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Asheville in the 90's was a very expensive place to buy a house, my Home in sun lakes, AZ. would be twice the price in Asheville, NC Today, It was still a nice area to live in, I did so for 8 years during the 1990's, some snow during the winter and good summers, and don't forget the Biltmore House and the Blue ridge parkway too. Don't get divorced their though, They are still fighting the war in that respect! The gentlemen seem to lose their Buttocks to the so-called legal system.
One of the BIG reasons why I will NEVER live in a big city like New York or Los Angeles for example is because of things like lack of affordable housing, bad commutes, higher crime rate, lack of free parking or just trying to park your car all together and well the list goes on. A mid size city is usually better cause you can still find just as much stuff as the bigger cities and yet still find some qualities of a smaller city too.
lol to Nelson's post/question! the only help i can offer is that no, you are not crazy! I thought the same thing myself that MSN just the other day listed the same cities as having a high crime rate as i started to read "the most affordable cities". hence my dream of retiring to city where you can go for a stroll at midnight hand and hand with the one you love after enjoying a cheap yet romantic meal for two (aah) was just shot down by the mere thought of possibily getting mugged at gunpoint! i guess i will live my final years out in the burbs with the man of my dreams that i may find at one of the websites (above) listed by "Somone". Correct me if i am wrong, is this a dating blog too? I mean come on, really? UGH. Good luck to you Nelson!
The bad thing about Austin is that there is no world class road trips in Texas. You are stuck in Austin and the best thing in Texas is Austin, that's it.
To reach really cool outdoor world class scenery you must hop a flight from ABIA.
The other thing is the relentless heat and lack of rain in the summer. It sucks.
Austin is no Portland, Oregon.
MSP is a great area to live and work. But the last statement about the closet major city is Duluth, being three hours away, I do not agree with. Rochester is ONE hour way and is a bigger city than Duluth. The Population in Rochester is 108,000 and Duluth has 86,000. Rochester has the one of the largest privately owned employer in the state, Mayo Clinic, is also ranked as the Third Best Clinic in the USA. With a wide variety of Entertainment, Restaurants, and Colleges and School Systems it is great place to live and work. Good Article until the end.
I've lived in Council Bluffs, Iowa my whole life and wouldn't live anywhere else. Yes, the winters can be harsh but if you like warm weather our Summers can be downright brutal! However, friendly neighbors more than make up for it.
As it states on the 3rd slide, "bland, flat scenery..." yes, there are some flat areas, but for the most part it is very hilly. I mean, come on! Council Bluffs is mainly that; bluffs! And there are only two places in the world that has "bluffs" like ours. Most of our neighborhoods are tree-lined streets as evidenced by our designation as a "Tree City USA" by the Arbor Day Foundation. Those same streets break out into beautiful color in the Fall. I certainly wouldn't call that bland and flat!
It is also stated, "It's definitely not recommended for those who love the outdoors..." Really? The area has a number of state parks and forests with hiking and biking trails, lakes for fishing, boating and water skiing, even bluffs a short jaunt to the north for snow skiing. The deer are also so numerous in the area it's illegal to feed them! We are also home to the black squirrel. I'd say plenty of outdoors here.
I wouldn't trade my "home" for anything. :D