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Old 12-01-2012, 01:51 PM
 
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I've lived in:

Greenville, SC
Columbia, SC (for school)
Atlanta
Austin (also for school)
Houston
Minneapolis

My favorite would have to be Greenville. Out of all the places I've lived, it has the best balance of good climate, scenic beauty, reasonable cost of living, not-too-unbearable traffic, decent economy, and outdoor activities. It's also right at the mountains, yet only 3-3.5 hours from some of the best beaches in America.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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This is a terribly hard question to answer.

For me, the best place I have ever lived is a tie between New Orleans and Corpus Christi, Texas.

Corpus for the beach, 'nuff said.

New Orleans for everything else except the "minority element" which I did not like *at all*. Yes, there were minorities in Corpus, but they were hispanic and I never felt threatened. I have not been to New Orleans after Katrina, and I expect it has improved somewhat, but even so, as much as I loved the place, I'd never go back.

20yrsinBranson
New Orleans IS a new place after Katrina - I mean, it hasn't lost it's flavor at all, but it's much cleaner. I am from there originally, and we have family there so we visit often. In fact, we're going back the week before Christmas, and I can hardly wait!

It's a shame that it took Katrina to create the urgency to clean the place up.

New Orleans will ALWAYS be a very racially diverse city - and I hope that never changes. It's part of it's history, culture, etc and I find that mixture exhilarating and very intriguing.

I've visited New Orleans even during "African American" festivals and events, and been downtown on Bourbon Street when my white face was definitely shining like a spotlight in a sea of much browner ones, but I have honestly never once felt threatened or in danger, even prior to Katrina. Of course, I didn't venture off into the 9th Ward or dangerous side streets, and I didn't go during Mardi Gras.
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:11 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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New Orleans IS a new place after Katrina - I mean, it hasn't lost it's flavor at all, but it's much cleaner. I am from there originally, and we have family there so we visit often. In fact, we're going back the week before Christmas, and I can hardly wait!

It's a shame that it took Katrina to create the urgency to clean the place up.

New Orleans will ALWAYS be a very racially diverse city - and I hope that never changes. It's part of it's history, culture, etc and I find that mixture exhilarating and very intriguing.

I've visited New Orleans even during "African American" festivals and events, and been downtown on Bourbon Street when my white face was definitely shining like a spotlight in a sea of much browner ones, but I have honestly never once felt threatened or in danger, even prior to Katrina. Of course, I didn't venture off into the 9th Ward or dangerous side streets, and I didn't go during Mardi Gras.
I lived there, alone, during 1984. I was blissfully naive at the time. One day I heard that a lady was murdered in the Schexnayder grocery store parking lot for her GROCERIES, I decided that it really wasn't the place I wanted to be. As with many large southern cities, all you have to do is go here New Orleans Mugshots to really understand what the problem is.

Sorry, but I do not condone thug behavior in the name of "diversity". Yes, there are bad and good in every race, creed and color. But you cannot ignore statistics. There is a problem, and it needs to be fixed, badly.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:31 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I lived there, alone, during 1984. I was blissfully naive at the time. One day I heard that a lady was murdered in the Schexnayder grocery store parking lot for her GROCERIES, I decided that it really wasn't the place I wanted to be. As with many large southern cities, all you have to do is go here New Orleans Mugshots to really understand what the problem is.

Sorry, but I do not condone thug behavior in the name of "diversity". Yes, there are bad and good in every race, creed and color. But you cannot ignore statistics. There is a problem, and it needs to be fixed, badly.

20yrsinBranson
Don't you think it has more to do with socioeconomics than actual race? Yes unfortunately certain groups tend to fall towards the bottom of the socioeconomic latter but would you still have your predjuidices in an upper middle class area full of minorities?

Your post just comes off as fairly ignorant.
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:13 PM
 
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Renton Washington
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What's the best place you have ever lived and why? I'm just interested to see everyone's opinions of what they liked about where they moved.

Possible things you can comment on:
food
traffic
rent/mortgage cost
taxes
roads/construction
businesses (local vs corporate)
attractions
weather
crime
nature
city-scene

and anything else!
My favorite place was Corvallis Oregon
Food - Nothing special but the small markets for meat and veggies was great and it was really fresh.
Traffic - It is good. Roads to get to the coast were long and boring but it was still senic.
Rent/Mortage - It is expensive but for the area it is fair and I thought it was respectable
Taxes - No sales tax! Never owned property in Oregon but I heard it was pretty high.
Roads/Construction - Corvallis is growing naturally with the environment. You could tell it got bigger but it fits nice. As for the roads to the coast. They were senic but it seems to take forever on 34.
Buisinesses - No major companies but I liked it that way. The local places were just awesome and it is a 15 minute drive to Walmart in near by Albany so really it did not matter.
Attractions - The beach and Oregon State University.
Weather - It rained but summers were great to go to the beach and hike and all that fun stuff.
Crime - Almost no crime. Corvallis was the safest place I ever lived.
Nature - Top notch. Surrounded by beaches, rivers, mountains. JUST AWESOME
City Scene - The city scene was in Eugene.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I lived there, alone, during 1984. I was blissfully naive at the time. One day I heard that a lady was murdered in the Schexnayder grocery store parking lot for her GROCERIES, I decided that it really wasn't the place I wanted to be. As with many large southern cities, all you have to do is go here New Orleans Mugshots to really understand what the problem is.

Sorry, but I do not condone thug behavior in the name of "diversity". Yes, there are bad and good in every race, creed and color. But you cannot ignore statistics. There is a problem, and it needs to be fixed, badly.

20yrsinBranson
The crime rate has gone down SIGNIFICANTLY after Katrina. That was the point of my post. I wasn't condoning or excusing criminal behavior in the name of diversity. You lived there over 25 years ago, and BEFORE Katrina. It's different now.
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