Most Washington DC Suburban Middle Class Neighborhoods in Real Estate Housing Decline

Even with all the massive government spending in Washington, DC and all the overpaid jobs in all the corporations leaching off the government we still find that the economy is topping off. It is evident that this is happening due to the real estate prices locally fair in Washington, DC.

Many of the counties above Washington, DC in Maryland have a zero growth in real estate prices and have completely topped out. The prices are not coming down yet, but they will soon. It is interesting to watch Washington, DC suburbs and to the real estate growth, top and a decline, as it shows us that Washington, DC is suffering the same fate as Silicon Valley after bubble burst.

In the suburban areas the low Washington, DC in Virginia there is a negative change in the real estate prices of between 2 to 5% drop and this has occurred in the last quarter and is expected to continue to decline. We will most likely see the Maryland suburbs do the same thing within the next quarter.

Eventually the federal government of the United States of America will have to stop spending and wasting taxpayers money and as they do this we will see many corporations laying off employees because they can no longer sponge off the incredible cash flow expenditures of the federal government. Of course Washington, DC although unique in the massive amount of cash flow coming from the government is not unique to the real estate market across the country.

It is interesting that so many people thought that this real estate boom would never stop. Apparently they did not study the flows and cycles of the real estate boom and bust that are so common to the Washington, DC area and the federal government’s fiscal policies. Please consider this in 2006.

Best Quality Auto Parts for Your Suburban

The Suburban nameplate is one of the longest running in automobile history. This model-name dates back to 1935 when it was first manufactured under the Chevrolet marque. With time, this vehicle was rolled out under the Holden unit and then finally under the GMC brand name. The manufacturers might have changed over time but the spirit of this vehicle remained the same.

Right since its inception, the Suburban was a large, heavy and muscular Full Size SUV and these attributes stayed on with the passage of time to give rise to a tradition named Suburban. Even the modern-day Suburban, now re-named under GMC as “Yukon” bears a striking resemblance to its predecessors in more than one way.

With engine options ranging from a short-block 5.1 liters to a massive long-block 8.1 liters, this vehicle was always enormous in size and wheel-span. Some people also called it a baby Hummer after the famous Hummer trucks of the US army. The Suburban itself is famous for being a police patrol-car. Apart from its power and aggressive looks, this vehicle is also known to have an excellent towing capacity and cargo-space making it an exceptional SUV.

The modern Suburban or GMC Yukon is laden with high-end features and a seating capacity for 9 passengers. This vehicle can take on any kind of roads under any kind of conditions. People in need of regular commuting from towns to cities and vice-versa prefer this vehicle since it still remains one of the lower priced 9-seater SUVs.

The Suburban is however, a little hard on the wallet in terms of maintenance and service and of course that is expected from a vehicle of this size. Another problem one faces with this vehicle is the unavailability of brand new auto parts from the dealership. The problem is somewhat compounded if the vehicle is an older model. In such cases, one can easily think about using aftermarket or rebuilt parts as an alternative for OEM parts. The option may be cheap and work initially but such parts are bound to spoil the vehicle in the long run since they are not original company made and may experience compatibility issues.

To counter this problem, used auto parts have evolved as a cheap and effective, yet a safe alternative. These are genuine OEM parts that do not result in any long-term problems for the vehicle. Compared to brand new parts, these are readily available online and cost only about one-third of what their newer counterparts do. Nowadays, there are even special discounts, offers and schemes provided on used parts by many recognized dealers. Not only do you get a cheap auto part, you get it with a warranty and a replacement guarantee. In addition to these benefits, you also get to have the ordered auto parts delivered right to your doorstep without any charges. With a majority of well-known auto parts stores, you also get customer support in case you face any problems either in selecting the auto parts or after the delivery.

All you’ve got to do is select the correct used auto part from a recognized seller. Once you do that, rest assured that all your worries about the replacement part would be taken care of and your Suburban would be ready to take on the road again.

