Mirror, mirror on the wall, who might be the coolest of them all?  “Oh little geek one, let me check my Expedia Ball and tell you that you are!”  My political wonk friends, defense contractor nerds, and otherwise DC geeks, do not despair; if you move to Arlington, you are in cool nirvana, according to Expedia.  In fact, you are guaranteed hipness, because Arlington ranked 3rd, yes 3rd, in the U S of A as the most hip place to live!

This is probably earth shattering news to anyone who doesn’t live in Arlington.  In fact, this news may factor into future housing and professional decisions for scores of peeps who are on a continual search for hipdum.  Even a visit or nine to check out the hippies in Arlington might be in store?

Astoundingly, but perhaps not unexpectedly by Arlingtonians (now this is NOT a hip name), the Rosslyn – Ballston corridor has been “hip” for about two decades and is now just getting its cred.  Perhaps.

But, before this, there were other hip, local places.  Like Old Town – NOT!  Ok, DC’s Georgetown, Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, etc.  What, they never ranked?  Ok, big kudos to Arlington as Tysons, Springfield, Kingstowne, Reston and all of our other “hip” suburbs sit in envy.  Ok, quit laughing.

Arlington gets its due, and do you want to know why?  METRO!  The Orange Line brought hipness to communities that would be no different today than dozens of neighborhoods right outside of DC that have little or no public transit access.  METRO brought hipness to Arlington and the leaders in Arlington were astute enough to recognize what they had and to build on transit oriented development that blends retail, office and residential uses, which create vibrant, sought after places for people to live.  Hip on Arlington, you are the envy of NOVA right now.  But Tysons, Reston and Herndon are fast on your hip tails!  Hip More and Commute Less Arlington – kudos!