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Old 08-12-2013, 09:03 AM
 
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*Usually* whenever I visit a suburb in a different region, it's almost always just a mix of subdivisions and wilderness....with a shopping strip here and there filled with the expected stores: that's it! No kind of history, no landmarks, nothing special whatsoever.

And the houses usually look the same or almost the same as every other house in the subdivision. YAWN!

I actually plan on leaving Long Island in 1-2 years (for the same reasons as most ppl) but I couldn't help but notice this.

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Old 08-12-2013, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Wallens Ridge
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*Usually* whenever I visit a suburb in a different region, it's almost always just a mix of subdivisions and wilderness....with a shopping strip here and there filled with the expected stores: that's it! No kind of history, no landmarks, nothing special whatsoever.

And the houses are usually so cookie-cutter, they look the same or almost the same as every other house in the subdivision. YAWN!

I actually plan on leaving Long Island in 1-2 years (for the same reasons as most ppl) but I couldn't help but notice this.
You're not looking in the right places... Lots of rich history and landmarks across the country. What do you like or prefer ? So many options, do your homework.....


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Old 08-12-2013, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Prince Georges County, MD (formerly Long Island, NY)
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Take a drive through Evanston, IL (outside Chicago), or Myers Park, NC (outside Charlotte)-- the problem is that, when many LIers relocate, they go to the exurbs and ignore the inner ring suburbs. Most cities have established suburbs that have what you're looking for.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:22 AM
 
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Its all relative.

Long Island seems like a soul-sucking vacuum compared to gentrified Brooklyn.

I live in Brooklyn now, and I never sensed such community and neighborhood comradery. I grew up in north shore long Island and I barely knew my neighbors.

I will eventually move back to LI one day when my kid needs to go to school, but I dread that day.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Another piece of the puzzle is that LI has a "history" of its' own starting especially with the planning of Robert Moses and Levittown. Post WWII was the inspiration for that project. Many other suburbs were simply vacant tracts of land that developers bought and built as money and need demanded.
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:58 AM
 
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Its all relative.

Long Island seems like a soul-sucking vacuum compared to gentrified Brooklyn.

I live in Brooklyn now, and I never sensed such community and neighborhood comradery. I grew up in north shore long Island and I barely knew my neighbors.

I will eventually move back to LI one day when my kid needs to go to school, but I dread that day.
Knowing your neighbors is a way overrated concept.

I will wave if a neighbor waves at me. I wont go out of my way to make conversation. I have often found that the best neighbors are the ones you have little contact with.

Regarding Brooklyn...I lived there for many years. The neighborhood "community" feel is not all that common.....and it certainly isnt a reason to move to Brooklyn.
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:28 PM
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Location: Where my bills arrive
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*Usually* whenever I visit a suburb in a different region, it's almost always just a mix of subdivisions and wilderness....with a shopping strip here and there filled with the expected stores: that's it! No kind of history, no landmarks, nothing special whatsoever.

And the houses usually look the same or almost the same as every other house in the subdivision. YAWN!

I actually plan on leaving Long Island in 1-2 years (for the same reasons as most ppl) but I couldn't help but notice this.
Souless, far from it visit any of the small towns/villages in Westchester as for cookie cutter just visit Levittown.
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:48 PM
 
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Suburbs all over the country are generally "boring."

North Shore and costal communities on LI usually have charming houses. But communities like Levittown, Hicksville, etc. have some of the most unattractive cookie cutter housing I've ever seen IMHO. Small and cramped levitt, split, and 50s style colonial/cape houses on a postage stamp property..yuck. I'll take modern, spacious, high-sealing homes with larger bedrooms and kitchen in the sunbelt over a LI cookie cutter home anyday.
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:51 PM
 
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Its all relative.

Long Island seems like a soul-sucking vacuum compared to gentrified Brooklyn.

I live in Brooklyn now, and I never sensed such community and neighborhood comradery. I grew up in north shore long Island and I barely knew my neighbors.

I will eventually move back to LI one day when my kid needs to go to school, but I dread that day.
I often wonder if all the young people who move to the "new" Brooklyn will stay there when their kids reach middle school and high school age. Seems to me that most are just passing through and not setting down roots. There will never be a real neighborhood until that happens in my humble opinion.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Suburbs are nothing more then some drawn up fantasy created by a sadistic satanic developer looking to cash in on a leave it to beaver scenario. So much fakeness and Keeping up with the Joanses vibe going on.
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