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Old 05-27-2017, 08:01 AM
 
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While I would very much agree this year it'll be harder to enjoy with all the construction going on with 80/94, the toll road, and 65. It is pretty well open as well from east of downtown Gary until Michigan City making it a great alternative to the before mentioned interstates. Also, there is a section that has seen many fatal/serious accidents, so please be careful down this stretch.
Just to clarify. . . what stretch is that I'm being careful of? The one where serious accidents are known to occur? Thanks.
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Old 05-27-2017, 11:13 AM
 
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I believe the dangerous stretch of roadway is US 20 between Michigan City and Chesterton. It's a four-lane road and has some dody left turns/crossings, US 12 is very safe.
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Old 05-30-2017, 03:00 PM
 
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Thought I'd update . . . in the order of the visits . . .

Miller (Beach) - Not sure how to explain it - it felt fragile here. Driving into the next town (Lake Station?) felt markedly different and a bit more 'stable'. I could be biased because I didn't care for all the hills in Miller.

If that strip down by the brewery livened up a bit and a 'town center' area was created (in the vicinity of the McDonald's), I'd feel differently. This was a bummer, because I REALLY wanted this town to work for us. No good high schools in the area tipped it towards a no - for now. It will be interesting to see if the South Shore developments change this area in terms of residents and median income (no implications made here about income and people).

Valparaiso - Very nice. The area seemed moderately metropolitan, bustling, very groomed, orderly. Nothing negative to say. It's very homogeneous.

Chesterton - Idyllic small town. Very nice historic downtown area. There was some sort of festival going on (?). People milling about - looks like a nice community. It was not as metropolitan as Valpo. It is very homogeneous.

Michigan City - Not as bad as I suspected. The park/beach/marina area was nice. Lots of people out and about. We were also surprised at all the shopping options in the Franklin Street area. We didn't drive the residential areas much, but it seemed very hit or miss - some nice areas and those that are not. Some diversity, but . . . poverty seems to be an issue. Not sure about middle-class diversity.

But, what do I know? It was only a day's worth of looking around . . .
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Old 05-30-2017, 03:33 PM
 
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Thanks for updating.

FYI--Miller Beach is not a town. It's a neighborhood in Gary. Miller Beach has become more popular with Chicago residents looking for weekend places. It's not quite equivalent to some place like Long Beach, but it has grown in the past few years.
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Old 06-01-2017, 07:01 AM
 
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Also, diversity doesn't mean anything unless the people who are diverse are also decent.
Who are "the people who are diverse"??? Wouldn't that be...everybody???
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Old 06-02-2017, 07:36 AM
 
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Thanks for updating.

FYI--Miller Beach is not a town. It's a neighborhood in Gary. Miller Beach has become more popular with Chicago residents looking for weekend places. It's not quite equivalent to some place like Long Beach, but it has grown in the past few years.
Well, that certainly explains why it didn't feel like a town, then. Thanks for clarifying.
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Old 06-06-2017, 05:34 PM
 
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Have you considered LaPorte? It's close to Michigan City, and you could probably find employment in South Bend.
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Old 06-07-2017, 08:47 AM
 
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Have you considered LaPorte? It's close to Michigan City, and you could probably find employment in South Bend.
No, I didn't really consider LaPorte.. But, I did wonder in passing why I hadn't considered it. I'll look into it. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Old 06-07-2017, 09:52 AM
 
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Who are "the people who are diverse"??? Wouldn't that be...everybody???
I suppose it depends on how one defines diversity. In this case, I meant skin color/ethnicity/'race'. I personally think people are bound by shared experiences or perceptions more than skin color ... I can find common ground with almost anyone as long as they are decent ...which takes us back to that original comment.

I agree that living amongst 'diversity', sans decency, is no good. And, ruling a community out based on a lack of diversity is sort of reverse discrimination in theory -sorry. But, practically speaking, it can matter for a person that looks like me, although I wish it didn't. And, yep, I know that sort of stuff can be said for many heterogeneous areas of all types...which is why I enjoy a bit of diversity in general no matter which way it slants

Anyway, this thread has been interesting and helpful...and hopefully can be beneficial to others also looking. Go NWI!
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