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Poll: Why do you live where you live?(22 posts)

Poll: Why do you live where you live?rtyszko
Oct 24, 2002 9:41 AM
I mean why do you live in the geographic location that you live in? (Job, family, etc?) What would get you to move? (Job, family, etc.?)

It would take a lot to get me to moveColnagoFE
Oct 24, 2002 10:06 AM
I live in Boulder and love it. Cost of living is high, but the quality of living is also high. I work in downtown Denver, but would not like to live in Denver or any of the suburbs. I might consider moving to some place like Jackson Hole, WY if I could get a ideal job there (unlikely).
Can you ride year-round in Boulder? (nm)rtyszko
Oct 24, 2002 10:26 AM
yeah pretty muchColnagoFE
Oct 24, 2002 12:10 PM
I mean it isn't always gonna be 70 and sunny out, but it rarely gets below 32F and often is in the 50s just a day after a big snowstorm. The city also plows the bike paths--often before the streets get plowed and the city is always looking to make itself more bike and pedestrian freindly. See this article from today's paper:,1713,BDC_2422_1499240,00.html

I'm not crazy about the idea of licensing bikes but it's nice to see that the city is actively planning for cyclists.
Can you ride year-round in Boulder? (nm)rtyszko
Oct 24, 2002 10:47 AM
I live where I live becausesn69
Oct 24, 2002 10:30 AM
I sooo enjoy two back-to-back tropical systems--one Storm, one Hurricane--that flooded my house, tore the siding from my walls and innundated my backyard. I live where I live because I really enjoy having redneck shits in jacked-up pickups throwing beer bottles at my while I ride on the ONE and ONLY safe 7 mile stretch of road in the entire city. I live where I live because I wanted a daily visceral reminder that the French, aside from their utter inability to successfully fight a war, are/were fools for deciding to settle a tidal basin that is eight to twelve feet below sea level. I live where I live because I enjoy 100% humidity for 90% of the year (it makes my skin glow, you know) and mosquitos the size of pterodactyls buzzing about my head. I live where I live because I've always wanted to immerse myself into a culture deeply steeped in bigotted stereotyping and racial intollerance (now I KNOW FOR SURE that the South was wrong). I live where I live because the daily "sunny and 70" of San Diego was getting boring.

Mostly I live where I live because work--mine and my wife's--brought us to New Orleans. We're moving back to San Diego in the spring.

OK...I'm done wanking now. I'm sorry if I offended anyone.

Family, job, family, rootsPaulCL
Oct 24, 2002 11:08 AM
I live in N'thern Ky across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio.

I moved back here after grad school because it was home. In hindsight, I could have and should have, moved somewhere else. After I got a job here, my then girlfriend, now wife, got her medical residency in Ky. Eventually, our careers became based here - not ones that move easily. We have a home, friends, community involvement, great schools, fantastic neighbors (though none of them cyclists) It is a nice area to live and bring up a family. But, a mountain or two would be nice.

What would get me to move?? well...location and income. If, out of the blue, my wife or I got a GOOD job offer in VA, NC, GA etc...we would seriously consider moving. We both love the states of Virginia and North Carolina. The job offer would have to include a substantial income package so that we could both afford to leave our current careers. Very unlikely. In the meantime, we'll take a lot of vacations.

In hindsight, upon leaving grad school, I should have moved to the part of the country that I wanted to live in. But, I was totally broke, had no job, and Mom welcomed me home. It was an offer I couldn't resist.

