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Old 03-05-2007, 10:33 PM
 
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Would like to contact other liberal minded people in the Tallahassee area, am considering retiring there, I am age 57, would like your point of view, experiences in the area, especially if you relocated to that area. Thanks
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Old 05-22-2007, 12:42 PM
 
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Oregonrain,

Not sure if you are still looking to relocate here as I noticed your post was in Jan.
My fiancee and I moved to Tallahassee from the San Francisco bay area about a year ago. Not necessarly older mind you ( we are in our early 30's).
I can give you my impression of Tallahassee after being here for about a year after moving from a more liberal area.
The first thing you will hear is that Tallahassee is not really Flordia, it is southern Georgia. From the weather to the terrain this is very much true. The summers are hot but for seven months out of the year the weather is quite nice.
Two of the biggest areas in Tallahassee is the government and the universities. Since Tallahassee is the capital there is a lot of government business going on. It's also the home of FSU and Florida A&M. It is very much a college town and college football very popular.
Politically, Leon county tends to vote democrat in elections but it is far from being a liberal area. It also has one of the highest voter turn out in the country (~63% last election). "W" stickers on SUV's and confederate flags on the front of pick up trucks are not an uncommon sight.
As for things to do in Tallahassee, there are more parks than you could possibly fathom. Plenty of hiking or biking if that is your interest. I wouldn't recommend biking through the town due to the lack of bike lanes.
Eating is also very popular. There are a number of resturaunts in Tallahassee which tend to be popular during the weekends. Though there is a lack of variety of ethnic foods. There is also weekly markets on the weekends.
Coming from the San Francisco area I found it to be a little limited in things to do so depending on your interests and hobbies you might find it a bit restrictive but overall not a bad place to live.
I hope this helped.
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Old 05-22-2007, 08:46 PM
 
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Thank you Twane, I tried to send you a message but it would not let me. Yes I did visit, but I never moved there, never know with me though, I really want to leave Portland and soon, just having difficulty with a decision on where. I did find Tallahassee nice, I did feel very far from other places there though, I don't know how I would like that, the closest city was Jax, and even that is 3 hours away, and not my idea of a city to begin with. So I guess when a place feels right to me though I will know and that is where I will retire. I have to say, if places were not as conservative as they are, I would not be having this indecision as much, Im sure its not just me though. Im getting to the point, if I like a place I may just say I don't care what the leaning is in a area anymore, its getting ridiculous with this.
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Old 05-29-2007, 02:46 PM
 
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Thank you Twane, I tried to send you a message but it would not let me. Yes I did visit, but I never moved there, never know with me though, I really want to leave Portland and soon, just having difficulty with a decision on where. I did find Tallahassee nice, I did feel very far from other places there though, I don't know how I would like that, the closest city was Jax, and even that is 3 hours away, and not my idea of a city to begin with. So I guess when a place feels right to me though I will know and that is where I will retire. I have to say, if places were not as conservative as they are, I would not be having this indecision as much, Im sure its not just me though. Im getting to the point, if I like a place I may just say I don't care what the leaning is in a area anymore, its getting ridiculous with this.
Tallahassee is Dixiecrat. Most of the people here may LOOK more conservative - the local culture is "genteel Southern" so there is a sometimes misleading veneer of conservative appearances.

The town is, probably by Oregon standards, pretty much middle of the road moderate. It has to be - those of us that live and work here cannot afford to be politically extreme if we expect to keep our jobs after the next election.

But overall, Tallahassee is "liberal" by Florida standards. Yes, there are rednecks and no shortage of people with W stickers on their cars. Most people who live here are anti-Bush, but not very vocal about it. The conservatives, especially the religious ones, are louder but they are very much outnumbered - at least within the city limits. IOW, Tallahassee LOOKS much more conservative than it really is....there is a large and vibrant homosexual population here, for example (making no judgments here, but I would think that would be an indicator of a more liberal population).


Check out some of the blue/red maps from the last two elections. You will see Tallahassee as a distinct blue dot floating in a sea of red....
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Old 05-29-2007, 03:20 PM
 
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Oregonian,

I think you should consider Gainesville if you haven't done so already. The area is very liberal because of the University, much less "southern" in culture if that is a concern. Shands Hospital has the best healthcare in the entire state. It's much more centrally located than Tallahassee for day trips. You are 2 hours away from Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, St. Augustine, Daytona Beach, The Gulf, Springs.

There are neighborhoods to suit every taste. The Southwest part of town and around the University are predominantly students, but the northwest part of town is mostly UF employees, professors, famalies, older people.
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Old 11-06-2007, 11:17 AM
 
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Oregonrain (Elsa),

Check this out:
Turn Left: Liberal Friendly Places - Tallahassee (http://www.turnleft.com/places/tallahassee.html - broken link)
(Options for good coffee, smoke-free locations, young inexperienced college people, trans-genders.)

TurnLeft should cushion your intolerance of living near logical thinking humans who are just trying to make a life for themselves and may not be stamped out at the same thought-factory as you. Plus, there are tons of craft-supply stores. Ya know, beads and stuff.

Sorry, there does seem to be some scary hints active in the area of business ethics & people’s morals and a growing concern about socialist income-leveling taxes and foreign criminals replacing the local workforce. Yikes!! Let me apologize for the locals following the laws established by the government. They just cannot help themselves. Maybe they need enlightened. Please help them. Make more rules.

I believe that if you are so worried about living in some area where everyone has a choice in expressing their opinion, you may want reconsider your move…….or how you think. Ask yourself, what does “liberal” really mean?

PS... I’m sure that your English professor taught you to use shorter, more definitive sentences. Use them.

PPS. After “Googling” OregonRain and reading your comments about…well...just everything…, I think you are not a thoughtless fool. If you want change, you may need to go to a place that needs change. Do not avoid an area that may not already be what you want it to be. You may just be the answer. Good Luck.
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