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Posted: 12/18/2009 3:39:49 PM EDT
I have spent the majority of my life between city living and suburban living.  11 years in middle class neighborhoods of Chicago, 12 in the suburbs.



I spent six weeks in semi-rural(about 10 minute drive to 2 medium sized towns)Indiana and thought it was great.



Then I went to Minneapolis for a vacation and thought "This isn't so bad, living in a free state with a nice city with lots to do."





What say you?


Link Posted: 12/18/2009 3:43:42 PM EDT
Rural, about 60 - 90 minutes west of Austin or San Antonio would be great.  Why?  I love the Texas Hill Country.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 3:44:19 PM EDT
Rural.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 3:46:56 PM EDT
I've lived in rural areas for most of my life with the exception of the last 4 years in the suburbs.  I see every day of putting up with traffic, no privacy and no yard as incentive to save so i can buy land and return to where i belong, out in the country with some land.

Rural all the way
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 3:47:23 PM EDT
Rural - Because I hate people.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 3:47:25 PM EDT
Rural , I like being able to piss anywhere I damned well please
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 3:50:18 PM EDT
Grew up in an urban setting, lived 15 years in the city after I graduated college, now I'm in a rural setting. The last place is by far the best...no rat race.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 3:50:32 PM EDT
I've lived rural most of my life and that's the way it will stay. I would NEVER live in suburbia. Suburbia is the worst of both worlds.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 3:52:54 PM EDT
rural, because i've done all three and there's no contest. i also hate people and like the pissin thing
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 3:53:19 PM EDT
New York City.  Nothing beats living in Manhattan.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 3:53:51 PM EDT
I have this fantasy about living in the sticks, but I never have.



I'm not too big on "doing stuff," so there's not much allure to the city.



I'm fine with the suburbs, but I might like something different.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 3:55:28 PM EDT
Condo downtown; modest house on 50+ acres a little further out.

Get both is always the right answer
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 3:55:30 PM EDT
Semi-rural.  I want a large amount of land and little snooping from the man, but I like going out to eat, convenient shopping, etc.  The problem with semi-rural here is that it is now nearly suburban.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 3:56:14 PM EDT



Originally Posted By c0t0d0s0:


Rural - Because I hate people.


This.  



 
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 3:56:14 PM EDT
Rural. The less people the better.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 3:56:39 PM EDT



Originally Posted By BustinCaps:


Semi-rural.  I want a large amount of land and little snooping from the man, but I like going out to eat, convenient shopping, etc.  The problem with semi-rural here is that it is now nearly suburban.


+1. On the edge of suburbia.



 
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 3:56:58 PM EDT
In Manhatten they piss wherever they want to. That place smells worse than a truck stop restroom
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 3:57:26 PM EDT
I prefer rural, and I have lived in all three areas. From Manhattan to farmville Midwest.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 3:57:38 PM EDT
Originally Posted By c0t0d0s0:
Rural - Because I hate people.


+1
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 3:57:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/18/2009 4:01:32 PM EDT by JarheadPatriot]
I did the city life. I am currently doing the suburban life. And I am already looking for rural property. I hatestrongly dislike most people that I don't know too well, and don't trust anyone. Me and mine are best left alone.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 3:59:55 PM EDT
I live in the burbs of a small town which is about as far away from rural as I'm willing to go. I'd love to live further out but I already commute an hour. The most rural place I've ever seen that I'd like to live some day is Pennsylvania, Idaho or Montanna but till then I have to live where the work is.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 3:59:56 PM EDT
Rural, as long as it is only 30-40 miles from a good funshow.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:00:18 PM EDT
Originally Posted By thegoodlife:
In Manhatten they piss wherever they want to. That place smells worse than a truck stop restroom


Yeah,  I didnt consider that.....

I like to be able to piss wherever I want and shoot out the bathroom window.........


Oh wait, Hmmmmmmm............. Maybe manhattan isn't so bad
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:02:10 PM EDT



Originally Posted By Phil_A_Steen:


New York City.  Nothing beats living in Manhattan.


Correct me if I'm wrong, but can you even own firearms of any kind in Manhattan?



 
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:02:35 PM EDT
I have to live in a rural environment.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:03:58 PM EDT
Who doesn't have the choice?



Rural for me.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:04:08 PM EDT



Originally Posted By BustinCaps:


Semi-rural.  I want a large amount of land and little snooping from the man, but I like going out to eat, convenient shopping, etc.  The problem with semi-rural here is that it is now nearly suburban.


That's the thing with Valparaiso, Indiana.  In areas like where near I worked, lots of little subdivisions are popping up.  People from Chicago are discovering the good life and moving there.  One of my coworkers from this summer lives in a such subdivision, and everyone has an acre, and she even went shooting at a friend's house that was in a subdivision.



