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    New to Cyburbia from Charleston, WV

    My name is Brion and I operate a Vbulletin based site about Guinea Pigs. One of my interests is urban planning and sustainable living which really have no place on my site, so I have joined this one. I am pretty impressed with this community and have spent a little time browsing around. I always thought that people interested in urban planning, community design, economic development and etc were rare, but I see that there is a whole community here interested in those topics.

    Many of you likely know that the city I am from is one that had fallen into hard times in the 80's when the manufacturing sector began it's move overseas. Our economy was dominated by steel, metal fabrication, petrochemical and other related manufacturing for decades. Most of this was lost through the 80's and 90's before finally collapsing altogether after 2000.

    Suffice to say that the city of Charleston has been a hotbed of many of the latest urban planning trends since the early 80's (many failed, but things are looking up now). I think I may have a little to share and learn here after living in a "planning laboratory" for several years.

    I look forward to being part of this community and hope to be posting here often soon.

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    Welcome to cyburbia!

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    welcome
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    Welcome from a former Hurricane resident! We drove past Charleston yesterday; drove through Huntingdon on US 60.

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    Welcome from about three hours up I-79.

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    Welcome from NW Florida.
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    Welcome from SW Indiana, CDT
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    Welcome from central Florida!

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    Welcome, from NW Ohio.......and a little bit bigger town with the same issues as your's.....Toledo.

    Good to have you aboard.

    Now.....what pen do I go in to?

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    Thanks for the welcomes everyone.

    kms,

    I used to live in Hurricane. I know the area very will.

    biscuit,

    I know a little about the Pittsburgh area. It is one of the cities that the planners in Charleston are looking at as a model of urban community planning (loft conversions, pedestrian friendly streets and etc). I will speak of this more in other posts here.

    Bear up north,

    I used to live in Columbus, OH though that is considerably different from Toledo. Toledo, Dayton and Cleveland are all facing the same problems having been former rust belt cities just like Charleston. I will have to look around the forums for some of your posts to read up on your area and the ways in which it is dealing with the issues at hand.

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    Welcome from the Washington DC metro area
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    Quote Originally posted by Bear Up North
    Welcome, from NW Ohio.......and a little bit bigger town with the same issues as your's.....Toledo.

    Good to have you aboard.

    Now.....what pen do I go in to?

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    Hey....

    From SE Florida....

    Charleston is located in a great setting and I like the place a lot Its on my list of places to consider for lower cost living.....is this still true?
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    Welcome from far northwestern suburban Chicago!!
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    Welcome from Wichita, Kansas. I'm reading your threads on Charleston right now. Very interesting, I'll comment more about it on that thread.

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    Welcome to teh "Get a Life" clube. May I serve as your host?
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    Hello from Houston!
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    It is still a place of lower cost living compared to most cities. This fact coupled with the newly added amenities are beginning to draw a lot of people from the north. I guess as long as the city still has plenty of vacant housing, prices will stay down on homes. It is not unrealistic to expect to find a decent home in the $40,000 to $60,000 range in some parts of the city.

    Quote Originally posted by The One
    From SE Florida....

    Charleston is located in a great setting and I like the place a lot Its on my list of places to consider for lower cost living.....is this still true?

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    Hello from NE Florida.

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