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Jun. 26th, 2008

Poll #1211772 A Tale of Lots of Cities

Tell me your favorite city/town that you've lived in.

Tell me the things that make it awesome.

Where are you now?

In that city/town I just mentioned.
18(46.2%)
In another city.
21(53.8%)

What are the factors that are most important to you about where you live?

job(s)
0(0.0%)
family
0(0.0%)
friends
0(0.0%)
affordability
0(0.0%)
weather
0(0.0%)
school(s)
0(0.0%)
significant other
0(0.0%)
cultural diversity (or lack of, i suppose)
0(0.0%)
community/neighborhood/civic
0(0.0%)
history
0(0.0%)
retail establishments
0(0.0%)
something else i forgot mentioned in comments
0(0.0%)

What factors would get you to move to a new city?

job(s)
0(0.0%)
family
1(2.5%)
friends
0(0.0%)
affordability
0(0.0%)
weather
0(0.0%)
school(s)
1(2.5%)
significant other
3(7.5%)
cultural diversity (etc)
0(0.0%)
community/neighborhood/civic
0(0.0%)
history
0(0.0%)
retail establishments
0(0.0%)
something else i forgot mentioned in comments
2(5.0%)

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( 23 comments — Leave a comment )
snidegrrl
Jun. 27th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
I forgot 'outdoors' stuff. People like that stuff. I guess I am close enough to it where I am but sometimes I think I would like to be closer.
yoshimi
Jun. 27th, 2008 12:01 pm (UTC)
yah, outdoors.
siobhan_sca
Jun. 27th, 2008 03:55 am (UTC)
public transportation: specifically, useful train system than runs 24x7 to/from places that I care to travel to/from. Walkable.
snidegrrl
Jun. 27th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
ooh, good one. and very limiting!
siobhan_sca
Jun. 27th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
"Walkable" for me is longer than for most folks that haven't lived in a city with a train system, I've found. Sidewalks in this area are ... spotty ... at best. I would go further on foot here if there were sidewalks and reasonable crosswalks; just going to the grocery store involves a half-blind CRAZY intersection, so I don't bother .... Would rather they hit my car than my body!
bizarrojack
Jun. 27th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
Answer to question 5, "what would it take . . ."
götterdämmerung
snidegrrl
Jun. 27th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
?
peregrin8
Jun. 27th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
now that's drastic!

how about rising oceans?
snidegrrl
Jun. 27th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
Heh - but you said you might consider going to New Zealand with me for a year! I knew I should have made you sign something.
madshutterbug
Jun. 27th, 2008 10:59 am (UTC)
My Comments
I'm not one for cities. I've lived in three (Four, I suppose, counting the town where University is that I attended for my BSN and where I work now at Hospital, but their population is counted including the students, a highly transient blip on their curve). Each one (including the town above etc.) was, at least at the time, a progressively smaller city. The third one I provided very little input to going there; Uncle Sam sent me.

The three cities: Detroit, MI; Grand Rapids, MI; Orlando, FL.

Since where I live now is well out into the wop-wops (16 miles from where I work), I couldn't answer your 'In City/In Other City' question. No answer for me in your poll.

The rest of the questions I answered as straightforward as I could. I stayed here after college because I got a job. Then a spouse. Then a Ranch. So while I might move, it will require a job which pays a truly significant real increase in earnings (not apparent increase, must be significantly above the local cost of living including taxes & such to provide for way bigger changes) to overcome the fact that in two and a half years I will be able to tell Hospital, You May Now Pay Me NOT To Come Here Anymore.

Where family resides would impact that decision. And no cities. Nuh-uh. Cities are OK places to visit, but I don't want to live there.
snidegrrl
Jun. 27th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
Re: My Comments
Oops - I said "city/town" in the first question hoping to cover smaller municipalities as well. But then I didn't carry it all the way through the poll. Sorry to be misleading/incorrect!

It's true that most people I know live in or near urban areas, so it's nice to have another POV. I'm also sure I know a number of people who would like to move out to the country, but don't feel they could handle the commute or can't afford to buy land. But it's rare.

One thing that really attracts me about the nursing profession is that I might have more flexibility in where I can work.
cheetahmaster
Jun. 27th, 2008 11:29 am (UTC)
Family, in this case, meaning a certain Zo-Zo. I get the feeling her mother is moving farther away, which is uncool, but nothing I can do about that.

