Big city or smaller town...where do you live? Do you like it? Where do you wish you lived?

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    May 09, 2008 8:16 PM GMT
    I live in a big city....love it and wouldn't have it any other way. When I read some of the topics ometimes I forget that not everyone is exposed to the same cultural and social interactions......
  • ShawnTX

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    May 09, 2008 8:20 PM GMT
    Toronto has a population of 5.5 million the same as Houston, so I'm sure the transition will be easy for me (although Houston is way more spread out). Ideally I'd like to be somewhere smaller, like Austin...it's big enough to feel like a big city with big city activites and attitudes, but with the feel of a smaller city.
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    May 09, 2008 8:25 PM GMT
    ShawnTO saidToronto has a population of 5.5 million the same as Houston, so I'm sure the transition will be easy for me (although Houston is way more spread out). Ideally I'd like to be somewhere smaller, like Austin...it's big enough to feel like a big city with big city activites and attitudes, but with the feel of a smaller city.


    So I am curious as to why bigger cities turn you off.
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    May 09, 2008 8:28 PM GMT
    istanbul( 15 million people)
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    May 09, 2008 8:31 PM GMT
    Istanbul is a fantastic city.
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    May 09, 2008 8:33 PM GMT
    Gosh, I love Istanbul! To visit, anyway.

    I live in the Roma Norte section of Mexico City. Good restaurants, transportation, shopping close by, and also a hot bar with mature men (my type) within a few blocks.

    But now and again I miss my 1928 cottage with a big yard in (sleepy) Vallejo, CA.

    Charlie
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    May 09, 2008 8:37 PM GMT
    Big cities don't turn me off, just like little cities don't turn me off. Both have their positives and negatives, and I've found for myself personally, a city with a population of around 1 million or so is a happy medium, giving me the best of both worlds.
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    May 09, 2008 8:43 PM GMT
    CarlosGringo saidGosh, I love Istanbul! To visit, anyway.

    I live in the Roma Norte section of Mexico City. Good restaurants, transportation, shopping close by, and also a hot bar with mature men (my type) within a few blocks.

    But now and again I miss my 1928 cottage with a big yard in (sleepy) Vallejo, CA.

    Charlie


    Mexico City is a world class city. I enjoy visiting my friends there. One of the things I love to do is ...........after a night out.to go to the area where there are all the taco bars.....in the wee hours of the morning you will find everyone..... getting a snack to finish the night off
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    May 09, 2008 9:42 PM GMT
    I live in Canada's biggest city, Toronto. I have done so since moving here for work in 1986. Overall I like it due to the gay friendly nature of the city, the diversity of cultures and the low crime rate. The worse aspect? Traffic congestion. Fortunately I live close to work so that is not an issue every day.

    Retirement is 10 years away. Will I stay here? Depends on my health and my mood. I may be tired of big city living by then and will want to live in a quaint smaller city with a house and dog (and partner of course).
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    May 09, 2008 9:46 PM GMT
    I live in a relatively small town with relatively small minds thank god I work in a big city tho!
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    May 09, 2008 11:05 PM GMT
    champaign urbana. two small towns with a huge college campus.

    since ive only recently come out I can't really say if its cool being gay here, but i really love the town. Doesn't seem that bad.
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    May 09, 2008 11:10 PM GMT
    Live in Chicago, work in the burbs of Chicago.

    After this winter we just had though, I want to move to Atlanta or Austin.

    Thank god I'm still in grad school and that is still feasible.
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    May 09, 2008 11:11 PM GMT
    I live on 160 acres in a town with 28 families, according to the last cencus. I love living out here. We've just bought a new aprtment in Alexandria, VA as well. It's nice to fly to DC and be able to take the Subway anywhere I want. But I also like walking around my yard nekkid and not having to worry about any neighbors.
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    May 09, 2008 11:16 PM GMT
    Live in Titusville, Fl. population approx 40,000, and as much as I like relaxing, I like doing it somewhere larger. I went to school in Miami, and I would like somewhere like Miami Beach...somewhere in a big city, but has it's own community feel.
  • CSPYNY

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    May 10, 2008 12:23 AM GMT
    I live in a small town of about 500 people. Not much goes on and its quiet. That I like. What I dont like is small town politics (lets face it, this happens everywhere!). The closest city is about 20 miles away and has 50000 people. An hour away is Syracuse NY ... so not much to do.

    Ideally, I would like to live in the country but be close. My hobbies don't agree with a city setting.
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    May 10, 2008 12:33 AM GMT
    Technically I live in a small town (Signal Hill, population 10,000), surrounded by a medium sized city (Long Beach, .5 Million), in the middle of the craziness that is Southern California (13 Million). I suppose I have a mix of everything icon_smile.gif
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    May 10, 2008 12:34 AM GMT
    I live in Cochise County (where all that Earp shit happened) on a farm 5mi from Willcox, AZ. The town pop in 2k was about 4k.
    Closest town is 30 mins away on the interstate; pop is close to 5k. Tucson is about 70+ miles off.

