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Old 02-08-2011, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Hillsboro, OR
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I have a question for Michiganders... why does it seem like so many people despise the upper peninsula? It's such a beautiful area of this country, yet so many people seem to avoid it like the plague.
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Old 02-08-2011, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Loving life in Gaylord!
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Everyone I know absolutely LOVES the U.P...and I mean everyone...
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Old 02-08-2011, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Hillsboro, OR
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Everyone I know absolutely LOVES the U.P...and I mean everyone...
Really? It just seems so ignored/abandoned/derided...
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Old 02-08-2011, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Loving life in Gaylord!
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Really? It just seems so ignored/abandoned/derided...
Thats because most people say they hate it because there are no jobs. Or they hate it because there is no exciting nightlife. If you love nature, history and just the plain old laid back quiet life, then you love the U.P. I know at least 10-15 people who would move there in a second if they could...including me.
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Old 02-08-2011, 04:36 PM
 
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Really? It just seems so ignored/abandoned/derided...
Examples, please.
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Hillsboro, OR
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Examples, please.
Well, the historic antipathy most LPers have against the UP, the population decline, the lack of people in general, etc.
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Loving life in Gaylord!
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Well, the historic antipathy most LPers have against the UP, the population decline, the lack of people in general, etc.
I would say U.P.ers have more antipathy toward the trolls...but most in good fun. Population decline is due to the fact that there just arent many jobs, and lack of people is mostly due to again...lack of jobs, but maybe even more due to the weather. The winters are long, and most people just cant handle that aspect of the U.P.
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:05 PM
 
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My son went to college up at Mich Tech, in Houghton 16 years ago and has been there ever since. Went from a student to being employed by the college. He loves it up there and we love to visit. Couldn't live there though the winters are much to long.
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:06 PM
 
Location: At the end of the road, where the trail begins.
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I know a lot of people who have moved up here thinking they could handle it (the climate) year round...... then within 3 - 5 years they were gone again. Some don't even make it past their first winter.
When you stop seeing the ground in November and oftentimes don't see it again until April, it takes a special kind of person to deal with that year after year. We've had snow storms in early October and mid-May.

Jobs..... I disagree with people who say there aren't jobs. Jobs are what you make it if you wish to live here bad enough. Could we make more money elsewhere? Absolutely!! But the our quality of life and the things we ultimately value can rarely be found anywhere else but here.
If I could live here with my family of five and make it happen on $30k a year, or if I could live elsewhere that doesn't offer the wilderness we have here and make $100k a year doing the same thing....... I'm going to pick da U.P. and $30k every single time.

It all boils down to priorities IMO. This place is just right for some folks to live, it's just right for some folks to visit, and it holds absolutely zero interests for many folks. I have several family members who have never been up here and have no intention of it.
Different strokes for different folks.
Personally, I would like to keep the population levels down thank you very much
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Loving life in Gaylord!
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I know a lot of people who have moved up here thinking they could handle it (the climate) year round...... then within 3 - 5 years they were gone again. Some don't even make it past their first winter.
When you stop seeing the ground in November and oftentimes don't see it again until April, it takes a special kind of person to deal with that year after year. We've had snow storms in early October and mid-May.

Jobs..... I disagree with people who say there aren't jobs. Jobs are what you make it if you wish to live here bad enough. Could we make more money elsewhere? Absolutely!! But the our quality of life and the things we ultimately value can rarely be found anywhere else but here.
If I could live here with my family of five and make it happen on $30k a year, or if I could live elsewhere that doesn't offer the wilderness we have here and make $100k a year doing the same thing....... I'm going to pick da U.P. and $30k every single time.

It all boils down to priorities IMO. This place is just right for some folks to live, it's just right for some folks to visit, and it holds absolutely zero interests for many folks. I have several family members who have never been up here and have no intention of it.
Different strokes for different folks.
Personally, I would like to keep the population levels down thank you very much
I agree with you. if I could make $100,000 living in say California...or $30,000 living in the U.P...no contest at all...U.P. easy
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