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Old 06-20-2007, 08:51 AM
 
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New Orleans - that's a given

Any small town in MS for reasons that would take years to explain

Anywhere in CA - too liberal

Anywhere in NE or KS - too conservative
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Old 06-20-2007, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Lake Country, Wisconsin
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Of course I never thought I would live in Milwaukee, but here I am. I would never live in:

NYC
LA
Anywhere in NJ except the Princeton area
New Orleans
Alabama, Arkansas or Mississippi
West Virginia
Miami
Oklahoma
North and South Dakota
Los Vegas
Salt Lake City(chance to be transfered there and would not be happy if it happens)
Anywhere in Wisconsin beside Milwaukee and Madison areas.
Washington DC

Would like to live:
Portland, Oregon
Portland, Maine
Seatle, Washington
Raleigh, NC
Boulder, Colorado
Columbus, Ohio(loved living there)
Burlington, Vermont
Manchester, New Hampshire
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Old 06-20-2007, 09:11 AM
 
Location: In God
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What's the big idea with New Orleans?
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Old 06-20-2007, 09:54 AM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker;)
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New Orleans has too many problems. It has a very third world feel to it. The local government, police force, and school board are mismanaged and corrupt. The level of poverty, racism, and classism is tangible. A high number of the population is barely literate and undereducated, which is a shame considering they've got quite a few universities there and in nearby Baton Rouge. City services suck. Too much violent crime, and it's not confined to certain areas like it might be in some cities, but all over. There's a lot of inexplicable blight in touristy areas near the French Quarter and CBD. The pace is way too slow; it's hard to get stuff done in this city. They don't call it the Big Easy for nothing! That was my experience living there pre-Katrina. I went to college there. The music, food, and people are outstanding though. It just has too many issues. Really falls into the "nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there (ever ever ever again)" category.

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Old 06-20-2007, 11:52 AM
 
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Right on, houstoner. New Orleans has just too many problems, and Katrina compounded it even more. Don't forget the humidity. My gosh!!!!
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Old 06-20-2007, 12:08 PM
 
Location: In God
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True, but what about the beautiful people and the rich culture.
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Old 06-20-2007, 12:44 PM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker;)
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Right on, houstoner. New Orleans has just too many problems, and Katrina compounded it even more. Don't forget the humidity. My gosh!!!!
Hello? I'm from Houston. I barely noticed the humidity!
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Old 06-20-2007, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Bay View, Milwaukee
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I could probably be content, though not always thrilled, living in a lot of cities in the US. Climate is not a big problem for me, though I favor colder places. Some places where I probably would not want to live include:

* non-metro Alaska
* non-metro N. and S. Dakota
* Utah (I've visited)
* some communities in the Bible Belt
* most retirement communities in Florida

I've lived in these places:

* Palo Alto, CA
* Berkeley, CA
* Princeton, NJ
* Palm Coast, FL
* Columbus, OH
* Buffalo, NY
* Montevallo, AL (near Birmingham)
* Chicago, IL
* Milwaukee, WI
* Madrid, Spain

All of these places were at least good, if not great, with the exception of Montevallo and Palm Coast. Montevallo is too Deep South for me, though I would be happy to live in other areas in the Birmingham metro. Palm Coast is a retirement city gone awry with development. If my father didn't live there, I would have nothing to do with it. If I had to live in that part of the state, I would choose Flagler Beach or Saint Augustine.

I've loved everywhere else I've lived, for different reasons. Columbus is a fantastic city, as is Milwaukee. I'm disappointed that so many people wouldn't live in Buffalo, though. It's not a very prosperous city, but it's a really great place to live if you have a steady job. The winters can be rough, but it's worse in many other cities. Buffalo is a really attractive city with a lot of cultural opportunities, especially in theater, music, and ethnic restaurants. I would have stayed if I could have--and yes, this is coming from a guy who grew up in the SF Bay Area!
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Old 06-20-2007, 07:53 PM
 
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I visited Birmingham and Montevallo back in the spring. I toured the American Village in Montevallo and the people were very nice. Why were you living there? Job?
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Old 06-20-2007, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Bay View, Milwaukee
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I visited Birmingham and Montevallo back in the spring. I toured the American Village in Montevallo and the people were very nice. Why were you living there? Job?
Yes, I worked at the U of Montevallo. In the grand scheme of things, not the worst place to be, but the town shuts down during the weekends (not that there's much going on during the week), and people were constantly being nosy and pushy about religion. Not my kind of scene.
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