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It said in the article that they weeded out the cities below 50,000. Those are the cities that are the most attractive to me. Less traffic, less people, less congestion, and usually less crime. I like peace and quiet and the small town atmosphere.

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Art: It said in the article that they weeded out the cities below 50,000. Those are the cities that are the most attractive to me. Less traffic, less people, less congestion, and usually less crime. I like peace and quiet and the small town atmosphere."



depends on the city........if you are on an interstate...fine.....

if you are out in the boonies...way out...your community has to be self sufficient...but you'll probably not have the medical specialists you need and you might have to travel 40-150 miles to 'the big city' to get medical treatment.

Live in, say, Alpine, TX (pop 6000)....and it is 50 miles to the nearest Walmart or Home Depot.

Or live in the panhandle of TX, like Dalhart TX (pop 5000) and it is 150 miles to Amarillo......for a decent big hospital and specialists. Worse in MT and WY where you can be 300 miles away!

Lynchburg VA was nice (50K people) but it was 150 miles to civilization from there......and not much entertainment.....dull......and 10 years behind the times...although with the internet they are probably not so far behind any longer.


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"if you are out in the boonies...way out...your community has to be self sufficient...but you'll probably not have the medical specialists you need and you might have to travel 40-150 miles to 'the big city' to get medical treatment." - tele


I don't know, I like the boonies. I liked living in Union county, Tennessee. You've been there, you know what it's like. It's about ~ 20 miles into Knoxville, TN from where we lived. It was close enough to get in to shop and go to movies, hospital, etc. but far enough out that once we crossed Copper Ridge we were in the country.

I especially liked only having to pay $24/year to get my car tags renewed, and how easy it was to go to the courthouse in Maynardville and take care of business, like paying taxes, etc. You just park out front of the courthouse and walk in and they know you and you step up to the window and in just a couple of minutes you're finished. I have to wait in line here every year to renew my license tag.

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I don't know, I like the boonies. I liked living in Union county, Tennessee. You've been there, you know what it's like. It's about ~ 20 miles into Knoxville, TN from where we lived. It was close enough to get in to shop and go to movies, hospital, etc. but far enough out that once we crossed Copper Ridge we were in the country.


Heh. 20 miles from the center of L.A. is still L.A.

Count Upp
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YEah...it's 26 miles from downtown Dallas to my house..and you now have to go another 15 miles to get to 'country' here.....

There is no easy escape from the 'metroplex' which is expanding outward a mile a year in just about every direction.

Of course, in Union county..once you go over the ridge, if you can make it in the winter time (the last time I was there it was snowing like the blazes at the top of the ridge).......you are away from things......



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"Of course, in Union county..once you go over the ridge, if you can make it in the winter time (the last time I was there it was snowing like the blazes at the top of the ridge), you are away from things." - tele

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It snowed like hell back in East Tennessee. Most people wouldn't believe it because it was supposed to be "the South" but we had some big snows some years. I've got pictures of snow 18" to 24" deep. We were without power for 4 days one time. Downed trees had broken the power lines.

I couldn't get in to work which was a big mess for me because I was responsible for taking care of animals at UT. If people didn't make it in I was ultimately responsible. Used to drive me nuts.

We had some ice storms too where the roads and everything else were covered in ice. You couldn't even walk.

But don't get me wrong, I liked living in the country. No one messes with you and you can shoot your guns any damn time you want to. I like that.

Art
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Tele: <<Lynchburg VA was nice (50K people) but it was 150 miles to civilization from there......and not much entertainment.....dull......and 10 years behind the times...although with the internet they are probably not so far behind any longer. >>

Being from VA, I did not recognize that Lynchburg had a population of 50K. In fact, Lynchburg has not had a population below 54,000 since 1960.

See: www.lynchburgva.gov/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=430...
(This is a .pdf file)

Donna
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