mhsieh
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Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Mon May 05, 2003 1:35 pm

Since there are A.net members from all around the world, I am curious about how everybody feels about where they live.
I live in Los Angeles. There are many great things about living here which is why many people are living here and moving here.
The things I like about LA:
1. Multicultural: no one feels like a minority group. There is a ethnic niche for everyone.
2. Weather
3. LAX: best airport for spotting. Easy to find a spot as well as a great variety of aircraft.

The things I dislike about LA:
1. Traffic and uncontrolled sprawling development. Insane commuters!
2. Smog
3. The need to speak Spanish in many situations because I don't.
 
Superfly
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Mon May 05, 2003 3:12 pm

I live in San Francisco, California.

Likes:
Culture
People
Choices of restaurants
Lay out of the city
Decent Public transit
I love the leftist/progressive politics


Dislikes:
Cost of living
Real estate is sky-high
People drive too slow and passive
No 4 seasons
City goes to sleep too early problem with every West Coast city
Bring back the Concorde
 
seb146
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Mon May 05, 2003 3:16 pm

I technically live in Vancouver Washington where we are overshadowed by Seattle and Portland. Living on the boarder, our tax dollars go to Seattle while our shopping and transportation hub is in Portland. Other than that, the area is great. My only one major complaint is I-5 from downtown Portland to downtown Vancouver is 2 lanes.
The good things about the area: People, for the most part, are helpful. The homeless seem less aggressive than in SEA or YVR. Tons of cute quiet neighborhoods all banding together to welcome whomever comes along. Public transport is easy to navigate. Skiing year round and the ocean a mear 90 miles away. Paradise to me!

GO CANUCKS!!
Patriotic and Proud Liberal
 
JetService
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Mon May 05, 2003 3:19 pm

Likes: Our hockey team. Tonight they became the 2002-03 UHL Champions!!!!!



"Shaddap you!"
 
hartsfieldboy
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Mon May 05, 2003 3:45 pm

I have two hometowns.

Atlanta Likes:
-Intown, the city inside I-285
-Cool historic nieghborhoods
-MARTA
-Hartsfield Int'l Airport
-Good music scene
-Well intergrated
-Crazy street pattern (most poeple hate this, but I love navagating and finding my way through the confusing layout)

Dislikes:
-Suburbs, everything outside I-285
-Traffic
-The city isn't really "known" for anything specific thing


Sao Paulo Likes:
-Endless skyscrapers
-Best food in the world
-Most diverse city in the world
-No alcohol laws whatsoever
-24 hour fun
-Sao Paulo Metro system
-30 mintues away from beautiful beaches
-Like the rest of Brazil, the hottest women in the world

Dislikes:
-Pretty dangerous
-Traffic sucks
-Bad Pollution
 
US Air/TWA Fan
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Mon May 05, 2003 5:31 pm

Where I grew up:

Dayton, Ohio:

Likes: Ummm...well, I am supposed to like where I grew up, right? Well, I didn't exactly dislike it, but I don't exactly like Dayton either. Dayton is ok.

Too small for me; I like bigger cities with more action...

...Like where I live now...COLUMBUS, OHIO.

Good:
-Diverse people/diverse neighborhoods
-shopping/entertainment/restaurant options
-it is an "un-midwestern" midwest city... overal, not as conservative as everywhere else around here.
-fabulous skyline

bad:
-No real future for me here; airline jobs don't really exist here.
-winter...ok, well, I kinda like having 4 seasons, but I wish winter lasted like 2 weeks then was 75 the rest of the time (but then again, that is called San Diego)
 
CPH-R
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Mon May 05, 2003 5:38 pm

Hartsfieldboy,
I thought Atlanta was well known as a Delta-hub (and if you don't know what Futurama episode that one refers to, go sit in a corner Big grin)

My hometown is Roskilde
Likes:
Roskilde Festival - the only place where a choir, with an average age of over 60, can get a loud round of applause.


Nice hot weather & lovely cold beer in the parks

Dislikes:
No descent clubs - only places with Top 20 music.
 
HOMER71
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Mon May 05, 2003 10:32 pm

CPH-R, what a coincidence, that episode came on last night on Cartoon Network...the lost city of Atlanta!