 
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:04:47 PM EDT
I think it depends upon what all is going on in your life at the time. I grew up rural and I hated it. I sometimes miss it, but whenever I go back I  quickly remember how much it sucked. My family had a farm and raised cattle. I grew up in the Texas panhandle, so that may have something to do with it. As a kid, it kills your social life. It can be downright lonely sometimes. People romanticize it, but you spend your whole life driving or working around the place. IMO, rural isn't 5 or 10 acres of land near a town. YMMV.

I live in the city now and pretty much like it. 15 minutes to work, grocery store nearby. If I'm in the middle of a project and run out of something, Home Depot is nearby, that kind of thing.

I think the best of both worlds would be to live in the city during the week and have a country place to go to on the weekends.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:05:56 PM EDT
I grew up in a suburban, small town/city atmosphere my whole life. Then I move into South Florida which is basically a huge metropolis. As I've gotten older I've discovered more and more I have a desire to move away from annoying people and to live out where I have lots of land and no neighbors. My first apartment was in the city, I'll never do that again. Then I moved to a semi-rural area with 1 acre lots and dirt roads. At the time I thought it was great and I was really happy. Then I quickly figured out I had scumbag neighbors that I can't tolerate anymore. 1 acre is just not enough land and privacy.



I desperately want to move out to where I have tons of land and piece and quiet but unfortunately all my family is now basically moving where I am and now I'm sort of stuck here. Its a shame as I have the financial means and the job to where I could live anywhere..



One day I'll get out there...
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:06:07 PM EDT
MN Has a decent carry law, but the permit is pricey.  Also you need to get about 2 hours away from Minneapolis to be able to spread your arms without elbowing someone.

North of hwy 10 you can hunt with a rifle.  No mag size limits and semi-auto is ok.  .22 centerfire and up OK for both rifles and pistols.

AR's are treated like handguns for purchasing.  Other than that our gun laws are awesome compared to that nazi hellhole you live in.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:07:44 PM EDT
I would be happy in semi-rural, but not out in nowhere.

But for me, I need to be somewhere with good schools close to intellectually stimulating areas for my daughter. We have plenty of that here (close to SF and Berkeley), so this is a good fit for us now.

Personally, I could visit SF or Berkeley once a year and have my fill (I spent plenty of time in both cities in my 20's and 30's), but there is no question that these cities have a lot to offer WRT music, art, poetry, literture, etc.

Now that our daughter is 8 and able to grasp the arts to some extent, I plan to expose her in a big way starting next year.

Where else could she get exposed to such things? Not in bumfuck, that's for sure.

When she's out of school, I hope to be out of here.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:10:24 PM EDT
I grew up in a town of 8000 and 20 yrs ago moved to a town of about 5000. Now that town has about 8000 people. I've always lived in town but many of you would still call it rural living. But whatever, I like it.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:11:16 PM EDT
Suburbs.

Usually close to the city, but also close to open land/rural areas. So when you feel like it, you can go to the city or some open land.

If not, then rural.

Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:11:39 PM EDT
Rural, 30+ minutes from town.  I moved out to 18.5 acres about 7 miles outside of Glen Rose, Texas and I LOVE It.  I'm a good ways from a city of any substantial size.  I won't go back to the city.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:13:25 PM EDT



Originally Posted By the_great_snag:


MN Has a decent carry law, but the permit is pricey.  Also you need to get about 2 hours away from Minneapolis to be able to spread your arms without elbowing someone.



North of hwy 10 you can hunt with a rifle.  No mag size limits and semi-auto is ok.  .22 centerfire and up OK for both rifles and pistols.



AR's are treated like handguns for purchasing.  Other than that our gun laws are awesome compared to that nazi hellhole you live in.


Here's the thing:



I LOVE Minneapolis.  Lots to do, you can get around easily enough.  



The suburbs seem pretty interesting too...I have a friend of mine that just moved from St. Paul to Mendota Heights to have a nice house.



Rural would be nice too but it's a 10-15 minute drive to get to any town nearby to get food or whatever, at least in Indiana.



 
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:13:35 PM EDT
Rural.

The city is a cage.
A dirty, shallow cage.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:14:19 PM EDT



Originally Posted By mattja:


I would be happy in semi-rural, but not out in nowhere.





Yeah I couldn't do the 10x12 cabin in the middle of nowhere like the Unabomber did.  I'd go apeshit.





 
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:15:56 PM EDT
Rural... because I want to like people, and for the most part I've encountered far fewer douchebags in rural areas than in urban areas.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:17:59 PM EDT
Rural.  I like quiet.


Jane
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:19:22 PM EDT
Just came in from tossing some extra straw in with my hogs as the blizzard gets started.

So what do you think I'd pick?
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:20:00 PM EDT



Originally Posted By Dave15:


Just came in from tossing some extra straw in with my hogs as the blizzard gets started.



So what do you think I'd pick?


