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Old 08-07-2011, 01:12 AM
Location: Cambridge, MA
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Originally Posted by zaphod001 View Post
Well, I did decide to live there and I didn't grow up there. I will be moving from the Boston area to my new home in Wyoming in September.

I don't think the reasons why I want to live there will shock you, as they are cited in almost every single thread about Wyoming. Nevertheless, I will go through the exercise of stating why I wanted to live there, in case such a thing is of value to other people reading CD.

1) Top notch public schools, without a) the complications of needing to "test in" to a good school (why Hyde Park living/Walnut Hills HS schooling was less attractive to me personally -- although I know that place is great and all and many think it's the bee's knees), or b) the extreme concern for overprivileged social climbing based on wealth that seems to come up (accurately or inaccurately) whenever the Indian Hill school district is mentioned. I make no claim as to the veracity of how this applies to IH schools, and I acknowledge I may be overvaluing impressions of people who know not of what they speak. Regardless, the possiblity it would be true seems plausible and aversive enough to make Indian Hill less attractive to me personally.
2) Closer to where my wife and I will be working (Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center) than places we considered in e.g. the Sycamore School district, although those were perfectly nice
3) Slightly less homogeneity than some other places (I understand this is only incremental, but it was a factor for us -- see Terrace Park demographics vs Wyoming demographics; Terrace Park is 99.3% white and Wyoming is 83.6% white). We seriously considered Terrace Park, which is lovely, but thought we'd find more more non-white faces in Wyoming (a plus for us) AND have more in common with our neighbors in Wyoming than in TP. Mind you, I have zero interest in slagging TP, which is truly lovely, nor to imply anything bad about the people who live there. But I mention this to try to answer the question, "Why Wyoming?"
4) The departments my wife and I will be working for put us in contact with people who lived in Wyoming and loved it and what we heard was consistent with what we heard elsewhere about what it was like to live and raise a family there
5) Relative stability of property value
6) We could afford the kind of residence we will be comfortable in, in a neighborhood with other kids, but also greenery
7) The only people who seem to raise concern about the neighborhoods surrounding Wyoming and how that might affect safety are those who know the least about Wyoming, and no one who lives there ever seems to have those concerns
8) Nobody, not even once, ever raised any concern about the water or pollution with the exception of Wilson513, who does so repeatedly, and with great vigor. FYI, Wilson, my future house is nowhere near any expressways.

Potential downsides to Wyoming we considered:
1) Somewhat older housing stock
2) Lack of selection of houses we liked in our price range at the particular time we were looking
3) Lack of walkability to a commercial center with much in the way of restaurants, ice cream shops, etc
4) Lack of walkability of the house we settled on to an elementary school, a park suitable for young children, the library, or a pool (although these are all close by and easily accessible by car)

Note that others making a list would have downsides that weren't significant for us. The price of houses in Wyoming is high relative to much of Cincinnati, but not relative to other areas we were considering. I cannot stumble home from a bar after a night of carousing, but that is not what I'm looking for in a community, and after having lived in (and tired of) areas in which that is a hallmark of the neighborhood culture, it holds no appeal for me. In no way, shape, or form, does Wyoming seem like urban living. And so on for factors others might consider important in choosing a community for themselves...

In the end, the positives outweighed the negatives for us. Ergo, we are happy soon-to-be Wyomingites. My expectation is that in Wyoming we will find a welcoming, cohesive community that supports things we value -- among them the value of education and artistic and musical pursuits. I sincerely doubt my expectations will be disappointed and certainly nothing has come to my attention to call this into question.
WOW, did this guy take to my indoctrination or what. (J/k, zap; it was fun DM'ing back n' forth and meeting in person to talk about my 'burb of origin. Better you leave Beantown for Cincy than me!)

Hartwell's not looked down on by everybody in Wyoming, just the approximate 2/3 of the population that thinks their town with the frilly metal flower boxes wrapped around the street sign posts along Springfield Pike is some shining city on a hill. Only part of it's on hills, for one thing. If I had an hour and some cash to knock back a few cold ones I'd pick the Vogue Café on Vine St over Gabby's every time. Your typical Hartwellian (Hartwellite?) is down to earth, while lotsa folks in Wyoming are only "down to earth" when they're gardening. But each place has its snobs and "just folks" types, to be sure. Like a French truffle pig, I dug around until I found people who didn't think living in Wyoming made them royalty while I grew up there.
I hope that by now the OP's happened by the meat market while the grills are smokin' away in front.
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Old 08-07-2011, 06:57 AM
Location: Mason, OH
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goyguy... Are you saying people in Wyoming actually garden? I would believe getting their fingernails dirty would be verboten. Oh I see, they would wear gloves to keep the lilly whites pristine even in 95 degree heat. I will bet those Hartwellians just get out there and till in their gardens with their bare hands. Unless you come in later and have to dig the dirt out from under the fingernails with a knife (I prefer the tip of a steak knife), you have not really communed with nature.
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:22 AM
Location: Akron, Ohio
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Hi everyone,

Had some stuff going on at work and haven't had much time for internet. I also thought I would get emails when someone posted a reply; I was wrong. Thank you very much for all the feedback! I will check out the suggested sources. Haven't been to the meat market and bakery yet, but I've taken pretty much everyone who's visited me to Gabby's and I've tried Half Day Cafe, which was great. Thus far, I've liked being in the area. I think someone mentioned events at the Village Green; they do stuff there on a pretty regular basis, the farmer's market is there and they have music, kids' activities and such. They had a beer tasting night too, which was pretty fun and free.

Thanks again!
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:52 AM
Location: Cambridge, MA
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Nice to hear from you again, especially since you're settling in happily.
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:37 AM
Location: Akron, Ohio
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Thanks! I think the only thing I am not enjoying currently is the weather.
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