Born in San Antonio, Texas, living in Houston, Texas, so I will do both (anyone who care to add on to this, feel free to do so)

San Antonio
Likes:
-Historic (Missions, King William District, etc.)
-Mexican Food
-Spurs!
-Riverwalk
-Weather (pleasant winters)

Dislikes:
-Lack of jobs (unless you're in tourism or military)
-Water (frequent rationing - Edwards aquifer)
-Crime (especially gangs)
-Weather (torturous summers)

Houston
Likes:
-Bush Intercontinental Airport/Continental Airlines
-Culturally diverse
-Skyscrapers
-Theater District/Museum District
-Stadiums/Arenas
-Kemah
-Close to the beach
-Somewhat conservative
-Weather (pleasant winters)

Dislikes:
-Too much concrete (freeways)
-Traffic
-Crime
-Smog (with a flat terrain, no less!)
-Weather (torturous summers)
"On spaceship earth there are no passengers...only crew."
 
hartsfieldboy
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Tue May 06, 2003 3:29 am

CPH-R: I don't watch Futurama, but now I wish I did to see that! I'm going to the corner right now  Smile

Anyway, what I was refering to was something like the Gateway Arch in St Louis, Central Arpk in NYC or the Effiel Tower in Paris. Atlanta doesn't have something like that.
 
Turbolet
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Tue May 06, 2003 4:20 am

Well, I don't know what my hometown really is because I've lived in many places, starting with Sliema in Malta, then moving to Brno, Czech Republic, then back to Sliema, then to Rabat (Victoria), Gozo, Malta, then back to Brno, then to Swieqi, Malta and now back to Rabat (Victoria) where I've spent the last five years, so I guess I'll do this damn place.

Likes:
-it's... compact! One can do all the necessary shopping in half an hour.
-quite a multi-cultural environment. We get all nationalities of tourists here.

Dislikes:
-it's... compact! It's boring! With just two places where one can go clubbing in winter, it does get pretty monotonous.
-everyone knows everyone and there's always a lot of gossip going around.
 
prosa
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Tue May 06, 2003 4:49 am

Medford, New York.

Likes:
Convenient to most forms of shopping and entertainment.
Steady appreciation in real estate values.
Strong local economy.
Reasonable diversity.
Low crime.
Decent schools.
Interesting location at suburbia/exurbia border.

Dislikes:
Exhorbitant property taxes.
No real town center.
Heavy traffic much of the time.
Unplanned, sprawl-type commercial growth.
Limited service on Long Island Rail Road.


"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
 
hartsfieldboy
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Tue May 06, 2003 10:28 am

PROSA, I thought you would write about your love of suit covered anuses and NYC's competence in getting anything done!

[Edited 2003-05-06 03:47:34]
 
BH346
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Tue May 06, 2003 10:37 am

Wichita, KS

Likes:
Low Cost of Living
Relatively Safe (Some bad parts of town, like every other place, though)
Cheap Real Estate
Strong connections to aviation

Dislikes:
Drab
Flat
Crappy Weather
Eyesores - too many oil refineries, grain elevators, warehouses, etc
Polluted River
Economy is too dependent on Aviation
Northwest Airlines - Some People Just Know How to Fly
 
neednewairport
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Tue May 06, 2003 12:29 pm

San Diego

Likes:
Job Market
Diversity
Not a huge mess like SMELL-A (LA) yet
Friendly people
Relatively clean
Lots of hot military boys that like boys
Pretty people, pretty cars, pretty houses, pretty buildings, pretty beaches
Blacks Beach

Dislikes
Huge cost of living
Kind of conversative due to military influence
Insanely stupid voters (ballpark, more houses, no new freeways, etc)
 
mhsieh
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Tue May 06, 2003 12:55 pm

I have enjoyed reading all the responses so far.
Please also pick a place as your preferred/ dream place to live and explain why.
Having lived in many cities throughtout the U.S., my dream is to live in Vancouver BC where I grew up. Unfortunately, my job situation wouldn't allow it.
 
SIA fan
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Tue May 06, 2003 2:54 pm

Jakarta, Indonesia:

Likes:
- Compared to the US, everything is dirt CHEAP, you can have a meal at a fancy restaurant and only spend $10-$20
- Restaurant choices
- Nightlife choices
- Decent skyline
- Great shopping

Dislikes:
- Traffic jams!
- Bad public transportation, you have to take a car everywhere
- The weather: hot and humid
- Crime rate
- Pollution
SQ*G BD*S
 
KROC
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Wed May 07, 2003 1:30 am

Crapchester New York

- Likes-

It's not Wichita Kansas

- Dislikes -

Everything else
 
727_Gal
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Wed May 07, 2003 2:52 am

Memphis

Likes:
-the unique music scene
-a hub (albeit small) for Northwest
-great restaurants if you know where to look
-It's not Mississippi or Arkansas  Big grin
-a recently rejuvenated downtown where I spend all of my time, underage drinking!
-the interstate system (most people bitch about the illogical way the interstate is laid out, but I love it. it's like solving a little puzzle!)

