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View Poll Results: Are Marylanders welcoming to newcomers?
yes 7 36.84%
no 5 26.32%
somewhat 7 36.84%
Voters: 19. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-02-2011, 05:53 PM
 
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I'm not familiar with all of BRAC but it seems like Fort Monmouth is closing and everyone who doesn't quit or retire is moving to APG, so yeah, gonna be a lot of people. Not sure how it compares to other areas though.
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Old 01-03-2011, 05:30 AM
 
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Depends on where you go. And how you act when you get there. Move to the more rural areas and start complaining about what it doesn't have and the only friends you'll have are the other "come heres" who moved without looking. Look at the threads on here about the Eastern Shore or Southern MD.
For as many of the circumstances that apply to your statement there are plenty of others where the long time resident is hateful for no reason. Example, Ive lived on the shore for close to 7 yrs now and anytime I used to drive my older pickup truck I'd get countless waves from the locals. Now that my truck is long gone and I drive a smaller car I NEVER get waves from the same ppl that waved at me before. Not a coincidence.

The other scenario is one of jealousy. The local home owner that has been born/raised here and beat down by retail wage crap jobs sees all these new construction homes that they cant afford. So, they end up having a rift toward anyone who lived/worked/had better opportunities than them. This scenario can happen anywhere, but if there are genuinely good jobs around its much less likely.
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Old 01-03-2011, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Macao
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For as many of the circumstances that apply to your statement there are plenty of others where the long time resident is hateful for no reason. Example, Ive lived on the shore for close to 7 yrs now and anytime I used to drive my older pickup truck I'd get countless waves from the locals. Now that my truck is long gone and I drive a smaller car I NEVER get waves from the same ppl that waved at me before. Not a coincidence.
I think rural towns are like this in general. I mean, it's not that you are 'not born there', it's that depending on what you drive, you represent a certain kind of person with certain kinds of values.

I could be wrong about Maryland in this regard. But I know where I grew up, in rural Michigan, that people are simply either of a rural mindset (with the pickup truck and generally it means they value similar things) or they of the city (with the more expensive cars and generally NO knowledge or interests of the kind of person who'd drive a pickup). Just my guess though...
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Old 01-06-2011, 12:58 PM
 
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It depends on where you live. Many suburbs like Silver Spring in Montgomery County are filled to the brim with transplants from all over the world and the country. However, the residents of other suburbs like Columbia in Howard County can exude a repellent air of elitism and classism as someone else here mentioned. The residents of cities like Baltimore and some areas of PG County tend to not be welcoming to outsiders. The attitude towards outsiders in Baltimore and many parts of PG is "where the f*ck are you from?!" The fashion trends, slang, accents and popular local music (i.e. Baltimore Club Music, DC Area Go-Go music) are very distinctive in Baltimore and PG respectively. The average outsider in Baltimore or PG sticks out like a sore thumb in DC or Baltimore. The only outsiders that are welcomed in Baltimore are people who happen to fit into the vibe of the city.
An outsider really stands out in a city like D.C? I mean its not exactly a small town. You have people from all over the world. Out of curiosity what fashions are popular in Baltimore and D.C? What type of person would be more accepted and accepted by who?
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Old 01-06-2011, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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I don't think the comments about certain suburbs of DC are meant to compare it the insular world of a rural small town, where who you are related to, where you went to high school etc. are important in acceptance.

Acceptance in the DC burbs is more of a status thing, where you work, your level of education, what you drive, the size of your McMansion, not where you are from.

The posters comments about PG and Baltimore, specifically refering things like the "Go Go" scene, fashion, slang etc. are in reference more to the African American community, which is the majority in those areas. I have no idea on what determines acceptance or rejection in those social circles.
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Old 01-07-2011, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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Hmm. I had no problem when I moved here from Seattle back in '99. Moved in downtown, met people from all over the area, and so far haven't had any problems. I've seen on these forums people who hate outsiders and are rude to them, but never expereinced it myself. In many ways, Baltimore turned out to be one of the friendliest cities I've spent time in.

There is defintiely a more modern undercurent of a sense of entitlement going on these days, but as far as being welcoming to outsiders, it's all been good to me regardless of where I went.
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