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Old 08-06-2012, 08:25 PM
 
Location: LA
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Hello everyone, this is my first post here. I live in Los Angles, CA. And it's a diverse city of about 3,819,000 I understand Chicago is a bit similar My question is, what would be a safe, middle-class suburb to live in which wouldn't be too far away from the city? (Within 30 or so minutes of Downtown.)

It is quite affordable here where I live in LA, Safe as well. Is it possible to get a place that close to DT that is safe and at least semi-affordable?

Any reply is greatly appreciated!
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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What else are you looking for?
Good schools? Walk to an el stop? There's plenty of suburbs that could be safe and affordable, you'll have to be more specific.

As far as the 30 minute commute thing, figure on taking at least 30 minutes to hit city limits from downtown during rush hour. If you want 30 minutes or less, you'll have to stay in the city.
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:34 PM
 
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My question is, what would be a safe, middle-class suburb to live in which wouldn't be too far away from the city?
This forum is for Chicago. Your question is more likely to be answered in the Chicago suburbs forum.
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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Not if he wants an under 30 min commute from the loop.

Even in the morning I couldn't make it to the city limits in less than 30, no matter what direction. In the evening, faghettaboutit. (and I drove like an ass)
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:42 PM
 
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Not if he wants an under 30 min commute from the loop.
He didn't specify the Loop. He said "from the city". Lots of suburbs are 30 minutes from the city, even during rush hour. Many more during non-rush-hours.

That's all beside the point though. He asked specifically about suburbs. This isn't the suburbs forum.

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Even in the morning I couldn't make it to the city limits in less than 30, no matter what direction. In the evening, faghettaboutit. (and I drove like an ass)
I make it to the city limits in 15-20 minutes every day, and I live toward the center of the city.
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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He didn't specify the Loop. He said "from the city". Lots of suburbs are 30 minutes from the city, even during rush hour. Many more during non-rush-hours.

That's all beside the point though. He asked specifically about suburbs. This isn't the suburbs forum.
Chances are, most people won't put up with the commute.

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I make it to the city limits in 15-20 minutes every day, and I live toward the center of the city.
You must get on 55 from south of the circle, because the kennedy and stevenson are a parking lot every flipping day.
I timed it, I couldn't make it out from fullerton and the kennedy to city limits in less than 30 minutes at 8:00 am. Up to O'hare, down to 290, or even out on 55.
Maybe south on the Ryan, but there isn't exactly a booming job center down that way.

I even tried taking Ogden ave out, I was desperate. Almost 30 min exactly to city limits, I couldn't believe it. I thought I was on the Truman show.
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:58 PM
 
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Chances are, most people won't put up with the commute.
Millions of people commute from the suburbs to the city (and increasingly vice-versa) every day. That's what makes them suburbs. He asked about suburbs. There's a forum for that. End of story.
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:25 PM
 
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That's fine, but I'm saying his commute will most likely be in the the 45 minute to hour range -- in the close burbs. I only lived in the area for over thirty years, what the hell do I know?
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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We also really need a better idea of what affordable means to you. Do you want a house or an apartment? How many bedrooms do you need? What's the maximum you can afford?
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:55 AM
 
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That's fine, but I'm saying his commute will most likely be in the the 45 minute to hour range -- in the close burbs.
Again, it depends on where in the city and where in the burbs. It could be 10 seconds, since by definition the city borders the inner burbs and it could involve walking across the street. It could also be two hours.

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what the hell do I know?
I'm not sure you really want an honest answer to that question based on what I've seen.
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