i grew up in NJ..it's not too bad.
northern VA is nice and we have a big Muslim community but the area is mad expensive. (where i live)
Some areas close by aren't as bad (Manassas, Chantilly)..
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Posted 06 March 2008 - 03:54 PM
I've not visited yet, but I hear NYC is very similar to London. People often get London burn-out, similiar to the feelings you're describing about feeling fed-up with living in NY. I understand where you're coming from - bad attitudes, high pollution, non-stop waves of people everywhere can take its toll on you. But that's part of city life.
Think of what you'll be giving up - hustle bustle (moving to a greener area can feel very isolated when you're used to the city), excitement (greener places are pretty to look at, but they tend to be quite boring after the novelty of the scenery has worn off), everything open 24-7 (living outside the city is not as convenient, things are often closed after a certain time).
I love city-life, but when I catch myself feeling the grey concrete slabs, and sour-faced unhelpful people more than the benefits of city-life, I try and get out of the city for a weekend or something, to somewhere pretty and peaceful to recharge my batteries. But after a day or two in the beautiful countryside... I start missing the city. Maybe, regular breaks out of New York to somewhere completely different, with green spaces and friendly people will be better for you, than completely uprooting and moving out to the styx.
Posted 06 March 2008 - 04:09 PM
see i don't understand this mentality. i grew up in the suburbs, which is neutral ground between rural and city life. i prefer more rural settings. when i do go into cities (and even here, around where i live in the dc metro area), i get really tired of seeing pavement, machinery, and people all day. if i don't see natural topography (that is, un-flattened) or greenery for several days at a time, i start feeling like i'm missing something.
i haven't been to too many big cities, but i have learned that chicago makes my eyes hurt (no trees) and manhattan is my personal hell; i can barely think straight with so many people around.
personally, i don't think the benefits of a city outweigh the costs (different strokes for different folks, granted).
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Posted 06 March 2008 - 04:51 PM
Posted 06 March 2008 - 11:58 PM
hahahahaha I competely agree....I dont get why NYC people cant fathom that their are places in america that are just as great or even greater
Posted 07 March 2008 - 12:14 AM
Well, like you say, different strokes. I grew up in the suburbs of an industrial town, and during my life I've lived in a variety of different settings, including a couple of very rural ones. And in each place and setting, there was something I hated about it, and something I loved about it, e.g. The scenery and clean air in rural areas just cannot be matched, but some (like myself at times) found the slow pace very monotonous and boring.
And you know, I understand that people might not like city life, but me, personally, I gotta say, I love it. There's always a buzz going on in the city, and if it gets too much you take a break from it and head for the hills for a couple of days. That way you get the best of both worlds!
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Posted 02 September 2011 - 04:50 PM
It helps to have family out in the boonies whenever you get sick of the city. Id rather live in NYC though. The only place I would feel comfortable in is the tri-state area or dubai once i build up my career a bit more.
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