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Old 02-26-2011, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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Tony's Italian restaurant on Cox and Three Chopt Rd in the west end. The owner is from Italy, then lived in NJ then moved to Richmond. Awesome Italian food! As good as any place you could find in NY.

Cuppertino's deli in the west end. Awesome deli and bagels that could rival anything in the tri-state area. The owners are from Long Island and they know how to make a bagel.

I hope both of those places are still there. I really loved them both.
Both still here and in fact Cuppertino's recently added a downtown location. Downtown lacked a good bagel shop so glad to see them there.
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Old 02-26-2011, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Central Virginia
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Both still here and in fact Cuppertino's recently added a downtown location. Downtown lacked a good bagel shop so glad to see them there.
Wonderful! good to know they are still there.

Neil, I can only imagine how much worse traffic is in that spot. I really think they should have moved the condos someplace else. Where I don't know.
One thing I loved about Short Pump was truly every single store I could think of was within a mile of each other. I didn't have to drive all over town. But the downside was of course, the traffic. But at least the traffic is concentrated to that one spot. Very annoying. But I believe for the OP coming from Queens, he'll be able to handle it like a champ! lol. Everyone I know who lived in north Jersey or south of Westchester county pretty much laughed at Richmond traffic. It's bad in spots, but at least it's not the whole area.

I always go back to the cost of living. I can tolerate certain things when I'm paying thousands less in taxes each year. I've found myself getting more angry at things up here because cost of living is so much higher so I expect more. A pothole pisses me off, where in Richmond? eh.
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Old 02-26-2011, 01:46 PM
 
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Thank You both for the info. I would definitely not move anywhere without a job lined up first. I did apply for the Chesterfield PD and was invited to take the PO exam next month so that is for sure an option. I was gearing more towards going into the Fire field so being that they are volunteer sure puts a damp on that option for me. I've never been to Roanoke so maybe that could be another option. I have heard some good things about Christiansburg/Blacksburg. What are your opinions on them? Thanks Again!
All firefighter jobs are not volunteer - you can apply to chesterfield fire, henrico fire, richmond city fire - there are lots of fires during this time of the year
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Old 02-26-2011, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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Just had Tony's on Thursday. So good! A little slow, but worth it.
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Old 02-26-2011, 06:36 PM
 
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To Born Free 1985

Having recently moved here from Westchester, I have some formed opinions I would be willing to share with you. Send me an email @ glenallenhomes@yahoo.com, put in the subject - moving from SI.
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Old 02-26-2011, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Central Virginia
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NeilVA, I don't know if you live around Powhatan, but I remember someone telling me about a certain section of rt 60/Anderson hwy where there was a lot of accidents if the weather was bad. I've driven 60 many times and never noticed anything about the highway but I was always around Midlothian. Plus I didn't live there so it's not like I was driving it everyday. Maybe a couple of times a month. But I was just reading this from Wikipedia.
If this is true and we do move back, I'll avoid that section of town.


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Although US 60 offers a bucolic interlude for many motorists in comparison with I-64, the western portion of the Lexington-Richmond section of US 60 can be very difficult to drive, especially for larger vehicles such as motor homes and commercial vehicles, or any vehicles during inclement weather. It was notorious for deadly crashes in the years before I-64 was completed.
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Old 02-26-2011, 09:57 PM
 
Location: The Ranch in Olam Haba
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Although US 60 offers a bucolic interlude for many motorists in comparison with I-64, the western portion of the Lexington-Richmond section of US 60 can be very difficult to drive, especially for larger vehicles such as motor homes and commercial vehicles, or any vehicles during inclement weather. It was notorious for deadly crashes in the years before I-64 was completed.
By its description this is area closer to I-81. It is a curvy mountainous road that even during the summer months the traffic is pretty light. Usually people who are experienced in driving their cars using the engine for braking (you can treat an auto transmission similar to a manual one) rather than pressing the brakes do well on this road. I use this road when I'm heading to Roanoke. Most either use 64 or 360/460 to get over the mountain. If you make a mistake on this part of the road, you're dead. But the only people I would reccommend this route to is Upstate NYrs.