Dislikes:
-it's a dirty-ass city
-the crime rate in some parts is astronomical
-when you say Memphis, all people think of is Elvis Presley and barbecue
-relatively untouched by time (ie no proper skyscrapers, most of the city consists of old buildings until you get out in the suburbs)

All in all, though, I love the place. Come visit sometime  Smile
 
Soku39
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Wed May 07, 2003 6:30 am

Cleveland OH:

Dislikes:The west side

Likes: the east side  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Ah Cleveland is truly a city divided
The Ohio Player
 
flight152
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Wed May 07, 2003 6:46 am

East Amherst, New York (outside Buffalo)
Likes:

Affluent suburb
Low real estate costs
Nice communities
Fantastic School systems
Good selection of restaurants
#1 safest City in America

Dislikes:
Weather
Exorbitant taxes (highest property taxes in the country)
Outside a slumping city


 
747-451
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Wed May 07, 2003 8:11 am

I live in NY (I was born in Atlanta) so I will deal with NY!

likes:

1) food!
2) Linclon Centre
3) the views
4) NY Yankees
5) the Bravest (NYFD)
6) the Finest (NYPD)
dislikes


1) Mayor Bloomberg,
2) taxes, taxes and more taxes
3) no parking
4) grossly ineffective public school system
5) metermaids
 
dinker225
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Wed May 07, 2003 8:38 am

I live in a ski resort town in the Rocky mountains of Colorado.

Likes:
-Really easy to find a job
-Summers are awsome
-Not polluted
-Well paying job for not having to rent or buy a house

Dislikes:
-To many stupid tourist(People leave their brains at home when they vacation!)
-Winters are too long(it is snowing now and has been last few days!)
-Tourist don't know how to drive in Winter driving conditions


Dinker
Two rules in aviation, don't hit anything and don't run out of gas, cause if you run out of gas yer gonna hit something.
 
roadrunner165
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Wed May 07, 2003 10:33 am

Royalton MN

Likes-
none

Dislikes-
Rude people
Hick Town
Stupid People
People Who think Airplanes are Dumb  Sad

Adam
NWA ROCKS!!!  Smile  Smile  Smile
AS ROCKS!!!  Smile  Smile  Smile
 
mbmbos
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Wed May 07, 2003 11:38 am

I've lived in Boston for the last 15 years.

Likes:

- The harbor
- New England attitude
- The Museum of Fine Arts
- Beautiful Autumns
- Misty days
- Close proximity to Europe

Dislikes:

- Bostonians are litterbugs! Yech!
- Less-than-world-class dining establishments
- Road congestion
- Maniacal drivers
 
jcs17
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Wed May 07, 2003 12:20 pm

Dallas, Tx.

Likes:
-Conservative city (well, other than the inner city)
-Best steaks on the planet
-Hot women!
-Lots of modern architecture
-Relatively low cost-of-living
-DFW
-Good freeway system
-SMU sorority girls
-The Park Cities

Dislikes:
-Living in the same city as AA61hvy... (you learn to cover your ass all the time)
-Dallas PD allows the homeless to do whatever they want
-The fact that AA takes away all of the possibilities we have for intl carriers
America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
 
IMissPiedmont
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Wed May 07, 2003 12:36 pm

My hometown?

I live outside any city limits but I'll answer the best I can.

Likes:
It's not Phoenix
Californians have not yet figured out how to survive here
I'm a pure desert rat so.......
Sunsets
Starry nights
Thinking 35 degress farenheit is cold
Summer thunderstorms
being able, when I did, to buy 30 acres of land for $70,000
being able to walk out in my "yard" naked (scary thought isn't it?)
more

Dislikes:
The two or three times a year when I'm running a bit late and have to convince a rattler that he needs to move away from my truck.
The very rare Gila monster that is sunning itself in the middle of my road (Gilas are stubborn beasts)
When I need to get home to change to go out and the wash is flowing
The day you stop learning is the day you should die.
 
redngold
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Wed May 07, 2003 12:59 pm

Cleveland, OH, USA.

