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Old 10-09-2019, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Dayton, OH
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Dayton is only an hour's drive (or less) from Cincinnati and Columbus.
Yes this is true and we have gone to both cities. I will admit though that we are getting tired of driving to them constantly. Yes it is nice that they are within an hour roughly but with two small kids under 6 it’s not always the greatest having to drive that far. I would rather be in an area where we can get to the places we want without having to take an hour to hour and a half car ride. Probably spoiled from living in the DFW area for so long I will admit because the area was so large.
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Old 10-10-2019, 06:12 AM
 
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Yes this is true and we have gone to both cities. I will admit though that we are getting tired of driving to them constantly. Yes it is nice that they are within an hour roughly but with two small kids under 6 it’s not always the greatest having to drive that far. I would rather be in an area where we can get to the places we want without having to take an hour to hour and a half car ride. Probably spoiled from living in the DFW area for so long I will admit because the area was so large.
What conveniences can you not find in the Dayton area?
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Old 10-10-2019, 06:50 AM
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Once a person has lived directly in DFW, I can imagine Dayton feeling a bit limited. I’ve also done the whole “hop in the car and drive an hour to do anything” and it gets old pretty quick. Difference was, it was a truly tiny town and Dayton would have felt like Manhattan in comparison.
Nevertheless, I can understand looking forward to a nice sized bigger city like the two in question.

One perk to KC over Milwaukee is that it is less likely to leave a person wanting more in terms of restaurants, retail, and general things to do.
I suppose in that way it is more like DFW in that there’s always something new, always some changes taking place to keep things interesting.
Kansas City does have more character than DFW, or at least that aspect of it seems to stand out more. I personally don’t think KC and DFW are all that much alike, but I can see how some people might think so especially if their experience of KC is confined to the Kansas suburbs. Still, I’d take Kansas/Missouri over Texas.
Milwaukee has character galore, but changes come more gradually and slowly. I do prefer it to KC if even slightly, but from time to time it might feel a little lacking if you don’t fully embrace the local culture, which is key to appreciating Milwaukee.
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Old 10-10-2019, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Dayton, OH
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What conveniences can you not find in the Dayton area?
A lot of it has to do with shopping choices and things to do for families with kids. Don’t get me wrong Dayton has its charm and the experience here has been fine but I miss some of the stores I regularly visited like World Market and Penzeys. We do see some growth in Dayton but there are still a lot of areas struggling keeping businesses open. For example they tried to introduce IHOP to the Dayton area last year and the restaurants closed down in about 6 months. I understand this is a chain etc but we are still seeing local business go under at twice the rate of new things opening. Even with trying to be active in the community there is not as many kids activities as we would like. I will say though that the parks system is amazing and we do spend a lot of time utilizing that. But most of the neat things for kids seem to be going on in places like Cincinnati or Columbus.
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