Rural





 
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:20:34 PM EDT
City
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:20:54 PM EDT



Originally Posted By Deej86:





Originally Posted By Phil_A_Steen:

New York City.  Nothing beats living in Manhattan.


Correct me if I'm wrong, but can you even own firearms of any kind in Manhattan?

 
You can own anything in Manhattan.
Just don't get caught.





 
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:22:26 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Deej86:

Originally Posted By the_great_snag:
MN Has a decent carry law, but the permit is pricey.  Also you need to get about 2 hours away from Minneapolis to be able to spread your arms without elbowing someone.

North of hwy 10 you can hunt with a rifle.  No mag size limits and semi-auto is ok.  .22 centerfire and up OK for both rifles and pistols.

AR's are treated like handguns for purchasing.  Other than that our gun laws are awesome compared to that nazi hellhole you live in.

Here's the thing:

I LOVE Minneapolis.  Lots to do, you can get around easily enough.  

The suburbs seem pretty interesting too...I have a friend of mine that just moved from St. Paul to Mendota Heights to have a nice house.

Rural would be nice too but it's a 10-15 minute drive to get to any town nearby to get food or whatever, at least in Indiana.
 


If you can stand the traffic the Twin Cities are pretty awesome, but it takes me about 2 rubbernecker traffic jams before I wanna snap!  Being from Hellinois this would probably not faze you.  For me it's a deal breaker.  

I lived there once in college while I was doing a summer job in Anoka.  I timed it one evening and it took me over an hour to drive 5 miles and get a pack of smokes.  I packed my shit and moved back north!

At least now the twin towns are subject to the same gun laws as the rest of the state so you can CCW it isn't so bad.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:22:59 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Deej86:

Originally Posted By mattja:
I would be happy in semi-rural, but not out in nowhere.


Yeah I couldn't do the 10x12 cabin in the middle of nowhere like the Unabomber did.  I'd go apeshit.

 


Sounds like heaven to me, but I"m not as sociable as old Ted...
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:23:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/18/2009 4:23:51 PM EDT by kap_x]
Far enough to have a big plot of land on which I can do fuckall; close enough that it doesn't require a 3-day pack to buy groceries and still has amenities (fast internet, etc.)


 
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:25:17 PM EDT



Originally Posted By the_great_snag:



Originally Posted By Deej86:




Originally Posted By the_great_snag:

MN Has a decent carry law, but the permit is pricey.  Also you need to get about 2 hours away from Minneapolis to be able to spread your arms without elbowing someone.



North of hwy 10 you can hunt with a rifle.  No mag size limits and semi-auto is ok.  .22 centerfire and up OK for both rifles and pistols.



AR's are treated like handguns for purchasing.  Other than that our gun laws are awesome compared to that nazi hellhole you live in.


Here's the thing:



I LOVE Minneapolis.  Lots to do, you can get around easily enough.  



The suburbs seem pretty interesting too...I have a friend of mine that just moved from St. Paul to Mendota Heights to have a nice house.



Rural would be nice too but it's a 10-15 minute drive to get to any town nearby to get food or whatever, at least in Indiana.

 




If you can stand the traffic the Twin Cities are pretty awesome, but it takes me about 2 rubbernecker traffic jams before I wanna snap!  Being from Hellinois this would probably not faze you.  For me it's a deal breaker.  



I lived there once in college while I was doing a summer job in Anoka.  I timed it one evening and it took me over an hour to drive 5 miles and get a pack of smokes.  I packed my shit and moved back north!



At least now the twin towns are subject to the same gun laws as the rest of the state so you can CCW it isn't so bad.


I'm used to traffic, weather, stuff like that.  I don't commute on the expressway every day but traffic is frustrating but not a deal breaker.



 
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:26:16 PM EDT
If I live a mile from the downtown of a "City" of 12,000.... what am I?



Whatever it is, that's what I like.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:30:54 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:34:48 PM EDT



Originally Posted By kap_x:


Far enough to have a big plot of land on which I can do fuckall; close enough that it doesn't require a 3-day pack to buy groceries and still has amenities (fast internet, etc.)  


Both my uncles have that about 40 minutes south of Chicago.  I don't think they have fast internets though.



 
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 4:34:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/18/2009 4:36:41 PM EDT by Isenhelm]
RURAL

Because you can be more self sufficient if not completely.
Privacy and all that it includes in the rural setting, peace and quiet unless its you who decides to make the noise.
Shooting on my own property, no rules, no fees, no unwanted other shooters.
Land is more important to me than the housing structure, the house can be enlarged fairly easily, the yard cannot.

The city doesnt have much to offer really, more expensive, more restrictive, more shit to deal with. You can buy everything on line these days and have it delivered or whatever else you need from the city, a nice restaurant or whatever you can just drive in to get and leave when you are done.

I have spent plenty of time in the cities and after getting out.. its hard to go back.
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