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April 10th, 2004

Your Neighborhood

Here’s something I’m curious about: your neighborhood, and why you live where you live.

Growing up, my family never moved – except for a move cross-town when I was 2. I didn’t experience moving and living in other places until I graduated from college, so I took things in my neighborhood for granted.

My current neighborhood is largely residential and feels fairly suburban, even though it’s within city limits. There are some expensive houses nearby, and many mid-range ranches. We’ve got a new shopping plaza (grocery store, etc.) just 2 blocks away, the expressway about 4 blocks away, and public transportation nearby. The University of Denver is also close-by, but it’s far enough away that we don’t have throngs of students everywhere. In essence: quiet.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday April 10, 2004 -- 10:30:38 am
I live in the Fan District of Richmond, VA. At heart, it's a yuppie haven, but a big university (VA Commonwealth) is planted firmly at the east side which means students flood the area and keep prices down.

I enjoy my neighborhood because it's not terribly loud, but it's populated and fairly busy. Plus, I can walk to dozens of restaurants, a second-run theater, and my favorite record store within ten minutes.



FROM: towinlovinit
DATE: Saturday April 10, 2004 -- 11:43:28 am
I really hate to say it but I am ready to move out of Portland, Oregon. Where I live has turned into a shooting gallery. We have had more murders in 1 month than ever before including a young man yesterday at the bus stop. When I moved here over many moons ago, this was a nice neighborhood. We have wonderful neighbors, but when you want to walk down to the store, its starting to get scary. I am ready to move somewhere else. Maybe Eugene.....Maybe Washington.....Maybe Denver.....Maybe Ohio.....Maybe........



FROM: Cat [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday April 10, 2004 -- 11:57:54 am
Or maybe just try a different neighborhood? Crime rates always go up in a bad economy, sadly.

I live in downtown Portland. I chose where I live not only because I love being downtown, but so my car-free lifestyle would be a bit easier. We are right next to three transportation hubs, and can walk to nearly anything we like.

We want a house eventually, and we'll be choosing something very close to downtown, and in a lively neighborhood, for the same reasons.



FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday April 10, 2004 -- 2:58:07 pm
I live in Spotyslvania County, VA - just outside the city limits of Fredericksburg. It's a smallish subdivision (about 130 houses), all Colonial in style, Williamsburg colors only. Lots are 1/4 acre minimum, 1/2 acre minimum in the new section where I live. It's very quiet, which I love. I can sit outside on a Sat afternoon and all I'll hear is the birds, or maybe a neighbors lawn mower. No street noise, and our cul de sac features several retired families so there aren't even many kids around to make noise. The neighborhood is a nice mix of younger families ,many government employees (more than a few in law enforcement) and a lot of retired military too.



FROM: jk
DATE: Saturday April 10, 2004 -- 9:21:00 pm
I live in Lancaster County PA, pronounced LANKister, not LANDcaster like in other states. Yes, there are Amish here, but as long as they far enough on the right side of the street so I can pass them, I ignore them.

My neighborhood is....gasp....in a country club golf course. I do not belong to the country club, honestly only half of the people here do. I chose to build here because it's pretty safe and they take care of all lawn and snow issues. My neighbors are the best, the nicest I've ever had, and they love to throw parties. In the summer, we have lots of cook outs, and this is a really safe place to run or ride a bike.

I really like the woman who built the houses here...it's just an unfortunate side-effect that we are in a gated community. I consider myself to be a very humble person and to be honest, some of my friends don't even know that I live in this community. People in general have a negative stereotype of this area....we are not all drowning in $$, that's for sure! We're all just very in debt.



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