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Old 07-27-2004, 07:01 AM   #16
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Enfield Connecticut-

It's a smaller city-about 50,000 people, but it has everything you need. Plus, if you ever get the urge for big city life, Boston and NYC are both about a 3 hour drive-not too far for a weekend trip.

Traffic is never too bad, the people are mostly friendly, crime is low, and rent & house prices are reasonable.

My favorite thing is that we have 4 definite seasons-warm in the summer, snow in the winter, and absolutely gorgeous fall and spring weather. I came from Houston, which has 7-8 months of hot and 4 months of not quite so hot, so I love the weather most of all.
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I live in Nashville, Tennessee,
I live in the perfect place, right near town, and I love it, so much to do, and most ppl in TN are nice, but there are some red necks out in the country (love em but leave em.!!)
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its good

quite

nice soccerteam

not moving in a while i guess
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Hampton Roads/Southeastern VA: HATE IT!

Good points: Relatively mild winters and a long growing season. Lots of historical places, which interest me.

Bad points: Way too humid, like right now. Too many mosquitoes. Too many PEOPLE in a small area (VA Beach alone has more ppl than the entire state of North Dakota) which causes too much traffic, too many bad attitudes, too high of prices, high crime rate, and more bad situations. It's ugly and boring. It's called the greates cultural cul de sac in the world. The worst thing is that it's so far over from everything else that you basically have to go out of your way to get here, but, why would you? For the unfortunate souls who live here, the drive both in and out are horrendous. I-64 is hellacious, usually backed up, with omnipresent road work since 1988 but still too many potholes, and ugly scenery (dull patches of pine trees at best, ugly factories at worst) Then there is US 460, dangerous, and a speed trap, or state Route 10, two lane, slow and also dangerous. So the thing is, if you like it here, you are okay (though I cannot understand why anyone would) but if you are like me and live here and always want desperately to escape, it's in a bad place for reaching everywhere else by car. Oh, and don't forget the hurricanes! Though we have not been hit by many big ones (Pat Robertson claims responsibility for this) the one we had last year wasted a lot of stuff and we had no power for days. We are in constant threat of 'the big one' complete with tidal waves. Then there are the stupid, nitpicky laws and zoning regulations, but I don't feel like getting into that. Maybe later. To answer the question, I do not like where I live. Why am I here? Too poor to pack up and go.
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The OC. Nice, overpriced, and mocked on television. It is a beautiful place filled with "beautiful" people (the best plastic surgery money can buy).
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Hampton Roads/Southeastern VA: HATE IT!

Did I read somewhere else that you're on/near a military base? I wonder if you live by my cousins b/c I know they live on a base in VA (my uncle is a Coast Guard captain).
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Indiana, PA, about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh PA. I live in a small college town with about 15,000 students who attend. We have our share of small crimes, but our town is a family orientated. We have cold winters and warm summers.
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i've only been there once and the winter was unseasonably warm. like it's almost too hot for a sweater warm, so i guess like 50s or 60s. but still, i like it. i wanna move to either there or delaware in the next few years; i'm sick of southern living. i live memphis, but not as much as i like being near a BEACH! (a 3-4 hour drive to a beach beats being landlocked and having the nearest beaches 8 hours away.)
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Grand Rapids, Michigan. I like the city fine, but I HATEHATEHATE the weather (the Lakes screw everything up). I'm moving south where it's hot and humid 24/7/365! Some people like our weather b/c we get snow and heat, a bit of everything. In the winter there's like 3 feet of snow and in the summer it's 90 degrees. I don't care to see snow every again.

That said, this is a nice place to live. It's not huge like Chicago or Detroit (both 3 hrs away), but I like being in a "city" with skyscrapers, highways, shopping malls, etc. The population is 200,000. There's museums (kids, museum, a regular one, an art one, and the Gerald Ford one which is historical stuff), malls, a zoo, a mini-rain forest, an international airport, an arena, tons of theaters (movies, plays, dance, improv), a symphony, festivals downtown, etc. Downtown is pretty cool b/c we have a river through it and tons of really old, cool historical buildings. There's also the Heritage Hill neighborhood where all the renovated old houses are (some Frank Lloyd Wright ones). It used to be run-down, but the landlords fixed it all up and now it's the place to retire or where all the preppy young couples/artsy people live. Before I move away, I'm going to photograph all my favorite houses. The traffic I don't really know about since I've never had a car and walk/bike everywhere, but I think it's fine compared to huge cities. I mean, ANYWHERE is going to suck at 7am and 5pm. The ramps between the two main highways are congeste b/c they're closed, but they've been like that for a while so they (I hope) will be done soon. There's also plenty of beaches nearby (parkes lining Lake Michigan) and plenty to do there.

Hmm, I live in the same city and thats fairly accurate. I have a different take on a few things though. Which highway "ramps" you are talking about though (96 and 131?) those were only closed over this past weekend? I travel them everyday going to work and going home and havent had any problems other than a little congestion at times. The South Beltline will end ALOT of the small congestion that exists on those highways anyway and that is scheduled to be done in November.

