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Old 08-25-2010, 11:02 AM
 
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Thank you! It's going to be a challenging decision. Quite frankly...our children who will soon be school age are the determining factors. As any parent, we want them to have the best of everything - school, diversity, opportunity, healthy...and happy parents who don't work 4 jobs just to pay mortgage...I suppose looking for a liberal utopia...with lots of extras. I appreciate you all taking time to help us.
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:57 AM
 
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Where are you moving from? I understand your pain when it comes to your statement, "swimming in a sea of hate out here". I'm in Arizona right now and let me tell you what, the whole state of NY is looking way better than anything I see over here. I don't consider myself a liberal by any means but I'm certainly not a supporter of these hard core conservatives out here. It's become very hard to deal with and many of my friends have turn in that direction in the worse way. This has been pushing my desire to move to Syracuse even more.

I'm not from Central NY but when I visited the area last March I came up with an opinion that may help you. Even though Syracuse has some very run down areas it still is very beautiful and I'm not worried at all about finding a happy home for my family or good schools for my kids. The only reason I would move to ether one of the other towns would be if I find solid work opportunity there. I was really drawn to Auburn and Ithaca when I went to visit but I have no illusions and I was very worried about finding work in those areas. Also something to keep in mind about Ithaca. Cornell is an elite and very large university. It's a major part of the community. Finding places to rent in town will result in many for students only type rentals. Syracuse has this problem too in areas around SU but not nearly as bad because the ghetto is just across the freeway and it seems to limit the student only type housing to a smaller area.

So anyway keep in mind this was my opinion as an outsider that came to hunt out a new place to live. First impressions are not always right but these where some of the things that crossed my mind and are pushing me more toward the Syracuse area.

I to plan on renting first and that is even more of a reason for me to head toward Syracuse. I figure that's a better place for a new comer trying to figure out where to buy a home. I can easly make the drive down to Ithaca to house hunt if I choose to buy a home there. Plus I want to see first hand how those smaller towns handle their winters before I jump in head first.
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:22 PM
 
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Where are you moving from? I understand your pain when it comes to your statement, "swimming in a sea of hate out here". I'm in Arizona right now and let me tell you what, the whole state of NY is looking way better than anything I see over here. I don't consider myself a liberal by any means but I'm certainly not a supporter of these hard core conservatives out here. It's become very hard to deal with and many of my friends have turn in that direction in the worse way. This has been pushing my desire to move to Syracuse even more.

I'm not from Central NY but when I visited the area last March I came up with an opinion that may help you. Even though Syracuse has some very run down areas it still is very beautiful and I'm not worried at all about finding a happy home for my family or good schools for my kids. The only reason I would move to ether one of the other towns would be if I find solid work opportunity there. I was really drawn to Auburn and Ithaca when I went to visit but I have no illusions and I was very worried about finding work in those areas. Also something to keep in mind about Ithaca. Cornell is an elite and very large university. It's a major part of the community. Finding places to rent in town will result in many for students only type rentals. Syracuse has this problem too in areas around SU but not nearly as bad because the ghetto is just across the freeway and it seems to limit the student only type housing to a smaller area.

So anyway keep in mind this was my opinion as an outsider that came to hunt out a new place to live. First impressions are not always right but these where some of the things that crossed my mind and are pushing me more toward the Syracuse area.

I to plan on renting first and that is even more of a reason for me to head toward Syracuse. I figure that's a better place for a new comer trying to figure out where to buy a home. I can easly make the drive down to Ithaca to house hunt if I choose to buy a home there. Plus I want to see first hand how those smaller towns handle their winters before I jump in head first.
This website would help in seeing what job opportunities are in the region: Central New York Jobs

Also, keep in mind with the city of Syracuse that you can still find some nice neighborhoods that are affordable and the same with some of the suburbs as well. Not that you can't find that in Ithaca, but you will find that many people look in places just outside of that city like Dryden, Trumansburg, Groton or Newfield due to being a bit more affordable. Lansing is a community that is more suburban in character in comparison to other towns outside of Ithaca, but also has some rural areas as well. You can still find some relatively affordable homes in the city of Ithaca and keep in mind that the Ithaca City SD covers areas outside of the city limits and even into some rural areas. So, if you want that school district, you don't necessarily have to live in the city of Ithaca.
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:48 AM
 
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we are in surprise. i cannot imagine raising my children among those whom I also considered friends who are racist and unwilling to see past their nose. i could cry thinking we moved here...for what, weather, job? all worth it...but the integrity factor...oi. we moved from madison wi...so HUGE transition...
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:18 AM
 
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we are in surprise. i cannot imagine raising my children among those whom I also considered friends who are racist and unwilling to see past their nose. i could cry thinking we moved here...for what, weather, job? all worth it...but the integrity factor...oi. we moved from madison wi...so HUGE transition...
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