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Old 02-13-2008, 07:42 PM
 
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1. LA--just can't stand it, too much traffic, too plastic, ugly suburban sprawl.
2. Orlando--see LA.
3. Phoenix--downtown is about 10 blocks and the city is home to over 1,000,000. Need I say more?
4. Philadelphia--aside from historic section, architecture isn't all that inspiring.
5. Houston--sprawl, nondescript skyline, traffic.
6. Salt Lake City--absolutely no diversity.

 
Old 02-13-2008, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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Originally Posted by dreamofmonterey View Post
ok-process of elimination. Which places would you not want to live- and why?.

I choose:

1. Orlando- overcrowded, plastic, no history, horrific traffic

2. Richmond, Virginia- just doesnt look good to me

3. Philly- I havent heard good things about it, houses I have seen for sale remind me of Queens NY (600k for a 100 yr old rat infested house)

4. Mobile Alabama- 'nuff said

5. Atlanta- heard its overcrowded, becoming the new south Florida

6. Charlotte NC (same reasons)

7. Newark, NJ

8. L.A. (I liked Santa Monica though, so wont discount it)

I dont have many west coast cities yet- I am trying to eliminate areas I dislike, to plan the next move. Any comments welcome! I do need more input from any west coast people!!

Sunny

A few more to add:

9. 95% of Florida (exclude the panhandle or Amelia Island

10. Atlanta, Overcrowded, and horrible airport, like Charlotte

11. Small southern towns population less than 100,000.

12. Texas- all of it

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Old 02-13-2008, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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A few more to add:

9. 95% of Florida (exclude the panhandle or Amelia Island
You left out Central Florida, but thats ok, we really dont want anybody else to pave this over, and put up a mall. (they just did, right next to this beautiful farm, its a crying shame)



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Old 02-13-2008, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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I know- in 1999- Ocala was still pretty. It's sad. I would never live there now!.
 
Old 02-13-2008, 08:33 PM
 
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[quote=kshe95girl;2821419]You left out Central Florida, but thats ok, we really dont want anybody else to pave this over, and put up a mall. (they just did, right next to this beautiful farm, its a crying shame)



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The growth in central FL is disgusting. I remember when this small route (State Road 434) outside of Orlando was a small two lane road lined with the thickest, most lush tree canopy I had seen just lined in gorgeous live oaks draped in Spanish moss, for miles and miles and miles from Winter Springs all the way to UCF. Except for "downtown" Oviedo, and your occasional farm stand and Florida cracker style home, there was nothing. There are also a few very large cypress trees that were at least 1,000 years old. Then they built that highway 417, and widened a stretch of 434, although it still *mostly* had it's rural character intact, just a segment had been widened. Then they started building along that segment. At least to this day that particular segment has a few trees left, but now it just looks like anywhere. Nothing special about it at all, just like how the OP described Orlando. Then, on the other side of that highway, they started building more and more. Once you got past Oviedo, the traffic is now snarling, the road is lined with strip malls and light industrial for miles and miles, and almost no trees were left. The last time I went back, that road is now six lanes, still trafficky and looks like it could be in a crummy part of Broward County. I couldn't believe the changes. This happened all over Orlando. What happened to Orlando really saddened me, because if you rewind about 15 years it was really nice and charming, kind of Southern but very welcoming...now it's like South Florida without it's advantages. I just wish I had a picture of 434...

I have noticed JAX seems to be managing it's growth better. They are at least leaving green belt and trees, and trying to plan the roads right.

Theres nothing wrong with growth, but they just didn't do it right up there, building on the natural beauty instead of building around it.

So now similar growth is tearing it's way through Ocala? I really hope not. I really do.

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Old 02-13-2008, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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yes, it is. when i moved here in '89, it was charming! I will take some pix tomorrow of what has happened where that farm is on SR 200, and post on this thread, it'll make you cry what they have let happen here.
 
Old 02-13-2008, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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1. LA--just can't stand it, too much traffic, too plastic, ugly suburban sprawl.
2. Orlando--see LA.
3. Phoenix--downtown is about 10 blocks and the city is home to over 1,000,000. Need I say more?
4. Philadelphia--aside from historic section, architecture isn't all that inspiring.
5. Houston--sprawl, nondescript skyline, traffic.
6. Salt Lake City--absolutely no diversity.
LOL. You act as though that's a very insignificant part of the city. Philly may have its fair share of run-down neighborhoods, but "uninspiring" architecture it does not have. There are TONS of buildings there that will never be replicated anywhere else ever again, ESPECIALLY when compared completely out of place next to the Sprawl Belt cities you also mentioned.
 
Old 02-13-2008, 09:11 PM
 
Location: TN, to AK one day
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id havw to say most major cities are ugly. nothing like you can get in a rural setting
 
Old 02-13-2008, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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I think urban and rural can be beautiful, it really just depends on one's preference.
 
Old 02-13-2008, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Mobile, Alabama
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I think for a city the size of Mobile it is about on target. I have lived here since 1999 and have never had a problem. The city of Mobile has it's share of areas just like any other metro's.

Now with that said, what makes Mobile ugly other than the crime you mention?

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Crime is ridiculous for a city it's size.
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