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Old 05-20-2009, 07:12 PM
 
Location: where my heart is
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Default Northeast versus Florida

If you could live ANYWHERE in the entire NE, pick it, or anywhere, in FLORIDA, pick it, where would you prefer to live?
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:26 PM
 
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I would take the Northeast. Florida does not appeal to me at all.
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:29 PM
 
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In my book:

Pros for Florida: Warm Summers.

Pros for the Northeast: Everything else.
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:53 PM
 
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I'll take anywhere in Florida over anywhere in the Northeast. The Northeast is great to visit, but the weather is much too cold for too long. Also, I enjoy everything about Florida too much. I have a hard time running out of stuff to do.
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:34 PM
 
Location: New York, New York
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NE over anything in Florida.I don't find anything about Fl. appealing at all.
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Boston
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I take the Northeast any day of the week. Maybe I'd take Miami over much of Northern New England (i.e. all of Maine, NH, or VT with the exception of Portsmouth/Nashua/Manchester NH) but on the whole, I'd choose the Northeast.

My reasons are as follows:

1)The diversity of the Landscape... Mountains, hills, rivers, lakes, streams, oceans, etc in the NE as opposed to flat, monotonous Florida.

2) The urbanity of the Northeast's cities vs. the urbanity of Florida's. With the exception of a few areas in Miami and a small portion of Tampa, Florida is entirely auto-centric and sprawl friendly. I'd take the Northeastern urban areas any day of the week.

3) Seasons. I know Northern Florida's temperatures fluctuate more than the rest of the state, but not NEARLY to the degree that they do in the Northeast. I like the snow, I like the spring blooms, I LOVE the summers in the NE, and autumn is beautiful in the Northeast too. I know some hate the cold, but I take the cold and the seasonal weather any day.

4) The setup of the cities and towns. Now I know I mentioned that I like the cities better up North, but I also like the way the towns are setup. Too many Floridian towns blend right into the next without standing out in any way. I love the villages and towns (with DISTINCT town centers) that make up the Northeastern part of the country. Each community really gives one a sense of place in the Northeast and that's hard to find in Florida. The terrain also adds to this effect... it gets to the point where you recognize hills and mountains and that really says, "you are HERE" where there's none of that in Florida.

5) The culture and the history. I don't mean culture in the form of museums and events, I mean it in a distinct regional identity. When you combine the culture with the history of the Northeast, you get a sense of time and place. You can find this all over the Northeast. I lived for a while in a nondescript town near Boston where when you walked by the church in the center you can look up and see a bell that was hand-crafted by Paul Revere or the Inn that George Washington ate ate. I can go down the road to New Bedford and walk the same streets that Herman Melville did when he was writing Moby Dick (in fact, you can go in the same buildings)... Fredrick Douglas walked those same streets. You can go to the site where the Pilgrims landed (both of them, Plymouth and Provincetown) or visit Emily Dickinson's house. You can also walk on the same docks that legendary fishing fleets have been using for centuries. There's a lifestyle in the Northeast that's entirely different than Florida's and I prefer it.

I'm not knocking Florida. It's a beautiful state, but I personally much prefer the Northeast... Just about ANYWHERE in the Northeast vs all of Florida.
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
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Something on the Upper East Side of NYC would be heavenly...
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:54 PM
 
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I hate the summer so NE wins easily and that isn't the only reason.
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:58 PM
 
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Originally Posted by CarolinaBredChicagoan View Post
In my book:

Pros for Florida: Warm Summers.

Pros for the Northeast: Everything else.
You prefer FL summers over the NE's? Having lived in FL, I wouldn't consider their summers "warm", especially in comparison to the NE. FL's summers are among the most stifling in the country.
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Dorchester
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I take the Northeast any day of the week. .....
I'm not knocking Florida. It's a beautiful state, but I personally much prefer the Northeast... Just about ANYWHERE in the Northeast vs all of Florida.
Good post Irfox I agree 100%.
I would also add that you can go to a place like Concord and in a 1 mile radius, you can:
-Stand on the North Bridge where the British were turned back by the Minutemen on an April morning in 1775
-Stand at the door of Thoreau's cabin on Walden Pond.
-Lay flowers at the graves of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, and Thoreau. All within about fifty feet of each other on Author's Ridge in Sleepy Hollow Cemetary.
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