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jtown,man Sep 11, 2019 11:19 AM

What cities have you lived in?
 
So, what cities have you lived in? What city did you like the best/least? I was reading through a thread recently and it seems where people have lived strongly influences how they view that city(obviously) and how they view other cities. So I thought it would be interesting to see where everyone has lived or lives as to understand how they view urbanity.


If there has been a thread like this before, please delete. If it belongs somewhere else, please move. Thanks!

SIGSEGV Sep 11, 2019 1:20 PM

Bucharest, Romania 0-5
Iowa City, IA 5-8
Ames, IA 8-9
Reno, NV 9-18 (one year was in Sparks, NV)
Stanford, CA 18-22
Cambridge, MA 22-27
Chicago, IL 27-


Chicago, Cambridge are the best but Cambridge was too expensive on a grad student stipend to live super well. Bucharest is nice too but obviously my impression of Bucharest is mostly from subsequent visits.

harryc Sep 11, 2019 1:20 PM

Waukegan
Chicago
Madison Wi
NYC
DC
Oak Park Ill.

Which is the best depends on the phase of life, at the moment it is Oak Park.

eschaton Sep 11, 2019 1:23 PM

Discounting the suburbs I had no choice in living in as a child, and college towns (which were not cities):

Detroit
Washington DC
New Haven, CT
Pittsburgh

The Chemist Sep 11, 2019 1:29 PM

Dublin 1981-1984
Calgary 1984-2007
Medicine Hat, AB June-December 2000
Shanghai 2007 - Present

cabasse Sep 11, 2019 1:42 PM

As a kid:
Pensacola/Tallahassee/Tampa/Orlando/Atlanta


As an adult:
Atlanta/Tallahassee/Detroit/Fort Worth

Doug Sep 11, 2019 1:50 PM

Edmonton: 1972
Seattle: 1972-1976
Lloydminster, AB: 1976-1977
Calgary: 1977-1981
Dallas: 1981-1984
Sylvan Lake, AB (part-time 1982-2001)
Calgary: 1984-1988
Toronto, London, ON: 1988-1990
Edmonton: 1990-1995
Vancouver: 1995-1996
Calgary: 1996-2001
Seattle: 2001-2004
Hong Kong: 2004-2007
Perth: 2007-2010
Seattle: 2010-2013
Calgary (part-time): 2010-2013
Perth: 2013-present
Singapore (part-time): 2015-present

LA21st Sep 11, 2019 1:52 PM

Reston, VA
San Antonio TX (Lackland AFB)
Chicago, IL (Albany Park/Gold Coast/Rogers Park)
Grover Beach, CA (few months)
Los Angeles, CA (Koreatown/North Hollywood/Van Nuys)

Los Angeles and Chicago the best, Reston, Grover Beach, and San Antonio last.

LouisianaRush Sep 11, 2019 1:52 PM

1. Small swamp town not on a map
2. Baton Rouge
3. New Orleans
4. Houston
5. Miami Beach
6. Fort Lauderdale
7. Washington DC
8. Baltimore (present)

I would move back to New Orleans in a heartbeat if the money was right. I would never move back to Texas or Florida. I'm happy I got to experience them, but they are not for me.

Steely Dan Sep 11, 2019 2:00 PM

since i've spent the vast majority of my life in chicagoland (with a college stint up in the twin cities), i'm gonna do all of the neighborhoods i've lived in. i'm also including streetviews of all the buildings i've called home because why not.



1976-1994 - Wilmette, IL (Chicagoland) - https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0697...7i13312!8i6656 (my childhood home, from birth until i left for college)

1994-1997 - St. Paul, MN (Macalester College) - https://www.google.com/maps/@44.9401...7i13312!8i6656 (my dorm from freshman/sophmore years, lived off campus later on)

1997-1999 - i moved back to my childhood home in Wilmette

1999-2001 - Chicago (Little Italy) - https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8714...7i16384!8i8192 (where i lived when i first joined SSP all those decades ago)

2001-2004 - Chicago (Lakeview) - https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9510...7i13312!8i6656

2004-2006 - Chicago (Lakeview) - https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9456...7i13312!8i6656

2006-2007 - Chicago (Rogers Park) - https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0007...7i16384!8i8192

2007-2011 - Chicago (River North) - https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8870...7i13312!8i6656 (the first home that i ever owned. a small studio condo on the 33rd floor, but it was all mine!)

