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View Poll Results: Where Would You Rather Live
Hills 28 43.75%
Mountains 28 43.75%
Neither - I'm a Flatlander 8 12.50%
Voters: 64. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-06-2019, 11:36 AM
 
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For the purpose of this thread let's define any landform that rises above 2000 feet to be a mountain and those areas under 2000 feet to be called hills.


So driving in hills can be beautiful and mildly thrilling, but driving through mountains is often breath taking and white-knuckle frightening!


Building on land in the hills may be challenging, but doing so in the mountains can quickly become cost prohibitive.


So this poll is to see what the members prefer...living in the hills or mountains.
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Old 11-06-2019, 01:12 PM
 
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I don't want to live in either; too many access problems + potential wildfire, flood, snow, landslide issues. I do like living near hills and mountains and greatly prefer having them nearby to being in a mostly flat area. For one, I mountain bike; for another, I love looking at the 5000' mountains which are the backdrop for my city. But I don't actually want to live IN them.
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Old 11-06-2019, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Madison, NJ
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Mountains are beautiful to look at but I like the hilly area I live in!
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Old 11-06-2019, 02:07 PM
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Location: Up North
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I like flat to mildly rolling hills to live in. Just enough hilliness for some high ground to avoid flooding.
Mountains are fine to look at from a distance, but even then, only really high ones like out west.
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:35 PM
 
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Hills
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Old 11-06-2019, 04:10 PM
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Location: Chi > DC > Reno > SEA
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I can't think of any mountain driving in the United States I'd classify as white knuckle frightening. Some of the roads to the New Zealand ski fields are pretty challenging. The road to Valle Nevado in Chile could kill you. I've driven on a number of roads in the Alps.where a mistake would kill you. Nice to Isola 2000 is pretty sketchy.
I haven't driven it, but the Million Dollar Highway in Colorado and New Mexico looks pretty scary to me.
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Old 11-06-2019, 04:40 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I can't think of any mountain driving in the United States I'd classify as white knuckle frightening. Some of the roads to the New Zealand ski fields are pretty challenging.
The Million Dollar Highway (US 550) heading southbound out of Ouray, Colorado toward Silverton. No guard rails! To me it may as well have been the Calle de Muertos in the Andes. One sudden reflex or slip on ice and into the bottom of the canyon you and your vehicle will go. I drove on the other side of the double yellow lines to avoid this fear, scared the crap out of me. There are other mountain pass roads in Colorado without guardrails. I guess they have a way of cleaning up the gene pool.

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Old 11-06-2019, 06:13 PM
 
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To live, hills.
To see. Mountains
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Old 11-06-2019, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Very few people in the US actually live on or directly nearby a mountain. The costs involved with developing mountains are pretty much cost prohibitive everywhere, even in Colorado most of the mountain development is the result of a ski area. The towns are in flat valley basins. Denver for instance, by this threads definition, is a flat land city, which is next to hills (the foothills) which are next to mountains. Mount Evans starts 15 miles from the western edge of the city.

Essentially, flat land is required for a large metro (cities like Pittsburgh are the exception). For instance, if the Willamette Valley did not exist and there were coastal mountains all the way from the coast to the Cascades, Oregon would have less than 1 million people for my best guess.
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Old 11-06-2019, 08:49 PM
 
Location: The High Desert
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I live on a desert mesa, a flat topped hill, that is about 500 feet above a river. There's a mountain rising 5500 feet on the other side. It is a good compromise. A great view. It's a gradual climb up the mesa slope, nothing steep.

I used to live in a midwestern river town built on the bluffs with steep hills and valleys. It was a pretty setting but treacherous in the winter.
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