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Old 02-17-2014, 05:27 PM
 
Location: The Valley of the Sun
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I'm just curious as to what it is like to live in only one city for your entire life. Do you get the warm and fuzzy's sometimes knowing that the elementary school you went is just on the other side of town or do you get sick of looking at the same ol' buildings, driving down the same road etc... day after day? I did a search and didnt find anything so I thought I'd ask.
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Old 03-18-2014, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Greenwell Springs
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I've lived in the same town forever and there are pros and cons. You know how to get around town before you even start driving just from being familiar with the streets. You have a more intimate knowledge of the area I guess, but I've pretty much wanted to move away since I can remember. Even as a little kid I wished that my parents would move just so I wasn't stuck living in the same area forever. That being said, I'm fairly introverted and maybe would have been more inclined to stay if I had more friends. (Not that I didn't - I just tend to have one to three people I actively hang out with and everyone else is more of an acquaintance.) Also, I live in a small town outside of a medium sized but boring city (Baton Rouge, LA) so maybe if we lived somewhere nicer I'd be more enthusiastic about being here. I've just never liked this area and I think it has more to do with the location than the fact that I've lived here my whole life, but I'm sure that monotony is part of it as well. Also - major con to me - seeing people you vaguely know all over the place and trying to avoid eye contact in case they try to talk to you. Yuck.
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Old 03-18-2014, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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I've lived in the same metropolitan area all my life. Haven't been to the suburb in which I grew up in over a year. And haven't lived in it for at least half my life.

I love it, though. I know the city. I'm invested in it. And it's not like the city doesn't change. It's changing all the time. And I guess because it's a large area, I almost never see people I know ... outside of the specific area I know them from.
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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I have lived in the same valley all my life (San Fernando Valley). And practically the same city (from age 5 to present).

No, I don't get sick of the same area because it's a nice area. Wide streets, lots of parking, mountain views, plenty of shopping and a weekly car gathering. And mild weather which encourages outdoor activities.
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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I've lived in the same Metro area for all my 35 years. I really meant to go live other places but it never worked out. However, at this point, no where else feels normal to me anymore. As for getting sick of things, my city's big enough that there's many neighborhoods or suburbs that I can spend time in and see a whole new side of it. One thing I've noticed is that as I go through different stages of my life I get curious about different things about my city. History, nature, local crime, urban legends, neighborhood folklore, the vibe in different neighborhoods. It never tires me. I feel like it's always new and I may never know it all.
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Old 03-18-2014, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I have lived most of my life in the Hartford metro area and am now 29 years old. Similar to what others have said on here, I've become so used to it that it seems like ANYWHERE else in the entire country would be a compromise in one way or another. Even another area within Connecticut is a compromise. To me, it's just a very well balanced, well rounded area that's very, very hard to beat IMO. Now, objectively, I'm sure there are better places in the U.S. But name any place, and I will be quick to tell you that the Hartford area is better than whatever area in various regards. Ironically, I'm sick of it and wanting a change.
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Old 03-18-2014, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I've lived in the same town forever and there are pros and cons. You know how to get around town before you even start driving just from being familiar with the streets. You have a more intimate knowledge of the area I guess, but I've pretty much wanted to move away since I can remember. Even as a little kid I wished that my parents would move just so I wasn't stuck living in the same area forever. That being said, I'm fairly introverted and maybe would have been more inclined to stay if I had more friends. (Not that I didn't - I just tend to have one to three people I actively hang out with and everyone else is more of an acquaintance.) Also, I live in a small town outside of a medium sized but boring city (Baton Rouge, LA) so maybe if we lived somewhere nicer I'd be more enthusiastic about being here. I've just never liked this area and I think it has more to do with the location than the fact that I've lived here my whole life, but I'm sure that monotony is part of it as well. Also - major con to me - seeing people you vaguely know all over the place and trying to avoid eye contact in case they try to talk to you. Yuck.
I don't see how you do it. I'm running to leave Prairieville now. At least I'm on the closer side to NOLA.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Hmm, this is interesting. Well, I lived in Jax until I was 18 then returned at the age of 25, so aside from a few years away I have been living in the same city my whole life.

I do not feel the warm and fuzzy's about things like that. I drive by my elementary school once or twice a week but haven't actually thought about it in years. (I didn't even realize that I drive by it until I started typing this) Drive by my high school about once a week as well although I was aware that I was doing that! Middle school is no longer there (well, the buildings now belong to a college that was nearby)

On the other hand, I am not sick of it at all. I do think (and this is what I tell everybody when they ask me which comes up quite often actually) that I might want to move elsewhere if I didn't travel so much. I spend ~50% of my time in Jax, 25% in DC, and 25% elsewhere, which is just enough to keep me stimulated and in touch with the world. That said, I actually sometimes wish I wasn't gone so often cause there's a lot of great stuff happening in Jax and sometimes I miss out. I'm involved with a few of the communities and groups that are pushing things forward in this city and it gets difficult to be as involved as I would like when I'm gone so often.
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Old 03-20-2014, 11:55 AM
 
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I've lived in Houston my entire life...I even went to undergrad and grad school here. I've travelled to many locations and have considered moving but after I think about it.....everything I need is here. true is may not be as flashy but it's probably the best "value" pick of all the cities in the U.S. There's a reason why a million plus people have been moving here for the last three decades.

Also, the main reason why I stay is because every year the city makes incredible progress....it is adding new layers every single year. It's like being in NYC in the early 1900's and it would be incredibly stupid for me to leave the synergy of a booming city like Houston right now. I'm more interested in seeing it become what we all know it would become one day. Just the evolution of downtown is amazing and I don't want to miss this transformation.
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Old 04-04-2016, 08:16 AM
 
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I've lived in the same city in Florida my whole life and I hate it, but I'm afraid to leave as well. I'm in my 40's now with a family, and I just can't imagine living here for the rest of my existence. BUT, I see so much beauty here too. This is where people go on vacation. I love the beach and so does my family. I have so many good friends here and I know where all the fun stuff is. With that said, we are planning on leaving in the next 3 years. We want to make sure that financially we can make it. I'm terrified and thrilled at the same time. I just think, I have so much, yet I feel like a fish in a fish bowl -- same rocks, same plastic figurine, same crappy scenery. I'm terrified that I'll move and be all alone, no friends, everybody will be stuck-up and snotty where we're going... it's really terrifying. Moving was my big idea that my family saw as a great change and exciting adventure -- what if I let them down? But I do know one thing -- staying where I am is the most depressing outlook of them all.
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