Suburban Gun Violence and Urban Gun Violence

Series: Guns for Drugs

Where do I begin this conversation that has been crawling its way up the doorsteps of every home in America? This past week I appeared on NPR’s “Where We Live” to participate in a national discussion on gun violence in America. What I quickly realized is that there are two different conversations taking place in this country about the effects of gun violence. One debate is taking place in suburban communities and the other in urban cities.

In 1985, after returning home from my first college break, I soon became acquainted with the harsh reality that many of my childhood friends from the inner -city were dying from gun violence–often by other childhood friends from that same community. Back then, it certainly was no secret as to why it was happening. It was mainly tied to the trafficking and sale of “crack rock cocaine” in many predominantly Black communities across America’s inner cities. It was all about the drugs, and the guns were to protect the street corners they were being sold on. As time passed, the drug trade became stronger despite President Richard Nixon’s Declaration of the War on Drugs in 1971. This was supposed to reduce drug related crimes and deter criminal behaviors that were associated with the illegal drug trade.

Unlike the inner-cities, whose residents are often poor and disenfranchised, the suburban communities represent the ideals of the American Dream. As I look back on my days at Notre Dame High School, there were only 11 African American seniors out of 262 total graduating seniors. Surprisingly enough, I was the only one from the inner-city. I was not poor, but my family was not nearly are financially secure as those of my peers. Approximately 99% of all the 262 seniors lived in the suburbs. I did not carry a gun and neither did they. Some of them would discuss that their fathers owned guns and hunted, and if they wanted, they could get a gun as well. However, there was no need for one. The only illegal thing that was going on in those days were sneaking cans of beer and cigarettes.

Fast forward to 2012, and guns are everywhere. Whether you are a poor kid from the inner-city or a rich computer geek, one thing is for sure– you either have a gun, or can buy a gun. It’s no secret. Just ask any street corner drug dealer. The one that sells the $20 bag of Heroin or cocaine. Ask him where he gets most of his guns? As a youth developer that has been running inner-city gun violence prevention programs since 2000, I’ve come to learn that most of the street drug dealers get their guns from suburban customers in exchange for illegal drugs. And though the drug dealer most often is too young or does not have the credentials to legally own the weapon, the suburban illegal drug buyer often does, which at the time of barter, is properly owned. This is not the only way guns make it onto inner-city streets, but it is one of the most consistent means of continued delivery into these streets.

This is not an issue of gun control. This is an issue of supply and demand.

Bicycling Safety – Defensive Riding in a Suburban Environment

Riding a bicycle in the suburbs presents challenges to cyclists and drivers alike. While the wider streets and lower concentration of cyclists make the suburbs seem like a safer place to ride, the suburban landscape can actually be a no-man’s-land for cyclists. Whether you’re on your bike or in your car, these observations can help prevent accidents and annoyances on the road.

Bicycle laws do vary by state. Nevertheless, with some exceptions, cyclists should obey the same traffic laws as motorists. This generalization is not as obvious as it sounds. How many times have you cyclists crossed against a red light when no cars were coming? On a bike, it’s easy to feel unrestrained by the rules of the road. Unfortunately, this attitude can provoke motorists who aren’t sure how to react to bikers that, to them, appear out of nowhere and do unpredictable things.

In the suburbs, the ratio of cars to bikes is much higher than in the city. Suburban motorists are not so accustomed to seeing cyclists. Most are more concerned about other cars than cyclists and are surprised to see them. Therefore, as a suburban cyclist you should take extra care not only to follow the rules of the road, but to make believe that you’re invisible and no one sees you. This idea will go a long way in keeping you out of trouble.

While assuming that no car is looking for you, also assume the worst when keeping track of a vehicle. What does this mean? Let’s say a vehicle is heading toward an intersection. Let’s say the car stops without activating the turn signal. Normally, we would assume that the car will continue driving straight. Stop! Instead, assume that the driver is the type of person who doesn’t use the turn signal and that it’s equally possible that he will turn left or right. Assume that drivers aren’t paying attention, that they’re distracted, texting while driving, eating a Big Mac, painting their nails, and so on. This will help you predict the movements of many motorists, especially suburban motorists.

