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Old 11-19-2007, 07:34 PM
 
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saint paul is fairly similar to madison but quite a bit larger. in wisconsin nothing is all that similar to madison. the better places to live are west of the wisconsin river. you will find more industrial jobs in the fox valley but with that goes the stench of paper mill, dirty air, polluted water, and right wing politics.

best bet is to take a peek at places like eau claire and la crosse. they are not madison but will be much more affordable and not far right wing like the fox valley and suburban milwaukee.
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Old 11-19-2007, 11:52 PM
 
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berry,
Sorry, only Madison is like Madison. I strongly disagree with the poster who said LaCrosse is like Madison. Except for the similarly large number of bars, I can't think of any way in which LaCrosse is similar to Madison.
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Old 11-20-2007, 11:20 AM
 
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saint paul is fairly similar to madison but quite a bit larger. in wisconsin nothing is all that similar to madison. the better places to live are west of the wisconsin river. you will find more industrial jobs in the fox valley but with that goes the stench of paper mill, dirty air, polluted water, and right wing politics.

best bet is to take a peek at places like eau claire and la crosse. they are not madison but will be much more affordable and not far right wing like the fox valley and suburban milwaukee.
Berry,
The Fox Valley is a wonderful place to live-please check out the links I sent you and also, this thread: Would you recommend Appleton? I wouldn't be raving about this area if I didn't truly believe in it's appeal. I have lived in several WI cities, and Appleton is great-especially for families! I try to focus on factual information, based on my living experiences in my own town, instead of bashing someone else's city like others on this board, who are only negative, tend to do. Because of this, I feel I have to clarify some things:

I wouldn't worry about the politics so much. Despite of the "right wing politics" the previous poster mentioned, WI has been a blue state in the past two elections (as well as the surrounding Michigan, Illinois & Minnesota). Wisconsin has Madison which is to the left (66%), and I disagree about Appleton being full of right-winged politics at a mere 54% to the right. Wisconsin towns are for the most part 50/50 as far as politics go, so please don't base your decision soley on that!

Yes, the Fox Valley is industrial, that's what put us on the map-hardworking people making paper products for the nation. Not just products for home-use-many of these products are a necessity in the medical industry. Recyling paper to make new paper products is a very important part of this industry. We have a Paper Discovery Center that teaches kids about the history of Wisconsin's paper mills and kids can make their own paper using recylced pieces of paper, water and screens. I took my kids there and it is very cool! Also, my daughter's spring concert in school last year was about the environment. And they talked a lot about the importance of recycling.

I live in Appleton and never smell any factories where I live. It all depends on your location-closer to Kaukauna and Neenah, yes, you may smell this. But you can also live out in the country like I basically do, surrounded by plants and trees that clean the air. Any town in this country that has a factory, will have a smell at some time or another. Every city I have lived in has this once in a while. Unfortunately, nowhere in the US is immune to all pollution!

Also, not sure if you like lots of snow or not. Appleton tends to get less snow than other parts of the state, something to do with how we are situated in relationship to the Great Lakes. A lot of the snow misses us, then ends up hitting the East Coast a couple days later. We do get occasional big storms, but not the consistent knee-deep snow that other parts of the state get. Most "snow days" at school are due to bitter cold, rather than snow. This can be a good thing if you are scared of driving in snow, or a not-so-good thing if you like snow sports!

Hopefully you can take a tour of WI soon to see what is the best fit for you and your family!

-Michelle
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Old 12-03-2007, 11:50 AM
 
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Berry,

..Don't make too much of the "dead deer on the rooftop" stuff; I grew up in Burlington, and I didn't see much of that at all. In more rural counties, it's more common, but Burlington is the Queen City of VT, and is fairly cosmopolitan for its size ( and often priced accordingly).You should visit Burlington; if you're looking for a smaller version of Madison (state university, politics, weather, etc.), you should have Burlington high on your list.
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