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Old 02-25-2019, 07:15 AM
 
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Stay in Tampa!! You do NOT want to be crossing that bridge at rush hour every day, believe me!
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Old 02-25-2019, 07:24 AM
 
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Alright got it, thank you, I will stay on the tampa side.

Now as for the communities, are there many bad or ghetto areas in Tampa? I hear a lot of people say to go towards Hyde park but housing looks pricey. Where is the younger crowd at?
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Old 02-25-2019, 09:12 AM
 
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Alright got it, thank you, I will stay on the tampa side.

Now as for the communities, are there many bad or ghetto areas in Tampa? I hear a lot of people say to go towards Hyde park but housing looks pricey. Where is the younger crowd at?
In no particular order - younger crowd:

Tampa Heights
Seminole Heights
Channelside
South Tampa
Hyde Park

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Old 02-25-2019, 01:08 PM
 
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We are in St Pete, and I commute to Tampa every day. I go across 275, some days are worse than others, it usually takes me roughly 45 mins to go 25 miles. I'm currently looking for something in St Pete so I don't have to make that commute. The time it takes doesn't bother me, it's the traffic that goes with it that gets old. The other reason I'm looking to change is our director is trying to move our office to the east side of Tampa, and THAT commute I'm looking at over an hour to an hour and a half everyday (if she gets the location she wants). I had to go from our office to Clearwater on Friday, it took me about 35-40 minutes leaving at 3:45pm.
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Old 02-28-2019, 12:51 PM
 
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Yup, did the Detroit standstill on 94! Praying you don't breakdown.
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Old 02-28-2019, 12:57 PM
 
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This all kinda surprises me. My employer keeps encouraging me to move to clearwater/dunedin, saying their commute is only about 25 minutes one way
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Old 02-28-2019, 04:58 PM
 
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This all kinda surprises me. My employer keeps encouraging me to move to clearwater/dunedin, saying their commute is only about 25 minutes one way
Time is a huge factor. A difference of 15 minutes can work out to 45 minutes to an hour for a one way commute. If they leave before 7:00 am it's quite possible they're only taking that long. However, if you leave later than that, you'll be dealing with the crush of commuters. Same on the return trip.

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Old 02-28-2019, 05:46 PM
 
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I've lived in Clearwater for almost 3 years. It would never take 2 hours for that unless there was some major crash/weather event/something weird. I've driven across that 100's of times and it has never taken anywhere near that long.


Drivers are jerks though, you have to learn to be one too in this area. They teach you defensive driving. As I call it "offensive driving" you will need to learn it to drive. If you need to change a lane, put that blinker on and speed up and move. The LONG red lights are annoying, but they actually keep traffic flowing better.


^^^THIS!

I've been here since November and a day doesn't go by when a bad collision or a pedestrian/cyclist's death isn't reported on TV. This is definitely not the place where you can drive on mental "autopilot."

The "unofficial" speed limit here is 40-45 MPH no matter what's posted and faster if traffic is thinner. Beware of jerks in oversize pickups--they rule the road (and it wouldn't surprise me if they had an arsenal stashed in the back of their trucks ) If you're new to the area you damn well better know where you're going. Time--and traffic--waits for no one here.

Also, the amount of traffic fluctuates throughout the year. In the winter you have an influx of snowbirds and there are pockets throughout the year (think Spring break and Spring/Summer vacations when kids are out of school) where the population swells meaning more people on the road.


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It did rain so hard during one of the hurricanes that missed us, but we still got the heavy rain, I could hardly see. Even then traffic just went slower than usual, but moved. If you have ever driven in the snow, the rain is nothing.
I disagree--I lived in the northeast all my life (grew up in the Buffalo area) and I would rather drive in snow than rain. When driving through a downpour you can't see nuthin' and everything becomes gray and blends together. People don't necessarily slow down when it's raining if they know the area.
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