to clear their roads, many urbanites treated the days off like a big community party, and moved about their neighborhoods at will.

This year’s storm offers an even more dramatic illustration: Wednesday night’s commute.

It was undeniably rough for urbanites. Metro was slow, buses got stuck and then stopped running, and anyone who walked more than a block got wet and cold. My experience, and the experience of most of the people I’ve talked to, is that in the city last night’s commute took about twice as long as usual.

But “rough” isn’t the same as “nightmare,” which is the only way to describe what travel in the suburbs was like.

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Dan Malouff is an Arlington County transportation planner who blogs independently at 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 Dan Malouff  | January 30, 2011; 6:20 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., Local blog network, weather  
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Where we live, in the Aspen Hill area of Montgomery County, off Bel Pre road, zip code 20906, the back streets are still blocked, with broken tree limbs across the roads on almost every street. I have never seen the post storm cleanup delayed so long, and we only had 8 inches of snow. It's hard for us to get to and from the major roads, with our side roads clogged with tree limbs, a full four daysa after the snow.

Posted by: samsara15 | January 31, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse


You seem to take untoward glee in the suffering of suburbanites here. There are parts of DC that lost power, too, and did not get it back for days.

Posted by: krickey7 | January 31, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I left work at 2 pm, got home before a single flake of snow fell, and counted myself lucky. But not being a smug, self-righteous person who delights in the sufferings of others, including others who choose to live where they want or need to (couples who work in different areas, people whose jobs changed after they bought, etc.), I felt sorry for those who were caught in the horrendous commute, no matter where they live.

And frankly, given that I've lived here for 20 years, and never seen a WORST commute, I'd take my chances with that reoccuring with having to deal on a daily basis with the disaster known as Metro. You are forgetting that the MORNING's commute on Metro last Wednesday was absolutely horrendous (just like Monday's Metro commute). So take that smug attitude and shove it where the sun doesn't shine, and I don't mean a Metro station.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | January 31, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

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