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View Poll Results: Would you raise a family in a Downtown Condo?
Yes/Tak 28 71.79%
No/Nie 11 28.21%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 39. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-01-2010, 08:08 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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Depends on the downtown.
I would until 6th grade comes around. You'd probably have to keep a good eye on your kid(s)- "things" are easier to get/do/happen in a city's downtown if you aren't extra careful.
Yeah could see even to 6th grade also... as they start to "go out" without you. Also schools would be a factor, if I was making bank could send to a private school.
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Old 08-02-2010, 07:05 AM
 
Location: The City
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There is really no simple answer. Each circumstance can be completely different.

Given the choices of yes or no, the answer is yes, because there is zero way to rule it out completely.
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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I DO NOT want kids, but if I were to ever have children (not gonna happen) I would raise them in the middle of NOWHERE. Somewhere like North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota, on a farm far from other people. Maybe somewhat near a small town of less than 500 people for weekly shopping trips, church and activities. I would want them to be totally safe and free of outside influences. I wouldn't dream of raising kids in the city!

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Old 08-02-2010, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I would in downtowns in euro cities, probably not u.s. cities. My strategy if having kids is probably 1-4 years old stay in the city, soon as kindergarten age then suburbs, soon as 18... back into the city.
Yes, I noticed a big difference in the places I have been in Europe in regards to kids in the city. Kids playing in the street and in parks of dense urban areas is not something that is common in the U.S, at least in what are considered desirable neighborhoods. In Europe I saw a good amount of this. I rarely see kids that are past school age in the neighborhoods near downtown Chicago. I do know a couple of younger people who grew up in the Gold Coast, but they are certainly the exception. I also know a couple of people who grew up in Lincoln Park and Lakeview, but they are older and grew up when those neighborhoods were considered declining blue collar type places.

Personally I don't think I would want to raise kids in an apartment building. Maybe a close-in neighborhood in a single family house if I thought it was safe enough. Even then it would likely require private schools and would be very expensive. A lot of this of course depends on the city.
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Old 08-02-2010, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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Depends on the downtown.
I would until 6th grade comes around. You'd probably have to keep a good eye on your kid(s)- "things" are easier to get/do/happen in a city's downtown if you aren't extra careful.
Yeah that's what we were kinda thinking as well but could you imagine being a teenager growing up downtown? you would be the envy of all your friends!
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Old 08-02-2010, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Chicago metro
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Yeah I would, but not in the busiest section of downtown. It also depends on the city. A few cities are big but don't have much of a downtown like Phoenix. In Chicago, there are 3-4 different downtowns all merge into one: Loop(CBD), near northside, West Loop, and South Loop. The South Loop is the least congested and the most kid friendly. I wonder what it feels like living in downtown of a big city, let alone grow up there.

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Old 08-02-2010, 08:24 PM
 
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I have no problems with raising kids in the heart of the city, but it's not going to happen for us for one primary reason: cost. Those downtown condos usually come with a high price tag. Here in Minneapolis, we can buy a duplex in an urban neighborhood that actually is more walkable (with more useful amenities) than the neighborhoods in the core of downtown, and that duplex will cost less than what we'd pay for a 2-BR condo unit (plus monthly fees) in most of the downtown places.

When we very casually checked out condo options for downtown Chicago (when we were toying with the idea of a potential move there) we came across reviews of very family-friendly downtown Chicago condo towers. We'd certainly have been open to that, assuming the price tag was doable.

I'd be fine raising a kid in Manhattan, too, except for the problem of cost. I'm sure that's keeping many other families away, too.
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:28 PM
 
Location: The City
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I have no problems with raising kids in the heart of the city, but it's not going to happen for us for one primary reason: cost. Those downtown condos usually come with a high price tag. Here in Minneapolis, we can buy a duplex in an urban neighborhood that actually is more walkable (with more useful amenities) than the neighborhoods in the core of downtown, and that duplex will cost less than what we'd pay for a 2-BR condo unit (plus monthly fees) in most of the downtown places.

When we very casually checked out condo options for downtown Chicago (when we were toying with the idea of a potential move there) we came across reviews of very family-friendly downtown Chicago condo towers. We'd certainly have been open to that, assuming the price tag was doable.

I'd be fine raising a kid in Manhattan, too, except for the problem of cost. I'm sure that's keeping many other families away, too.

This I agree I live in a downtown rowhouse and much prefer this to a highrise condo. I have a 5 yo daughter who spends some time with me and loves it...
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Old 08-03-2010, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Erlanger, KY
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I voted "no," but I was thinking about Cincinnati's downtown with basically no playgrounds within safe walking distance.

Milwaukee is a different story (and I lived in Milwaukee for four years). Sounds like you'd be living on the lakefront...which I don't consider to be part of downtown. Mileage varies of course, but I consider the lakefront to be east of downtown. I'd probably raise a family in a condo on the lakefront...depending on the condo's size and proximity to playgrounds.
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