What's so great about where you live?

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@CanadaGal (4304)
Canada
April 5, 2008 8:52am CST
Do you live in a city? A small town? In the country? Do you have a public transit system? Do you have to drive everywhere? Do you have government offices in town? Do you live walking distance to grocery shops? Do you live within walking distance to schools? Are you in or near a college or university? Are there any major tourist attractions in town? What are they? Do you live near any major cities that people have heard of worldwide? Do you really like where you live now, or would you like to move somewhere else? I live in London, Ontario, Canada. It's a medium sized city, with approximately 331,000 people. We are a college and university town with Fanshawe College and the University of Western Ontario. We have everything you could need here in town, so there is no need to drive to other cities for various services. Toronto is about 1 1/2 to 2 hours drive east along the 401 highway. London has Storybook Gardens, the Western Fair each fall, the John Labatt Centre (our major concert venue showing the biggest and best acts that the major cities get), the home of Labatt's beer, etc. We are the city where Johnny Cash proposed to June on stage too. We have our own OHL (Ontario Hockey League) team, the London Knights, and 4 hospitals. We have a public transit system that pales in comparison to the TTC in Toronto, but so do all other transit systems. lol. I love it here in London, and can't picture living anywhere else. It's a great place to raise my boys, and I'm amazed that I've been here for 10 years now, come May 2nd, 2008. So tell me... what's so great about where you live?
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26 responses
• Canada
6 Apr 08
Thanks! Canadagal for sharing information about your city, I am really impressed to know so much about your city. I live in India and Hyderabad City, It is real old city where Moghal kings and Nawabs have ruled the city for many years. We have Old fort, and other historical monuments, city has largest single man collected museum " salar jung museum", we have zoo, we have old palaces which are converted and given on lease to 5 star hotels. we have big green field airport, we are emerging very fast in Computers and all the multinational IT giants have offices. We are very famous for Biryani i.e dish made of rice mixed with beef or chicken and lots of spices, we have special irani tea shops in every corner. In ramazan Month we made a special dish named " Harees" which is made of beef , wheat, spices and lots of dry fruit and this dish is made only in Hyderabad not in other part of country. We have Hindi as national language, in Andhra pradesh people speak telugu which is real sweet language, In Hyderabad people speak English, Hindi, Telugu and Urdu. I forget ... we have many universities and colleges and we have International business school. Much more to express, even if i try to discribe India we can write so much. Hope to write much more sometimes ....
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@MGjhaud (20866)
• Philippines
6 Apr 08
I live in an apartment. It's a 4-storey building and I'm occupying one of the rooms in the second floor. There's not muc to see from there except of the building around. The building is located beside the street so I could hear the vehicles passing by sometimes. That sometimes are the great things about my apartment. It could divert my boredom. Hahahaha.. Anyway, from within, what I like very much is the shower. The best place in my apartment (except from my computer chair) is the shower. Though it's a little small but i like it still.
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• China
6 Apr 08
I live in Beijing now!It's the capital of China!It's also the Olympics host City!There are so many edifics here,I have a wonderful public transit system,I can drive to ererywhere.There are many famous colleges and yniversities!I really love here!Welcome to Beijing!
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
6 Apr 08
The place I live in is a combination of what a city could offer and the beauty of town/country/province, we get the latest from what the city has to offer on stuffs and technology while we get to experience the surroundings of a country-style living and it's ambiance. We do have almost everything to consider the place we live in as a community, we have government offices and other public establishments. We even have those community stores, where we don't have to take a 30 minute on the market just to buy some food stocks. I'm not sure of the number of our population here, since there are some places that are rapidly developing here and with rice fields are being developed and turned into low-cost housing areas and subdivisions. This place is what I believe is the closest province to the city, it only takes about 45 to 1 hour drive to our country's capital (Manila) and another 45 to 1 hour drive if ever we want to go to the countryside and relax for a moment. I have lived and stayed here for almost all my life, I don't have any reasons to live this place because I'm also at eased and used of walking around here..
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
6 Apr 08
i live in one of the suburb in melbourne called epping... i like it here as i live in a quiet and friendly neighbourhood... we have a college here which is only take about 5 minutes walk from my house... bus station is also 5 minutes walk and train station is about 10 minutes walk from my house... so it is great... we have basically everything here... a large shopping centre, post office, hardware store, cash converter, etc... so i don't actually have to drive to the city if i need anything which is fantastic... if i have to go to the city, it only takes about 30 minutes driving depending on the traffic... i love living here as this is a multi-cultural country and there are always interesting events happening here... like australian open, moomba festival, F1 etc... i don't think i will be moving to anywhere else for a long long time...