2011-2014 - Chicago (West Loop) - https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8845...7i16384!8i8192

2014-2018 - Chicago (Edgewater) - https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9908...7i16384!8i8192

2018-present - Chicago (Lincoln Square) - https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9657...7i16384!8i8192 (not our exact 3-flat, but close enough to it to get the idea):



so while i haven't lived in many cities, i have lived in a pretty good variety of different chicago neighborhoods.

our plan is to now stay in Lincoln Square for the next couple decades as we raise our kids.

the urban politician Sep 11, 2019 2:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by doug (Post 8683945)
edmonton: 1972
seattle: 1972-1976
lloydminster, ab: 1976-1977
calgary: 1977-1981
dallas: 1981-1984
sylvan lake, ab (part-time 1982-2001)
calgary: 1984-1988
toronto, london, on: 1988-1990
edmonton: 1990-1995
vancouver: 1995-1996
calgary: 1996-2001
seattle: 2001-2004
hong kong: 2004-2007
perth: 2007-2010
seattle: 2010-2013
calgary (part-time): 2010-2013
perth: 2013-present
singapore (part-time): 2015-present

wow!

the urban politician Sep 11, 2019 2:06 PM

Battle Creek, MI
E. Lansing, MI
Albion, MI
Philadelphia, PA (Center City)
Nashville, TN
Chicago, IL (Hyde Park)
Washington, DC (Georgetown)
NYC--UWS (Manhattan)
NYC--Forest Hills (Queens)
Racine, WI
Libertyville, IL

sopas ej Sep 11, 2019 2:12 PM

Los Angeles, CA
Cerritos, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
South Pasadena, CA

dave8721 Sep 11, 2019 3:00 PM

Hampton, VA
Cheyenne, WY
Miami, FL
Boston, MA
Miami, FL

NYC too if 2.5 months counts.

dubu Sep 11, 2019 3:07 PM

i never got to live the city life, both these cities are very suburban. unless you live close in and then you have to pay a crazy amount.

portland or
bend or

Little A Sep 11, 2019 3:08 PM

Maquoketa, IA 1974–1988
Pearl City, IL 1988–1992
Davenport, IA 1992–1994
Beaverton, OR 1994–1995
Iowa City, IA 1995–1996 (after a failed stint in Fairbanks, AK)
Portland, OR 1996–1999
Carlsbad, CA 1999–2000
Forest Park, IL 2000
Chicago (Edgewater) 2000–2006
Lost Nation, IA 2006–2011
Rock Island, IL 2011–2012
Moline, IL 2012–2016
Davenport, IA 2016-Present

photoLith Sep 11, 2019 3:23 PM

Growing up my parents always had to live in the furthest flung suburb of whatever city we lived in because they associated cities with crime and icky brown people probably, not really sure. Maybe they just loved the boring ass suburban American dream. After college though I've lived in urban settings. Anyways...

-Chicago (St. Charles) 1987-1990
-Dallas (Plano) 1990-92
-Chicago (Batavia) 92-93
-Dallas (Plano) 93-97
-Houston (Kingwood) 97-06
-Nacogdoches, TX 06-07
-Beijing - part of 07
-Russellville, AR 07-2011
-Lafayette/New Orleans, LA 11-12
-Houston (downtown) 12-14
-Pittsburgh (Millvale) 14-16
-Pittsburgh (Oakland) 16-19
-Pittsburgh (Carnegie) 19-now

Id love to move to Philly, but there aren't any oil and gas jobs there, so Ill be stuck here in Pittsburgh until the drilling out in Ohio and WV dries up. Don't really ever want to go back to TX, but Id for sure move back to New Orleans
as drilling around there won't end anytime soon.

MonkeyRonin Sep 11, 2019 3:27 PM

Aside from a few months of "extended vacation" London I've always lived in Toronto. The first 24 years in the same house, and the years since split between just 2 apartments. I don't move much.

tdawg Sep 11, 2019 3:40 PM

Army brat here.
Kansas City, KS
Mt. Vernon, Virginia
Detroit, Michigan (Mt. Clemens to be exact)
Berlin, Germany
Detroit again (Selfridge Air National Guard Base)
Newport, Rhode Island
Davenport, Iowa
Rock Island, Illinois
Huntsville, Alabama
Orlando, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
New York City, NY

New York is probably my favorite but I also have a lot of fond memories of Berlin and Newport.

