Your city/Your most favorite and least favorite

  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jan 13, 2015 3:53 AM GMT
    Hey guys, name the city you live in and in one word or sentence for each, name your most favorite thing about living there and then your least favorite thing about living there.

    I'll start.

    Chicago

    Most favorite: The summer here. Beautiful beaches. Great city for food of any ethnicity. Very clean for a big city, lots of culture-museums. Great architecture. The Blackhawks. Pretty vibrant gay scene.

    Least favorite: The winter months(January and February) Brutal cold and snow, darkness from 4pm-7am. I feel like I live in Siberia. Also a negative is cost of living, very $$$.
  • Tig3r

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    Jan 13, 2015 3:56 AM GMT
    Toledo

    Favorite Thing: Inexpensive cost of living.

    Least favorite thing: Everything else.

    I am just waiting until I can move somewhere else.
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    Jan 13, 2015 4:10 AM GMT
    Punta del Este (Uruguay)

    Favorite: Beautiful, safe, many things to do during spring/summer, the beaches, constant flow of people, crazy night life (not into it but I like it exists), family friendly.

    Less Favorite: Its dead the rest of the year, very isolated and cold in winter, many rich people, way too many Argentineans, very expensive.

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    Jan 13, 2015 4:12 AM GMT
    Wilton Manors, Broward County, Florida, USA

    Most Favorite: Gays live openly & unafraid under a warm semi-tropical sun year-round in a permanent green paradise.

    Least Favorite: That same sun can turn brutal and the air humid in the summer, as your car bakes in perpetual heavy traffic.
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    Jan 13, 2015 4:39 AM GMT
    None!

    Favorite thing: far, far away from the city.
    Least favorite thing: far, far away from the city.
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    Jan 15, 2015 3:58 AM GMT
    Oakland/SF

    Good: I'm not sure there is anywhere with the same balance of economic opportunities, social opportunities, outdoor recreation, and weather. The quality of life is really off the charts.

    Bad: Housing is insanely expensive. Kind of dirty. Lots of homeless people (I don't hate the homeless, but live here long enough and it starts to really frustrate you at best. Gay scene, surprisingly, sucks. It's the next shiny thing/never grow up mentality. I seem to meet much more interesting guys elsewhere.
  • j_enn

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    Jan 15, 2015 4:40 AM GMT
    Berlin

    Good:
    Gay friendly, beautiful, historical, very clean, "international" feel, cheap (living, beers), active night life, friendly people (ONCE YOU KNOW THEM), hot men and women, and feels safe even at night.

    Bad:
    Unfriendly people, TOO much political correctness, and abusive polizei.
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    Jan 15, 2015 4:53 AM GMT
    Jersey City

    Fav: Location. You have direct access into lower an mid Manhattan which is good for me who works in midtown. You're actually closer to the City from JC than you would be in most parts of the outer boroughs, plus it's not as expensive. Plus there's neighboring Hoboken which has an amazing bar scene. JC is also the most diverse city per capita than any other city in the US including a thriving gay community.

    Worst: Most of the city is rundown/ghetto outside of the Downtown/Waterfront/Hoboken vicinity.
  • wesv

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    Jan 15, 2015 5:59 AM GMT
    West Covina (suburb of LA)

    Favorites: large properties, cheaper cost of living, freeway access, relatively safe, less street congestion, clean streets, usually plenty of parking at most businesses

    Least favorite: not particularly the best place for a gay or single guy, nothing is walking distance, not a very fun city considering there's nothing artistic or eclectic, this city sleeps, I log onto Grindr and there are no cute guys (not to be conceited but I'm probably the hottest guy in West Covina on Grindr or A4A)
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 17, 2015 7:35 PM GMT
    Buffalo

    First the Positives: Great neighborhoods, world class architecture, a great art and culture scene, friendly people, wonderful four season climate, reasonable cost of living, revitalizing downtown waterfront, increasing number of bike lanes and bike friendly streets.

    Now the drawbacks: Controlled by a democratic monopoly for over 50 years, winters can be unbearably cold, taxes are still too high, too much media attention and emphasis on the Buffalo Bills, mediocre public transportation, too much urban/suburban sprawl, east side remains decayed and crime infested.
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    Jan 18, 2015 5:02 AM GMT
    Fremont, CA


    Most favorite: Location ( 20 miles from San Jose,25 miles from Oakland, 30 miles from SF), weather ( 300 days of sunshine year round, nice warm temperatures, not a lot of fog), Beauty, lots of hills, palm trees, clean.

