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View Poll Results: Which do you prefer: Suburban, Urban or Rural?
Suburban 22 27.85%
Urban 22 27.85%
Rural 28 35.44%
Other (if I missed a designation) 7 8.86%
Voters: 79. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-16-2007, 03:05 PM
 
Location: on an island
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I agree that it takes more than numbers. A well-defined downtown is a must, and yes many college towns work well as a smaller urban setting. My present town is only 6,000 peeps and while it does have a real downtown, it lacks several of the qualities I desire. The town we hope to move to, Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, is maybe 15,000 people. It has a little bit more going for it: quaint downtown, farmer's market, theater,decent grocery shopping,etc.
I don't know what the deal is with the suburbs. To me they are so sterile and automobile-oriented.
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Old 02-16-2007, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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I wish some of the pro-Suburb folks would post their perspective!

You know I didn't have a driving license until two months after my 40th birthday! I never had a reason to drive until then--having lived in large cities--I rode my bicycle, the subway, the bus and the tram!

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I agree that it takes more than numbers. A well-defined downtown is a must, and yes many college towns work well as a smaller urban setting. My present town is only 6,000 peeps and while it does have a real downtown, it lacks several of the qualities I desire. The town we hope to move to, Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, is maybe 15,000 people. It has a little bit more going for it: quaint downtown, farmer's market, theater,decent grocery shopping,etc.
I don't know what the deal is with the suburbs. To me they are so sterile and automobile-oriented.
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Old 02-16-2007, 03:24 PM
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cil -- I definitely agree that a well-defined downtown adds the the quality of life wherever you end up living. I briefly lived in a small college town (while I was going to college) and lived downtown and walked or rode my bicycle most everywhere I went (of course now I don't even own a car). The 'burb I grew up in (which I've not lived in since 1991) also, at one point, had a pretty decent little downtown (but it was crumbling due to economic decay). It seems like a lot of the newer burbs don't even have that.
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Old 02-16-2007, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Deep In The Heat Of Texas
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RURAL!!

Peace, quiet, serenity, nature..............wonderful!!
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Old 02-16-2007, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Maybe you should have defined each one. haha

Where I live, rural is out on a ranch or farm. A lot of our ranches are 60-90 miles from the nearest place to get groceries. You certainly don't walk to the local market.
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Old 02-16-2007, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Rural is now neck in neck with suburban! Probably due to KewGee and jgussier.

Where I live, you can go hundreds of miles without a shop of any kind, but in my little town, we have 3 markets--but I couldn't walk there unless I was thinking of a hike.



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Maybe you should have defined each one. haha

Where I live, rural is out on a ranch or farm. A lot of our ranches are 60-90 miles from the nearest place to get groceries. You certainly don't walk to the local market.
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Old 02-16-2007, 06:12 PM
 
Location: At work
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Urban

I need to be close to entertainment, culture, shopping and fine dining. I can't imagine a nice dinner being something like Ruby Tuesdays or Chilis. Yuck!
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Old 02-16-2007, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Yup, food is one of my downfalls; that is, if I can't have it!

Thanks for sharing another urban vote!

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I need to be close to entertainment, culture, shopping and fine dining. I can't imagine a nice dinner being something like Ruby Tuesdays or Chilis. Yuck!
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Old 02-16-2007, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Urban

I need to be close to entertainment, culture, shopping and fine dining. I can't imagine a nice dinner being something like Ruby Tuesdays or Chilis. Yuck!
Entertainment? Somebody always comes up with a idea.

Culture? We get together some nights and talk about how pretty the trees are.

Shopping? Just last week I traded my old shotgun for a rifle.

Fine dining? There's fresh game just on the other side of the fence. Corn on the cob in the neighbors field.

Course, like you, I don't mind occasionally showing up at a Chilis or a Fridays.
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Old 02-16-2007, 06:50 PM
 
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urban= crime, fruits. flakes and nuts, liberals, traffic. suburban= not so much! rural = privacy,peace and quiet, familys, freedom, republicans! nuff said!
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