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Old 05-01-2007, 02:30 PM
 
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I think we've seen it all in Cary. The old downtown (zzzz, sorry, not very vibrant), the new subdivisions, established subdivisions. With the exception of MacGregor Downs which I loved due to the privacy of the lots (mature trees) and diversity of architecture, seems like Cary is a lot of cookie cutter SD and shopping plazas.

I did like the Whole Foods. And haven't seen a performance at the much-touted amphitheatre yet.

But seems so...vanilla. And I am still amazed that these huge homes (4000 sq) are on small lots. Don't people care about a good sized back yard? If no, why not? Just go to the pool or play tennis, who needs a personal back garden?

And what is up with the big glass door over the wood door? How does that work? Leave the wood door open and let everyone peer into the home via the glass door? Or is it more of the 'open' feel but not a screen door?

Not saying that everyone wants the same thing, so please do not misunderstand. Not saying Cary is 'bad', 'undesirable', not saying I disagree with Money Mag/CNN 'Best Place to Raise Family' award.

Just saying it seems to lack character and culture. Chain stores and restaurants everywhere. Even the 'Groceryboy Jr.' was more than one location, which amazed me as I thought for certain that had to be a small town corner shop!
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Old 05-01-2007, 02:59 PM
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For 34 years, I've been married to the most beautiful girl in the world.
She lives in Cary.

I find Cary to be fascinating!
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Old 05-01-2007, 03:06 PM
 
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Is it a storm door you are referring too? I've lived in the midwest and east coast and always had that on all our front doors.
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Old 05-01-2007, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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You go Mike. That was sweet. I also love the Cary area.
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Old 05-01-2007, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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If you didn't like the look and feel of Cary, you probably won't be happy much anywhere around here. Even in Raleigh, It's pretty much the same.

What's up with the door issue?
We have a wooden door and a glass screen door. We've had that in every home we've ever had. I thought everyone did! And yes, we keep our "big door" open when we're home. It lets more light into the house without worrying about the bugs.
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Old 05-01-2007, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Oh, and they are currently actively working on new plans for downtown revitalization and development, We're very excited about that. Whole foodd is a chain, so I wouldn't expect to find that very interesting. The ampitheater is quite pretty, you should catch a show there if you get a chance. The Symphony for July 4th is a great one (but crowded).
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Old 05-01-2007, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest - New Light
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I think we've seen it all in Cary. The old downtown (zzzz, sorry, not very vibrant), the new subdivisions, established subdivisions. With the exception of MacGregor Downs which I loved due to the privacy of the lots (mature trees) and diversity of architecture, seems like Cary is a lot of cookie cutter SD and shopping plazas.

I did like the Whole Foods. And haven't seen a performance at the much-touted amphitheatre yet.

But seems so...vanilla. And I am still amazed that these huge homes (4000 sq) are on small lots. Don't people care about a good sized back yard? If no, why not? Just go to the pool or play tennis, who needs a personal back garden?

And what is up with the big glass door over the wood door? How does that work? Leave the wood door open and let everyone peer into the home via the glass door? Or is it more of the 'open' feel but not a screen door?

Not saying that everyone wants the same thing, so please do not misunderstand. Not saying Cary is 'bad', 'undesirable', not saying I disagree with Money Mag/CNN 'Best Place to Raise Family' award.

Just saying it seems to lack character and culture. Chain stores and restaurants everywhere. Even the 'Groceryboy Jr.' was more than one location, which amazed me as I thought for certain that had to be a small town corner shop!

The glass door was a big thing on Long Island as well..in fact I will be putting one on my home, I am not in Cary...I like light, having an entry door closed all the time, would drive me crazy...
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Old 05-01-2007, 03:27 PM
 
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If you didn't like the look and feel of Cary, you probably won't be happy much anywhere around here. Even in Raleigh, It's pretty much the same.

What's up with the door issue?
We have a wooden door and a glass screen door. We've had that in every home we've ever had. I thought everyone did! And yes, we keep our "big door" open when we're home. It lets more light into the house without worrying about the bugs.
Where is "around here"?

Because Cary is certainly not the model for the rest of the triangle.....
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Old 05-01-2007, 03:30 PM
 
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This is a little discouraging. Out of everything I've read Cary seems like the place I want to go.
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Old 05-01-2007, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Where is "around here"?

Because Cary is certainly not the model for the rest of the triangle.....
The things that the OP specifically mentioned about Cary can be also be found throughout the triangle, such as chain stores and restaurants everywhere, cookie cutter homes, large homes on small lots and storm doors.
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