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Old 03-08-2010, 06:21 AM
 
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I'm living in St. Louis currently, but I'm being forced by my employer to relocate to either Omaha or Coral Springs, Florida. I've lived in Omaha before, and I know the winters can be brutal. Property taxes seem very high although the overall cost of living probably isn't bad. With Coral Springs of course there would be hurricanes, and I'm sure there is more crime and a higher overall cost of living. I'm really torn because I'm more familiar with Omaha, but Coral Springs just seems so enticing. I have one daughter, but she is going to finish High School here before relocating so schools aren't really a factor. Many of the advantages or disadvantages between Omaha and Coral Springs seem pretty obvious, but if you were in my shoes which would you choose, and what would be the determining factors?
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Old 03-08-2010, 07:04 AM
 
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Being a Midwesterner, I make myself feel better by saying that I can just go in my house to escape any blizzard. Not so with hurricanes, earthquakes and forest fires.

Really though, the decision belongs to nobody but you. You'll figure it out. Beside, it's not really as though either Omaha or Coral Springs would be a BAD place to live.

Good luck!
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Old 03-12-2010, 11:28 PM
 
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I moved from Omaha to Tampa (not willingly) and now less than 10 years later I'm dying to move back to Omaha.

Florida is tempting at first, but it sucks in a lot of ways too. I don't know much about Coral Springs, but it's in Florida and that enough would keep me away.
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Old 03-13-2010, 09:52 AM
 
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I moved from Omaha to Tampa (not willingly) and now less than 10 years later I'm dying to move back to Omaha.

Florida is tempting at first, but it sucks in a lot of ways too. I don't know much about Coral Springs, but it's in Florida and that enough would keep me away.
So what is it about Florida that is so off-puting to you? I'm going to be thinking about relocating as soon as business allows me to do so and Florida is always some place I've considered. But.... I don't want to regret it.
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Old 03-13-2010, 12:29 PM
 
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So what is it about Florida that is so off-puting to you? I'm going to be thinking about relocating as soon as business allows me to do so and Florida is always some place I've considered. But.... I don't want to regret it.
- Oppressive heat in the summer.
- No real seasons. You have "effing HOT!" and "not as hot"
- Not a real big fan of the politics down here, although to be fair I have as many gripes with Nebraska's.
- Not a big fan of the "southern" mindset, which kinda goes back to politics.
- Wayyyy too much traffic.
- Sprawl. Seriously, it's bad here. Everything is all spread out and it's like strip mall central here.
- Schools. They suck.
- The ****ty economy. Tampa is one of the worst job markets in America.

On top of that, things that are the main draw for the people here (the beaches) is just not that big of a deal to me. Sure it's cool at first but it loses it's luster pretty quick. I don't think I've been to the beach more than 5 times in the past year.

If you're really interested in Florida, I'd spend a few vacations down here before I decided to move.
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Old 03-13-2010, 05:18 PM
 
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Omg, I moved from big city La to omaha a couple years ago and let me tell you omaha is an extremely beautiful city.

Omaha is a very big city, about half the size of LA it also has terrific housing economy ranked 10th in 2010 ( 6. St. Paul, MN
7. Austin, TX
8. Oklahoma City, OK
9. Pittsburgh, PA
10. Omaha, NE)
Omaha is very quiet but with lots of attractions and beatuiful downtown area. Also west omaha has mansions compared to LA. Like in california a $1,000,000 house can only cost you like $350,000 in omaha. Plus west omaha houses are brand new

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Old 03-15-2010, 05:51 AM
 
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Thanks for the great answers. Bosco brings up a good point about traffic and sprawl. That is also a big problem in St. Louis, and something I really really dislike.
A question about Omaha sprawl. Before I left 15 years ago I lived near Elkhorn, and the drive in on Dodge wasn't too bad. I know it has changed a lot. They have built up Dodge, and apparently a lot of folks have moved way out West. How bad is the drive in on Dodge nowadays?
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Old 03-15-2010, 06:34 AM
 
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Thanks for the great answers. Bosco brings up a good point about traffic and sprawl. That is also a big problem in St. Louis, and something I really really dislike.
A question about Omaha sprawl. Before I left 15 years ago I lived near Elkhorn, and the drive in on Dodge wasn't too bad. I know it has changed a lot. They have built up Dodge, and apparently a lot of folks have moved way out West. How bad is the drive in on Dodge nowadays?
The West Dodge Expressway (108th to 124th?) has improved the situation immensely. Even so, I'll do my best to stay off Dodge Street during any of the busy times of the day.
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Old 03-15-2010, 02:21 PM
 
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Thanks for the great answers. Bosco brings up a good point about traffic and sprawl. That is also a big problem in St. Louis, and something I really really dislike.
A question about Omaha sprawl. Before I left 15 years ago I lived near Elkhorn, and the drive in on Dodge wasn't too bad. I know it has changed a lot. They have built up Dodge, and apparently a lot of folks have moved way out West. How bad is the drive in on Dodge nowadays?
Yeah, Omaha is a pretty compact city. They haven't seen nearly as much sprawl as other cities, and thanks to a very liberal annexation policy we can keep the sprawl somewhat under control.

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The West Dodge Expressway (108th to 124th?) has improved the situation immensely. Even so, I'll do my best to stay off Dodge Street during any of the busy times of the day.
When did they build the Expressway? I never ventured out into that part of town much so I can't remember if it was there when I moved.
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Old 03-15-2010, 02:54 PM
 
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Yeah, Omaha is a pretty compact city. They haven't seen nearly as much sprawl as other cities, and thanks to a very liberal annexation policy we can keep the sprawl somewhat under control.



When did they build the Expressway? I never ventured out into that part of town much so I can't remember if it was there when I moved.
I couldn't remember for sure, but it looks like they opened it mid-2006.

It's a good deal. My wife works at The Omaha Home For Boys with several women who live in the Elkhorn area. They say it cut almost an hour off their commute each way, each day.

http://www.hdrinc.com/13/38/1/defaul...?projectID=253
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