So, Diana and I just got back from our fist trip to Maryland. Aside from the flight back, it was a pretty good trip. We were able to visit about a dozen different apartments/townhouses for rent and we got to know the area fairly well. We’ll most likely end up living in a place call Olney, a small suburban town about 30 min outside of Washington DC. I would really have liked to live closer to campus, and I know I’m going to be hating my gas bill, but Olney has some of the best schools in the area and is a safe community–plus the townhouse we found was the best price we could get on a 3 bedroom place.
Still, I’m conflicted. I don’t want to be running away from diversity, nor do I want to prejudge those more densely populated areas, whose greatest drawback appears to be that they have high immigrant populations. What’s more, to the extent that I’m and environmentalist, I feel particularly bad that I won’t be able to use public transportation. That said, we truly are going into a vast unknown. I’m sure that there are any number of areas closer to the city that are great places to raise a family. The problem is, how does someone who lives on the other side of the country know where those places are? What’s more, there’s no way someone on a student stipend can afford to live in those places. I plead necessity, may the gods of the environment and social consciousness have mercy on my commuting, suburban-living soul.