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Old Posted Sep 11, 2019, 3:55 PM
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Jesus, some of you get around!

For me(in order(although I've lived in some locations twice):

1. Jacksonville Florida
2. Zama City Japan
3. Minamirinkin Japan
4. Jonesboro Arkansas
5. San Antonio Texas
6. Trumann Arkansas
7. Austin Texas
8. Virginia Beach, Va
9. Norfolk, Va

So I have lived what is, in my opinion, some of the best urbanism in the world and also in a town of 7,000 people in the Arkansas Delta. This has given me a perspective of what life is like in vastly different areas. I hated living in Arkansas, from living in a rural area to suburban, I disliked almost all of it. But that experienced furthered to concrete my idea that living in an urban area is the best way for me to live. Living as a minority in Japan has helped me see their point of view. Living amongst mostly conservative people in Arkansas has shown me that being around people who agree with you politically doesn't always equate into happiness and on the flip side being surrounded by liberals isn't that bad.

Best place: Both cities in Japan

Worst place: Trumann, Ar
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Old Posted Sep 11, 2019, 3:59 PM
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since i've spent the vast majority of my life in chicagoland (with a college stint up in the twin cities), i'm gonna do all of the neighborhoods i've lived in. i'm also including streetviews of all the buildings i've called home because why not.



1976-1994 - Wilmette, IL (Chicagoland) - https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0697...7i13312!8i6656 (my childhood home, from birth until i left for college)

1994-1997 - St. Paul, MN (Macalester College) - https://www.google.com/maps/@44.9401...7i13312!8i6656 (my dorm from freshman/sophmore years, lived off campus later on)

1997-1999 - i moved back to my childhood home in Wilmette

1999-2001 - Chicago (Little Italy) - https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8714...7i16384!8i8192 (where i lived when i first joined SSP all those decades ago)

2001-2004 - Chicago (Lakeview) - https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9510...7i13312!8i6656

2004-2006 - Chicago (Lakeview) - https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9456...7i13312!8i6656

2006-2007 - Chicago (Rogers Park) - https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0007...7i16384!8i8192

2007-2011 - Chicago (River North) - https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8870...7i13312!8i6656 (the first home that i ever owned. a small studio condo on the 33rd floor, but it was all mine!)

2011-2014 - Chicago (West Loop) - https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8845...7i16384!8i8192

2014-2018 - Chicago (Edgewater) - https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9908...7i16384!8i8192

2018-present - Chicago (Lincoln Square) - https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9657...7i16384!8i8192 (not our exact 3-flat, but close enough to it to get the idea):



so while i haven't lived in many cities, i have lived in a pretty good variety of different chicago neighborhoods.

our plan is to now stay in Lincoln Square for the next couple decades as we raise our kids.
Sweet tour man. I know people value different things at different ages, but what neighborhood did/do you like the most?
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Old Posted Sep 11, 2019, 4:00 PM
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Detroit again (Selfridge Air National Guard Base)
My father's former reserve unit moved to Selfridge in the early 2000s from Brodhead in Detroit.
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Old Posted Sep 11, 2019, 4:03 PM
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So I have lived what is, in my opinion, some of the best urbanism in the world

I know it's better than Toronto, but would you really call Jacksonville amongst the best in the world?
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Old Posted Sep 11, 2019, 4:07 PM
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I know it's better than Toronto, but would you really call Jacksonville amongst the best in the world?
haha man I love the running joke. As I stated before, I credit Jacksonville's skyline for starting my love affair of skyscrapers. Of course I was like 5, so what the hell did I know about "nice" skylines, I just saw MODIS(or whatever it's called) and loved it lol
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Old Posted Sep 11, 2019, 4:31 PM
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Sweet tour man. I know people value different things at different ages, but what neighborhood did/do you like the most?
that's impossible to really answer.

each neighborhood provided what i wanted/needed at each life stage.

but if i had a gun to my head, since i'm happier now than i ever have been at any previous stage of life, i guess i'd say lincoln square is my favorite because we were lucky to get a wonderful home for our family in a wonderful family-friendly city neighborhood.

i also greatly appreciated the house/neighborhood i was raised in up in wilmette, but looking back upon it now, the north shore burbs of chicago are pretty damn "bubbly". very pleasant, but not terribly real.

i can say that rogers park was probably my least favorite, but that was more related to the fact that it was one of the low points in my life. also, i was like a 12 minute walk to the nearest el station, and with the exception of my college years up in the twin cities, i've never lived more than a 5 minute walk or so from an el station. being walkably close to rail transit has always been a kind of security blanket for me. it probably comes from growing up in wilmette a couple blcoks from the end of the line stop on the el's purple line. growing up, the purple line was like a lifeline to the magic of the city for me, and it must have gotten ingrained in my mind that one simply must always live close to an el stop to feel that connection to the magic of the city.
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Old Posted Sep 11, 2019, 4:36 PM
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Old Posted Sep 11, 2019, 4:47 PM
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Sacramento.
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Omaha, NE (1985-2004)
Ames, IA (2004-2008)
Council Bluffs, IA (2009-2011) - a suburb of Omaha. I was required to live on the Iowa side of the metro as I worked for an Iowa state agency.
Villa Park, IL (2011-2014) - suburban Chicago. I had a job in the western burbs and didn’t want to commute having done so at my last job
Chicago, IL (Wicker Park) (2014-2016) - decided living in Chicago was more valuable than a short commute
Chicago, IL (Logan Square) (2016-2017)
St. Louis, MO (2017-present)

My favorite city by far was Chicago with Wicker Park edging out Logan Square slightly as my favorite neighborhood of the two I lived in. My least favorite was Council Bluffs but largely due to an unsatisfying job at the time. The job was 40 miles away in a small town and to keep some semblance of urban living in my life, I lived on the edge of the Omaha metro. The experience solidified how much I neither enjoy exurb or small town life.
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haha man I love the running joke. As I stated before, I credit Jacksonville's skyline for starting my love affair of skyscrapers. Of course I was like 5, so what the hell did I know about "nice" skylines, I just saw MODIS(or whatever it's called) and loved it lol

For all the jokes about Jacksonville's skyline, Modis is indeed a pretty darn cool tower.


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Buenos Aires 2011-2011
Washington, DC 2011-2012
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Los Angeles 2018 -

Whoa, here's a face we haven't seen in a while! Does this mean a new LA thread is on the way?
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Old Posted Sep 11, 2019, 7:19 PM
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New York (mainly Queens and nearby Nassau County)

Miami ( mainly West Palm Beach in Palm Beach County, then Stuart in Martin County)

Atlanta ( Marietta and mainly Austell in nearby Cobb County)

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Teenage/ College years:

Miami again ( West Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, and eventually Stuart again)

Chattanooga, Tennessee ( Collegedale, which was 20-30 minutes from Downtown and 2 hours from Atlanta)

Miami again (Stuart to live with family for half a gap year)


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Los Angeles ( Loma Linda in nearby San Bernardino County)


Except for NYC, I have only really lived in the metros around the principal city. The best urban experience was of course NYC, but I was too young to really experience it. Atlanta, LA, and Miami all have their strengths and weaknesses.
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Suburban Boston - 12 years
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Add up all the summers staying with my cousins and I’ve lived about 3 years in Roscommon, Ireland.

Add up all the extended stays for work and I’ve lived about 2 years in Singapore.
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