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View Poll Results: Would you rater live in the Chicago or Dallas metro areas?
Chicago metro 97 54.49%
Dallas metro 81 45.51%
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Old 04-08-2014, 11:57 AM
 
Location: The city of champions
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Never liked Dallas. The weather sucks, doesn't have he character or charm I'm use to, and it doesn't have the outdoorsy activities I'm use to. I have to go with Chicago in this case by default.
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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No one told me that. But you can see that Texas voted like 57% for Romney in 2012. And there's no chance in hell that gay marriage will be legalized in TX anytime soon. Illinois already had gay marriage (I'm gay). But I hate stressful urban places that are noisy and much prefer a somewhat suburban lifestyle.
You do realize that Dallas voted Obama and has elected gay officials, right?

I'm not here to defend the rest of the state, but Dallas, Houston, and Austin are open to anybody.

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Old 04-08-2014, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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You do realize that Dallas voted Obama and has elected gay officials, right?
Really? No, I didn't know that.

What would happen if a gay person lived in say, Plano or Carrolton?
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Really? No, I didn't know that.

What would happen if a gay person lived in say, Plano or Carrolton?
I have gay friends in Plano and they like it. I think it depends on what the gay person wants to get out of it. Not all gays want to get married. Just like not all gays want to party and wants to be part of a scene like boystown.
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
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I didn't realize Dallas had a four-season climate until I lived there for a year in the recent past. In fact, that was one of the main reasons why I left--I happily gave up seasons when I moved away from New England 20 years ago.

TBH, I never found residents of Dallas to be nearly as friendly as they're purported to be. Most people seemed flashy, pretentious, nosy, materialistic, etc., especially in the suburbs (e.g., Plano, McKinney, Frisco, FM, etc.).

Also, Dallas is the buckle of the Bible Belt, so if you're irreligious/agnostic/atheist and/or liberal/progressive in general, forget it. Vegetarians aren't welcomed either.

Oh, yeah--Dallas has some of ugliest scenery in America, too.
Hit it right on the money.
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
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I live here and you couldnt be more wrong. Dallas itself is full of liberals and progressives. The metro area is center to right leaning. Dallas has one of the largest and most vibrant gay communities in the US.
The city of Dallas might have some progressive/liberal neighborhoods but as a whole the metro area is very much Bible Belt/religious right conservative.
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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The city of Dallas might have some progressive/liberal neighborhoods but as a whole the metro area is very much Bible Belt/religious right conservative.
Whats your explination for the large gay community or the elected gay sheriff? Whats your explination for the gay populations that do live in the suburbs happily? Whats your explination for the diversity of the area?

Hint: it isnt all the city of Dallas.
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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Really? No, I didn't know that.

What would happen if a gay person lived in say, Plano or Carrolton?
If a gay person lived in Plano or Carrollton? Lots of gay people live in Plano. My boss is gay and lives in Carrollton. They get along great.

I dont see why it would be an issue. There are morons everywhere and Im not saying you wouldnt run into it, but they are the exception not the rule.
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Whats your explination for the large gay community or the elected gay sheriff? Whats your explination for the gay populations that do live in the suburbs happily? Whats your explination for the diversity of the area?

Hint: it isnt all the city of Dallas.
I hate conservative ism!

I do have to admit that just because one is conservative doesn't mean they hate gays. Even conservative suburban Plano is wealthier safer and more diverse than liberal urban Lakeview (home of boystown Chicago).

Some liberals need to get over themselves.
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Old 04-08-2014, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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And your money will go much further than in Chicago.
Not necessarily - this is all dependent on where you live and your daily life. When most people say this, they're usually only taking into account the housing costs. However, think about it this way. Chicago gives you a much better opportunity to live car free than in Dallas.

So pretend you have a $700/month 1 bedroom in Dallas versus a $1000/month 1 bedroom in Chicago. However, in Chicago you live carless and spend $100/month on unlimited public transit, walk everywhere, etc. In Dallas, you need a car. So now you have let's say $50/month for insurance and $150/month for gas. So now it's $900/month for Dallas versus $1100/month for Chicago when considering transit costs. What if you don't own your car in Dallas, though? You could easily be paying just as much if not more in Dallas after considering transit than in Chicago.


The winter thing is all perspective. The last winter in Chicago was brutal, but it's not as bad as some people make it out to be on average. I think people have this image where it's some frozen tundra where if you step outside, you'll have frost bite within 5 minutes and that's not true at all. The last winter was the coldest on record in Chicago since 1872 FWIW, but it's not normally like that. Cold but it's manageable if you know what kind of outerwear to buy (which is easy and you have many options). Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Des Moines, Upstate New York, Cleveland, etc all have worse winters. There's people from all around the world in Chicago and from climates warmer than Dallas and they manage. My last girlfriend was from Malaysia where it's 90-100 F and 90%+ humidity everyday of the year and many of our mutual friends were from SE Asia. While they thought it was cold, they hardly ever complained about it because it's on average manageable if you are smart and get the right kind of coat, gloves, etc.

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