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Old 01-08-2017, 09:30 PM
Location: Lakewood OH
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Chicago yes, Portland no.
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Old 01-08-2017, 11:49 PM
Location: Wonderland
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I've moved around a lot and really have enjoyed just about every place I've ever lived, but I do have a special soft spot for a few places in particular:

Hampton Roads area of Virginia, as well as Abingdon, MD - I really love the Chesapeake Bay area

Aschaffenburg, Germany

New Orleans, LA

Groveport, OH

I am really happy where I live, which is great since I've lived here for 25 years - LOL.

I've gone back to all those except Groveport and I loved going back to visit. Had things changed? Yes, but that's OK - I could still find that sweet spot.
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Old 01-09-2017, 07:42 AM
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Hrrm...out of the former places I lived.

Childhood homes in suburban Connecticut - Absolutely not - no sense of nostalgia whatsoever.

College/grad school in Western Massachusetts - To some degree. I wouldn't want to live in Amherst, MA again - it was way too small and college town like. I would live in Northampton, MA though, which was a short bike ride away (and where my mother lived in retirement for nine years).

Coventry, UK - Nope. It was pretty ugly for an English city, as heavy bombing during WW2 destroyed most of the historic core.

Detroit, MI - Not really - I had an okay time living there, but Detroit isn't my kind of city - too spread out.

Washington, DC - It was absolutely beautiful, but I hated the transient, mercenary feel of the people I met there socially. Since it's just gotten even more horribly expensive. While it's likely if something ever happens to my job I'll have to consider moving there, I'm not enthused with the prospect.

New Haven, CT - I honestly wouldn't mind living there again. It's a small city but it had a great mix of walkable amenities in and around Downtown, along with some absolutely beautiful neighborhoods. Plus I have fond memories of riding my bike down to the beach - something I certainly can't do in Pittsburgh. It's only gotten better since I moved away too - there are two different grocery stores downtown now. Mind you, it's also much more expensive than where I live now, but so is almost anywhere interesting.
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Old 01-09-2017, 08:54 AM
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Ive lived in many places throughout my life, and the one city that always tugs at the old heart strings is Naperville, IL. Its just such a wonderful city to live in. I miss the thriving downtown, the Metra trains, the shopping and dining, the cleanliness, the safety, the Riverwalk, the quarry swimming beach, the Rib Fest, Summer's Last Fling festival, the winter ice sculptures, the homes, the architecture.... oh, Im getting homesick as I write this.
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Old 01-09-2017, 08:55 AM
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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I'll always have a soft spot for Philadelphia, where I lived for 10 years. It's the only time in my life when I lived inside a major city (instead of in the suburbs), and it was a really neat experience. That said, I like where I live now even better, and I would not go back there to live again. You know the old saying: you can't go home again. But I do visit every now and then, and I'm happy to see the development and progress that is happening there.
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Old 01-09-2017, 09:06 AM
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Originally Posted by lovecrowds View Post
I really sometimes miss living in Omaha, not in the winter but in general.
OP, you'll get a kick out of this:

Rural Nebraskan Not Sure He Could Handle Frantic Pace Of Omaha - The Onion - America's Finest News Source
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Old 01-09-2017, 09:08 AM
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Grew up in a small MN town. No. nostalgia there. It was fun as a little kid but really nothing there for me anymore.

Lived in Central AZ - high desert and mountains for a while as a kid. Absolutely miss that areas topography and weather and wildlife. But, there are really no professional jobs outside of Phoenix and I don't like the valley at all.

Chicago suburbs - nope. Nothing there I don't have in the Minneapolis suburbs now but everything there is farther drive with more traffic and more expensive.

I never lived in the City of Chicago but I GREATLY miss access to that wonderful city. Wife and I may move there when we are empty nesters in a condo downtown.
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Old 01-09-2017, 03:12 PM
Location: Cbus
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Not really a city but no, I have absoultely no affinity for Central New Jersey or its soulless bedroom communities. However, I DO have nostalgia for the Jersey Shore and will always have a soft spot for places like Island Beach State Park.
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Old 01-09-2017, 03:22 PM
Location: Monument,CO
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Originally Posted by bawac34618 View Post
Nostalgia is powerful and also blinding. We tend to forget the negatives about places the led to our decision to leave and focus only on the positive memories we had there.
Indeed. I don't miss NYC, San Francisco or Tel Aviv as they are now. I miss the idealized versions that I hold in my head.
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Old 01-09-2017, 08:33 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I have soft spots for all the cities I've lived in, even ones I hated at the time.
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