Re: What is your personal favorite about Fairfax?
Date: March 14, 2015 11:56AM
The park systems are very nice. You're always fairly close to one, and even in such a built up area you can still get out and roam. The rec centers are gorgeous, clean, and very well equipped.
Crime is very low. The FCPD, for all its faults, does a good job.
There are a tons of jobs and lots of work and the area is recession proof thanks to the federal government. Don't believe me? Go out and drive around the rest of the country. Drive around West Virginia, southern Virginia, PA, Ohio, much of New York, etc. Those places look like a bomb hit them. Every third store / business is closed. Fairfax just sort of passed all that by.
FCPS, for all its faults, does a good job. Again, get out into the real world, go to other states and jurisdictions, etc. Montgomery County is very good, Loudoun is good, but go 60 miles away and the schools are not that good.
The local government services, again, for the faults, are quite good. We had a bat in the child's bedroom at 1:00 AM. Animal control was at the house in 20 minutes, caught the bat, explained what to do, and called up 10 hours later to tell us it was rabies free. Do you think you get that elsewhere?
Of course there are things I don't like. The traffic. The congestion. How it takes hours to go anywhere during rush hour. But I lived here long, long, long ago back when it wasn't crowded. And it was full of rednecks. As the congestion has moved in and as property values have gone up, they've been forced out. Hey, you can always move to Manassas and Bristow, but enjoy the cars up on blocks and the trash and the neighbors having screaming arguments at 2 AM.