As a 20-something in the District, the early summer marks moving season. Of course, as in any city, people move at all times of the year. However, this time of the years seems to be one of the peak times to move. I personally know seven people who are moving within a month of each other. That is not even including my roommate and me!
Yes, you read that correctly. I am moving. Not only that, but I am leaving the city I love to pursue graduate school. Which city, you ask. Atlanta, Georgia. It is both very exciting and bittersweet. One thing for certain though, expect changes to the blog over the next few months and more posts in the fall once I am settled.
And now, back to the main subject of this post: moving season. I think the greatest cost of moving season is that due to the transiency of D.C., you always know someone who is going to move during the summer. It also almost always tends to be one of your good friends who asks you to come help them move. I live by the code of if someone asks you to help, you say yes. These are your good friends and moving to a new place, whether it is still in the D.C. area or across the country, is very exciting for them. It is also very stressful. Your job as a helper is to do what they say, be calm and positive, and offer suggestions when there are complications. In return you typically receive a free meal and/or drink for your service.
Even if you are the rare person who does not know anyone moving, it is hard not to notice the increase of U-Hauls on our streets and free furniture on our sidewalks. (I put out a small bookshelf last weekend and it was gone within 5 hours.) The physical representations on the street bring forth contemplations on and images of change. I tend to view change as exciting and new; however, that is not always the case. As much as we try to forecast the future of our cities, change is unpredictable. Some neighborhoods revitalize while other drop in status. One thing is for sure, moving trucks signal new people sharing the streets and others leaving. Cities and their neighborhoods are always evolving.