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Old 05-16-2020, 08:32 PM
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Any information would be most appreciated. What's the feel? Is there nature nearby? Crime? The car aspect is very important. Whatever info you have would be great! Thanks! -- John
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Old 05-17-2020, 01:59 PM
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Gainesville is centered around the University of Florida. There's one of the top hospitals in Florida with UF Shands and lots of people travel to Shands for specialized medical care from outside the area. There's also shopping and sporting events/speakers/performances at UF you typically won't find in a small metro of its size.

You won't have any problem without a car if you are a student living in the student areas and you mainly go to the University or Downtown for clubbing. If you are outside this demographic, you are going to find not having a car and all the students surrounding you incredibly annoying. The public transportation is overwhelmingly for the students to get in and out of UF.

There's a crime problem around downtown and the Eastside that has been that way for decades. It's not a horrible ghetto like parts of Miami, Chicago, Jacksonville, Detroit, etc. But its not necessarily safe or desirable either. When I75 was built, all the new development was shifted west of town and the east side area was left to decay. There are many nice neighborhoods west of 75 but are not generally accessible to public transportation.

I think Gainesville can be a great place to live if you have a car. You can live in some really nice neighborhoods in the southwest/northwest part of town. There's plenty of state parks, and springs within an hour or two drive, along with the gulf of mexico and atlantic ocean. You are also not too far within 2 hours from Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa for major airports and theme parks, concerts, sports, etc.

Not having a car makes things very limited for you.

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Old 05-17-2020, 11:47 PM
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You'll almost certainly need a car, particularly if you're not a student. Otherwise, the pros and cons are much the same as they are in most places.
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Old 05-18-2020, 08:15 AM
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The "feel" is that of a college town. UF dominates everything in Gainesville. The town, for all intents and purposes, would not exist if not for UF.

Yes, there are great nature sites nearby such as Payne's Prairie and Devil's Millhopper. There are also springs and state parks all over (O'Leno, Ichetucknee) and the Santa Fe River.

College towns always have issues with minor property crimes and things of that nature (drug possession). The 18-22 demographic is the most crime-prone. But overall, serious crime is generally not a concern.

Unless you are a college student, I don't know how you could possibly enjoy the area without a vehicle.
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Old 05-19-2020, 12:56 PM
Location: Tampa
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Are you going there for college? Where are you moving from? Do you want to be near the coast? Lots to answer to be able to give you a good idea. The town was too small for me, so I ran to Miami for a bigger city feel while finishing college. Everyone is different.
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