The wide boulevards, regular lanes, and enormous intersections of a suburb provide a predictable driving environment, perfect for sleepy drivers. In contrast, the narrow lanes, sudden changes, and frequent stoplights of a city force urban drivers into a more alert state. Therefore, suburban cyclists ought to make up for the alertness that motorists lack by following the rules of the road, staying visible, keeping aware, and predicting the behavior of all nearby vehicles.

Urban Vs Suburban

I recently watched a 10 year old B championship game in a Chicagoland suburb, and I was pleasantly surprised by their level of play. It wasn’t the players’ individual skills that wowed me but their knowledge and execution of baseball plays. In the span of two innings there was a perfect cutoff throw from an outfielder to the shortstop which led to an out on the bases, a throw and a tag play on a grounder to the shortstop where a runner tried to advance from second base to third base, and an infield-in situation where there was a play at home and the catcher blocked the plate after receiving the ball from an infielder and tagged the runner sliding in trying to score. Great stuff for any age group, but from kids 10 years old it was especially impressive.

On the reverse side, I saw several urban games involving 12, 13, and 14 year old teams where not only was there no execution or understanding of baseball plays and strategies but a lack of basic fundamentals such as catching popups, flyballs, ground balls and line drives with two hands, using the proper footwork to get in position to throw balls more accurately with more velocity, and throwing with the correct motion based on individuals’ delivery and body type. There was a lack of execution in terms of routine plays in any of the games I saw. Coaches were holding their collective breaths watching their players trying to execute because their techniques were so poor.

Why the disparity of play between the suburban and urban baseball leagues? While the coaching styles looked similar, suburban coaches appeared to stress team play and tried to involve every player in the program on decisions during games. The suburban players had a good awareness of baseball situations, possibly from watching a lot of baseball, help from their parents, or playing baseball video games. City coaches singled out the best players on their teams and leaned on them to the neglect of the other teammates. If the best players pitched and pitched well their teams would succeed but if they were subpar their teams would fall apart because they were not taught baseball plays and strategies, and routine situations that happen in games resulted in mental and physical breakdowns. The coaches, rather than addressing the errors in a professional manner, started blaming players rather than being positive. This caused the city players to adopt an apathetic attitude toward playing. In contrast to this, suburban players were generally very enthusiastic about playing because of positive feedback from coaches.

How do we change urban players’ play and poor attitudes? Most of them really start out loving to play the game but get beaten down by poor teaching and coaching methods by adults who should be role models. There should be clinics available for all coaches willing to give their time to be positive influences on youth lives, and coaching should be treated like a full-time profession. Anything less than a full effort by coaching prospects cannot be tolerated. More discussion to come on the plight and possible solutions to help urban youth baseball excel.

Suburban Headlights – Keep Up the Excitement

How much you will like your car depends not only on how good a product the car is but also on how much you enjoy change in your life. If you do not like much change in your life you can buy a very reliable and durable car and use it for a long time. And if you do like change in your life you will perhaps want to change your car even though it can give you a great performance for a few more years. And even though your car is still good your eyes will wander towards the new and more glitzy cars and you will want to own one of those.

Now for a few of us it may be possible to buy new cars frequently but for most of us buying a new car is a major expense that cannot be indulged in often. So do we have to then settle for a car that has ceased to excite us and perhaps even has become dull and boring to drive? Well not really. We can replace components that improve the performance and the looks of the car and bring back the excitement. These components are not expensive give great value so it is not frivolous to buy them.

Take for example replacement Suburban headlights. The Suburban is a sumptuous large vehicle that gives more than the customer expects in nearly all departments. But after a while the headlights may lose their brightness or get damaged. Replacing them with the latest Suburban headlights is a great way to improve the car ownership experience.

