(Closed) Your City and Why You Love It

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Post # 3
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782 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I’m a born, raised, and reared New Mexican from Albuquerque. I’ve lived in other cities and in another country and Albuquerque is truly the home I love. Not only do we have the most restaurants per capita (YUM!), but most of those are mom and pop shops that are still up and running. I couldn’t live without having spicy red and green chile everday. We have some of the most exquisite sunsets and sunrises I’ve ever seen in my life and the fact that you can have both summer outdoor activites and go skiing ing the same day is unbelievable.

 

Post # 4
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1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall

I live in Grand Forks, and I don’t love it. While we have what we need, we’re lacking a lot of things many other cities have (at least close by!) Like Costco, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Paper Source, Nordstrom, you get the picture, hah. We don’t get a lot of cultural entertainment here that isn’t sports- no non-mainstream movies, etc. Our weather’s kind of awful sometimes too.

But there are lots of good things about living here. Low crime rate, for one. You really feel safe. Don’t have to lock doors or anything (though I do – better safe than sorry). It’s been voted one of the best places to raise a family. Things are inexpensive. And the people are really nice here. We have a pretty good restaurant selection as well, for a smallish city.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

I love living in Ann Arbor, MI.  First off, it’s home to my alma mater, so we’re able to attend all UM sporting events.  I also have so many great memories from college, so it’s nice to be able to frequent our “old hangouts”.  I love the size of the city.  It’s large enough that we have interesting restaurants and good culture (concerts, museums, etc), but the city doesn’t feel too big.  Also, we’re close enough to our families where we live now, but not so close that we’re right next door.

And check it…we’re on the list of the Top 100 Cities to live in:

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2008/snapshots/PL2603000.html

Post # 7
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3332 posts
Sugar bee

@ Penguin, college towns are so fun!  The only times I don’t love living here are Move-In and Graduation weekends.

Post # 8
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898 posts
Busy bee

I live in Hampton, VA…I’ve been here since birth. While I sometimes complain that it’s boring, really it’s an ideal spot for me and even if I leave, I’ll probably end up back here eventually. In the end, I really do love it, because it’s just enough city to have things going on, but not too metro to give me panic attacks over traffic. Plus, Hampton is part of Hampton Roads – which is a group of 7 cities stuck close together, and pretty much a military area. I can drive about 30 minutes to the beach, and if Hampton’s not hoppin’, some other nearby location is. Plus, most of my family is here.

Post # 9
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601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception

We just moved to Boston so I can go to grad school, and we already LOVE it here. However…..our true love city is Pittsburgh. We met there at college, are getting married there, and want to move there to have kids and settle down in the future. It’s beautiful, there are lots of cool, distinctive neighborhoods, friendly people, great sports culture, and unbelievably cheap cost of living. Great restaurants and fun bars, too. I can’t WAIT to buy a house there and live in Pittsburgh forever!

Post # 11
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2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Technically, my address is Lisbon, OH (small town in NE Ohio) but we actually live about 10 miles west of town on a pretty small lake. The population around the lake is probably roughly 500-800 people.

What I love: small town/rural atmosphere. Everybody knows everybody. We live on a lake and we have our own dock and a pontoon boat. There’s a small public beach, two restaurant/bars with lake views, and quirky neighbors (think Newhart where they owned the inn in Vermont). There is very little crime. The school system is the best in the county. Within a 15 minute drive we have a couple of good grocery stores and a Wal Mart and a nice small town downtown area with a local coffee shop and unique stores and a hospital. Within an hours drive we have malls, movie theaters, Target, etc. I also love that we live somewhere where we have distinct seasons. I love the hot humid summers and the winters with lots of snow.

What I don’t like: Lack of employment opportunities.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I live just north of Detroit, MI. I love my town because it’s where I’m from. I know the economy sucks (FI has been on unemployment for over a year now) and almost every couple I know is short a job, stuck in a house, or looking to leave the state. But I don’t care. I love the fact that my family is here. I love the industrial decaying city that is Detroit. I love finding restaurants, bars, stores, and other places to go in this dying gem. Every time I find a new place, it’s like I’m the only one from my suburban oasis that has ever been there. There are so many things to do here, it’s a shame the negative connotation that Detroit gets from the rest of the country. We’re just like any other city, it’s just that a lot less people live here than they did in the 60s.

Post # 13
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368 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We bought a house in a teeny tiny town (just 500 people) and I LOVE IT! Everyone knows everyone and it’s the friendliest town ever. It’s sort of like Cheers!

Post # 14
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1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

I live in an NJ suburb of Philly, but we can get into the city in 10-15 minutes easily.  I love the restaurants and culture, but my favorite aspect is the history.  Our reception location is just a few blocks away from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell!

Post # 15
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1956 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

New York City! I grew up in a teeny tiny town 2.5 hours north of here and I love it because at any time of day I can get pretty much anything I could ever want… Where else can you get beer and ice cream delivered at 2 am?? Plus, the culture, diversity, attitude of the city is amazing… HOWEVER, it gets really crowded most of the time…

Post # 16
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236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@maryjane – I feel ya! I live in Knoxville, TN and its a really nice city but I miss the same stores you do: Costco, Trader Joe’s and especially Nordies!!!

But I do love football season (Go Vols!) and how nice everyone is here.

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