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Why pay rent comparable to DC (although not the really trendy parts of DC) in Downtown Silver Spring? Easy: Education.

Montgomery County has one of the top k-12 systems in the country; DC has one of the worst. Maryland residents can attend one of the top public universities in the country (and a top 50 university) for relatively little money. DC residents don't have that luxury.

That and Downtown Silver Spring is still significantly safer than many trendy parts of DC. And it's not too shabby being able to walk to AFI and The Fillmore.

DC has a lot of nice things going for it, and I love the city, but it's difficult for middle class people to live in, especially if they have kids or want to get graduate degrees. My friends my age in DC are deciding whether or not to stay and send their kids to private/Catholic school or move out to a walkable area in MoCo or NoVa that has better public education.

DC is doing a much better job with new development than MoCo and Downtown Silver Spring, so perhaps in another decade the math on this situation will flip.

by Patrick Thornton on Jan 28, 2013 1:14 pm • linkreport

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