    Years ago I was dying to get the hell out of the sticks. I wanted to move in with my aunt in Scottsdale, but my brother ended up going instead.
    Now, not at all. Cities just down right smell bad.
    Too many people standing too damn close, too many cars, way too much noise, too much concrete and pavement.

    I went outside a few weeks ago and just stared up, what was I looking at? The edge of the galaxy! What did I hear? Nothing. Smell? The breeze from the Winchester mountains.

    I feel sorry for people living in cities. They spend their life moving from one box to another with no inkling about the most basic and enjoyable things in life.

    How many people know what a handful of soil, rich and moist, smells like? Gnawing on a ear of Silver Queen corn after yanking it off the stalk, and not begrudging the worm on the top his fair share?

    No way in hell would I ever move to a city.
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    May 10, 2008 12:43 AM GMT
    KissingPro saidI live in a big city....love it and wouldn't have it any other way. When I read some of the topics ometimes I forget that not everyone is exposed to the same cultural and social interactions......


    It isn't that everyone is exposed to the same cultural and social interactions, it just may not happen on a daily basis.
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    May 10, 2008 1:00 AM GMT
    feel sorry for people living in cities. They spend their life moving from one box to another with no inkling about the most basic and enjoyable things in life.

    How many people know what a handful of soil, rich and moist, smells like? Gnawing on a ear of Silver Queen corn after yanking it off the stalk, and not begrudging the worm on the top his fair share?

    No way in hell would I ever move to a city. quote



    Yeah, big cities have their drawbacks and are not for the faint of heart. But I live in a city with over 9 million people. Can you really say that 9 million people have no inkling about the most basic and enjoyable things in life?

    It's also a city thing to get out of the city to the country every once in a while.

    In the city, there are community gardens, parks and tons of horticultural gardens. Anyone can get their hands dirty. And yes, sometimes the corn is so sweet you can pick it and eat it without cooking it. Beefstake tomatoes and cucumbers too.

    As for the worm, yes, I have seen people pick apart a dozen ears just to get the perfect one...it infuriates me.

    In my city, walk 8 blocks in either direction on any day and you can get more accomplished, invented, fixed, eaten, enjoyed and astonished than most people will get in a month, maybe even a lifetime.

    I would be bored shitless if my primary residence was in a completely rural place. How many times can you go to THE MALL?
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    May 10, 2008 1:05 AM GMT
    One lives in the city, out in the burbs. Yet the suburb one lives in is classified as Semi Rural. So I get the benefits of both. The amenities of the City, albeit, One is not in waking distance of transport, or shops. Yes the joy of the feel of living in the country.
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    May 10, 2008 1:11 AM GMT
    turk saidistanbul( 15 million people)


    No thanks way to many people for me. The Island I live on Oz, has just over 20 million. If I had my way inmigracion would stop, to allow this Island to be able to grow at a pace, to slow down the urban sprawl, as way to many animals are being made homeless.
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    May 10, 2008 1:19 AM GMT
    I have the best of both worlds - I live in a green, golf suburb of Phoenix. I can live amongst trees, flowers, open space, acres of green fairways - and then be in Phoenix doing fun things in just over 1/2 hour. I can also be in San Francisco with about an hour's flight - or over to LA in a short time too. Arizona can be a fun, healthy place to live and play.
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    May 10, 2008 1:20 AM GMT

    I was born and raised in Georgetown, KY. It's more of a big town right now. We have a Toyota plant that has brought in ALOT of people and business. I like living here, except for the lack of diversity. I am shocked at the things some people around here have never been exposed to. That is not to say everyone around here is like that. I guess that is one reason Chicago and Las Vegas are cities I love going to and why travel is so important to me.
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    May 10, 2008 1:20 AM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidI have the best of both worlds - I live in a green, golf suburb of Phoenix. I can live amongst trees, flowers, open space, acres of green fairways - and then be in Phoenix doing fun things in just over 1/2 hour. I can also be in San Francisco with about an hour's flight - or over to LA in a short time too. Arizona can be a fun, healthy place to live and play.


    I'm willing to give it another try since I trust your judgement.
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    May 10, 2008 1:42 AM GMT
    I live in a tidy gay village amid the suburban sprawl of South Florida. But my town is walkable and dog-friendly, which surprisingly a lot of Florida is not. Miami is about 35 minutes away, depending on traffic, but there isn't much I care about there that isn't also up here in Broward County.