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@lishiwei (1553)
• China
6 Apr 08
My hone town is a small country where is very beautiful and I live there for 18 years.Now,I study in a college of a big city.It's also very beautiful and I love it very much.There are so many interests that I can go there by bicycle.Like Longmen Grottoes one of the World Cutural Heritage.
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• United States
5 Apr 08
I live in a small town in PA (mostly rural communities) that is known for a few major floods and the worlds steepest vehicular incline plane. WOO HOO! We have a campus of the university of Pittsburgh here but that is about it. My kids school is half a mile away and I am 9 miles driving distance from anywhere in this town worth going, shopping, clubs, doctors, etc. I like it here. I lived about a half an hour from Baltimore Maryland for 6 years and it was insane. I don't like a lot of people and my neighbors there were literally a wall away. I could cut my lawn with a pair of fingernail clippers and good luck finding parking anywhere near your town home. If I had my choice I would live out in the middle of nowhere on 10-15 acres and own a stable full of horses and an old style victorian house. But this is as close as I am getting to peace and solitude anytime before retirement.
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@bronie123 (4589)
• United States
5 Apr 08
Your area sound very nice :) I live in USA in the state of South Carolina also in the country area of the state in my little area the population is only about 6000 people (very small) I enjoy it very much though we have a lot of land where in the summer we ride 4 wheelers and things with friends its nice I drive 30 mins to my job everyday which really doesnt bother me at all The only thing we have here in my little area is a gas station and 2 hair cutting shops The nearest town is about 15 mins away where there is like 3 grocery stores and other stores
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@skinnychick (6907)
• United States
5 Apr 08
I live in a suburb about 40 miles northwest of Chicago. We have trains that take us into the city. It also isn't a bad drive depending on the traffic to downtown Chicago which is a bustling city filled with everything you could ever imagine. We have amazing food, museums, art galleries, theater, dance, food, bars- just about anything you can think of. In the summer, downtown Chicago turns into a tourist nightmare but we are still pretty nice to out of towners. I love living so close to such a huge Metropolitan City. I couldn't tell you how many hospitals and universities, I can tell you they are scattered everywhere. My neck of the woods is an upper middle class area but still some would consider it a big town. We have alot of shopping and entertainment. It is a family oriented suburb...basically a really boring place compared to Chicago.
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• United States
6 Apr 08
In one word, nothing!!! I can't stand it here, and as soon as I get the money I am leaving with my kids on the first thing smoking!!! I live in Cincinnati, one of the five major cities in Ohio. Its a great place to visit, but trust me, you don't want to live here. Cincinnati has heavily populated areas, and rural areas as well, its a large city. We have public transportation, but it doesn't go everywhere within the city. As far as Government offices, we have the Federal Building, and two courthouses downtown, one for juvenile matters, and one for adults. We also have three jails, one for all adults, one for males, and one for juveniles. Most places in Cincinnati you are not too far from a corner store, where you can get some odds and ends to last you until the next time you go grocery shopping. There is a grocery store within walking distance of my house, but the prices are so high there, I would rather just wait until someone comes home to take me to the other grocery store, where prices are reasonable, at least in this day and age where gas prices are so high. We are just outside of walking range for my son's elementary school. Even the public schools are spaced out a little. That coupled with the fact that my son has special needs, he gets a bus from the front door to school and back. I personally am not near any major university, but we have two major schools here. The University of Cincinnati, and Xavier University. We also have a slew of community colleges around, so education here is not hard to come by as far as locations. We have several major tourist attractions in Cincinnati. In our downtown area we have Fountain Square, Carew Tower; from the top of which you can see all of the basin of Cincinnati, and a good distance into Kentucky as well. We also have the Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Serpentine Wall/Sawyer Point; which is a large park that lines about four miles of the Ohio River, The Great American Ballpark, where the Reds lose most of the time, and Paul Brown Stadium, where the Bengals lose damn near all the time. Outside of Downtown, we have the Cincinnati Zoo, and Kings Island Amusement Park, neither of which I have visited since I was a teenager. I live in a city that has been heard of worldwide. In the Summer of 2001, there was a shooting of an African-American man by police. They thought he was a perpetrator of a crime, but it turns out he was innocent. After this there was a riot where people broke into businesses and stole things, and were fighting in the streets. This gained worldwide attention, as there were several news trucks that I had never seen before. I have never liked living here, and the riots were one reason why. Not because of the way people reacted, because the police here had been acting in such a manner for a long time. But when these people rose up, they destroyed many of the stores that we patronize. It didn't make sense to me that they messed up what little we have here. This whole state is too conservative, there are many music artists that won't patronize our city, because city council wouldn't have it. Most of the city is white catholics, so we don't get a lot of things done, because their views are so narrow when they vote. I really want to move to Atlanta, but I am scared because of the cost of living, and I would be so far from my family. So really I don't believe there is too much that is great about our city, and as soon as I get up the money, and the courage, I'm leaving!!!
