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Old 01-12-2018, 08:54 AM
 
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I realize that overall, NYC is an overwhelmingly liberal city, but there are some conservative enclaves here. Do you prefer to live in an area with politically and ideologically like-minded people? Does it even enter your mind when choosing a neighborhood?

I have a friend who is very conservative, and she's very unhappy where she lives because she doesn't feel that she can express her views (people become extremely hostile to her). Her son (who is about 14) has been ridiculed in school after expressing support for Donald Trump.

I started thinking about this reading the Parkchester discussion. In the Bronx many more conservatives can be found in neighborhoods like Woodlawn and Pelham Bay but they are scarce in the rest of the borough. I was wondering if people with extreme right-leaning views would be happy in the majority of the neighborhoods here.
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:01 AM
 
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I wouldn't consider political leanings when shopping for a neighborhood in NYC, but I do think along those lines when searching for a retirement spot out of state.

First off, I think Trump is a special case. He's so polarizing. When someone says he or she is a Trump supporter, that raises all kinds of issues. Nixon was certainly a piece of work, but years ago if you said you were a Nixon supporter in a liberal area, you might have gotten some dirty looks, but you would have been spared the opprobrium that Trump supporters are being treated to today.

I am a born and bred New Yorker, and I lean liberal. I also like to read "best places to retire" articles. Some of the locations sound nice, and they're certainly cheaper than New York City, and the thought of a nice house or apartment is appealing. But if they are located in red states, I hesitate. I don't want to be surrounded by people with conservative viewpoints, especially in the charged climate we are living in now.
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:03 AM
 
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No.
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:13 AM
 
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I wouldn't consider political leanings when shopping for a neighborhood in NYC, but I do think along those lines when searching for a retirement spot out of state.

First off, I think Trump is a special case. He's so polarizing. When someone says he or she is a Trump supporter, that raises all kinds of issues. Nixon was certainly a piece of work, but years ago if you said you were a Nixon supporter in a liberal area, you might have gotten some dirty looks, but you would have been spared the opprobrium that Trump supporters are being treated to today.

I am a born and bred New Yorker, and I lean liberal. I also like to read "best places to retire" articles. Some of the locations sound nice, and they're certainly cheaper than New York City, and the thought of a nice house or apartment is appealing. But if they are located in red states, I hesitate. I don't want to be surrounded by people with conservative viewpoints, especially in the charged climate we are living in now.
Yes everything is way more emotionally charged because of Trump, but I do think that it goes beyond him. The whole question is probably more pertinent to conservatives since there are sure to be many liberals even in the more conservative neighborhoods here (but not necessarily the other way around).
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:16 AM
 
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If I considered political leanings, I wouldn't be in NYC at all.
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:21 AM
 
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Nope! politic and neighborhood is no where near each other in my opinion. As long as the neighborhood is safe and sound, then is all good for me. People can have different opinion, and that's why I don't like to socialize with others, but I am not anti-social. I like to know the people who I talk to are somewhat on the same page, or else I won't bother. People are crazy these day, and you can get harm just for having different opinion in politic. Thanks but no thanks. I have enough problem in life, so I don't need more problem just because someone like or hate president Trump.
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:27 AM
 
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I lean conservative, but live in a neighborhood that could be called "uptight" if you will. It's supposedly liberal overall, but I think some of the older residents aren't as liberal as they may claim. I remember in 2016 hearing a few people in line to vote vehemently complaining about the danger of voting for Trump and how they were going to stop him. I just smiled to myself, went in my polling station, filled out a scantron and sat back and watched as people here in NYC couldn't believe Trump won. Overall my neighborhood voted Democratic, but of the richer pockets voted for Trump as well. The same was true for de Blasio in his first term here. For what it's worth, speaking of the Bronx, Morris Park had the Bronx County Republican Headquarters right on Morris Park Avenue for years.
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:09 AM
 
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Never considered politics when thinking of moving to NYC and I lean conservative and am from the South.

Last edited by Aimstraight; 01-12-2018 at 11:10 AM.. Reason: Tyoed mean instead of lean
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:12 AM
 
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People who can only live around people who share their political leanings tend to make bad neighbors, whatever their politics. Mainly because it means they talk too much.

The best neighbor is one who isn't obsessed with takling about their politics, because it means they are smart and socially savvy. If everyone agrees, it is just masturbation. If there is a disagreement, it is a fight. What's the point?
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:25 AM
 
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I realize that overall, NYC is an overwhelmingly liberal city, but there are some conservative enclaves here. Do you prefer to live in an area with politically and ideologically like-minded people? Does it even enter your mind when choosing a neighborhood?

I have a friend who is very conservative, and she's very unhappy where she lives because she doesn't feel that she can express her views (people become extremely hostile to her). Her son (who is about 14) has been ridiculed in school after expressing support for Donald Trump.

I started thinking about this reading the Parkchester discussion. In the Bronx many more conservatives can be found in neighborhoods like Woodlawn and Pelham Bay but they are scarce in the rest of the borough. I was wondering if people with extreme right-leaning views would be happy in the majority of the neighborhoods here.

Meh. I don't discuss politics and/or religion for a myriad of reasons. I'm good living in an area where you do your thing and I do mine. People get hostile over anything and everything.
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