The government sent me over there for a all-day training class. It was my first time in Crystal City....and I was kinda surprised.
It is the Rodeo Drive of DC metro-region. Every big name defense company has a office there. There are a dozen big-name hotels. And there's at least sixty restaurants along Crystal City Drive.
I came to realize something about this side of the river and the over side (DC). In DC.....except around the capital area.....you could be shot at any time of day, but especially at night. Its just not safe to walk around unless you are in a group, and after 11PM....it's just plain dangerous.
But then you come to Arlington, Alexandra, and Crystal City. Virginia cops, city cops, and private guards throughout these areas....just won't allow crime to build up. You don't have drive-by shootings in this part of the region.
It's hard to imagine an area this unsafe....and a mile away....it's ten times safer. It makes no sense.
I sat there eating an ice cream at lunch....and considering the safety issue. I didn't have a single threat within a mile of me....and it was obvious. Everyone felt the same way. Three miles over....across the river....it's an entirely different story. Something is wrong here.