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• United States
23 Apr 08
Even though I live in the worst city, thanks for the best response!!!
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@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
24 Apr 08
lmao.. I figured you needed to get something good out of that. ;)
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@eagle_f15 (2054)
• Malaysia
9 May 08
I love where I am staying right now a suburb which is not full of traffic noise/ traffic jam, has alot of greens and because my apartment is 8 minutes away from the beach and my unit is on the 9th floor, sea breeze can be felt when it's windy when walking along the corridors. It's not far to go to town as there are two roads heading to town. One is a straight road with at least 20 traffic lights and the other is a winding road with no traffic lights but really gotta be careful because there are crazy motorists who overtake and during heavy rain it's not advisable to use. There's a bank, bus stop, post office and market nearby. All within walking distance. I am very happy and contented with the area where I am staying now.
@zweeb82 (5713)
• Malaysia
10 May 08
You man couldn't agree with you more!~It's our safe haven
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
9 Apr 08
That's a lot of questions! I live in a small town between barrie and toronto. We have almost everything we need here.. no walmart though pity!!I have heard they are in the process of plotting and planning to build one though, so that'll be awesome! I am only 45 mins from toronto and pretty close to canada's wonderland and do you believe i STILL have not been there yet ? lol. silly me. I started having kids shortly after i moved here and we dont drive. I wish i would have went prior to having kids. I dont think i'll have the balls to get on most of those rides now! *giggles* i'm not as brave as i used to be!
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@whiteheron (4223)
• United States
8 Apr 08
I live in a the City of Orange that is in the County of Orange, California. Marketers call it a city with appeal. Grins. My City boasts of a traffic circle which the downtown preservation agency calls affectionately "The Plaza" and a downtown district which includes very old homes which are beautiful to look at, a lot of antique shops, some good restaurants and coffee houses, an old gas station converted into a flower shop, and a very small ancient barbershop that is still being used today. There is also Chapman University in the area and that campus is, I think, beautiful. There is also a place that a lot of people do not know about, formerly the campus of Marywood High School, the school I graduated from, that has nice vistas and a beautiful stained glass windows in its tiny chapel. There is also, of course, a mall with a lot of department stores. This mall feels more informal than the Mainplace Mall in nearby Santa Ana. There are a lot of little stores and shops, a hospital, a church, etc. all within walking distance from my apartment. A little to the North, there is Anaheim, the original first home of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and others at Disneyland. If you are able to get on the 2nd floor of buildings or are lucky enough to go places where there is an unobstructed view of the skyline at night around 9 or 10 at night you might be lucky enough to see a part of this amusement park's fantastic fireworks show. I like it here but cannot say that the transportation system in California as a whole is that good. We are a large and sprawled out State. Most people drive their own cars and it is not uncommon for the traffic to be so bad in Southern Calfornia on the freeways that a trip of 30 miles or less could last an hour or more. There are railways but most people find them inconvenient unless they are travelling long distances and have someone to pick them up at the other end of the journey. Bus transportation seems to be used mostly by the poor, elderly and conservationists and bikes and skateboards seem reserved mostly for the young but there are some exceptions. I was born in this City, grew up in a nearby area of North Tustin and returned to Orange to live in 1989. I like the City and people who come in from Los Angeles are thrilled to visit it because it is much less congested and much more clean than their large sprawling city.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
8 Apr 08
I think that once we discussed the fact that if not for the kids I would love to be there in London, ONtario. But that is, of course, a very personal preference since TOronto is a very nice place to live for most people. WE have everything in here, and most everything is actually close by. Schools are in walking distance, both elementary, junior high and high school. SIde by side I had the choice for Public or Catholic schools for my kids.UFT and York University are close by as well. ALthough there are other turist attractions that I enjoy more, I can tell you that I can see the CN Tower from home. I have a wonderful and huge park 5 minutes from my home, and I'm within walking distance to both buses, streetcars and subway.I would say that we are home to the Maple Leafs, but .... that might not be such a great accomplishment LOL On a more personal basis, I live in a city that although beautiful, is noisy and sometimes not too safe, specially for teens. One that is appreciated by many regardless. Now one day... we both might be neighbors since I have been thinking about London more and more, or maybe even Sarnia if buying a house there would be less expensive. But I still have to wait a bit until I can make that decision. Hugs to you