    Least favorite: Lack of exciting things to do,very expensive area to live.
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    Jan 18, 2015 4:13 PM GMT
    Charlotte, North Carolina

    Most: affordable housing, lots of things to do, friendly, a couple of hours drive to the west are the mountains and to the east, the beaches.

    Least: the population is growing fast and the roads are not expanding fast enough to keep up with the pace. And lastly.....awful Mexican food!
  • wesv

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    Jan 18, 2015 4:16 PM GMT
    MikkyB saidFremont, CA


    Most favorite: Location ( 20 miles from San Jose,25 miles from Oakland, 30 miles from SF), weather ( 300 days of sunshine year round, nice warm temperatures, not a lot of fog), Beauty, lots of hills, palm trees, clean.


    And Middle Eastern guys.
  • Hjalmar

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    Jan 18, 2015 4:32 PM GMT
    I´ve been there once and I didn´t like Seattle despite of the Space Needle and the downtown was very ugly and dull. On the other hand I found the neighbouring city Vancouver very entertaining, Stanley Park especially. Could it be, because it´s Canadian ....
  • wesv

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    Jan 18, 2015 4:40 PM GMT
    Hjalmar saidI´ve been there once and I didn´t like Seattle despite of the Space Needle and the downtown was very ugly and dull. On the other hand I found the neighbouring city Vancouver very entertaining, Stanley Park especially. Could it be, because it´s Canadian ....


    Sounds like it could be a Molson commercial.
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    Jan 18, 2015 4:46 PM GMT
    I am sharing my life between to cities :
    Townsville , Queensland Australia , beautiful beaches , amazing winter climate , friendly people , but Summers are too hot and humid .

    Atlanta , Georgia USA : nice all around year climate , vibrant city , interesting inhabitants diversity ,southern hospitality but it is somewhat overpopulated and extended , 15km and you still are in town ..lol..
  • e2ksj3355

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    Jan 19, 2015 7:28 AM GMT
    Washington, DC

    Good:

    - A ton of stuff to do including free museums, excellent restaurants, plenty of clubs, etc
    - Really good job market
    - Excellent location (close to NC where I'm originally from and within a few hours of NYC, Philly, the beach, and the mountains),
    - Halfway decent climate for the east coast..I don't mind the heat, but can't stand a ton of snow and ice.

    Bad:

    - Traffic is horrible and can't keep up with growth. The transit system Metro is ok, but has a lot of issues and the other rail systems (MARC and VRE) have very limited service and the roads remain clogged even outside of rush hour.

    - The cost of living is out of control, even in the suburbs 20 or 30 miles from the city a townhouse can cost around $400K. It was definitely a shock for me coming from an area where the cost were a lot lower

    - Too many Type A people here. DC is full of these type that like to kiss ass to climb the corporate later and will throw you under the bus in the process. The gay community here is full of flakes and it is really hard to establish lasting friendships let alone finding a partner.

  • BmwKid92

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    Jan 19, 2015 10:54 AM GMT
    philadelphia

    good- music scene, the people, the city its self, food

    bad- nothing
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    Feb 06, 2015 1:01 PM GMT
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    Riverside county, California

    Good, nothing.

    Bad, unfriendly and pretentious gay community, political corruption, horrible medical care, controlled by an anti business, anti growth, republican monopoly, high unemployment, arrived here due to a medical accident, and leaving soon, the Hollywood drama and keep up with Mr and Mr Jones in southern California isn't to my liking since I judge people by their character and prefer to form intellectual relationships with other gay men, first, not the other way.




    You claim you judge people by their character yet this post was filled by generalizations about a whole region. Maybe you're the problem and not the location?
  • kevmoran

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    Feb 06, 2015 8:27 PM GMT
    Cleveland

    Most favorite: Multicultural, great arts scene, cheap housing, great architecture, and way more "grit" than any NYC neighborhood

    Least favorite: Some of the worst crime in the U.S., no gays, and not enough Chipotles
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    Feb 06, 2015 11:41 PM GMT
    San Francisco

    The good: physical beauty; the coast; diverse population; educational institutions and museums; mountains within a drivable distance; the weather - where it never freezes; french restaurants where the waiters actually can speak french

    The bad:

    1. the weather (never freezing, but too cold and windy most of the year - one could move to Oakland, etc. where it is warmer, but as the fat lady said, "there isn't any there there.")

