Images speak louder than words. Here are some pictures I took recently in DC and Arlington East Falls Church neighborhood. You can see the striking difference between urban (city) living and living in the DC suburb like Arlington. I took the pictures of the streets in Arlington's East Falls Church and Dupont Circle at the same day.
At EFC streets, you don't see that many people as on the streets of Northwest DC in downtown, Dupont Circle and George Washington University. Living in the city have its advantage: people, walkability to stores, easy access to public transportation, etc. In the suburb of DC like Arlington, unless you're really close to the center of - along orange line metro in Arlington - there's practically not much going on around your neighborhood. People seldom walk. Walk means exercise. Other than that, they drive. (I'm guilty of it, too).
What do we have here in our hood? The closest stores we have around our neighborhood in North Arlington (a mile from EFC metro), is CVS, 7/11, a Chinese restaurant, a deli and a few other mom and pop stores.. that offer basic services.
That's the suburb for you.
A side note: the pictures you see below are mixed with some old pictures I've taken from around Rosslyn neighborhood in Arlington. I have taken like thousands of neighborhoods pictures in Northern Virginia and Washington DC, but just haven't had the chance to upload them. I'll add more sets when I have time.