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Old Posted Sep 11, 2019, 11:19 AM
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What cities have you lived in?

So, what cities have you lived in? What city did you like the best/least? I was reading through a thread recently and it seems where people have lived strongly influences how they view that city(obviously) and how they view other cities. So I thought it would be interesting to see where everyone has lived or lives as to understand how they view urbanity.


If there has been a thread like this before, please delete. If it belongs somewhere else, please move. Thanks!
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Old Posted Sep 11, 2019, 1:20 PM
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Chicago, Cambridge are the best but Cambridge was too expensive on a grad student stipend to live super well. Bucharest is nice too but obviously my impression of Bucharest is mostly from subsequent visits.
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Old Posted Sep 11, 2019, 1:20 PM
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Which is the best depends on the phase of life, at the moment it is Oak Park.
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Old Posted Sep 11, 2019, 1:23 PM
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Discounting the suburbs I had no choice in living in as a child, and college towns (which were not cities):

Detroit
Washington DC
New Haven, CT
Pittsburgh
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Old Posted Sep 11, 2019, 1:42 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.
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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, 4:31 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, 1:50 PM
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Edmonton: 1972
Seattle: 1972-1976
Lloydminster, AB: 1976-1977
Calgary: 1977-1981
Dallas: 1981-1984
Sylvan Lake, AB (part-time 1982-2001)
Calgary: 1984-1988
Toronto, London, ON: 1988-1990
Edmonton: 1990-1995
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Seattle: 2001-2004
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Reston, VA
San Antonio TX (Lackland AFB)
Chicago, IL (Albany Park/Gold Coast/Rogers Park)
Grover Beach, CA (few months)
Los Angeles, CA (Koreatown/North Hollywood/Van Nuys)

Los Angeles and Chicago the best, Reston, Grover Beach, and San Antonio last.

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edmonton: 1972
seattle: 1972-1976
lloydminster, ab: 1976-1977
calgary: 1977-1981
dallas: 1981-1984
sylvan lake, ab (part-time 1982-2001)
calgary: 1984-1988
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Old Posted Sep 11, 2019, 2:06 PM
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Albion, MI
Philadelphia, PA (Center City)
Nashville, TN
Chicago, IL (Hyde Park)
Washington, DC (Georgetown)
NYC--UWS (Manhattan)
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NYC too if 2.5 months counts.
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1. Small swamp town not on a map
2. Baton Rouge
3. New Orleans
4. Houston
5. Miami Beach
6. Fort Lauderdale
7. Washington DC
8. Baltimore (present)

I would move back to New Orleans in a heartbeat if the money was right. I would never move back to Texas or Florida. I'm happy I got to experience them, but they are not for me.
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i never got to live the city life, both these cities are very suburban. unless you live close in and then you have to pay a crazy amount.

portland or
bend or
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Growing up my parents always had to live in the furthest flung suburb of whatever city we lived in because they associated cities with crime and icky brown people probably, not really sure. Maybe they just loved the boring ass suburban American dream. After college though I've lived in urban settings. Anyways...

-Chicago (St. Charles) 1987-1990
-Dallas (Plano) 1990-92
-Chicago (Batavia) 92-93
-Dallas (Plano) 93-97
-Houston (Kingwood) 97-06
-Nacogdoches, TX 06-07
-Beijing - part of 07
-Russellville, AR 07-2011
-Lafayette/New Orleans, LA 11-12
-Houston (downtown) 12-14
-Pittsburgh (Millvale) 14-16
-Pittsburgh (Oakland) 16-19
-Pittsburgh (Carnegie) 19-now

Id love to move to Philly, but there aren't any oil and gas jobs there, so Ill be stuck here in Pittsburgh until the drilling out in Ohio and WV dries up. Don't really ever want to go back to TX, but Id for sure move back to New Orleans
as drilling around there won't end anytime soon.
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