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Old 02-28-2010, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Bedford County, Va.
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I prefer culture and good food vs stagnant landscapes that never change.
You've never been to Newport News, have you? Living there, the OP doesn't get to enjoy any of the above...
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:20 PM
 
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Having family near is a must if you live in the woods . Otherwise it is very lonely and boring . But it still beats the city life ,imo .
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Old 03-11-2010, 01:09 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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I think that with a bit of planning, you can have both.
I live in a suburb of a *city* that is actually just a big village.
In the summer, visitors can not believe that we live close to *big city amenities*.
In the winter, it is really dreary (to say the least, so we just go somewhat into *hibernation* ....)

Stagnant landscapes ?
Nope, I do not think so. Anytime I look out any window, I see something else new.
Culture and good food ?
Culture = Educated, polished, and refined ?
good food = what does chocolate taste like ?
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Old 03-18-2010, 01:14 AM
 
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I think some posters above made a lot of sense- it's suburbs that drive people mad. Strip malls, 4-lane highways (or more), chain stores everywhere, no "there" there.
Even when I lived in a city (Cambridge) I felt it had a town/village ambiance, at least my neighborhood. Trees and gardens. Walkable streets with nice places to walk to. Beautiful river walk.
The few times I was in Boston, I couldn't get past a lack of trees.
And we won't mention the two years flushed away at the University of Pittsburgh, which I still remember in sepia and brown tones, and have to remind myself that likely there were colors but my memory says there weren't.
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:39 AM
 
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Ha ha! We all want what we don't have. I want the heck out of my small Ohio town! How about a bigger town or smaller, safer city? Don't give yourself culture shock! I just moan thinking you would come back to Ohio. It is in a deep recession and there's not a lot of hope flying around. I don't mean to sound negative, cause I'm not a negative person, but think twice! Best wishes!
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Old 03-26-2010, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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It is in a deep recession and there's not a lot of hope flying around.
Unfortunately, I think is pretty much true everywhere right now. Even living in a big city doesn't protect you from unemployment, real estate crashes, homelessness, crime, loss of services, etc. There may appear to be more opportunities in a city, but there are also more people vying for them... so the net result is the same.
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Old 03-26-2010, 02:10 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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Unfortunately, I think is pretty much true everywhere right now. Even living in a big city doesn't protect you from unemployment, real estate crashes, homelessness, crime, loss of services, etc. There may appear to be more opportunities in a city, but there are also more people vying for them... so the net result is the same.
And I think it's much worse to be strapped for cash in a city...at least out in the country one can feed one's self without a pile of cash, even heat a place for free (wood), etc. I'd rather be poor in the country than poor in the city.
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:51 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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In most cases the cost of living isn't near as high in a small town than the city. Never lived in a city for very long. Spent most of my life, so far, in small towns. Don't see any need to move out of a small town. I like standing in line at the grocery and have someone start talking to me, or I start talking to them, like I've known them all my life. And I've never met them before!
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