Don't get me wrong, I love the area I live in. We live in a small, very tight, community outside of Cincinnati. For a medium sized city, Cincinnati has a lot: great restuarants, theater, sports teams (I am NOT including the Bengals in that comment), small city feel, hills, rivers, lakes, decent weather 9 months per year, universities, and a bunch of great micro breweries!! Besides, Keenland is only 90 minutes away.....

re: Poll: Why do you live where you live?4bykn
Oct 24, 2002 12:52 PM
For starters: It's home, only 30 miles from my parents.
The educational system is good
Affordable cost of living
Not many places a guy with only a high school education can get a good paying job with the benefits I enjoy
The four seasons (no, not the group). The leaves are beautiful now
And worth mentioning: How can you not love a town with the name
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I love earthquakes, drive-by shootings, traffic, smog,mickey-mac
Oct 24, 2002 2:44 PM
high housing prices, sub-par public schools, superficial people, and overcrowding. On a more serious note, we do have year-round riding, great restaurants, lots of things to keep kids busy, skiing, boating, surfing, museums, nightclubs, and an abundance college and pro sports. Most of my family is local, which makes life easier with two young kids. I'd leave for the right location and the right job.
Ahh, yes--the ridingThe Walrus
Oct 24, 2002 5:47 PM
Not only is the riding year-round, but you can do it anywhere from sea level to almost 10,000 ft with an hour's drive. Through the coastal canyons, the chapparal-covered hills, pine forests, the desert...
Came here twenty years ago, then lethargy set in....rwbadley
Oct 24, 2002 3:37 PM
I enjoy the weather in Reno. I grew up with webbed feet in western Washington, and having a bit of sunshine was a welcome change.

Having been here for this long, the roots go deep. I think of some other places I wouldn't mind living. Portland, the Bay area, some towns in Oregon. But I'll probably be here for a while.

Reno has some nice riding, and plenty of hills to stay occupied with.

re: Poll: Why do you live where you live?McAndrus
Oct 25, 2002 4:37 AM
Columbia, SC. Was transferred here from western Michigan by my employer. I love it: mid-sized city with a major university and oodles of southern culture. A very good cycling community and year-round riding. My wife hates the hot summers and being away from her extended family.
Hard work & good fortune...RhodyRider
Oct 25, 2002 5:06 AM
It'll be four years on 10/31 (boo!) that I arrived in Rhode Island from the vast, characterless, gridlocked wasteland of the Chicago suburbs (no offense, y'all.) My company (at the time) paid me rather handsomely to leave IL and re-locate to Southern New England for a corporate position. I felt like I'd won the lottery - hills (more than IL anyway), trees, history, tons of accessible open space, much less crowded (and yes, I know about the population density figures relating to RI, but I live in South County and it doesn't apply), OCEAN, Providence is a great city, close to lots of bigger stuff if I want it (don't), decent skiing about 3 hours away, enough diversity to keep it interesting, lower cost of living, met the gal of my dreams here, I could go on and on.
Would I leave? would have to be just the right opportunity in just the right locale. FWIW, based on SN69's tale above, that WOULD NOT include N.O.L.A.!! :-O
You're smart.sn69
Oct 25, 2002 7:48 AM
Stay in Providence; it's a lovely town. I had the good fortune to spend a week there for a friend's wedding two years ago. The wedding was at Foxwood's, but we stayed in RI.

And yes...avoid living in NOLA. It's Cliche Town USA--great place to visit, lowsy place to live. 6 months and counting....
Glad you liked my adopted state. Regarding San...RhodyRider
Oct 25, 2002 10:52 AM
...Diego, have you ever been to Blind Melons on Pacific Beach, at the foot of Crystal Pier? I know the owner, Scott, he's the cousin of one of my best friends from back in Chi-town. He books decent live acts there, lotsa blues if I recall. Fun area, I've had a gas every time out there. I like La Jolla too, what the heck is the name of that Mexican restaurant there? Fernando's or something like that? Distant tequila memories...
Oct 25, 2002 11:46 AM
Yup...been to Blind Melons. Funny how small the world gets some times. Last month I was in SD for work, and I got a couple swim workouts with my old training partner at the cove. It turns out that Gary from GVH Bikes is a friend of her brother. ...

I think the SD club where I've seen the most acts is The Belly Up in Solana Beach, although I went to a few at Brick By Brick and the Casbah.

