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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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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.