@p1kef1sh (45640)
7 Apr 08
I used to live in London, England. It's a lot like it's namesake in Ontario. It is quite well known and is the home of Her Majesty the Queen. Anyway, you can read all about it on the internet. I shall tell you about Salisbury which is where I live now. Salisbury nestles n the confluence of 5 rivers, of which most people can only name 4. Nobody knows why that should be, it just is. The city is medieval for the most part, but many of the buildings have been cunningly disguised to look like something that was thrown up in the 1960s and 70s. Disguised so is our theatre and even more confusingly our cinema, which is a 16th century building with 1930s cladding to look like a 16th century house! What we do have though is the UK's tallest Cathedral spire. At 404 feet tall. You can climb to the top, but due to space restrictions you cannot walk back down again. Spire sledging has become something of a necessity therefore rather than a sport. But it gives the locals something to laugh at over their mid morning coffee in one of the fine tea and coffee shops that abound in the Close. Brooks Brothers macs are favourite for parachutes. All US tourists are required to have at least one mac when they make their ascent. Up until the mid 19th century open sewers ran through Salisbury's streets. Today, we prefer something just as unsavory. Teenage binge drinkers. They love the many clubs and pubs where they can often get in underage and bop the night away before retiring to a little pugilism in the City's streets. Being medieval in design, the ancient streets are set out in a grid pattern. This makes getting from a to b very easy. Unless you try to do it by car. At huge taxpayers expense, the local Council has employed people that are expert in street congestion to work their magic. At its worst, you have to drive a mile to go 100 yards. Yes, we are a very forward thinking city. We also have the much vaunted Park and Ride system. This is an answer to the extreme traffic congestion that Salisbury suffers as it is on the main route to Southampton (one of our major ports. The Titanic left from there. Look what happened to her) and we have no bypass. Our streets are narrow so the bright transport experts cut them in half to make bus lanes that converge with the car lanes and create additional havoc. Finally we have a small, insignificant house that has a view over the cathedral and is inhibited by me and my family. Curiously, we love living here and fully expect to leave only in our coffins.
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
7 Apr 08
I reckon the best thing about where we are situated is the agricultural aspects as well as the low amount of industrial development, leaving much to its natural state. It is also a good place to live because it is rather centrally located and it makes traveling to different places more accessible.
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@winterose (39917)
• Canada
6 Apr 08
well I am in montreal, world renown we have everything here, hosted the 1976 winter olympics, had the 1967 world's fair. dozens of museums, lots of universities, colleges, churches, synagoues, temples, mosques, yashivas, under ground shopping complexes, huge over ground shopping complexes, boutiques, little stores, big stores, minimum size stores noted for haute couture, shopping malls, churches, culture, host to the international jazz festival, william shatner, corey hart, celine dion, the famous montreal canadians, la ronde, all kinds of other festivals like the international just for laughs, food festivals, la ronde, second biggest city in canada (used to be the biggest) we have everything, I loved london when I visited, it is very pretty and I loved your art museum. If I move to a smaller city I want it to be london.
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• United States
6 Apr 08
I live in San Diego and a lot of my family is here. It has, I think, about a million and a half people or so. I think it's the 5th or 6th largest city in the U.S. It's also fairly warm all year around and there is no snow and very little frost. I can drive to the mountains within a couple of hours or go to the beaches in about 30 minutes or so. We have a lot of hills here, too, which I can ride my bike on at almost any time of the year I want. There are so many outdoor things to do here. And, if you don't like to do outdoor things, there are lots of urban lifestyle things to do, too, but I don't know about most of those because I don't do them.
@Hatley (164464)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Apr 08
I live in Tustinca about ninety miles form LOs Angeles. I love it here as its a city with many many trees.we are about two blocks from a grocery store and right on a bus route.our apartment complex iscalled El Dorado Gardens and we do have gardens with lots of all kinds of trees, and flowering bushes of all sorts and even periannuals in bloom . there are a lot of birds here because of all the pine and cypress and fruit trees and some ruby throated humming birds too.lots of crows.We have a cypress wooden fence around our patio and a place to grow some plants if we wish. its in So Ca so its always pretty warm and sunny.
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@angemac23 (2005)
• Canada
5 Apr 08
The best thing about where I live is that there is hardly any crime and I feel safe here...the weather is not so great most of the time but I can deal with that!
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