The only problem with the weather here can be the snow because of Lake Michigan. We get a weather phenomenon know as Lake Effect snow. We get twice as much snow as the other side of Michigan as a result. But the last couple winters have been fairly mild and I certainly dont remember 3 ft of snow (unless you mean cumulative over the entire winter, but snow typically melts several times even during the winter). But we certainly dont get 3 ft of snow from any single storm. Summers here are great IMO. It doesnt get super hot all that often, generally in the 70's to 80's for highs. In GR you are only 20 to 30 minutes from the beach (Lake Michigan, Holland or Grand Haven) and in the winter you have skiiing available also. So I see it as the best of both worlds really. Grand Rapids is one of the fastest growing communities in the entire country currently. Downtown has been renovated and there are alot of nice restaurants, bars, and we have a very nice Arena in the heart of it that sees alot of big name acts (doubdt U2 will ever play there though, seats 13k for a concert, to small for them).

I have lived all over, big cities, down south (Alabama) and in Colorado. What I have found is as far as the weather, you have good and bad everywhere. I could not stand the humidy down south. In August in AL you might as well just sit inside in your air conditioning versus stepping outside and just melting LOL. Whats the difference between that and being snowed in? Except its easier to warm up than it is to cool down. I dont think the weather is a good reason to move anywhere (just my 2 cents). Its about your family, friends, activities and/or oppurtunities (job wise). Michigan on the whole is a nice place to live, it has a good balance of most things that people enjoy. LOL, maybe I should be on the Michigan board of tourism!!!
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Did I read somewhere else that you're on/near a military base? I wonder if you live by my cousins b/c I know they live on a base in VA (my uncle is a Coast Guard captain).
I'm about 20 miles from all the military stuff on the coast, but it still dominates the area a lot. My husband works there but is not in the military. Where I live is all cotton fields and residential areas, but everywhere you drive to get anywhere, you get the traffic and all the other stuff I complained about. Stay home and I only have to deal with idiot redneck neighbors, sigh. I want to move.

I do have a few very wonderful neighbors too. I want to take them with me if I ever get to go.
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Hmm, I live in the same city and thats fairly accurate. I have a different take on a few things though. Which highway "ramps" you are talking about though (96 and 131?) those were only closed over this past weekend? I travel them everyday going to work and going home and havent had any problems other than a little congestion at times.
I go to the beach every weekend and it seems like since June, we've run into problems between 96 and 131. The worse was when 131N to 96W was closed and I don't think anyone on the highway was aware b/c all of the sudden, EVERYONE stopped and we were all trying to figure out the detour. That was a pain in the arse b/c everyone on 131 wanted to get on 96 like we did. I think 96 to 131S was closed for a while b/c we tried once and it didn't work. We've given up by now and just take 96 to College. Since you're there everyday, please tell me, is there any construction left between the two highways? If not, we'll start going the way we want to go again.

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I could not stand the humidy down south. In August in AL you might as well just sit inside in your air conditioning versus stepping outside and just melting LOL. Whats the difference between that and being snowed in? Except its easier to warm up than it is to cool down. I dont think the weather is a good reason to move anywhere (just my 2 cents). Its about your family, friends, activities and/or oppurtunities (job wise). Michigan on the whole is a nice place to live, it has a good balance of most things that people enjoy. LOL, maybe I should be on the Michigan board of tourism!!!
I agree, Michigan IS nice, but like you said, you haven't lived here in GR youre ENTIRE life. And I love the heat and humidity. My activities are all outdoor things that I simply can't do 8 mos out of the year here (camping, backpacking, biking, fishing, swimming, tanning on the beach, hanging out at the cottage, etc). I got sick of it here a long time ago (since the beginning of HS) and my feelings haven't changed. I just HATE winter, HATE it. I hate snow, cold, dryness, my skin is red and itchy all winter, my eyes kill, everything gets all slushy and brown, nothing is alive, and like this past winter, it hardly even snowed! What a waste of a season! I don't like downhill skiing, I don't like ice fishing, I don't like it that you basically need a pair of snowshoes to get around b/c by the time the streets are plowed, the next snowstorm hits. I just can't be myself while I'm here.

I go south as much as possible and I think I could be happy in a climate anywhere Tennessee or more south as long as I like the community. I can't be anywhere landlocked, I honestly think I'd get depressed.
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I'm about 20 miles from all the military stuff on the coast, but it still dominates the area a lot. My husband works there but is not in the military. Where I live is all cotton fields and residential areas, but everywhere you drive to get anywhere, you get the traffic and all the other stuff I complained about. Stay home and I only have to deal with idiot redneck neighbors, sigh. I want to move.

I do have a few very wonderful neighbors too. I want to take them with me if I ever get to go.
Hm....I'm not sure if it's the same place as my cousins. I thought they lived in/near either Norfolk or Suffolk and I know there's a river in their neighborhood.
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There's water EVERYWHERE here. You can't go hardly anywhere without having to cross a bridge or a tunnel. There are rivers, lakes, the bay, the ocean, it's got to be the most watery place in the country.
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There are rivers, lakes, the bay, the ocean, it's got to be the most watery place in the country.
It might be one-upped by the Everglades, which is where I'd LOVE to live.
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There's water EVERYWHERE here. You can't go hardly anywhere without having to cross a bridge or a tunnel. There are rivers, lakes, the bay, the ocean, it's got to be the most watery place in the country.
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