How Nice Are The People In The City Where You Live?

Canada
September 10, 2009 6:11pm CST
A nice thing happened this afternoon, as I was walking from Second Cup Cafe, to the bus stop. I left the cafe, and walked about 10 feet to the corner of College Ave and Gordon Street. I was going to cross over College, and then walk to the left up Gordon, to the bus stop. I don't walk that fast, and I'm not steady on my feet, but I've walked through that intersection so many times (atleast once a day every day) that I have the lights in both directions, and the cross walk light timed down to ascience. I also know how long it takes me to safely and comfortably cross. When I got a Walk signal, I went. A car was sitting right in the middle of the crosswalk. I remember thinking "if I walk around the car, it'll add about 10 seconds onto my walk, and I won't get across before the light changes!" I kept walking. Seeing where s/he was sitting, the driver backed up, and let me cross!!! That is absolutely awsome. I have been in some cities where drivers sit in the middle of crlsswalks, and don't even care. Would the drivers in your hometown backup, if they were sitting in a crosswalk and someone wanted to cross?
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@GardenGerty (104149)
• United States
11 Sep 09
If no one was behind them, they sure would, or at least I would. We wave each other through intersections with no lights and wave to each other as we pass each day. We mostly look out for each other's kids, as well.
• India
11 Sep 09
The place where i live is utterly beautiful. and the people here are....i don;t know how . No time. The life here is just so fast that you dont have the remote time or second to meet people or even talk on the phone peacefully. Just a hectic life around. Well , i guess they should be fine. Well this is life..afterall..Anyways happy mylotting and nice discussion
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
11 Sep 09
In Toledo, Ohio no they would more than likely have run you over. When I lived in Lake Tahoe, NV yes more than likely they would have gotten out of the car and asked if you needed help.
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@ilyzium (1206)
• Canada
11 Sep 09
I live in a fairly large city as well,(Vancouver) and I definitely do not find the people to be nice there, much less cordial. I remember being in NY, Philly, Toronto, and other cities in the world where the people are so much nicer than where we live. I would say that it's probably because it is one of the more expensive areas in the country, with higher standard of living, people tend to keep to themselves, are more introverted and cool & rude I will say. Even other people that live here would agree with my perceptions on this. I have to say it's always a "letdown" whenever I come back here to the city from one of my trips. When my parents first moved to Canada, they actually thought it was a "Canadian" thing but then one day they realized it's more of a Vancouver thing, because people are so much friendlier & warmer as you get out of Vancouver. I can remember one year when we had a really bad snowfall. Anyway, I was crossing the road and suddenly I fell on my back and hit the ground with a thud. Many people were trying to cross the road back and forth but no one came to my rescue, and I actually got honked at by some people who yelled at me to get off the road! Now living in a city with the worst drivers in Canada, I'd say no way would they back up to let you cross, in their minds they would be thinking: Oh she can wait.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
10 Sep 09
maybe, if nobody was behind them
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
10 Sep 09
i live in a fairly large city and some people are nice and others not so much. it just depends on the situation. i find that people these days are not as patient as they used to be!
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• United States
10 Sep 09
Where i am, ppl would do nice things for you. i like where we r. When my son was a baby, I went shopping one day up at a mall in new york. every1 there was so couteous and helping me with doors and saying how cute my son was. Then one day, I met some friends in PA and went to a mall there and they would run right out in front and almost run over the stroller. they just gave u a dirty look. so i like where we are now. its a great town
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• United States
10 Oct 09
Alas no. The drivers in my town rarely back up . Why? Because the a$4hole in back of them is right on their back bumper. People here Really can't drive. But with that said, we are mostly kind here. A guy will open a door for you. Guys will give up their seat on the bus. We hold doors for each other. so I guess we are pretty nice.
• United States
19 Sep 09
We have lived in a lot of cities, here is a rundown: Ft. Myers, Florida. It was a city where if you sat at a right hand turn and waited for more than a second you got honked at. Del Ray Beach, Florida. Older community, a lot of island people, they all drove crazy, you would get run over in a cross walk. Pompano Beach, Florida. Small city, we walked a lot, people were older and very nice. Cross walks were observed by everybody. Albuquerque, New Mexico. Walked a lot, cyclists ruled the road. Breckenridge, Colorado. Biked a lot, different rules for those on two wheels vs. two feet. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Nut bags on the road, don't walk anywhere! Bakersfield, California. Walked a lot, cross walkers would be road pizza if not careful. Houston, Texas. Big city, crosswalks have timers and people might obey them, unless they don't pay attention.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
16 Sep 09
Wow! That's really cool!! It pays to be nice to others for one doesn't know if they'll ever walk in their shoes some day. I love it where I'm at because everybody or most everybody is so friendly here which is very unlike our home town where everybody is all for themselves. North Carolina has really won our heart!! lol
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
14 Sep 09
Most of the people in my city are not nice people at all. It is weird too because we moved out to the country in hopes for it. There are very few nice people here and we are not welocme here at all since we are not from here.
@Mirita (2668)
• United States
11 Sep 09
Well, I live in the country ,but in the town people still behave in a very proper manner.
@MrKennedy (1994)
11 Sep 09
The types of people that live in my area are a mixed bunch. Some are very pleasant, polite and generous, yet others are rude, snobbish and downright obnoxious. Thankfully, I have an example of the positive types of people that reside in my area: I was 14 at the time, and I was riding along on my bike to pick up a handful of peppers from the Grocer's. Unfortunately, because it had been raining, whilst riding back home, I slipped from my bike, squashing the peppers and spilling out the clusters of coins I had. A concerned women, in her mid-30s, walked out of a nearby Chip Shop to help me out. She plucked all the coins from the soaking pavement and helped me to my feet. Handing back the coins, I noticed two new £ coins I never had before. The woman was aware of this and simply said, "That's to buy yourself some new peppers." In a panic, I went to hand back one of the £ coins back to the woman, because she had given me far too much. Laughing, the woman refused and commented "That's for you," before walking away. Even to this day, this story of great generousity has stuck with me.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Sep 09
Here in Sacramento they are pretty nice, so they might. In Los Angeles, they'd probably just run you over...
@madmax8 (17)
• United States
11 Sep 09
I live in New York City. Not really. I live in the south so their isn't one mean person around. Atlanta's not a bad city, it is full of people who would just love to talk to you.
@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
11 Sep 09
That was very nice of the driver. It's hard to find drivers like that nowadays. In the area where I live' people are generally friendly but there is a mix of shy and nosy people too. I've made a few friends along the way and they are nice people..
@hotsummer (10449)
• Philippines
11 Sep 09
not so very nice actually. i am a person that does not want to mind the business of others. but the neighborhood wants the opposite and that really pisses me off most of the time.
• India
11 Sep 09
i don't the drivers of my city will ever do that in fact the city has a reputation in road rage incidents.
@magickat (382)
11 Sep 09
Generally the people are very nice - very polite and friendly. This surprised me when I moved here a couple of months ago as it is quite a run down place with a poor reputation. But the people are far nicer than where I used to live in a town which is supposed to be very well-to-do.
• United States
11 Sep 09
no,they accelerate.it's extremely dangerous to cross the street here. people are always speeding and blowing through red lights.i've seen them do it with cops right there.