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The best and worst about where you live. Where do you live? by geordiegirl on 20 May 2008 3:53pm
 
London.
The best - the mix of people, the huge sheer variety of everything. Good transport links. Good access to as many arts events as I want.

The worst - crowded, traffic-choked suburb. Delays in public transport caused by the above.
 
Re: The best and worst about where you live. Where do you live? by johnnythemonkey on 20 May 2008 6:41pm
 
Glasgow ( the nearest city to me )

The best- the people, the Victorian architecture and the beautiful parks.

The worst- traffic jams on the Kingston Bridge !
 
Re: The best and worst about where you live. Where do you live? by peripatetically on 21 May 2008 12:28am
 
Ellicott City, Maryland, USA, (12 miles due west of Baltimore and 30 miles almost due north of Washington, D.C.)

Best:
A beautiful and historic region not too far from Baltimore city (12 miles and close enough to the US capital, Washington, D.C.-30 miles) Both have an abundance of cultural sites and parks, museums, music and art galleries etc.

History is everywhere.
Baltimore is a city of tremendous diverse nationalites going back as far as the immigration during the early days of the country. Baltimore and it's surrounding region is basically a composite of neighborhoods, rather than a big crowded city where people have no identity of their own. Everybody is probably considered a neighbor around here and is usually pretty familiar with the places each person resides. We are large in area, but small in "city-type"character! lol

Many festivals sponsored by the various cultures are held every year in various venues around town. Food is superb and we are world renowned for our seafood. Our restaurants and our Little Italy neighborhood AND the seafood restaurants, in particular, are visited by famous celebs and other famous people when they visit. Each has their favorite places to eat and some say they can't wait to be served. We have a beautiful harbor and have avid sports fans of football(Am.) and baseball and collegiate and other national sports. We are located near lakes, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay, and we are a leading port on the east coast. Our proximity to beautiful lovely large ocean beaches is within 2 1/2 hours drive by auto and people flock there year round, sometimes, for only a day. But many own their own condos or homes, like my brother does, or rents hotel accommodations for the summer, the month or the week. We have many live musical concerts and a world renowned orchestra. It has become a favorite city for Hollywood in producing films. Our medical and other scholastic institutions are numerous and top many in the country. Johns Hopkins among them. We ahve medical centers all around town and so many universities and colleges that it is not hard to find one within perhaps 8-10 miles from anywhere you happen to live. We also have the US Naval Academy only 30 minutes away.

Being close to D.C. is a huge plus in that there are numerous and unequaled museums to visit and it's a beautiful place to see.

Our weather encompasses everything from hot and humid to bitter cold and it often difficult to predict accurately even with today's weather instruments and technology , all due to the mountains to the left, the bay to the east and the ocean.

We are nicknamed "America in Miniature" due to the variety of geography within our small state borders. We have a little bit of everything--- 4 seasons all of which can be gorgeous. We have farmland, mountains and winter and summer sports, beaches, the bays and hundreds of rivers and tributaries,parks and forests, the cities, the suburbs. You name it, we have it, I guess. People here are considered particularly friendly and down to earth.

There are also 3 major airports within driving distance--- 4 if you count Philadelphia, but people here don't usually give it a thought. The closest is 15 minutes away. Heaven!Also, we seldom have real gridlock on the roads. RUsh hours are heavy, but can't compare to Washington D.C. New York, or other major cites like L.A. Not unless there's a terrible accident. Also, our highway system and roads are considered one of the best in the US. (Our high taxes at work.)

The bad aspect is basically the weather during July and August when humidity and high temperatures make it nearly impossible to breathe and hard to enjoy the outdoors, unless of course, you head for the beaches! That's the good part so it counteracts the bad to some degree.

The other part is HIGH TAXES. OMG! One of the worst in the country.
 
Re: The best and worst about where you live. Where do you live? by mrsthing on 21 May 2008 12:35am
 
New Haven area of Connecticut, USA, best: four distinct seasons, the ocean, open space (i.e., no houses or sparsely settled), wildlife in my back yard, local farms for fresh produce, good schools.

Worst: People seem to think they have to be on the go constantly, and if you're not, they don't take you seriously. Most of the moms work full-time outside the house AND serve on the PTA AND have time for a fairly intense hobby or two, along with carting their kids all over the place. Traffic is an increasing problem, and there's not enough public transportation, and what we have is fairly unreliable. And there's a faction that wants to develop every square inch of "vacant" land, so there's a lot of long-term fighting going on between the developers and the tree-huggers.
 
Re: The best and worst about where you live. Where do you live? by peripatetically on 21 May 2008 12:42am
 
Oh yeah, the tree huggers and developers. Problem here as well, Judy.
 
Re: The best and worst about where you live. Where do you live? by johnnythemonkey on 21 May 2008 1:23am
 
Do Americans not do succinct ? :)
 
Re: The best and worst about where you live. Where do you live? by sighthound on 21 May 2008 2:28am
 
nope.
 
Re: The best and worst about where you live. Where do you live? by tucsonmike on 21 May 2008 4:24am
 
Tucson-
Best: Scenery, lack of winter, Mexican and Native American culture.
Worst: Traffic, property crime, education.
 
Re: The best and worst about where you live. Where do you live? by mrsthing on 21 May 2008 9:48pm
 
"Do Americans not do succinct ? :)"

Not when I've had two pots of coffee, I don't.
 
Re: The best and worst about where you live. Where do you live? by perfectbitch on 21 May 2008 10:45pm
 
Best bits - restaurants, theatre, 24 hour shops, multicultural, Victorian architecture, galleries, cinema, parks, congestion charge and carnival.

Worst bits - parking permits, crowded tubes, pollution, high council tax, summer heat and humidity, Oyster card, congestion charge and carnival.

You will notice that I have put congestion charge and carnival in both catagories. I will explain...

The congestion charge has improved air quality and local transport enormously but it is expensive if you forget to pay which I have done a couple of of times. 60 pounds fine is not easy to stomach.

Carnival is great if the weather is good and you are in the mood. The food is wonderful and the atmosphere is one of party, party, party. If you are not in the mood, it can be a nightmare. I cannot watch tv in my living room because of the many decibels on the street.

Notting Hill, London.

Linz
 
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