Good riding in SD county too...protected bike lanes and courteous drivers (mostly).

Oct 25, 2002 9:13 AM
Redding, CA. About 250 miles north of the bay area. It's extremely hot for a couple months in the summer (by any standard), and surprisingly wet and windy in the winter.

I live here because my wife moved here with our children from the bay area. I was commuting for a year on weekends until I lost my job. Now I'm a 'consultant.' HAH!

However, the cycling is absolutely wonderful. I've lived all over the country, and the combination of country roads, mixed terrain, low traffic and decent weather is better than any other place I've lived. I finally got used to the heat by the end of the summer, and found that my comfort zone ends at exactly 106 f. Below that I'm okay, above it, I'm just not very happy.
re: Poll: Why do you live where you live?netso
Oct 25, 2002 10:58 AM
Live where I am now because of College. I stayed in Tampa, FL. At 60 I would move to be closer to my family.
Because I love it.girchygirchy
Oct 26, 2002 10:56 PM
I was born and raised in Frankfort, Kentucky, and love the place. I now live in Lexington, because I am attending the University of Kentucky. I enjoy this city; the people are very nice (except in traffic), it's not too big of a city, and the back roads are gorgeous. I'll probably live in this area the rest of my life.

It just takes one morning like the one today to remind me why I love central Kentucky. I always take Old Frankfort Pike between Lexington and Frankfort, simply because it is the most beautiful way. It was earlier than I usually go home, because I had to help my dad with some work, and the trip was wonderful.

The roads were dappered wet and dry from yesterday's rains, with a light leftover mist dampening the road a bit more. A slight fog lended a soft quality, as if viewing the world through a diffused filter; the lights shone with an aura of gold. The grass shone with the rain, and was of the deepest, richest hue this side of Ireland. The trees which had begun changing were leaving their marks along the road, with their yellow and orange colours standing out in marked contrast to the greys and greens. Dodging the bright green hedgeapples fallen from the roadside trees turned into a game, as the horses and cattle lifted their heads for a speculatory glance. It was perfect.
North Carolina.........CARBON110
Oct 27, 2002 11:10 AM
Cheap living but high standards... rent a brand new house for $900 ora victorian down town for $1300. 90k people live here ( Asheville ) and alot fo them bike. 6 bike shops to choose from, excellent local racing club and a local riding club. Weather is perfect, we have an outside velodrom/track with good banks and we hold a track race every Tues. We did not get rained out once all year. Roads are 90% perfect, AMAZING Tolerance of racial,sexual,art,style,etc. Have not met one hot head at a group ride. Well designed city, Mt Mitchel is 30 miles from downtown and there s NO commercial vehicles aloud on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Races are all within 4 hours and easy to drive to. Great mtns, cheap food, restaraunts, and nightlife. The only thing I miss is my family and the ocean. But, Hilton Head Island is only 4 hours away if we feel tropical. Ride every day of the year here outside. Share the road signs EVERYWHERE!
sounds nice!girchygirchy
Oct 27, 2002 11:30 AM
That does sound great! Reminds me of a couple other reasons I like it here. It's also cheap living, with inexpensive housing and some of the least expensive electricty in the nation. I also enjoy having seasons, it's nice to have some snow and some heat, with the best days in between.

Plus it's familiar, it's nice to be home and know so many people, and so much of the area.
re: Poll: Why do you live where you live?look271
Oct 27, 2002 2:14 PM
Many reasons.
-grew up here, got a good job locally
-visited other areas, but I still like it here
-low cost of living
-good schools for my kids
-I can ride hills, flats, and do 100 miles and not encounter any significant traffic, yet I'm only 1.5 hours from Philly, about 3-4 to NYC, 3 hrs to the Jersey shore, 3-4 hrs to Pittsburg, 1.5 hrs to Baltimore/DC.
- The leaves are changing now. Life is good!(BTW-I'm just outside of Harrisburg, PA)