Northern Virginia, as in the DC metro area, has always fascinated me as a planner. Few places in America have been as rapidly urbanized over the last twenty years or so. Everthing I have read about the problem of urban sprawl seems to point to northern Va. as a textbook example. As someone who has never been there, I'm curious as to what planners working there have to say about it.
Basically I'd be interested in hearing about everything from what a planner's role is in such an environment to what's cool and sucks about living there.
P.S. I hate posting "teach me" threads but I couldn't resist the urge for this one .