    2. The most recent influx of over-paid techies that has driven up the price of everything, their tax-subsidized buses clogging the streets, and driven out most of the artists, art organizations, and young people that used to make the City a vibrant place to live, but who can no longer afford to be here.

    3. The non-functional transit system, where, unless you are adjacent to one of the subway lines that don't seem to go much of anywhere, can take an hour to get to the other side of town.

    4. The deluge of trendy new restaurants, which pride themselves on being too noisy to have a conversation - and the Michael Bauer type restaurant critics that love them. (Well, they do serve to keep some of the tourists occupied, and out of the better establishments.)
  • Svnw688

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    Feb 07, 2015 12:15 AM GMT
    New York City (Manhattan)

    Likes: Lincoln Center, ballet, nightlife (in Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen, UWS/UES), fine dining restaurants, "Dollar slices" of pizza, "The Halal Guys" just south of Central Park open til 5AM, bars don't close until 4AM, best subway system in the world, AmTrak/PATH/3 Airports nearby, discounts during "restaurant week" to explore restaurants, Central Park in the Spring/Summer/Fall to picnic, bocce ball, drink wine and read, Central Park in the winter to ice skate, Rockefellar tree during Xmas, Macy's flagship store in Herald Square, driving through bright/flashy Times Square in a taxi at night on your way out and seeing the city alive, occasional Broadway shows, 14th Street Nightlight (LES area), Great Jones Cafe BBQ, rooftop cocktails, Karaoke at Joshua Tree, taking the train 35 minutes to Coney Island and riding rides and splashing in the ocean, diversity (every race, language, sexuality and flavor is readily accepted), how nonchalant people act when standing next to a celebrity (I've been in arms length of Mr. Ralph Lauren, Madonna (her 64th street apt was next to mine in 2008 ), A-Rod, Lil' Kim, Eddie Izzard, MUSE's Matthew Bellamy, Kandi (RHOA), and others...people don't even ask for an autograph or picture), Yankee stadium (even the new one), taking open ballet classes at Joffrey and BAE, and being around active, talented, driven people who aren't ALL about vain/shallow pursuits (there's that, but it's not like Miami or LA) and are about their careers and having a great time, feeling "safe" no matter where or what time you walk in Manhattan. Best city on earth.


    Dislikes: Not being able to own a car (parking's impossible and expensive), horrible winter weather, slight but real and constant threat of terrorism, formerly "stop and frisk" gustapo police policies (never was, but the threat was there), severely reduced subway service late at night, friends in other boroughs (Astoria, Brooklyn, Queens, Hoboken (the unofficial "Jersey" borough)) wanting YOU to travel to them, everything is expensive, NYC residency tax is oppressive, everyone has landlord issues once or twice a year, having to tip your doorman/secretary/etc every Christmas, trying to hail a taxi on a rainy weekday morning going into work, getting "across" town (uptown/downtown is easy, east/west is next to impossible), overcast skies 6 months out of the year, having to keep up with the new "hot" go-to club every few months, the occasional red velvet rope club line especially in the Meatpacking district, not feeling "safe" if you walk at night in certain parts of the Bronx, Brooklyn, or Queens at night, rush hours that last 2 hours each day, packed subway cars when a gap forms in the train service, not being able to just go to Wal-Mart or its equivalent.
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    Feb 07, 2015 8:02 AM GMT
    Winnipeg, Canada

    Positives: fairly open gay scene, closeness to cottage country and the great outdoors, cheap cost of living, good arts and cultural scene for a city of its size, really good restaurants for foodies, large immigrant population fuelling good growth, and wickedly hot and sunny summers with many lakes and beaches close by.

    Negatives: small gay scene (a positive if you are partnered, not so much if you are single), cold winters, poor infrastructure, mosquitos in the summer, frostbite in the winter, marginalization of some minorities, small gay nightlife restricted to a few bars.
  • sexyswimmer96

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    Feb 08, 2015 10:51 PM GMT
    New Orleans, LA

    Likes: amazing culture, great food, great architecture, warm weather, pretty good gay community, perfect size, relatively inexpensive, Mardi Gras, and the music scene.

    Dislikes: lots of traffic sometimes, lack of safety in the French Quarter and gay area, and horrible streets.
  • buddycat

    Posts: 1874

    Feb 08, 2015 11:18 PM GMT
    Philadelphia

    pros: Plenty to see and do, history, lower cost of living for a major Northeast city

    cons: filthy, attitude, gay scene not as large as other major cities, crime