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View Poll Results: If you could move anywhere you wanted, what is your choice?
While working, I'd want to live in a walkable city area. 17 41.46%
While working, I'd want to live in a rural area, with acreage. 11 26.83%
While working, I'd want to live in suburbia. 5 12.20%
While working, I'd want to live in another country besides the USA. 3 7.32%
When retired, I'd want to live in a walkable city area. 14 34.15%
When retired, I'd want to live in a rural area, with acreage. 11 26.83%
When retired, I'd want to live in suburbia. 4 9.76%
When retired, I'd want to live in another country besides the USA. 2 4.88%
Regardless, I'd like to stay right where I'm at now. 1 2.44%
Bah Humbug, not another silly poll. 2 4.88%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 41. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 03-04-2007, 11:49 AM
 
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Default News Item: People leaving cities for rural acreage?

Article on ABC news: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=2915866&page=1

Says people are leaving big cities and moving to rural areas, getting some acreage, etc.

Take the Poll: Where would you want to live. Poll closes on 31 March.

Anyone seeing what ABC talks about in their area?

Could this revitalize small-towns or change the character of outlying/ rural areas?

In recent years I've that heard small towns (farm areas) are losing population, see my old post at:
Colorado's Worst Town

But... we see a lot of posters on city-data looking for walkable towns or downtowns, see my old post at:
http://www.city-data.com/forum/virgi...tml#post200139
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Old 03-04-2007, 12:37 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I picked a walkable city both while working and retired,I enjoy walking and hate the fact I have to jump in a car to get to anything. I miss that aspect of living in the small town life in pennsylvania.
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Old 03-04-2007, 12:46 PM
 
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The article doesn't say, but I bet many of these people are moving to rural areas that are still within commuting distance to an urban area (maybe an hour or so or less). There's only so many job opportunities in remote areas, even with the Internet. Plus, most folks still want the big-town amenities, just not the traffic and other headaches. I think it's just more of the exurb effect, people leapfrogging further and further from metro areas.
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Old 03-04-2007, 12:51 PM
 
Location: on an island
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I've been doing a fairly rural thing for the past 19 months.
It's nice to see the stars. But there are too many other drawbacks.
Too much driving. Not enough shopping, let alone healthcare.
I voted for walkable city.
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Old 03-04-2007, 01:59 PM
 
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I'm for the walkable city too -- both while working and retired.

There's nothing nicer than have a lot of great places you can walk to within a couple of miles or so. I also prefer to walk on developed sidewalks versus the little dirt paths rural areas have.
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Old 03-04-2007, 03:03 PM
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Walkable city for both, when I'm too old and batty to be allowed to drive a car, I'd still like to be able to leave my house.
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Old 03-04-2007, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Burlington, VT
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I've lived in a small town before, and I prefer a walkable urban area. I like not being tied to a car. I wouldn't mind having some space, like a roof deck, but I'd rather not be isolated. I'd be happier in a well-connected townhouse than a rural McMansion. Plus, as someone else said, rural areas only have so many job opportunities, even with the internet.

My 85-year-old blind father-in-law has lived in the same house for 50 years. He constantly complains about the expense, but he'll never leave. It's right on a bus line, and he can go anywhere as long as he can walk to the corner. To him, high property taxes and heating costs are a small price to pay for independence.

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Old 03-04-2007, 06:20 PM
 
Location: a primitive state
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I love spending time in a rural area but hate commuting. When I retire, convenient health care and public transportation may be high priorities, too. I vote the middle ground: Live and work in the city, have a small farm for weekends and lease the land to organic farmers, retire in the city.
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Old 03-04-2007, 08:17 PM
 
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Where would I want to live? Well, in New York City, of course!

The world at my doorstep.

And that's where I live, so I'm happy.

There's nowhere else I want to be.
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Old 03-04-2007, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I voted for suburbia both for working and retired (plus the bah humbug not another silly poll). I figure I can drive into the city when I want but then I can go back to my quiet home in the 'burbs. I definetly don't want to live in a rural area (been there, done that, not going to do it again).
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