Buckeye Native 001 Sep 11, 2019 3:51 PM

Cincinnati, OH
Phoenix, AZ
Orange, CA
Flagstaff, AZ

jtown,man Sep 11, 2019 3:55 PM

Jesus, some of you get around!

For me(in order(although I've lived in some locations twice):

1. Jacksonville Florida
2. Zama City Japan
3. Minamirinkin Japan
4. Jonesboro Arkansas
5. San Antonio Texas
6. Trumann Arkansas
7. Austin Texas
8. Virginia Beach, Va
9. Norfolk, Va

So I have lived what is, in my opinion, some of the best urbanism in the world and also in a town of 7,000 people in the Arkansas Delta. This has given me a perspective of what life is like in vastly different areas. I hated living in Arkansas, from living in a rural area to suburban, I disliked almost all of it. But that experienced furthered to concrete my idea that living in an urban area is the best way for me to live. Living as a minority in Japan has helped me see their point of view. Living amongst mostly conservative people in Arkansas has shown me that being around people who agree with you politically doesn't always equate into happiness and on the flip side being surrounded by liberals isn't that bad.

Best place: Both cities in Japan

Worst place: Trumann, Ar

jtown,man Sep 11, 2019 3:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Steely Dan (Post 8683955)
since i've spent the vast majority of my life in chicagoland (with a college stint up in the twin cities), i'm gonna do all of the neighborhoods i've lived in. i'm also including streetviews of all the buildings i've called home because why not.



1976-1994 - Wilmette, IL (Chicagoland) - https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0697...7i13312!8i6656 (my childhood home, from birth until i left for college)

1994-1997 - St. Paul, MN (Macalester College) - https://www.google.com/maps/@44.9401...7i13312!8i6656 (my dorm from freshman/sophmore years, lived off campus later on)

1997-1999 - i moved back to my childhood home in Wilmette

1999-2001 - Chicago (Little Italy) - https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8714...7i16384!8i8192 (where i lived when i first joined SSP all those decades ago)

2001-2004 - Chicago (Lakeview) - https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9510...7i13312!8i6656

2004-2006 - Chicago (Lakeview) - https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9456...7i13312!8i6656

2006-2007 - Chicago (Rogers Park) - https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0007...7i16384!8i8192

2007-2011 - Chicago (River North) - https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8870...7i13312!8i6656 (the first home that i ever owned. a small studio condo on the 33rd floor, but it was all mine!)

2011-2014 - Chicago (West Loop) - https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8845...7i16384!8i8192

2014-2018 - Chicago (Edgewater) - https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9908...7i16384!8i8192

2018-present - Chicago (Lincoln Square) - https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9657...7i16384!8i8192 (not our exact 3-flat, but close enough to it to get the idea):



so while i haven't lived in many cities, i have lived in a pretty good variety of different chicago neighborhoods.

our plan is to now stay in Lincoln Square for the next couple decades as we raise our kids.

Sweet tour man. I know people value different things at different ages, but what neighborhood did/do you like the most?

iheartthed Sep 11, 2019 4:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tdawg (Post 8684103)
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Detroit again (Selfridge Air National Guard Base)

My father's former reserve unit moved to Selfridge in the early 2000s from Brodhead in Detroit.

MonkeyRonin Sep 11, 2019 4:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jtown,man (Post 8684123)
So I have lived what is, in my opinion, some of the best urbanism in the world


I know it's better than Toronto, but would you really call Jacksonville amongst the best in the world?

10023 Sep 11, 2019 4:05 PM

London
Seattle (Redmond)
Chicago (and Evanston)
Madison
New York
London again

jtown,man Sep 11, 2019 4:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MonkeyRonin (Post 8684132)
I know it's better than Toronto, but would you really call Jacksonville amongst the best in the world?

haha man I love the running joke. As I stated before, I credit Jacksonville's skyline for starting my love affair of skyscrapers. Of course I was like 5, so what the hell did I know about "nice" skylines, I just saw MODIS(or whatever it's called) and loved it lol

Steely Dan Sep 11, 2019 4:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jtown,man (Post 8684126)
Sweet tour man. I know people value different things at different ages, but what neighborhood did/do you like the most?

that's impossible to really answer.

each neighborhood provided what i wanted/needed at each life stage.

but if i had a gun to my head, since i'm happier now than i ever have been at any previous stage of life, i guess i'd say lincoln square is my favorite because we were lucky to get a wonderful home for our family in a wonderful family-friendly city neighborhood.

