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View Poll Results: What type of cities do you prefer. By Large bodies of water or not.
You prefer living by large body of water (Sea, Great Lakes, Ocean) 57 70.37%
You don't care for living by the water. 24 29.63%
Voters: 81. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-03-2012, 04:47 PM
 
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I know there is such thing as Coastal bias, and maybe I have a bit about this... even though Chicago is the third coast.. (no offense Houston posters) ...

But there is something about land locked cities that I just can't fathom. I've never lived very far from any water, and even in Chicago I feel like I live by a massive Sea complete with strong breezes off the lake, lots of boats, seagulls, beaches, etc.

I am by no means a huge beach person, but there is something about the water backdrop that I really like, just walking or jogging out there is really nice. When the weather is nice, I'll even go out of my way to ride my bike down the lake to work instead of say, down Clark St. I think the vastness of the body of water just gives you a bit of respite.

I don't think you could pay me enough to live somewhere I didn't have access to go on a big body of water, I'd probably only live by the Ocean, or exceptions to the rule like Chicago or Milwaukee.

Even in Florida, Orlando seems the most unappealing city b/c it is relatively landlocked compared to Pensacola, Jville, Tampa Bay or Miami. In Texas I'd probably much prefer Houston and live close to the bay as possible, even though I'd probably like Dallas or Austin better for fun.

When I sometimes look at job postings that pay well in places like Denver, Austin, Atlanta, Dallas, Pittsburgh, etc. Sometimes it seems enticing, they pay pretty well with a low cost of living, but I think I'd become somewhat claustrophobic or something.

Anybody else feel the same way?

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Old 03-03-2012, 05:10 PM
 
Location: The City
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Water, most preferred the ocean in decent proximity
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:21 PM
 
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Water. Most prefer the ocean, or at least one of the Great Lakes.
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:26 PM
 
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I don't really care either way to live on or near water. I'm not big into beach/water activities.

I care much more about a city being interesting and having an interesting streetscape, and an urban inland city is 10,000 times more appealing than a suburban city near a beach.
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:38 PM
 
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I don't really care either way to live on or near water. I'm not big into beach/water activities.

I care much more about a city being interesting and having an interesting streetscape, and an urban inland city is 10,000 times more appealing than a suburban city near a beach.
I agree with that, but I wouldn't live in a suburban city anywhere, so, that isn't really a factor to me. But thanks for your contribution, though you've obviously chosen to live somewhere coastal. Did you live inland before?
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:14 PM
 
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I like the temperate, recreational, nature, and beauty aspects of water. There's just no getting around this.

You nailed it. There's a claustrophobia to being so inland for me. Even the inland areas of the Bay Area and Los Angeles give me that same "claustrophobic" feeling. So, you know it's not a homer thing at all. LOL! Having a large body of water nearby is just stress relief, the roar of the ocean, or even the sound of gentle waves wakes me up to reality, that the World is an active, living thing.

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Old 03-03-2012, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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No real preference, though it is nice to be near at least a lake or a river. Living my entire life so far in Seatlle, which is sandwiched between two bodies of water (Puget Sound on the west, Lake Washington on the east), and also featuring many other lakes, rivers, and streams both in the city proper and outlying areas, I've been surrounded by water in all directions my entire life. So even if a town I moved to didn't sit right on a lake or river or coast, having something of likes nearby, even if it isn't a huge body of water, would be nice.
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:24 PM
 
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I like being inland plus I can't swim and there are plenty of lakes and rivers around anyway. I get the claustrophobic feeling in big cities mostly.
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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I get the claustrophobic feeling in big cities mostly.
Right! Sick of living in the city myself. In smaller town and more rural and country areas you actually have space to move around in and room to breath! Plus no hustle and bustle of city life. Sounds great!
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:52 PM
 
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I like the temperate, recreational, nature, and beauty aspects of water. There's just no getting around this.

You nailed it. There's a claustrophobia to being so inland for me. Even the inland areas of the Bay Area and Los Angeles give me that same "claustrophobic" feeling. So, you know it's not a homer thing at all. LOL! Having a large body of water nearby is just stress relief, the roar of the ocean, or even the sound of gentle waves wakes me up to reality, that the World is an active, living thing.
The stress relief is a huge factor. I know you aren't being a homer here lol You are okay as a sometimes homer When I lived out there I remember getting claustrophobic driving up through the mountains in Tahoe until I actually got to the lake and felt a bit better. I've had other odd claustrophobic experiences for instance in Wyoming. Where I both can't *see* water, but also know there is none even close.

I was going to mention something similar on a very micro level... I much preferred when my apartment was only about 3 blocks from the lake, now it is about 16 blocks (2 miles).
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