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Old 08-04-2017, 06:57 AM
 
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I live 10 miles outside of Saratoga Springs and have to disagree with some of the comments made previously. Many people that have moved here are from LI, PA, NJ, and southern states. Why? Most people I have spoken with wanted to get away from the congestion, crime, etc. With the advent of "working from home" necessity to live near your workplace has changed.

People commute to workplaces in Albany, Malta, Clifton Park, etc. Those that consider the "rush hour traffic" on the Northway have not had to deal with Route 80, Garden State Parkway, etc. The "traffic" IMO slows down a bit, not the bumper to bumper, sit and sit traffic as I know it.

AFA growth, statistically, and I am not one to believe statistics, I don't know. I know what I see. New home construction, apartments, condos, medical facilities, etc. from Clifton Park to Queensbury. Businesses are opening Jersey Mike's, Smashburgers to name a few off the top of my head. Grocery stores are being upgraded (Price Chopper to Market 32).

Statistics don't cut it with me. My eyes see a different story.
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Old 08-04-2017, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Watervliet, NY
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People commute to workplaces in Albany, Malta, Clifton Park, etc. Those that consider the "rush hour traffic" on the Northway have not had to deal with Route 80, Garden State Parkway, etc. The "traffic" IMO slows down a bit, not the bumper to bumper, sit and sit traffic as I know it.
I went to school in southern Rockland County and did fieldwork for several of my classes in NYC. That meant taking the Red & Tan #20 bus, that passed right by my college, down through NJ and through the Lincoln Tunnel into Port Authority. I was always thankful I didn't have to drive down there.

And I have driven by the northbound on-ramp to the Northway Exit 6 (off of Route 7/Troy-Schenectady Road) around 5:00 PM enough times to see the Northway SRO with stand-still traffic, and I couldn't be more thankful that I work in Menands and live in Watervliet. 10 minutes, 2.5 miles to get to and from work. Even traffic on Route 9 up to Halfmoon and Clifton Park moves faster at that hour!
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Old 08-06-2017, 10:22 PM
 
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Statistically Saratoga Springs NY is 2% more expensive to live than NYC. But if you like a busy downtown area and if you enjoy buying expensive clothes to wear around with snobby friends then you'll enjoy that aspect of living here. Still, they don't like outsiders so you will find that it is very cliquish. The parents only want their children playing with the children of people they approve so it won't matter how successful or kind or upstanding, or whatever you think you are, they will have nothing to do with you. It does slow down after racing season but it can be a welcomed me relief because driving/walking/biking on Nelson Ave is gridlock.
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Old 08-07-2017, 07:52 AM
 
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Statistically Saratoga Springs NY is 2% more expensive to live than NYC. But if you like a busy downtown area and if you enjoy buying expensive clothes to wear around with snobby friends then you'll enjoy that aspect of living here. Still, they don't like outsiders so you will find that it is very cliquish. The parents only want their children playing with the children of people they approve so it won't matter how successful or kind or upstanding, or whatever you think you are, they will have nothing to do with you. It does slow down after racing season but it can be a welcomed me relief because driving/walking/biking on Nelson Ave is gridlock.
Where did you get that from? While Saratoga Springs can be relatively expensive, it isn't more expensive than NYC.
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Old 08-09-2017, 09:34 PM
 
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Where did you get that from? While Saratoga Springs can be relatively expensive, it isn't more expensive than NYC.
I fully agree, plus you can go to areas just outside of Saratoga and pay a lot less for a home or rent.
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Old 10-28-2018, 06:41 PM
 
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I like Saratoga, it's very nice. But, as a downstate transplant, can we please remember the boroughs of NYC are also counties and Saratoga has grown nowhere near as fast as Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and Manhattan. Not only have they grown faster, the population increase of Brooklyn and Queens was higher than the total population of Saratoga.
Please do not compare the bronx and queens to growth economic wise. The Bronx is a dump with the highest poverty rate of all the boroughs. Nothing there has flourished. Brooklyn has flourished, but just brooklyn south and 2 areas in brooklyn north (bordering brooklyn south). As for queens, Long island city and Astoria. Manhattan is manhattan.
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Old 10-29-2018, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Albany, NY
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PCAKES8888: Hope you made it out of the San Francisco bay area. My brother lives there and he would like out. I'm a former Californian and any place within the capital district of Albany would be good. Of course as with every town/city there are areas to stay away from. Please let us know how you're doing and where you landed. Welcome to NYS.
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