I'm apparently big on a combo of location and affordability. I need a decent-sized place I can afford to live, and it needs to be close enough to her and close enough to work to keep commuting from killing me.
yoshimi
Jun. 27th, 2008 12:02 pm (UTC)
also boston, chicago, NYC, but not at this point in my life.

also my hometown. but my motivations are all scattered these days, and i'm limited by where i can practice.
peregrin8
Jun. 27th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
I checked only "Significant Other" on the last one b/c he's the only reason I still live here. It's not a bad town but left to my own devices I'd go for a different climate, probably West Coast or somewhere else within reach of real wilderness.
snidegrrl
Jun. 27th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
Climate is a huge thing for me. I like seasons and all, but I hate snow. Going south has been bubbling around in my mind. But like you I have a sigoth who is very much entrenched here. Now that said, I am VERY entrenched. LJ is a great communicator but if I moved to, say, Chapel Hill, I'd know exactly three people to hang out with. Four if Jack came with me. That could be really troublesome. I take having a varied and rich social life for granted a little.

Sometimes I think - would my friends be hurt if I moved away someday? Is that even something people think though?
peregrin8
Jun. 27th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
Oh - climate is a dealbreaker for me in that I never want to live in severe snow country again. But other than that, I figure I have e-connections to scattered friends already and I will meet excellent people anywhere. I would love to be sort of migratory but it turns out that employers hate that!
snidegrrl
Jun. 27th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
I would love to be sort of migratory but it turns out that employers hate that!

This is a big attraction for nursing for me. There are floating temporary jobs. It's a portable skill set to the extent that you can get licenses to travel from state to state.
examorata
Jun. 27th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
I feel almost silly filling this out because I've only lived in four cities/towns in my life, in all of two counties, in the same state. But I will say that the idea of permanently moving far away is not something I've ever considered very seriously. My family is small and highly localized and very important to me; to move far away I'd have to have a job or financial situation that allowed me to visit very often.

Not that I don't daydream about other places, but I tend to want to visit other places, not stay there. Now sometimes when I go to a place, I definitely get a vibe: "I could totally live here." But it would be very hard without some sort of support structure already there of friends or family or something. (One reason I enjoy having online friends all over the place is it does increase my chances of knowing someone local to a place I'm visiting, or at least knowing someone else who might have been there before and can tell me about it.)

To me, one of the things that makes travel the most rewarding is having a solid home base to return to. If I wasn't happy living where I am, I think it would be heartbreaking to constantly go see places I might like better and then come home to disappointment. But since I am currently very fond of my domestic situation, I get the satisfaction of visiting fascinating other places and still being content when I get home. Not that travel doesn't mean a certain inherent wistfulness; who doesn't fantasize about "just staying there" when they're in a favorite vacation spot? But in reality, it'd probably take a biggish crowbar to get me to move far away. (For this read "far" meaning "more than a few hours' drive.")

Edited at 2008-06-27 02:14 pm (UTC)
snidegrrl
Jun. 27th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
My thing with traveling, not necessarily to "destination" vacation spots like the beach or something, is that I feel like I would NEVER have time to really experience the place. If I went to London for a week, at the end I would be sad because I would want to experience what it was like to LIVE there. Then I think, well, everywhere (that I consider living) has grocery stores and efficiency apartments and all the same junk for everyday life that we all contend with. So would it really be that big of a difference? If I had the opportunity to get a great job somewhere else would I just be forsaking a wonderful foundation I've built here for loneliness and slightly different branding?

So I kind of wanted to hear what other people thought about their favorite places to live. I don't dislike it here. I could write a long entry about what I like about living here.
p_sunshine
Jun. 27th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
My family is spread throughout the country, and we talk to eachother on the phone all the time, but I don't really feel the need to live near them. I wouldn't say I've moved a lot - I've lived in 3 states total, and there are things that I really miss about where I lived before, but just aren't enough of a factor to make me want to move back. California has the water and grampa, but the weather doesn't change and I need rain and snow and changing leaves each fall. Erie has water but awful weather and a pretty consistent barometric pressure system that doesn't agree with my head. It also has a bunch of family that I love dearly but would probably drive me nuts if I was there all the time. Columbia, and this area in general, is lovely, but it's also very expensive, and since I'd eventually like to be a full time writer/mom, I don't know if this is going to be my long term place either. We'll see.

Great topic, BTW. What brought this up?
snidegrrl
Jun. 27th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
Well, last night I was giving myself a break from studying and thought "it's been a long time since I posted a poll" and this just came to me. :)

I have been thinking about places I want to live. If I had a more robust polling tool I would have tried to weight things, for instance, the showstopper for me on moving thousands of miles away is my parents. Jack and I have talked about it and he's not interested in moving but he's not completely against it. Since moving in the current plan wouldn't even be an option until 2011, I am not too worried about it yet. :) But I like to fantasize about seeing what it's like to live elsewhere.
dj_ango
Jun. 27th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
comment one: population density (or urbanity... maybe that in the list.)

comment two: witness protection program

neat post
ceciskittle
Jun. 27th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
Because there have conversations about moving recently I can tell you that giving it some serious thought, moving would be very hard. Life is really good here. I haven't been happy where I lived for some time, and I am actually happy here, and so is my family.
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