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Old 07-23-2012, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Evanston is fantastic. A cross between city and suburban, due north of Chicago with a marvelous stretch of Lake Michigan lakefront. With a prestigious university (Northwestern), Evanston has an identity of its own that is hard to match in suburbia. Evanston has it all: beautiful location, culture, shopping and dining, a great and highly walkable downtown, incredible transportation that gets you downtown Chicago with ease, the whole college town thing, a sense of history and place, charm.
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:34 PM
 
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U guys obviously aint been to robbins phoenix or ford heights il. Bad as it gets
Yeah, Ford Heights is one of the worst places in the metro area. It was originally one of the first black suburban areas in Chicago, back in the 1940's. The population slid heavily starting in the 1970's and now over half the town is below the poverty line. It's so poor they can't afford services, and the police department "vanished" after such budget problems and issues with payroll that the police officers just left or were arrested for corruption. Unpaved streets and a lack of sidewalks, strip clubs and a tire burning power plant to try and scrape up finances. They even raffle off vacant houses. Many blocks are empty.
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:57 PM
 
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Best (one of): Alpharetta, GA. To me has all the best things that a suburb can offer (housing, shopping, restaurants, schools) with close proximity to a big city when you need it. Plus Marta train station is very close by and can be accessed through pretty extensive bus connections. Marta also takes one all the way to the airport, which is also a huge perk for living out there in the exurbs.

Worst: Camden, NJ
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:05 PM
 
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Best Suburb: Mountain Brook, Alabama

Worst Suburb: Chester, Pennsylvania
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Old 07-23-2012, 03:28 PM
 
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Best seen: between Silver Spring MD and East Lansing MI

Worst seen: parts of Ecorse MI
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Old 07-24-2012, 10:53 AM
 
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Best Suburb: Mountain Brook, Alabama

Worst Suburb: Chester, Pennsylvania
Agreed on Mountain Brook, Alabama. Probably the most livable single suburb I've ever seen, that and its neighbor to the west, Homewood. It's several square miles of heaven. Graceful, easy living, incredibly convenient to everything, amazing schools, etc. When we moved to Birmingham we were expecting some cookie cutter place. Now I can't get my wife to leave.

The worst? Those dispiriting suburbs east of Los Angeles. Soulless places.
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:34 AM
 
Location: 32°19'03.7"N 106°43'55.9"W
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Live in Clayton Missouri (St. Louis) now, and do not have very many bad things to say about it.
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Old 07-24-2012, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Grosse Ile is pretty beautiful and quiet.

I found Flowood, Mississippi (suburb of Jackson) to have everything I hated about sprawl. It's developing into a place that looks like Anywhere, USA. Plus I never really expected to see suburban sprawl in Mississippi. I figured it was all rural.
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:23 PM
 
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Best suburb: McClain/Fairfax/Reston VA. Close to Metro rail to get into DC, family-friendly, well planned commercial districts

Worst suburb: Mesa/Chandler/Gilbert, AZ. Boring and dull to the core!. Hot. Ugly. Brown. Polluted. Did I mention hot?
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Old 07-24-2012, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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Tempe and Scottsdale, AZ would have to be among the best. I also really liked La Jolla (San Diego) and Bellevue(Seattle)
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