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View Poll Results: Where to retire- Active 55 yr old retired couple
Tennessee 7 25.93%
Idaho 6 22.22%
North Carolina 8 29.63%
Oregon 4 14.81%
Utah 2 7.41%
Texas 5 18.52%
South Carolina 2 7.41%
Montana 4 14.81%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 27. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-27-2014, 08:18 PM
Location: Wonderland
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Originally Posted by ShadoAngel View Post
I didn't attack you or give you an attitude - your response seems to me to be excessively patronizing considering what I did was:
1. Include the rest of Texas in your description of the summer weather.
2. Act surprised that the area I was born and raised in (Northeast Texas) was doing so well economically, as it contradicted my memories of the location and recent trips I've taken to Paris and Tyler.
3. Disagree with your characterization of the cultural diversity in the Hill Country.
4. Agree with you regarding the stunning landscape of the Hill Country.

I didn't "diss your favorite areas", I simply disagreed with your take on one thing (the diversity of Hill Country culture.) I agree with all your other points regarding the areas you mention.
Actually here's what you said:

The whole state has long hot summers, not just those areas.

I've never heard anyone describe my hometown's region in such glowing terms before. NE Texas always struck me as kind of run down and slow economically, but growing up I didn't travel further south that Tyler. I'm not sure how the region has diversified their economies (not saying they haven't, but I'd be interested to know how - it isn't as if tourism is strong to the region.)

That may be true of Austin and San Antonio but I disagree that it characterizes the Hill Country in general. Outside of those two cities, most other towns out here are pretty small and relatively mono-tone culturally. The region likes to play up it's German heritage with cuisine, music, and festivals but I wouldn't characterize the region as displaying a wide range of anything. It's solidly Texan culture (hispanic/western/southern blend) with a German twist.

And this year with that cold snap we had an amazing autumn as well! The views are definitely great, it's one of the best things about this area - you're constantly cresting some hill and getting to look around for a few miles. A lot of flatter areas of the state are not that way at all.
Yeah, pretty snarky and negative. My point was that the OP didn't ask for debate, or for people to discuss what they DON'T like about their favorite regions, but asked instead for people to discuss what THEY like about THEIR favorite regions.

By the way, you say you came to Tyler RECENTLY and didn't realize it was doing well economically? Not quite sure how you could have possibly missed the massive number of new businesses and miles of new construction. Wow!

I've lived in the Tyler/Longview area for 25 years and even though like the rest of the country it took a bit of a hit in 2008 and 2009, it rebounded quickly BECAUSE of it's economic diversity. It's booming with new businesses and continuing growth.

Just goes to prove that perception is not reality!

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Old 12-28-2014, 06:03 PM
Location: Southwest
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PS We are not really interested in moving to Texas, so please tell us about the other places thank you!
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Old 12-28-2014, 07:33 PM
Location: Wonderland
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Originally Posted by barbiloo View Post
PS We are not really interested in moving to Texas, so please tell us about the other places thank you!
Oh, I'm sorry - since you included Texas in your poll, I thought you might want to hear about it. Why did you include it if it's not a place you're interested in hearing about? Just curious.
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Old 12-28-2014, 09:32 PM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Okay, pros for NE TN, specifically the tri-cities area
*Weather-four seasons lite- gloves,hat, nice warm coat needed for winter, a snow shovel is optional, as a broom usually works fine for the occasional snow we get. It can get hot and humid at the peak of summer but the duration is much shorter and not as bad as much of the rest of the southeast.
*Traffic- with few exceptions it is a total breeze.
*COL- reasonable, but not dirt cheap. Some people complain that housing is too expensive, but having lived in other areas it doesn't seem out of line to me. Then again I prefer older housing, so that may make a difference.
*Crime- mostly petty crime, a shocking absence of graffiti, lol. I work in retail, we see a lot of shoplifting, but the police are very responsive, even to the most trivial of things and I feel very safe here.
*Entertainment and shopping- nothing fancy, but the basics are there. Lots of festivals, parks, etc. Many of the activities are free or inexpensive. Asheville and Knoxville are both about 2 hours away, and Atlanta is about 5 hours, in case you need a 'city' fix.
*Outdoor activities - a picture is worth a thousand words, if you have time this is a great thread! miscellaneous NE Tennessee pics...
*Pets -I'm not sure what you mean by dog friendly, but we do have dog parks, the usual pet stores and possibly a few outdoor areas at restaurants that allow dogs. Dogs are not allowed in most other stores though. Many people, especially in the more rural areas, also keep dogs as work animals rather than pampered family members.

Rusty? that's usually reserved for manufacturing cities that are in decline, can't say as I think that applies to most southern states.
Musty? that has me stumped, is it maybe a reference to high numbers of allergens? I will say that allergies can be an issue for people here. Anywhere with a lot of green is going to have a lot of pollen and very humid areas tend towards mold too.
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