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View Poll Results: What city would you most like to live in? Why?
Boston 58 10.34%
Chicago 90 16.04%
Dallas 43 7.66%
Houston 45 8.02%
Las Vegas 40 7.13%
Los Angeles 63 11.23%
Miami 25 4.46%
New York City 62 11.05%
Phoenix 27 4.81%
Philly 57 10.16%
San Fran 51 9.09%
Voters: 561. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-21-2012, 08:51 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I choose Los Angeles. In LA's CSA one can experience qualities of almost all of those cities listed on this poll.

In Greater LA you can...:

Live in an urban jungle
Live in a sprawly suburb
Live in a Hilltop Mansion
Live in a quiet beach community
Live in a bustling/vibrant/urban beach community
Live near a world class University
Live in a scorching desert
Live in a snowy mountain neighborhood
Live on a farm
Live on a Ranch
Live on a rugged seaside cliff
Live on an Island
Live in a white trash/rural dump with as many cars on your lawn as you want
Go hunting
Go skiing
Go surfing
Go surfing AND skiing on the same day
Go surfing, skiing AND ride a 4-wheeler over sand dunes in the middle of the desert in the same day.
Mow the lawn in front of your single family home, then walk around the corner to a buslting urban throuroghfare.
Live in the middle of an Orange Grove
Live in a chic highrise penthouse
Smoke 7 packs of cigarettes in a dark Casino
Enjoy a cool foggy morning during summer
Enjoy wine country....


I like a lot of the cities listed, so I chose to live in one that can represent as many of them as possible
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Reading PA
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Which city/metro area would you most like to live in. Why?
San francisco because of the weather.
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:57 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL/Houston, TX
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My top 3 would be

NY
then Chi
then SF

Those are my top 3 cities.

Right now I'm living in the cheaper of the 3.
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:57 AM
 
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Originally Posted by MB8abovetherim View Post
I choose Los Angeles. In LA's CSA one can experience qualities of almost all of those cities listed on this poll.

In Greater LA you can...:

Live in an urban jungle
Live in a sprawly suburb
Live in a Hilltop Mansion
Live in a quiet beach community
Live in a bustling/vibrant/urban beach community
Live near a world class University
Live in a scorching desert
Live in a snowy mountain neighborhood
Live on a farm
Live on a Ranch
Live on a rugged seaside cliff
Live on an Island
Live in a white trash/rural dump with as many cars on your lawn as you want
Go hunting
Go skiing
Go surfing
Go surfing AND skiing on the same day
Go surfing, skiing AND ride a 4-wheeler over sand dunes in the middle of the desert in the same day.
Mow the lawn in front of your single family home, then walk around the corner to a buslting urban throuroghfare.
Live in the middle of an Orange Grove
Live in a chic highrise penthouse
Smoke 7 packs of cigarettes in a dark Casino
Enjoy a cool foggy morning during summer
Enjoy wine country....


I like a lot of the cities listed, so I chose to live in one that can represent as many of them as possible
Except for the desert and orange grove, you could do all these things in the NYC area too.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Except for the desert and orange grove, you could do all these things in the NYC area too.
Yes I'm sure, but the quality of surf, of skiing, of the wine country would not be the same. L.A. easily blows NYC out of the water with these things and that's why I favor it over NYC.
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:56 PM
 
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New York City is it. The only problem is the extremely high COL.
Unfortunately, that's why I had to leave. Dodgy parts of Brooklyn cost more than nice parts of Chicago
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:03 AM
 
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Default Interesting thread !

Having grown up in LA, and lived in Boston and Chicago, I voted Chicago; according to the "poll" i guess I have a lot of good company from people who feel the same way. Why? While NYC, SF and Boston are great places to visit, they are really not on their face easy to live in, and all have cost of living issues, especially NY and SF. In NY, unless you want a small tiny place, you go to the boroughs, which I find pretty grimy and depressing, and would pick a lot of Chicago neighborhoods over them any day of the week. Chicago can accomidate any lifestyle at a reasonable cost, whether on the mag mile, Lincoln Park, Evanston, the north shore or the west suburbs. All those places are clean, beautiful, and livable, have a good vibe, and tend to be more normal and regular with fewer of the coastal extremes.

LA would be my distant second. There is something that makes you feel free in the air there, and I think the cost of living isn't that bad for what you get. It is so spread out though, and not compact to get around without a car. A nice neighborhood there if far out is isolating. In Chicago, you can live in the city and survive with the el and never need a car; even in the suburbs you can take the Metra to the city and then take public transportation wherever you need to go. For great sports and diehard sports fans, a ton of great restaurants at a reasonable cost, and ease of living in a vibrant town, Chicago wins.

The only real negative I see about Chicago is the gulf between the few black neighborhoods in the south and west sides where crime and violence seem to be a huge problem, and the rest of the city. Hopefully the focus on this crime by the city officials and the newly passed RICO statute will resolve this. But I still feel much safer overall in the 85% of the rest of the city than my visits to many other cities, such as Memphis, NOL, downtown Atlanta, Cleveland, etc. Great thread to see people's opinions, biased and unbiased ( although I don't see too many unbiased opinions here ).
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Old 06-30-2012, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Austell, Georgia
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1. SF Bay is my favorite metro area. I worked out there for three months in the summer of 2010 and fell in love with it. Our hotel was located in Pleasanton Ca, not to mention I have a sister who lives in San Jose. I had so much fun out there. If COL wasn't an object, I would say good bye South Florida before you could blink.

2. L.A. Has the one thing you can't find in the Bay Area, a beach that you can swim in without a wetsuit. The weather is also better. I think L.A. as a whole metro has more to do than any other metro.

3. Miami don't love Miami Dade, but love Broward and Palm Beach County. I love the beach life and it doesn't get much better than South Florida. I enjoy hot humid weather and thunderstorms.

4. Chicago my hometown. Great place to be in the summer. Great food and so many different festivals. The city just comes alive like no other this time of year. I just wish the winters were not so brutal.
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Southeast TX
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Houston! I love the heat, the freeways, the people, the food, the scenery, the lack of urbanity, the galleria, the dirty beaches, the inner loop, downtown, the piney woods, the palm trees, the lack of zoning, the multiple districts, the cajan flare, the strip clubs & the srip centers, and best of all I LOVE MY TEXANS!!!
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Old 07-07-2012, 06:00 PM
 
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Because it is a nice place to live?

As much as I love NYC, I think I can admit that not everyone aspires to live there.

You mean you dont like the Bronx, Staten Island, LI or Jersey?!


Honestly, the only parts of NYC worth a damn are two boros: Manhattan and Brooklyn (now).

90% of people would only limit themselves to Manhattan if they had all the money and freedom to choose where to live from this list and picked NYC.

NYC is a large city, but theres only a small part of it worth anything unfortunately.

Thats the only time it becomes comparable to other cities.
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