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Old 05-04-2011, 01:25 PM
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My family is moving to the area in June from Upstate NY (govt move so we have no choice). I've posted before and have been reading many other post. What is the deal with the acid rain/pollution and cancer? We have a child with serious asthma and environmental allergies, is this going to be a problem? What areas should we avoid, if any? We will be renting through the govt but have some say on the area of choice. My husband's office is located in Vancouver (not sure on the exact location) but he is willing to commute up to 30 minutes one way. We would like a nice family friendly neighborhood, with great schools and clean air (if that is indeed a problem in the area).
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Old 05-04-2011, 05:23 PM
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Vancouver is very sprawled out, without knowing the exact location you won't be able to figure what is 30 minutes away.
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Old 05-05-2011, 07:55 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Originally Posted by gashawty10 View Post
My family is moving to the area in June from Upstate NY ... ... We would like a nice family friendly neighborhood, with great schools and clean air
read & search...

Hockinson should be on the top of your list
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:19 PM
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You'll want to go to the City of Vancouver website, the Columbia River Crossing website and so on. There is a huge potential for tolling on all bridges, the Columbia River bridge (I-5) is needing to be replaced but the politics here are enormous and contentious.

There is lots of rain here. My husband suffers from mold and pollen allergies almost year round. Not very heart warming on one hand; on the other it is a nice enough small town, rather conservative in nature but liberal in voting (go figure).

Take a look at the "Land Here, Live Here" for promoting living in Vancouver. We are about 5 minutes across the bridge(s) to Portland, Oregon with wonderful one hour access to the mountains, desert and ocean.

Hope this helps.
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:54 PM
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I have heard nothing of acid rain. I walk outside in the rain, usually without an umbrella and suffered no ill effects. I'm not sure what "talk" you are referring to. I live in the Evergreen district of Vancouver. It is nice, clean, and very easy to breath in. I can say that because I have asthma myself. Mine is trigger induced and polluted air, or smog is a major trigger for me. Other than the night of the 4th of July (due to all the sulfur in the air from fireworks), I have no problem with the air quality in Vancouver.
As another stated, unless you give a cross street for where your husband would be working, a 30 minute commute would be difficult to estimate. I would caution though, Hockinson may be nice in appearance...it is rural (depends on what you like) and when the city releases flood waters to offset overflow, Hockinson is where the water goes. I have a friend living there and her home on the lower level was flooded. The city is not supposed to be allowed to do that, but it doesn't stop them.
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:59 PM
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I forgot to add as to the cancer...the PNW, as others have stated has a lower than national average rate for cancer. Unfortunately it is on the rise everywhere. There are some studies that indicate to stay away from substations and power stations (2 miles away minimum), or other focused sources of emf's if you have a family history...and obviously industry, but other than that, it seems diet, personal habits and DNA have much more to do with it than anything else. Just one example...I have extended family where there is great aunt brother and sister; they each have four children who are now adults and all of them have cancer. They all live outside of the PNW and are scattered across the states. I can't say without true research, but this minor factor does seem to speak to DNA.
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