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Old 01-28-2015, 01:49 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I know that I am not likely to convert any New Yorkers to the midwestern way of life. It was not my intention. But, my NYC friends suffer from a blindspot when it comes to NYC. Uniformly, they expect that everyone would want to live in the great City if only one had the chance. And, they fail to see the high cost they pay for saying they live in the greatest city in the . . . well . . . middle of the east coast.


If you don't get it, you won't get it. I'm happy for the civic pride. But, I have an 8 minute commute to work, a private garage across from my office, and I can walk to 62 restaurants from my residence's front door in a place where one can live in a 100 year old 5 bedroom house with an in ground pool for under a half mil. And, I can be in NYC for a museum visit or a performance for about the cost of one week's NYC city income tax on my salary. I'm glad NYC is there. Nice place to visit.
I noticed that too during the couple years of living in that metro. I spent all my time commuting and working and never feeling like I got to take in an enjoy living there. Since moving back home I have found my wife and I have more time to enjoy ourselves and spend more time with friends and family than working and commuting.

I think there is that level of density that is perfect for a city, but for most, NYC is too dense and isn't worth living in. I have a 15-20 minute car ride, or 30 minute bike ride, or a 40 minute bus ride into work. Tons of food options to walk to around work and around my home and I get to live in one of the greatest parts of the country. Plus it was in the low 50s and overcast today with no snow in sight unless you count the snow on top of the mountain.
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Old 01-28-2015, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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I haven't watched the video yet. Maybe I'll have something else to say when I get the chance to watch it, but I hope the following isn't too off-base.

IMO, if most of our older cities (the cities that did most of their growing before 1950) had not taken the Robert Moses approach to freeway building; crashing freeways through the heart of cities, they would have done a better job of retaining their density and vibrancy. They would have remained more like NYC, and wouldn't have lost the infrastructure amenities that NYC has retained. (I have public transit in mind, but it's not necessarily limited to that.) NYC wouldn't be such an outlier among US cities.
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