i also greatly appreciated the house/neighborhood i was raised in up in wilmette, but looking back upon it now, the north shore burbs of chicago are pretty damn "bubbly". very pleasant, but not terribly real.

i can say that rogers park was probably my least favorite, but that was more related to the fact that it was one of the low points in my life. also, i was like a 12 minute walk to the nearest el station, and with the exception of my college years up in the twin cities, i've never lived more than a 5 minute walk or so from an el station. being walkably close to rail transit has always been a kind of security blanket for me. it probably comes from growing up in wilmette a couple blcoks from the end of the line stop on the el's purple line. growing up, the purple line was like a lifeline to the magic of the city for me, and it must have gotten ingrained in my mind that one simply must always live close to an el stop to feel that connection to the magic of the city.

InlandEmpire Sep 11, 2019 4:35 PM

Evanston WY
Lewiston ID
Clarkston WA
Coeur d' Alene ID
Moscow ID
Portland OR
Seattle WA
Kirkland WA

....and a few months in Pittsburgh PA for work.

Tuckerman Sep 11, 2019 4:36 PM

Cities I have lived in (longest were Baltimore 20 years; Edinburgh 10 years; Atlanta 25 years)
1. Chicago
2. Detroit
3. Boston
4. Baltimore
5. Antwerp
6. Bochum (D)
7. Marburg (D)
8. Edinburgh (S)
9. Atlanta

Kingofthehill Sep 11, 2019 4:38 PM

Los Angeles 1991-2011
Buenos Aires 2011-2011
Washington, DC 2011-2012
Berlin 2012-2012
Los Angeles again 2012-2014
Oslo, Norway 2014-2018
Los Angeles 2018 -

ThatDarnSacramentan Sep 11, 2019 4:47 PM

Sacramento.
Portland.
Seattle.

What can I say, I'm a West Coast guy.

Six Corners Sep 11, 2019 5:51 PM

Omaha, NE (1985-2004)
Ames, IA (2004-2008)
Council Bluffs, IA (2009-2011) - a suburb of Omaha. I was required to live on the Iowa side of the metro as I worked for an Iowa state agency.
Villa Park, IL (2011-2014) - suburban Chicago. I had a job in the western burbs and didn’t want to commute having done so at my last job
Chicago, IL (Wicker Park) (2014-2016) - decided living in Chicago was more valuable than a short commute
Chicago, IL (Logan Square) (2016-2017)
St. Louis, MO (2017-present)

My favorite city by far was Chicago with Wicker Park edging out Logan Square slightly as my favorite neighborhood of the two I lived in. My least favorite was Council Bluffs but largely due to an unsatisfying job at the time. The job was 40 miles away in a small town and to keep some semblance of urban living in my life, I lived on the edge of the Omaha metro. The experience solidified how much I neither enjoy exurb or small town life.

MonkeyRonin Sep 11, 2019 6:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jtown,man (Post 8684138)
haha man I love the running joke. As I stated before, I credit Jacksonville's skyline for starting my love affair of skyscrapers. Of course I was like 5, so what the hell did I know about "nice" skylines, I just saw MODIS(or whatever it's called) and loved it lol


For all the jokes about Jacksonville's skyline, Modis is indeed a pretty darn cool tower.

https://img02.deviantart.net/4342/i/...to-d8i99v2.jpg
https://honecellpversilsx.ga/photoshop-cs6-13-1-3




Quote:

Originally Posted by Kingofthehill (Post 8684189)
Los Angeles 1991-2011
Buenos Aires 2011-2011
Washington, DC 2011-2012
Berlin 2012-2012
Los Angeles again 2012-2014
Oslo, Norway 2014-2018
Los Angeles 2018 -


Whoa, here's a face we haven't seen in a while! Does this mean a new LA thread is on the way? :runaway:

jd3189 Sep 11, 2019 7:19 PM

Childhood:

New York (mainly Queens and nearby Nassau County)

Miami ( mainly West Palm Beach in Palm Beach County, then Stuart in Martin County)

Atlanta ( Marietta and mainly Austell in nearby Cobb County)

New York again ( Flatbush, Brooklyn and surrounding neighborhoods)


Teenage/ College years:

Miami again ( West Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, and eventually Stuart again)

Chattanooga, Tennessee ( Collegedale, which was 20-30 minutes from Downtown and 2 hours from Atlanta)

Miami again (Stuart to live with family for half a gap year)


Med School/ Early Adult years:


