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Old 05-08-2006, 07:28 PM
 
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Not to immediately start off this thread by making any enemies, but we would like to relocate to an area of NC where liberals are not frowned upon. We have grown used to the politics around us (though we know that is not the norm, even for CA). We are not super-crazy lefties, just moderately left.....But we are nowhere near extremely far right.

We don't tolerate racism, and do not want to expose our child to any place that accepts it. We are pro-labor, pro-working families. There are other things that are very important: education and cost of housing, job outlook, and things to do.....ie: culture, parks, outdoor activites, etc.

My husband and I cannot afford to raise our family in the bay area of Northern California anymore. Though we do own a home, we have been outpriced. Working to the bone to just barely get by is no way of life. Having to constantly worry whether we can pay the bills, just so we can be home-owners is no way of life. A horrible education system is no way of life for our child.

So, we are in search of a better place. My research so far points to Chapel Hill or Carrboro, NC.

Any other places in NC that might suit our left-leaning family?
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Old 05-08-2006, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Orange & Durham Counties are the most left-leaning by far. Also Warren, Northampton, Hertford, Bertie and Edgecombe Counties a little less.


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Old 05-08-2006, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Greater Charlotte area
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Not to immediately start off this thread by making any enemies, but we would like to relocate to an area of NC where liberals are not frowned upon. We have grown used to the politics around us (though we know that is not the norm, even for CA). We are not super-crazy lefties, just moderately left.....But we are nowhere near extremely far right.

We don't tolerate racism, and do not want to expose our child to any place that accepts it. We are pro-labor, pro-working families. There are other things that are very important: education and cost of housing, job outlook, and things to do.....ie: culture, parks, outdoor activites, etc.

My husband and I cannot afford to raise our family in the bay area of Northern California anymore. Though we do own a home, we have been outpriced. Working to the bone to just barely get by is no way of life. Having to constantly worry whether we can pay the bills, just so we can be home-owners is no way of life. A horrible education system is no way of life for our child.
So, we are in search of a better place. My research so far points to Chapel Hill or Carrboro, NC.

Any other places in NC that might suit our left-leaning family?
Okay. Here I am. A Moderately Liberal community of one (two with my husband). There are some of us and some who don't want to 'self-identify' in this political environment. I just can't wait for the Republicans to run their course and let things get back to normal. Some people aren't smart enough to know there is a difference between Liberal and 'ultra left liberal'. Welcome to the state. We will win this cause! You should check out removed

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Old 05-08-2006, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Greater Charlotte area
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Orange & Durham Counties are the most left-leaning by far. Also Warren, Northampton, Hertford, Bertie and Edgecombe Counties a little less.

It is interesting that these are the places you will find the most educated people too. Hummm.....
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Old 05-08-2006, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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I think by what your saying Carrboro would be good for you and right next to Chapel Hill. Basically you can walk from one to the other. I myself like walking around Carrboro. You have some some unique shops there. You will love the Weaver Steet Market there. It is owned by the community. I love to go get their coffee, sit out front and meet some interesting people. removed Best of luck to you if I can help in anyway let me know.

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Debbie

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Old 05-08-2006, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Greater Charlotte area
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I think by what your saying Carrboro would be good for you and right next to Chapel Hill. Basically you can walk from one to the other. I myself like walking around Carrboro. You have some some unique shops there. You will love the Weaver Steet Market there. It is owned by the community. I love to go get their coffee, sit out front and meet some interesting people. http://www.weaverstreetmarket.org/ (broken link) Best of luck to you if I can help in anyway let me know.

Regards,

Debbie
I'm not sure you'd want to live in Carrboro if you are a mature adult. It is mostly college students. You might want to check out Hillsboro.
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Old 05-08-2006, 09:49 PM
 
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Durham is the most liberal big city in NC. but that's most likely becaue it of it's very large black population. It's more "blue" just by voting democratic, than atually "liberal" Chapel Hill is probably the most liberal town in NC, with a population of about 50k. Much of the northeastern/tidewater area of the state is also very "blue" but that again is because it's majority black population, and not so much being "liberal".
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Old 05-08-2006, 10:09 PM
 
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So far it sounds like Chapel Hill is still the place for us......I can't wait to see it in early June. Will it be very humid the first week of June?

Thanks for the input so far. I appreciate the insider's views!

Any other places out there I have overlooked?
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Old 05-08-2006, 10:15 PM
 
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Humid? YEAH. June-August this place is like a sauna.
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Old 05-08-2006, 11:51 PM
 
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One thing you should note - housing can be pretty expensive in Chapel Hill. Carrboro is generally cheaper in that department, but not quite as attractive an area, either. You will, of course, find a lot of college students as Carolina Girl noted, but once you get off the campus, it's not nearly so college kid dominated.

Local politics are a big deal in Chapel Hill, and it's definitely the most left-leaning part of the state (the city recently hired a marketing firm to come up with a slogan for the town and it came back with "Left of Center, Right at Home." The city rejected it, but still...)

As for culture, outdoor activities, etc, Chapel Hill definitely has its offerings. The campus and surrounding area is beautiful with some great walking/jogging paths, an arboretum, etc. There's also a planetarium, and the university's theater puts on some pretty good productions. And of course, college sports are huge.

Some of the local schools are a bit lacking, though. Also, there are one or two events a year that, after dark, get pretty dangerous.

I'll cut myself off here, but let me know if you have any other questions!
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