The latest Suburban headlights will be high tech. They will have a modern light source and a great reflector. The road will light up really well and your driving at night will be less stressful and safer. The lights also have a smart looking housing and the total package will enhance the looks of your car. Headlights are a very visible component of your car and when they look better the whole car starts to look better. You can buy them conveniently online. You can see the latest Suburban headlights at

The 2011 Chevy Suburban: A Large And Powerful SUV

The 2011 Chevy Suburban is one of the most known and established SUV’s on the market. Most would expect such a large and heavy vehicle to run a bit sluggish or be slow when it comes to acceleration but the Suburban isn’t! It’s quite fast and nimble for such a big ride with enough room to seat eight to nine people, so it’s perfect for large families who plan to tow heavy objects on a regular basis. Some buyers might be turned off by the fact that this vehicle doesn’t have the best gas mileage; however that is to be expected by a vehicle of this size with heavy towing capabilities.

Let’s take a look at all the features that are available according to trim. There are three trim levels to choose from. All models come standard with slick 17″ wheels, front seats that are power adjustable for ultimate comfort, a dual climate control system and a Bluetooth system that allows you to place and receive phone calls without taking your hands off the steering wheel. The mid-level LT trim comes with seats appointed in leather and a state-of-the-art sound system. The interior on all trims is upscale; high quality materials have been used throughout the cabin.

Buyers get to choose from the type of engines they want; there is a super powerful 8 cylinder and a less sedate 6 cylinder engine. The V6 is equipped with 352 horsepower and 382 lb feet of torque while the V8 6.0 Liter outputs 320 hp and 382 lb feet of torque. As mentioned earlier, gas mileage isn’t the Suburban’s strong point. It receives 10 miles per gallon in the city and 16 miles per gallon on the freeway. The upscale LTZ trim is equipped with heated seats and a rearview camera. Another available option is the liftgate which comes in quite handy when you need to load and unload heavy items.

Plenty of safety features have been included such as passenger and driver air bags, On Star Automatic Crash Response, rear parking assist and remote vehicle standard. A traction control system is in place to help keep the vehicle stable. Cargo space is impressive; a total of 45.8 cubic feet of cargo space is available which can be expanded to 137.4 cubic feet with the third row of seats removed and the second row folded down.

The Chevy Suburban is perfect if you drive a lot of people around on a regular basis and need the ability to tow. If you don’t plan on towing and just need a large SUV that can transport a large number of people there are other large vehicles on the market with better mileage. Pricing starts at $41,335 for the base model.

Top 5 Dog Breeds to Consider for Suburban Homes

Dog is truly man’s best friend. If you are considering a dog, think of it’s size and it’s needs. The suburban lifestyle is very versatile, allowing you to choose almost any breed. Listed below are the top 5 most popular dog breeds that suburban residents might consider.

1. The Labrador Retriever are friendly active dogs. They are perfect for the active neighborhood. Labrador Retrievers are outgoing, docile and eager to please. A Labrador needs a large amount of human contact so they make excellent companion walkers when you are out strolling in your neighborhood.

2. The Golden Retriever is very docile. This makes for an excellent companion for children of all ages. They are a large dog breed and would not do well in an apartment. The Golden Retriever needs a place to run and play. If you have a pool, you will find the Golden Retriever in it playing quite often as they are fond of water.

3. The German Shepherd is known for its strong loyalty to its family and suspicion towards strangers, making it an ideal guard dog. This dog breed is in the top 10 smartest dog breeds, making it easily trainable, making it ideal for people who do not have large amount of time to invest in initial training.

4. The Beagle is an active dog with even more active nose! The beagle needs his time outside to satisfy his curiosity of the unknown in nature. It can be left alone a lot of times but you might not like the fact that it might chase smaller animals. Beagles are good with children and would do best if they had a yard to run in.

5. The Boxer is a playful, loyal, and easy-going family pet. Most homes in suburban neighborhoods come with family friendly yards and the space required for a boxer. These things make the boxer the perfect suburban family pet. They love to take walks and are very child friendly. They can sometimes be rambunctious if left alone for extended periods of time so having an active lifestyle would be beneficial to let out its excess energy.