Los Angeles ( Loma Linda in nearby San Bernardino County)


Except for NYC, I have only really lived in the metros around the principal city. The best urban experience was of course NYC, but I was too young to really experience it. Atlanta, LA, and Miami all have their strengths and weaknesses.

montréaliste Sep 11, 2019 10:22 PM

Montreal
Vancouver
Dublin, Ireland
Chambly, Quebec since last December.

jmecklenborg Sep 11, 2019 11:16 PM

Cincinnati, OH
Kansas City, MO
Knoxville, TN
Nashville, TN
Boston, MA
Athens, OH
Columbus, OH

I also worked in Paducah, KY, Mobile, AL, and New Orleans, LA for several months each.

Shawn Sep 12, 2019 1:19 AM

Boston - 6 years
Suburban Boston - 12 years
Amherst - 2 years
Tokyo - 18 years

Add up all the summers staying with my cousins and I’ve lived about 3 years in Roscommon, Ireland.

Add up all the extended stays for work and I’ve lived about 2 years in Singapore.

Jarrod Sep 12, 2019 2:32 AM

Prince Rupert, BC 1987-2003
Comox Valley, BC 2003-2005
Victoria, BC 2005-2007
Calgary, AB 2007
Comox, BC 2007-2008
Edmonton, AB 2008-

austlar1 Sep 12, 2019 2:53 AM

Fort Worth, 1946 (birth) to 1964
New Orleans, 1964 to 1969
New York, 1970- mid 1972
Fort Worth, 1972- spring 1973
Los Angeles, 1973- early1974
San Francisco, 1974-1980
Los Angeles, 1980-1985
Washington, DC, 1985-1994
Phoenix, 1994- early 1995 (too damn hot)
Atlanta, 1995-1996
Austin, 1996- present

giallo Sep 12, 2019 3:03 AM

In order:

Victoria, BC
Kelowna, BC
Calgary
Vancouver
Tainan, Taiwan
Shanghai
Seoul

GlassCity Sep 12, 2019 3:18 AM

After immigrating from Ukraine at age 5 I've lived in Vancouver all my life, aside from 2 years in Winnipeg for grad school.

I'm open-minded and try to be positive, so I enjoyed my time in Winnipeg. It was my first time leaving home, first time living in an urban neighbourhood, and first time experiencing real winter. Had a lot of fun there, but there's still a grain of truth to its negative reputation as drab. Ultimately it just made me appreciate Vancouver much much more. Never realized how good it is here until I experienced something else.

urban_encounter Sep 12, 2019 3:24 AM

Karlsruhe Germany
Mannheim Germany
San Antonio (twice)
Chicago’s -Edgewater (twice)
Seattle -North Beacon Hill
San Luis Obispo
Sacramento

SFBruin Sep 12, 2019 9:24 AM

San Francisco
Los Angeles
Chicago

Inkdaub Sep 12, 2019 10:12 AM

Albuquerque
Phoenix
Los Angeles
Seattle
Portland
Pittsburgh
New York

ATXboom Sep 12, 2019 10:55 AM

Toledo, OH
Columbus, OH
Lexington, KY
Dallas, TX
Austin, TX
Miami, FL
Austin, TX

niwell Sep 12, 2019 1:07 PM

Calgary, AB: birth - 2001
Ottawa, ON: 2001 - 2007
Iqaluit, NU: 2005 (for 8 months)
Toronto, ON: 2007 - present
Johannesburg, GP: 2019 (for 4 months)

JManc Sep 12, 2019 2:11 PM

Utica NY: birth - 1978
Plattsburgh NY: 1978-1979
Utica NY: 1979-1981
Houston TX: 1981-1989
Marcy NY: 1989-1997
Houston TX: 1997-2014
Peterborough NH: 2014
Houston TX: 2014 - present

skysoar Sep 12, 2019 2:39 PM

Akron Pittsburgh Detroit L.A Chicago

Dariusb Sep 12, 2019 7:22 PM

I've lived in several cities but leaving out some out some because they're small. The biggest Little Rock, Los Angeles and Houston. I liked my experience in Houston more.

Investing In Chicago Sep 12, 2019 7:41 PM

New York City
-Washington Heights: 18yrs
-TriBeCa: 2yr
-West Village: 5yrs

Ann Arbor, Michigan: 3.5 yrs (School)
-London - 6 months (Study Abroad)

Chicago:
-Old Town: 1yr
-Lakeview: 5yrs


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