We live near Washington, DC… but most people don’t realize that this region isn’t yet a megalopolis like other major urban centers; i.e., New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, etc. The really dense areas of the DC region are generally contained within the 20-mile diameter of the Washington Beltway, although urban blight has slowly been creeping out to the suburbs and rural areas beyond since the mid-1970’s. The small community where we live is in the middle of a designated agricultural zone, part of which you see in this image.
Will it remain this way forever? Sadly, no.
Despite intense efforts to preserve the agricultural spaces, they are slowly being eroded by development. This open space, for example, will eventually succumb to housing — although each property will be a minimum of 25-acres or more (but only for the wealthy — not working-class people like Cindy and me). We understood that these views would eventually disappear when we moved to the area back in 1993; however, we figure we will continue to enjoy undisturbed sunsets like this one until we retire sometime in the next decade or so… when we finally leave the area and seek a less expensive place to live.