Did You Ever Want To Live In A Large City?

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  1. Chrissy Cross

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    There is no bus service by my house

    Would have to walk quite a few blocks and I'm sure it's not often cause I never even see a bus in this area
     
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  2. Bill Boggs

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    I've never lived in a large city like Chicago or Las Angeles. I have lived in Austin, TX when it was about a half million population. I liked it. What i didn't like about Austin was it grew to fast and it straddled an interstate highway. I remember Austin before interstate highways. It was a nice small town, the capital of the state. It is a busy place now and because it grew so rapidly traffic is snarled and like any larger city commutes can be long. I have also lived in small towns. They can be nice but serious shopping requires a trip to a nearby city. And, unless you are raised in a small town they can be snobbish and clannish. That's not to say you can't make good friends, it's you can probably never fit in. At least what I drew from my small town experience. I think I like a large town somewhere between 80,000 and 250,000 people. You can live out on the edge for elbow room and privacy or in a neighborhood close to shopping and entertainment and necessities. As I age, traffic bothers so that I prefer neighborhood shopping.
     
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    You don't have a bus service you call. The service is for Seniors that don't/can't drive anymore and the handicapped. It's a private service, but run by the city.
     
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    Sort of funny, but when we were looking at a house to buy in Strasburg, CO, population of 2,944. It was definitely a small town with one traffic light. Town was made up of mostly farm and small ranches. When we went to see the house, we put on our Western clothes (nothing fancy, of course), including our Resistol cowboy hats (including my wife) and had breakfast at a local café. We looked like all of the other customers. It was really cool. Our boots didn't look new at all. IOW, we fit in really good........looks wise, that is. I knew enough about horses and cattle that, if someone was to ask me something about either, I could answer. We actually had breakfast two different Saturdays at the café. Had a formal inspection done on the house and the result weren't good at all, so we didn't buy. Besides that, the house was pretty darn far from where we worked. It was a nice town though.

    That's what made Colorado so good for us, we never had a problem "fitting in" no matter where we went. Had both city clothes and Western attire.
     
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    Colorado, especially small town Colorado, were special that way as are Wyoming and Idaho. And people have told me Montana was @Cody Fousnaugh.
     
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    Truly funny, but some folks simply either don't like or don't understand (or both) the thing about "fitting in", when it comes to where a person is, or will, live.

    My MIL, didn't like it. After we came home from one of my rodeo's, she asked me "why can't these rodeo friends of yours just accept her (my wife/her daughter) the way she is?". IOW, very little knowledge of the sport. Her clothing was perfect, but I was teaching her the "knowledge" part. I told her mom, "they just won't and I'm extremely proud that she has learned as much as she knows about rodeo." My dear MIL really didn't like the "they just won't" part. My wife really, and I do mean "really" wanted to know about the sport and my event.

    To a point, "fitting in" is just a part of life and where a person choses to live.
     
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    Yeah I think Ive seen those and to be honest I wouldn't want to rely on or go shopping with that.

    I'd order online and / or Uber.
     
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    @Chrissy Cross Yes, Santa Cruz has the boardwalk. I'd never want to live there again. I miss the ocean, beaches and the cliffs but not the town. Yup the hippies and "Moscow on the hill" AKA UCSC.

    The senior/handicapped vans take people door to door and I think in my town are 2.50 a trip. So I guess 5 dollars round trip.

    I live in a large town I guess.
     
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    As most on the site already know, I like living in the 'City'.

    Did my time in a small town and wasn't my 'cup o' tea'.

    My City has Pro Sports, Great Restaurants, Night life, and of course
    Great Music. These things I always missed living in a small town.

    I can understand that others want to live in a smaller town,
    Hope others would understand that some people enjoy large cities.

    I pretty sure this doesn't make me crazy; because as Sheldon on the 'Big Bang Theory'
    always says, "My mom had me tested..."! :)
     
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    Nothing wrong with that @Tim Burr I guess I don't want to go out and do things either as I once did and I'm still in my 50's. Could have been fun to be in a large city at one time when I was younger.
     
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    Depending on their age group, and degree of education, people mainly congregate where work suiting their background is plentiful. For the majority of them, that means "city". I grew up in a "city" of 55,000 which offered not a wee bit of manufacturing of any kind, which provides jobs. Some service-oriented jobs available, sure, but the great majority of residents left that city daily, bound for work in Chicago; we were in the 2nd. suburb away.
    Frank
     
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    I never had any desire to live in a large city. The city I was born and raised in ( probably less than 50,000 then and 80,000 now), Fort Smith, is far bigger than I like. I first moved to a town of 500 population which was great. Now I live outside of the city limits of Clarksville which has a population of less than 10,000.
     
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    I didn't really have the desire to live in a big City but my ex's job took us to Houston, TX for a few years and although I thought I would hate it...the way it was developed with each district having supermarkets, Medical Offices, Schools, etc. right around you it was kind of like living in a small City within a big City.

    Although I did have to go through downtown to take the kids to the Zoo or to go back to Lafayette to visit my family overall my big City living experience was not bad at all.
     
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    I have lived in cities like Anaheim, Cypress, Buena Park, Pasadena, and Long Beach, California, as well as in Brownsville, Texas, and Fayetteville, North Carolina; of those, Anaheim was the only one that I sort of like, and that was because I lived in a neighborhood that was sort of like a smaller town. Plus, the availability of Disneyland and Major League Baseball was nice.

    I wouldn't mind spending perhaps a year in a very large city like Boston or New York, but only if I knew that I had somewhere much smaller to go back to.
     
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    Just look at what Silicon Valley did to a whole area of California. While many are making really good money and can afford it, many others are trapped in these ridiculous real estate and rent prices. Or making long commutes to buy in an area that is a little less expensive. No wonder people leave California. Quality of life.
     
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