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Old 01-21-2012, 01:18 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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What is the most urban place you've ever lived. And, what is the most non-urban, remote from city influence?

My most urban would be the French Quarter in New Orleans.

Least urban, Ive lived in four towns of less than 5,000 that were more than 25 miles from a larger town and out of commuting distance to a city: Hiawatha KS, Salem MO, Madison FL and Aptos CA, which then had only a few hundred residents. I've also lived in some fairly rustic areas, but on the periphery of larger cities.
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Old 01-21-2012, 01:40 PM
Location: Keizer, OR
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I've only lived in suburban areas sadly. I commute to a college in a big city though.
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Old 01-21-2012, 01:56 PM
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Capital Hill in Seattle for 5 years in my 20's during thr 2000's. Great neighborhood, walked everywhere (bars, several coffeeshops, many restaurants, Trader Joes & Safeway) and walked to downtown too. I was in the best shape of my life then walking up those hills in Seattle.
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Old 01-21-2012, 02:25 PM
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Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte, NC. Certainly there are places more urban, but it fit the bill in many ways. I miss it.
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Old 01-21-2012, 03:21 PM
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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Most urban was the east side of Tampa. People everywhere, tons of traffic. Most rural is where I am now: a town of 4000 with no stop lights, surrounded by wilderness. It's 115 miles to the next place that can really be called a town, and 250 miles to the next town that's larger than this one. I like this a lot better.
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Old 01-21-2012, 03:30 PM
Location: Michigan
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Most Urban: Inner city of Detroit

Least Urban: Suburbs of Detroit

While technically I didn't "live" there in the proper sense, I spent a few days in Jackson, MS which felt like the most rural/small townish area I've spent some time in. Lately, I've actually been really curious to find out what it's like to live in a small town with less than 1,000 to 5,000 people far away from any major metro.
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Old 01-21-2012, 04:28 PM
Location: New York
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South Philly --- Miss it terribly
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:23 PM
Location: Guangzhou, China
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Midtown Manhattan
Cambridge, MA
Koreatown, LA
Inner Richmond, SF

Madras, OR
Auburn, WA
Bedford, MA
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:40 PM
Location: South Park, San Diego
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Hollywood, CA- moved from a tiny town in the foothills of Northern CA to a couple of blocks off Hollywood Blvd in '79 and it was a major culture shock, (although so many folks not actually familiar with CA ascribe the whole state with a Hollyweird culture- it most certainly is not)

I loved it- and it really was the nadir of Hollywood at that time-very scruffy, but for a kid from the hills it was like an amusement park every time I went down on to the strip and took in all the freaks and street urchins. I gently learned some street smarts and to this day I hit dense urban cities (NYC, London) with a confident urban stride.

Least urban, other than the town I was from- about 3000 people and the county seat and one single 3-way stop light in a large county that began blinking yellow at 7:00 PM every night and a childhood of hunting, fishing and hiking/camping in the hills and woods- would be the many summers I spent on my Uncle's farm several miles outside of Brady NE (.3 square miles, 366 people) dirt roads, and a couple of miles to the next house (my other Uncle and family haha). One year the one room school house that my Dad went to (yes, walking miles in the snow, sheesh!) was attended only by my three cousins, all sisters!.

Great contrast and because of that I am quite comfortable in either environment.

I live in a Capitol Hill (Seattle) type neighborhood now- lots of great pubs, shops and restaurants out my door but I have a great garden and canyons out back and can walk to downtown in about 35 minutes.
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:11 PM
Location: Chicago
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Chicago, IL
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