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Old 11-05-2014, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Have you ever had an experience in your life that has made you rethink the benefits of urban development?

I live in an apartment with loud upstairs neighbors. I've always loved living in cities and being in an urban environment. This experience, however, had made me feel like Im ready to move into a single family house in a semi-rural area. Ive never felt like that before. Maybe once I move out after grad school I'll return to my love of urban life in an apartment, a new apartment.
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Old 11-05-2014, 01:42 PM
 
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I believe that in any city, no matter how shiny, a person could find places and situations that make one question if the whole idea of cities is worth it. Any crime that really jars your sense of safety can bring up that sentiment.
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Old 11-05-2014, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Where does the OP live? Based on the post it says Murfreesboro, TN which looking at it in Google maps makes me think it is more of a small town than an urban city.

My guess is the OP just needs to look for a better apartment building that has better insulation to limit noise from the neighbors.
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Old 11-05-2014, 05:20 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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You can have loud inconsiderate neighbors anywhere -- cities, suburbs, or small towns. It's unfortunate, but the best way to ensure tranquility in a city -- or anywhere else for that matter -- is to pay a high price for housing. It's no coincidence that people who pay a lot for apartments in the city or houses in the suburbs live in quiet neighborhoods. Paying a lot is no guarantee, but the odds will be in your favor.
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Old 11-05-2014, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Where does the OP live? Based on the post it says Murfreesboro, TN which looking at it in Google maps makes me think it is more of a small town than an urban city.

My guess is the OP just needs to look for a better apartment building that has better insulation to limit noise from the neighbors.
Its a suburb of Nashville. Its population is about 115k.
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Old 11-05-2014, 07:08 PM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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I haven't had bad luck with noisy neighbors. Depends on chance and how much you notice these things.
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Old 11-05-2014, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Its a suburb of Nashville. Its population is about 115k.
It still isn't what one would consider to be an urban city, do you live in its downtown or something?
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Old 11-05-2014, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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You can live in an urban environment and live in a single family home. Urban doesn't necessarily mean packed to the gills, despite what some of the "experts" posting here seem to think.

But,yeah,you can have noisy neighbors anywhere.
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Old 11-06-2014, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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You can live in an urban environment and live in a single family home. Urban doesn't necessarily mean packed to the gills, despite what some of the "experts" posting here seem to think.

But,yeah,you can have noisy neighbors anywhere.
I second this. (although, I think we might disagree on who the "experts" are)
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Old 11-06-2014, 07:02 AM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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Maybe the OP should have said high-density rather than urban, but they are often used as synonyms. Other downsides, which don't always occur but are more common in denser environments:

1) More traffic noise
2) Less windows into the home
3) More outdoor lights that can shine inside into your bedroom but out of your control
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