Remember a simple rule for suburban home dogs: the larger the dog breed, the larger the space dog will need.

Small Chicken Coops – The Perfect Compliment to the Suburban Backyard

With the busy lives that most of have these days, it’s hard to commit a lot of time to anything that isn’t work or other serious business. That doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy nature and improve your self-sufficiency by taking up a hobby like poultry farming. All you have to do is keep things small, and you can raise a small flock of chickens without the endeavor taking up all of your time.

The first thing to think about is how many birds you need to fulfill your goals. A lot of people pick up poultry farming to provide a steady source of eggs. Some raise the birds for their meat. Others simply want an unconventional pet. If it’s just eggs or a companion pet that you’re after, then all you really need are a couple hens. Even without the presence of a male rooster, a hen will continue to lay eggs – usually around 5 each week. So with just two hens, you’ll have almost a dozen eggs weekly. For small operations like this, it’s only natural that you’ll need a small chicken house. If you want to use the birds for their meat, then you’ll have to get more chickens, which means small chicken coops won’t cut it.

A small chicken house for just a couple of birds only needs to be a few square feet. In many cases, it’s possible to purchase or buy portable chicken coops, otherwise known as chicken tractors. These poultry houses have the unique advantage of combining the benefits of a coop (namely protection), with the advantages of free ranging. For instance, the chickens have access to new sources of food so long as their tractor is moved frequently, reducing the amount of feed they eat.

Where Have All The Dirt-Bomb Wars Gone?

The suburban sprawl of the baby-boom years turned many farmlands into neighborhoods for young families in the 50’s and 60’s. City dwellers who escaped the concrete surroundings of apartment buildings, row houses, front stoops and playgrounds reveled in the spacious surroundings of their newly erected free-standing colonial or ranch homes. But there was one small price to pay. For the first two or three years of any new development construction, those homes sat amidst endless clouds of dusty farmland dirt. It was a nightmare for moms and their washing machines, but a living dream for kids.

Heavenly Dirt

When my parents moved my brothers and me into our own new homestead on a former Long Island potato farm, we had truly found our field of dreams. The endless acres of dirt provided the perfect theater for playing out unlimited fantasies, which for the boys, always seemed to involve the thematic backdrop of either sports or war.

Our dirt lots had no boundaries except the ones we created. We morphed baseball diamonds into football fields with the simple altered placement of a few rocks, where World Series and Super Bowl games were replayed a hundred times over. We stormed the beaches of Normandy and Iwo Jima, reliving Allied victories while looking for excuses to roll down the biggest dirt mountain in the field. The choice of either feigning your escape from enemy fire or being mortally wounded sufficed equally for this purpose.

To the neighborhood kids of these early “Levittown” construction years, the dirt was heaven. To the adults, the dirt was a curse and a nemesis against which they were constantly waging battle. Moms resorted to the chemical weaponry of detergents and bleach, while Dads attacked the ever-encroaching dirt through the trench warfare of planting shrubbery and rolling out their most effective big guns – the dreaded grass seed.

For us kids it was always a sad day in the neighborhood when another quarter-acre of gorgeous brown dirt would fall victim to a carpet-bombing barrage of fresh grass seed. In an instant, that free-roaming plot of land was transformed into a virtual mine field, demarcated by wooden stakes, white string and dangling tiny pieces of torn cloth which acted as implicit “Keep Out” warning signs. Heaven forbid the stickball player who was unlucky enough to pull his Spaldine rubber ball sharply into the foul territory of someone’s newly planted grass seed. To a Baby Boomer dad, there was no greater personal violation than that of his freshly burgeoning grass seedlings being trampled upon by some aspiring Hank Aaron. To retrieve such a ball was to navigate a mine field indeed, risking the wrath of an angry man holding a rake.

