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Old 01-16-2017, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Little Rock, AR
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I miss living in Charlotte NC so bad its painful.

I miss the grenery and the overally beauty of the city. I miss the vibrancy of living in a real city and all of the things to do there. Uptown Charlotte has a lot of energy, at least compared to where I live now. I miss having easy access to the coast and the mountains. I miss the balanced political climate. I miss being able to be open about my sexuality without fear and not having to endure gay-bashing conversations at nearly any social event I go to. I miss living in a place where religion was more of a personal choice and not constantly rammed down your throat (I know Charlotte is still more religious and conservative than much of the country but believe me, it might as well be the PNW compared to Oklahoma). I miss having enough shopping choices I never had to set foot in Wal-Mart.

I left in 2012 and still look back on that move with deep regret every day. Other than my job, there isn't a single thing, not one, that I like better about where I live now than Charlotte.

I also lived in Little Rock for a while and while I liked it less than living in Charlotte, I still have somewhat of a soft spot for it and I believe it is underrated.
Charlotte sounds like a lovely place. Glad to know that Little Rock left a good impression on you. I currently live there and am starting to feel that once I leave this place I'll miss many things about it. Unfortunately it is hard to make good money here and many young people have to leave for Dallas or other larger cities to further their career.
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Old 01-16-2017, 10:16 PM
 
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What AREAof Charlotte appealed to you the most? Are there areas around the city that should be avoided? Would a northerner be welcome? It's 2017. What has changed for the better?
Would you move closer to the mountains or to the ocean, if given a choice?
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Old 01-18-2017, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Crappyville,PA
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I still love the city I grew up in, Chester, PA. I like to visit a couple of times a year. I was hoping the casino and soccer stadium would create some economic growth there, but it is still as tore up as ever.
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Old 01-18-2017, 06:21 PM
 
Location: DMV Area
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San Diego - I grew up there as a child and have pleasant memories of going to the beach, eating fish tacos and carne asada burritos, the moderate, easy going vibe of the place, and the friendly, laid-back atmosphere. When I temporarily returned to Southern California a few years back, I would visit the city quite often and admired the progress made in the downtown area plus the redevelopment of North Park and University Heights. It's matured into a better city in many ways, but still retains a bit of that intimate feeling that I miss at times. I also liked how well-planned the neighborhoods can be and the upscale, cleanliness of it. However, I don't think I'd move back there anytime soon.

Atlanta - The city where I became the man I am today, for better or for worse...I miss the greenery, the cost of living, the huge presence of black culture and nightlife, the parties, the easy access to just about anywhere in the world thanks to the airport. When I'm driving along the clogged freeways in DC, I even miss the wide freeways in ATL, LOL...I've debated moving back there from time to time, but I think I'd be chasing something that is no longer there due to the nostalgia factor.

Los Angeles - Not my favorite city by a long shot, but I grew quite fond of it and appreciated it for what it is. A very misunderstood city in general, and has greatly improved from its nadir in the 80s and 90s. Great city for food, great place for urban exploration, there's always something to do, and even though it's not a traditional city in the East Coast sense, it definitely has a unique urban environment due to its density and land constraints. The variety of architecture styles from its 20th century heyday and the variety in the topography along with the sheer vastness of the area were overwhelming to me, but in a good way. I felt as if anything was in my reach. I doubt I'd live back there again, but I liked it a lot better than I initially thought I would.
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Old 01-18-2017, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Sometimes I get nostalgic for how the Bay Area used to be, but there's no point going back d/t how much it's gentrified. Most times it's best to leave places in the past.
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