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Old 02-01-2009, 12:38 PM
 
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I think what he is trying to say is that most of these people voting would never actually be able to afford to live in these cities. I would ideally love to live in New York City and probably would have voted for it if I was asked but realistically I could not afford to live the same quality of life that I'm able to live in Houston. I pay $1,100 for a 700 sq ft loft in Uptown Houston. What would that get me in Uptown New York City?
There is Uptown Manhattan, but NYC is not just Manhattan. There are 4 other boroughs. That is why people move to these other boroughs because it is cheaper and you will get more than a "closet" for your money. They simply take the subway into Manhattan when they want to.

I was born and in raised in Manhattan when a middle class family could still afford to live there. When my Mom died in 1993, she was paying $450 a month rent. It was a two bedroom apartment; hardly a closet.
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Old 02-01-2009, 12:45 PM
 
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I'd bet money that the difference in responses is in how the question was phrased. The Harris poll seems like more of a "If you could live in any city in America, which would you choose?" kind of question. The Pew survey seems more grounded in reality.
I agree, the question was just asked differently.
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