If you live in Michigan and have forgotten how bad the economy is there, just come to Northern Virginia. Here, the malls are always packed, people eat out a lot, I have yet to see any sort of vacant or closed business, parking is impossible to find, residential occupancy rates are through the roof and there are cranes rising from construction sites everywhere. This place feels like the future of America to me. Seeing so many diverse cultures working and living together is both strange to me and a breath of fresh air. Btw, the people watching here is second to none. Seriously.