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Old 02-21-2011, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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Public transit is a huge PRO in the city of Boston and in NYC and SF, where city driving is very expensive and difficult. Using the T is almost a must in Boston.

In most cities in America, public transit isn't needed at all. Most cities don't have the congestion, parking issues, or just the stress that driving in Boston has. Driving is pretty enjoyable and easy, hence no need for public transit.

Well your in the right state for that manner of thinking. Unfortunately I think where you live South Fla, as well as the whole state is a disgrace with its traffic and lack of transit.

I've honestly wondered if many in that state and its officials purposely keep it that way. So that people will not move there, that can't afford a car or are not able to drive. Since living in Fla is about as auto dependent as it gets in an urban area.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Parkland, FL
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I've honestly wondered if many in that state and its officials purposely keep it that way. So that people will not move there, that can't afford a car or are not able to drive.

Cities that have expansive public transit are, by far, the most expensive cities to live in. The cost of living in Boston is significantly higher than living in Miami/Fort Laud.
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:01 PM
 
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So was I. Also, accents? Like you don't hear accents around here?
Oh yeah, I hadn't caught that. I think that disliking the accent in an area is hardly worth complaining about. Personally, I enjoy hearing the speech patterns in different places, but even if someone happens to dislike the sound of some accents, I would not consider that exactly a life-changing major negative feature of the places where those accents are heard.
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:08 PM
 
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Cities that have expansive public transit are, by far, the most expensive cities to live in. The cost of living in Boston is significantly higher than living in Miami/Fort Laud.
We all have our preferences, and if you prefer a less dense, wide open kind of area because you like to drive, and find driving easier in such an area, more power to you. However, I doubt that the presence of extensive public transit causes a high cost of living. Most likely, the high cost of living and the presence of extensive public transit in some cities both result from population density. The logistics of serving a high percentage of the population with transit work especially well in densely built areas, while land also comes at a premium in such areas, driving up the cost of living. Just two coincidental results of high population density.
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Up North
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I miss Boston so much. I can't wait to be back, don't take this great city for granted. Its truely world class (but not as blown up by outsiders as say NY or LA) and blows majority of American cities I've been to out of the water.

The weather is the ONLY thing I would change, but then again, seasons are awesome

Just wait until the middle of Spring when the sun is shining and you can break out the flip flops and spend the day sitting on a park bench, sipping on Dunkin iced coffee watching people pass. You guys have it good.
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Up North
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Cities that have expansive public transit are, by far, the most expensive cities to live in. The cost of living in Boston is significantly higher than living in Miami/Fort Laud.

yeah but the pay down here is the worst on the East Coast. There aren't as many opportunities for professionals as there are in most of the East Coast. I have made more money waiting tables than my mother has being a senior accountant at a mid-sized company. Miami/Fort Lauderdale has public transit and its some of the worst in the country. No major city in America can get away without having some type of public transport. South Florida's is so bare bones, its like they only have it to keep the masses from freaking out.

They say that in Florida, expect to get paid in sunshine (not $)
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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Just wait until the middle of Spring when the sun is shining and you can break out the flip flops and spend the day sitting on a park bench, sipping on Dunkin iced coffee watching people pass. You guys have it good.
Yeah Pear, except those years when it's still in the mid thirties in late May ....
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Old 02-22-2011, 11:14 PM
 
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Um, still mid thirties in late May? It's not THAT bad.
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Arlington, MA
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running, biking, and other outdoor activities are just as hard to do in blistering hot and humid weather the South gets. you may not think shoveling is exercise, but there's a lot more you can do in the winter a opposed to a 100+ degree summer:

-snowshoeing
-cross country skiing
-skiing
-sledding (a "kid" activity, but a ton of fun!)
-ice skating
-skijoring if you have a dog inclined to pull you along

every region has its pros and cons, but I don't consider the average Boston winter a con in terms of activities to do (granted I know you guys out in Boston are getting walloped this season, but this isn't an average winter).

of course, I do like the idea of an "escape valve" or vacation home. after this past crazy winter (has experienced major snow storms in Chicago, Boston, and New Jersey), I'm ready to take a break from the white stuff for a while!
I think its a multiple choice sort of conundrum: your body's heat/cold response and circadian rhythms in tandem with personal tastes and accessibility. Forsaking personal preferences due to meteorological circumstances is personally a "surrender" (v. change) for many. Skiing is loads of fun, yet not easily accessible unless you head to NH, nor are close by trails available near Arlington, MA to make X-C or snowshoeing possible. I've tried skating, and am all ankles and can't get my heart rate up enough to make it worthwhile :-)

Living in warm climates necessitates similar "surrenders" (or change, depending on the vantage point) to make running/biking/outdoor activities work. I got up pretty early to train in both DC and Phoenix, which coincided nicely with work schedules. Most non-Alpine winter sports venues aren't lit, limiting hours to routine work time for many.
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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Um, still mid thirties in late May? It's not THAT bad.
I remember it happening OG. Not usually obviously, but I remember summers that would never arrive ...
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