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.....around Midlothian.....
Through the years they've gotten extremely better at clearing the roads. But it used to be that they never pre-treated the roads. Now they pre-treat on the threat of anything. You just can't train common sense into some people to slow down for bad weather. So through the years Richmonders have gotten better but we still people who will drive as if its a sunny afternoon when its in the 20's and snowing. But on Midlothian (60) in Richmond/Chesterfield you had the grassy median to use as run off zone. Last year someone got the smart idea to remove all the grass and fill the medians with fist sized rocks and small trees. So now if there are fender benders on 60, they cant move off the road onto the median anymore. So now we lose a lane until its finished and cleared off. We haven't had a true ice event this year, but just wait until we do as now there is no place to slide off the road too.

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If this is true and we do move back, I'll avoid that section of town.
15-20 years ago we had southern drivers. So most drives were pretty mellow and very few accidents. If someone cut off someone else they would wave and it was understood that it wasn't intentional. But we had the growth spurt a little over 10 years ago and it added 1000s of northern drivers who were more agresive in their driving. And through the years their kids picked up their driving habits. As you know, there is no real public transportation. So everyone has to drive. I've driven in numerous states and countries so I'm pretty adept to most drivers. But the Richmond metro area does not have one driving style anymore. So I usually try to stay off of the main roads and drive the back roads mainly. The worst areas are where there are the highest concentration of transplants are. And they (in order) are 250 west of Parham to N gayton, 360 west from Courthouse road until the Amelia border and 60 west from 150 to 288.
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Old 02-26-2011, 10:30 PM
 
Location: The Ranch in Olam Haba
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you can apply to chesterfield fire, henrico fire, richmond city fire....
Sure you can. But these are departments that average about 400 people each. So its extremely rare that positions open long enough to get a sneeze in before its already filled.

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there are lots of fires during this time of the year
Brush fires - a few. Home fires are rare. The only reason home fires show up on the new here because there is nothing to report. the SI Advance covers more news than the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Using Henrico as an example has 22 stations, under 500 firefighters and had less than 1000 fire calls last year. Fatalaties I think were less than 10.
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Central Virginia
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By its description this is area closer to I-81. It is a curvy mountainous road that even during the summer months the traffic is pretty light.
Okay I know that area of Lexington. It's right in the mountains and definitely not a road I'd use. We always used 64.

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You just can't train common sense into some people to slow down for bad weather.
This is true. I see it even here in CT, NJ, NY though. People flying down the road in the snow or rain like it's a nice day. I also saw it in Florida when we'd get those summer downpours where you can't see 6 inches in front of your car. You'd get cars zipping by. Lack of common sense is exactly right.

I hope the OP gives Richmond a chance. Before we moved to Richmond back in 04, we looked at a Charlotte, Raleigh, Richmond,Durham/Chapel Hill, Hampton Roads, King Of Prussia PA. We visited these areas as well as did a lot of reading on forums like this. I found overall, you see a lot of the same complaints about cities. It pretty much comes down to which area of a city you move to.

If ever someone says, "This place sucks I want to move", just ask them where they want to move. Guarantee that city will have its own share of problems and most likely problems very similar to the city they are leaving. Sometimes you just need a change and that's cool. Doesn't mean the place you are leaving in horrible and the place you are moving is utopia.

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250 west of Parham to N gayton
lol. Worked and did all of my shopping/errands right in this part of Broad st between Parham and Gayton. This is very true that there are tons of transplants which is why I never felt out of place living there. But yes, I'm embarrassed at some of the speeding and aggression that Tri-state area transplants will do. I like to get to where I'm going but I manage to do it without ever speeding or being aggressive.
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:58 PM
 
Location: The Ranch in Olam Haba
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I see it even here in CT, NJ, NY though.
Up there they just like to play bumper cars. They like to see what happens when you have a transfer of momentum. Down here they tend to want to disprove a body in motion stays in motion.
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