Despite the break-through creation of Pong in 1972 we were still decades away from XBox’s Call of Duty or Play Station’s Modern Warfare. In the absence of such technology – and still years away from Paint Ball – we needed some other way to fulfill our biological need to “play war” (a boy-hood desire which, for some inexplicable reason, seems to remain universal for every generation). And so, as with everything else, we took to the dirt.

War is…. Dirt

There may have been no better arena in which play out war games than the former potato fields of Long Island. That’s because the land offered an endless supply of the most important ammunition and vital resource known to boy kind: The Dirt-Bomb. They were small clusters of oddly shaped dirt cubes in various sizes, with a perfectly balanced consistency. These little weapons of mass destruction were solid enough to pick up and hurl without crumbling, but soft enough to explode in a dramatic burst of dust upon impact, and without serious injury… well, mostly. Occasionally, you would find defective Dirt-Bombs; ones too soft to withstand the stress of manually launching them (i.e., you couldn’t chuck those suckers), or worse, ones so hard that the Dirt-Bomb wouldn’t explode upon impact. Often, those Dirt-Bombs were not dirt at all. They were actually the fearsome Rock Bombs; solid dirt clusters that had the outward appearance of a Dirt-Bomb but with a hidden inner core of stone or rock. Nasty little buggers. As the Trojan Horse of Dirt-Bomb munitions, the Rock Bomb was considered unconventional weaponry and was offensive and intolerable by any standards of civilized Dirt-Bomb warfare rules of engagement. We were pretty sure the Geneva Convention had said so. We did know for sure that they hurt like hell and had sent more than one brave little foot soldier running home crying to mommy long before dinner, which was the predetermined official end to any battle.

Whether you were fighting in local skirmishes between two families, or in a fierce battle between your end of the block and the “other” end of the block, or on rare occasion engaged in a huge World War epic between your block and another entire block (the Mother of all Dirt-Bomb wars!), those Dirt-Bomb wars helped define our boyhood. And, in some strange sort of way, they also afforded kids the chance to establish rules of right versus wrong, and play out their conflicts. No Rock Bombs! No sneak attacks from behind! No aiming for the eyes! No ganging up on the little kids! These were perfectly sensible rules established within a perfectly stupid game. And like the countless (and much safer) stickball, basketball and touch football games to take place in the neighborhood, adult supervision for creating and enforcing the rules and consequences of these contests was not required.

Whether gleaned from our own household rules or derived from some innate sense of fairness and equity, the kids of our neighborhood in Smithtown, Long Island seemed capable of adequate self governance without the constant intervention from adults. We had our share of disagreements and certainly a few fist fights, but even those were part of the culture of deciphering right versus wrong. Perhaps we always knew that the court of parental appeals was only a doorbell away, and that helped to keep things in check. But in those early years such intervention was rarely needed, allowing childhood ethics to feel more like a Norman Rockwell painting rather than a scene from Lord of the Flies.

Eventually – as with any newly constructed neighborhood – the brown dirt lost the war to the green grass and shrubs, as wide-open dusty properties were slowly transformed into lush private yards. Admittedly, the grass felt good on our bare feet, though poor Mom had to wage war against a new enemy – grass stains.

Of course, for kids today (gotta’ love that expression) the way they compete – and conflict – has changed. Much of it plays out on cell phones and Facebook. Because everything plays out on cell phones and Facebook. Teenage and adolescent communication is now so instantaneous and constant that there’s no shortage of opportunity for unlimited wars of words and techno-competitions. Perhaps kids have bought into the old adage that “the keyboard is mightier than the sword.”

Face-to-face contact is slowly transforming into Facebook-to-Facebook contact. And the only remaining face-to-face competition for kids seems to be the super-structured and professionally-styled sports leagues where parents hold all the reigns and the kids are often pawns in an activity devoid of free spirit. Our new virtual world has changed the way we do everything, including play and fight, and it leaves me once again longing for the good old days when our adolescent conflicts and competitive instincts were all carried out in the same elementary forum – the dirt lot.