Likes:
--People are generally friendly. Eye contact is not percieved as a threat. This is why I "came home" after ten years in New York.
--Ethnic and cultural variety, from old European to Chinese. Yes, we have a Chinatown, Little Italy, Little Arabia, and Slavic Village. Want good food? Try a new neighborhood.
--Lake Erie. I know it stinks (literally,) but it is beautiful.
--I dunno, I just love looking at downtown even though we only have three skyscrapers and eight other high rises, especially when it's lit by dawn or dusk light.
--A movie theatre around every corner. Corner markets.
--I live ten minutes from the animal shelter and the airport. Kewl.

Dislikes:
--For a city this size, the public transit systems and infrastructure are crummy. The trains are old and creaky and don't have lavs (nor do the stations.) The buses stop running after 10 PM (if that late) unless you're on three main routes. Taxis are more expensive than anywhere else I've lived. The airport is on the far west side of Cleveland which means anyone on the east side of the metro area has up to an hour's drive. The roads are full of potholes due to our numerous freeze/thaw cycles, yet the Ohio Dept. of Transportation is just beginning to use more durable and flexible materials (concrete, DUH!) We have a major water main break at least once a year.
--There is no night life after 2:00 AM. I was spoiled by that in New York.
--They want to promote business in downtown Cleveland, yet the parking zones are nearly impossible. Parking garages are few and far between and they are inconvenient to any event sites.
--Major League Baseball? Yeah, right. I'd rather drive to one of the area minor league parks (Lake County or Akron) where I'll get a decent game at a decent price.
--On the same note, we have MLB, NFL and NBA, but the *winning* teams (WNBA, MISL, WNFL, IHL) don't get any coverage.


redngold
Up, up and away!
 
corocks
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Thu May 08, 2003 2:44 am

Houston:

Likes:
Food (tex-mex and steaks)
Women
Cheap Cost of Living
Sports Teams
New Sports Stadiums
Nasa
Kehmah

Dislikes:
Pollution
Weather
Construction
Traffic
No good public transportation

 
LFutia
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Thu May 08, 2003 5:48 am

Morton Grove, IL

Likes: warm weather, very diverse, everything is close.

Dislikes: cold in the winter, too flat to go sledding

Leo/ORD
Leo/ORD -- Groetjes uit de VS! -- Heeft u laatst nog met KLM gevlogen?
 
decman
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Joined: Wed Aug 15, 2001 10:49 am

RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Thu May 08, 2003 6:23 am

Philadelphia, PA

Likes
- history galore ( independence hall, liberty bell, etc)
- only about 2-3 hours from New York, Washington, and Baltimore.
- Fairmount Park (largest inner city park in the US I believe)
- worldclass museums and entertainment ( Philadelphia Art museum, the new Kimmel Center)
- interesting skyline
- the Italian Market
- a lot of pride in our sports teams
- real cheesesteaks that cannot duplicated anywhere else.
-some nice interesting suburbs

Dislikes-
- North and West Philly are a shame.
- expensive public transportation
- Mayor Street
- stupid taxes that are hindering growth.
 
sushka
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Thu May 08, 2003 8:14 am

Provo UT, USA

Likes:
the airport and it's facilities
my flight school

Dislikes:
The mountains
People aren't that welcoming and friendly (must be because its a university town)  Confused
Too many trashy buildings (my house)  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Pershoyu Spravoyu Litaki!
 
KRIC777
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RE: Your Hometown: Likes And Dislikes

Thu May 08, 2003 9:43 am

Richmond, VA
(as a non-native, I notive the following)

LIKES
Laid back Southern attitude, people are nice
Loads of history (esp for a Civil War buff)
Plenty of culture for a city of it's size
"just-right" distance to Wash D.C. area attractions and Chesapeake Bay
traffic's non-existent compared to DC/LA/NY/Chgo etc.
James River
Housing is relatively affordable
Nice change of seasons without the blustery cold of the North
NASCAR/IRL races

DISLIKES
KRIC gets no heavy metal except the occasional FedEx A300 or cargo charter
Still gets too cold for me...below 50F, I'm ready to move to Brazil
Uptight northerners who move down here and then bitch that stuff isn't as big or as good as it is in NY or Boston  Smile
Lack of public transportation
Urban sprawl is ruining this burg
City Council is a bad joke that won't go away
God forbid you want a house with a garage and can't afford $450,000
Rebel flag bumper stickers ..never seen people so proud of having lost a war
It's NASCAR country...but I'm an F-1 fan  Sad






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