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Old 01-14-2014, 02:43 PM
 
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The following cities are pretty easily with about a 5 hour drive (some a little more some less): Kansas City, Memphis, Louisville, Indianapolis, Nashville, Tulsa, Cincinnati or Chicago.
This is one of my favorites things about St. Louis. I would add Springfield, IL to the list because I love Abe Lincoln history.

We've been here over 5 years and have loved exploring St Louis neighborhoods, museums, all of the above cities as well as driving around and exploring tiny Illinois towns. It's a surprisingly fun thing to do. We have stumbled across a bluegrass music festival, a church bake sale and the friendliest people I ever met.
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Old 01-14-2014, 10:14 PM
 
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This is one of my favorites things about St. Louis. I would add Springfield, IL to the list because I love Abe Lincoln history.

We've been here over 5 years and have loved exploring St Louis neighborhoods, museums, all of the above cities as well as driving around and exploring tiny Illinois towns. It's a surprisingly fun thing to do. We have stumbled across a bluegrass music festival, a church bake sale and the friendliest people I ever met.
Man, that sounds like a lot of fun.

Thanks everyone for the great responses. A lot of the things mentioned seem like things myself and my fiance would really enjoy.
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:52 PM
 
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Ummmmm everything everybody else said, PLUS good beer And no I'm not talking about Bud Light. Although that has it's place as well.
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Old 01-15-2014, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis
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I got to add that the BBQ is really good. When my friends come from out of town to visit, the first time its to see me. The rest of the times, its to eat the BBQ.
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:16 PM
 
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I most certainly have a lot of experiences in both cities; St Louis and Phoenix. I was born and raised in Phoenix (with some time spent in California and Seattle in between moves back to Phoenix). I had a blast running around Phoenix and really can't think of a better place to have experienced my 20's, as well as being in such gloriously close proximity to LA and Vegas, but when I visited St Louis for the first time in my late twenties, this place really called out to me. I know what you mean when you say that Phoenix doesn't have that "Homeyness" that you feel you might get elsewhere. In my opinion, St Louis just might be that place you're looking for. My roots have flourished here. I started a family, and like other posters on your thread have discribed, this place has tons of things to do that are fun, inexpensive (or free!) and very family-friendly. Coming from Phoenix, I found the history and culture of STL fascinating and beautiful, and I die over the incredible architecture all over the city. Research the history of Forest Park and Henry Shaw, founder of the Missouri Botanical Garden (one of the most beautiful places on earth!). On those occasions when my daughter hangs out with grandma for the night, we have no problem finding great spots in the city to pretend like we're in our 20's again. In other words, it's not all old stuff and parks... You would still have plenty of diversity in your life. If you're going to come for a visit, I suggest you wait until late spring... It's freezing over here right now! Wintertime is one thing I'm not sure this desert bunny will ever get used to... but I'll survive.
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:26 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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allio: St. Louis really does call to you as a place to raise a family, doesn't it? Even though I briefly entertained other options when DH & I were looking to move out of NC after he got out of the Marine Corps. St. Louis was always at the top of my list, and in the end it won out. Like I said in my other post, I'm thrilled that I'll get to raise my family here!
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Old 01-20-2014, 03:02 PM
 
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Thanks for your input.

I've heard good things about Boise but never entertained the idea of relocating there.

I'm moving to St Louis from Chicago in a few months. What area did you live or visit that made you feel unsafe? I want to avoid them at all cost!
I wouldnt say it was anywhere specific, obviously there are plenty of places not to go, but more of a general feeling of safety that was not there for us. Most likely the same violent filled newscasts you are used to in Chi town is what you will see in STL.

Dont get me wrong it is/was a great place to live and grow up. I think if it werent for allergies and my pure hatred of humidity we may not have moved. That said for raising a family, we moved away for a much healthier and smaller, polite'r community.

I would stay away from most places north of the city (unless you are taking you must do trip to Crown Candy Kitchen for a BLT)

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Old 01-20-2014, 03:08 PM
 
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Oh and check out Iron Barley as well
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:36 AM
 
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I wouldnt say it was anywhere specific, obviously there are plenty of places not to go, but more of a general feeling of safety that was not there for us. Most likely the same violent filled newscasts you are used to in Chi town is what you will see in STL.
OK.

I don't see the violent filled news because I choose not to watch it. Local news is depressing and many times false information.

I've lived all over the country and have found if you are a functional adult and have reasonable street smarts, you should be able to live in most cities. I've also noticed that functional transplants don't live in the ghetto of any city. The dysfunctional seem to be very localized in their culture.

Boise is great and probably doesn't have the sick violence that you have in cities like St Louis and Chicago at least not as much. Good luck.
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:43 AM
 
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That was one of the welcoming surprises when we moved here, the first night we turned on the news.....TOP STORY....traffic jam from 4 days ago.........

One thing that personally bothered my about STL was it is very compartmentalized in terms of counties.....lots of "Oh you are from there?"

Here in Boise, you just live in Boise, downtown (where we live) seamlessly transitions out.....just personal preferences.

I do miss a lot about STL and have a return visit planned for this spring with the wife and kids.
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