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Poll results: Would you move back to your hometown?

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  • Yes, in the drop of a hat

    4 8.33%
  • Maybe

    22 45.83%
  • Nope, not ever

    14 29.17%
  • Only if home town is somewhere in Canukistan

    1 2.08%
  • Why do you hate America? Move.

    2 4.17%
  • Other, explain below

    5 10.42%
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Thread: Back to my hometown

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    Cyburbian Richmond Jake's avatar
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    Back to my hometown

    Anybody ever want to go back to their hometown? I'm listening to this song by Joe Jackson about going back to his hometown.

    I wonder if it's still there.

    I wouldn't go back. Taxes would eat me up. California is not the place at this point. Plus, I really love Florida. And my hometown, Ft. Bragg CA, is dead.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    Cyburbian Zoning Goddess's avatar
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    I'd go back to my hometown in a heartbeat. Central FL, warmer weather, WDW, lakes, cute little towns, REAL MALLS and shopping areas, an actual city. Yep.

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    I like the idea of being closer to my family, then again there are many perks to living a bit further away...As a town, I'm not in love with my hometown.
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    Cyburbian Masswich's avatar
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    Do you mean your actual home town or your home metro region? I live in the same metro region that I grew up in, but not the same town. I can't really imagine moving back to the town I grew up in. Its just not my style. But the region, I love the region. It the hub of the universe - OK, maybe just the sports universe.

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    Every job I've had has been within 60 miles of "home." For a time I was Planning Manager for the city that was home to my college. I have a short list of places that I would move to if the opportunity presented itself, but I like it here.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

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    I'd move back to the small city in northern Michigan I grewup in, but I would have to have a good stable job/income where I could support my family and not be stretched (aka <$50,000/yr).

    I'd go back because my parents have retired back there, my Bro/SIL/nephew are there and it's on a Great Lake. Plus, I can get really nice housing for peanuts.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    I would go back. I live fairly close now, but the school system would be great for my kids to grow up in. I wouldn't make the drive currently though to my work. If I found something closer, I would consider it.
    Last edited by Hink; 22 Dec 2010 at 9:16 AM.
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    Quote Originally posted by Hink_Planner View post
    If I found something closer, I would consider it.
    There are two open City Manager positions this way.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    Quote Originally posted by mendelman View post
    There are two open City Manager positions this way.
    Yes, and I will pass. It is political enough around these parts Thanks though
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    The poll is invalid - it doesn't give an option for those of use who didn't grow up in a town (or a city, village, megalopolis, hamlet, etc...). The closest towns were 10 miles in either direction from my house and I don't consider either of them my hometown.
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    Cyburbian Planit's avatar
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    Potentially I could move back. I like the place alright and enjoy when we go back to visit mom. But I do remember the difference of living there when I was groing up and living they as a working professional. Those are two distinct types of living...
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    I said "maybe," but it would have to be for a pretty good reason. When I am home I feel just that, like I am home, not doing anything exciting. Even though what I might be doing here is not really always exciting, just that fact that I am off doing it is. Does that make any sense? It does to me, so I answered "maybe" because I never say never...

    EDIT: But I am going back for Christmas though! Moms still lives in the same house I grew up in, so that is nice [to visit]
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    I moved around alot as a kid, so it's hard to define my "hometown". If you mean the place where I was born, the no way. If you mean the place I lived the longest growing up, then I might consider it.
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    I currently live in the same town I have lived in since I was 9 years old. It is an outer northwest suburb of Chicago. I love it here and if I can find a job in the area and stay in this suburb or one of the surrounding ones, I would definitely do so.

    Regarding the town I lived in from birth until 9 years old, it is a closer-in northwest suburb of Chicago. I really don't know if I would move back there though. It was great growing up, but things have changed so much. Granted, a lot of improvements have been made in the area and they have really great schools, parks, restaurants, and much more shopping than when I was growing up, but the demographics have changed a lot and the cost of living has gone way up. I don't know if I could afford the Cook County taxes or the homes in the area. For housing, you can get a lot more bang for your buck in the outer fringe suburbs where I'm currently at than in the closer-in suburbs. I would definitely take a job working for that town in a heartbeat, and I might live in an apartment in the area for a little while, but then I would probably want to buy a house in a more affordable suburb in the collar counties.
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    Only if one or both of my parents were very sick and/or dying, I would come home to Chicago to take care of them. Not a big fan of cold weather though,but I would do what it takes.
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    I said maybe. But more so because of it's proximity to the Metro Detroit region than any particular love of my home city.
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    I doubt it I will go back to Sacramento. If my parents didn't move from San Francisco to Sacramento, then yea, i would go back to San Francisco, but they moved. Shame on them. . I lived in the valley, went to the coast, went back to the valley, and now officially have escaped the valley. end of story.
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    The little town I grew up in is actually nicer than when I lived there. My mom still lives in the same house. Between a new light rail system connecting it to the rest of the region and the revival (can you revive something that was never much of anything?) of its downtown core, the ol' town is doing very well.

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    I grew up in New Orleans and the Northlake (Covington area). Both are nothing like they were when I was a child and young adult. I would not want to go back. I don't think I could stand the weather, either.
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    N. F. W.

    None of my family or friends are there any more, but even if they were, I'd pass regardless of the job or salary.
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    Maybe. I left there in 2002 to move to South Carolina. Since then both of my parents have passed away and I don't have any other family there. I still have a lot of friends from high school that live in that area. If there was a good job opportunity or some other significant reason I would consider it. It was a great place to grow up and be a young adult, but my life is on the East Coast now and I foresee myself being here for the time being.
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    Maybe. I've grow quite fond of the little town in which I currently live and work, as well as the smaller (100,000+ population) cities nearby.

    To move back to Denver, I would have to have a GOOD job (so that I can afford to live there) and be close to a light rail commuting station. I cannot stand the traffic in Denver anymore.
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    I would do it in a second if Ohio wasn't so homophobic. All my family and friends are there. I would invest in downtown, open my own business, get a cute little house in my old favorite neighborhood, volunteer at a few organizations that I am fond of, plant a garden, and enjoy life. However, since raising a child there is too dangerous for my partner and I, we have no rights or benefits and the constitution has been amended to keep it that way, we will keep our tax dollars, education, and ability to invest in our community in a place that supports us.

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    Well....

    Quote Originally posted by TerraSapient View post
    I would do it in a second if Ohio wasn't so homophobic. All my family and friends are there. I would invest in downtown, open my own business, get a cute little house in my old favorite neighborhood, volunteer at a few organizations that I am fond of, plant a garden, and enjoy life. However, since raising a child there is too dangerous for my partner and I, we have no rights or benefits and the constitution has been amended to keep it that way, we will keep our tax dollars, education, and ability to invest in our community in a place that supports us.
    This is sad that you can't consider a whole state for relocation due to social intolerance If you ever find yourself in South Florida looking for a community that will welcome you and your business with open arms, check out Wilton Manors.

    http://www.wiltonmanors.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={F922DA12-E4C6-432A-A73B-D0C78779368D}

    It seems to me that every state is likely to have a "safe haven" for those seeking diversity (racial and social) friendly communities. This could be a good idea for a new thread to identify places in each state, even states that are openly hostile. I'm sure we could get down to the neighborhood level for large urban areas. It would be interesting to see where the qualifying communities might be located in places like Idaho, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, Kansas and above all Massachusetts.
    Last edited by The One; 22 Dec 2010 at 3:45 PM. Reason: expansion of idea
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