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Old 05-26-2006, 12:29 PM   #1
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I was born in Pittsburgh, spent some of my formative years in Atlanta & Florida, and went to High school back in Pittsburgh and lived there from 94 to last year (not counting 4 years in State College, PA). I met my wife while visiting my little brother in Chicago. She actually lived in Detroit so we did the long distance thing for a year before i quit my job and moved to Michigan. She hates to hear this but I absolutely HATE it here. Ugly city, terrible drivers, it's flat, endless strip malls, it's flat, UofM fans, red brick ranch homes everywhere!, and, it's flat.

I do have a place in my heart for Pittsburgh but I am open to go anywhere. I will just never want to be a long term resident of the Tri state (Ohio, southern Michigan, Indiana) area. Just the ugliest stretch of country in the US, in MHO. Don't mean to offend current residents and natives of these areas but...oh well. My parents moved to Kentucky and it is very nice there (I was suprised).

The catch will be convincing my wife to move someday!
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Old 05-26-2006, 12:36 PM   #2
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I bet it would be hard to get used to the landscape of Michigan after being in Pittsburgh. I have always wondered how people can climb. It is everywhere you go and directions from a native in Pittsburgh are, "It is down the hill to the left then up the hill to the right, go through 3 stop lights and down the hill it is right there on your left."

But to answer your question, when I was in college in Tampa, Florida. It rained everyday in August for about 5 minutes and just enough to wet the asphalt, not enough to cool it off or anything. It was so hot there, to this day that is a state I have no desire to ever visit.

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Old 05-26-2006, 01:00 PM   #3
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I bet it would be hard to get used to the landscape of Michigan after being in Pittsburgh. I have always wondered how people can climb. It is everywhere you go and directions from a native in Pittsburgh are, "It is down the hill to the left then up the hill to the right, go through 3 stop lights and down the hill it is right there on your left."

But to answer your question, when I was in college in Tampa, Florida. It rained everyday in August for about 5 minutes and just enough to wet the asphalt, not enough to cool it off or anything. It was so hot there, to this day that is a state I have no desire to ever visit.
Those 5 minute torrential downpours were ridiculous! I remember those! I lived about 1 1/2 hours south of Tampa along the coast. It was nice living close to the beach but that wore off. At least we had the winds coming in off the gulf.

Atlanta was just humid hot. And bad!


Michigan has grown on me a bit, but the southern part and central to northern Ohio are just not very aesthetically pleasing areas to me. Of course, if you have lived here your whole life, you will disagree. My wife does. I try not to sound like I am ripping on the area, just that it isn't my favorite place to live.

One thing I liked about Pittsburgh is feeling relatively safe in most parts of town at any given time. I definitely can't say that about Detroit.
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I've always lived in Pittsburgh, but one place I would not live in is California.
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I live in Lansing (about 1.25 miles from Detriot) and had not actually been in downtown Detriot in heck it must have been 10 years...until the superbowl and I was really impressed with the city, it looked clean, the people who were working the NFL experience were all from Detriot and were awesome, they were so nice. It was not at all the Detriot I remembered. I have been in all the surrounding towns, Auburn Hills for Piston games but not IN Detriot. I had not been in the Joe in years. I am not a big hockey fan and had never been to Ford Field. Michigan is hilly.......I do agree on Ohio being flat flat flat. Ohio is an extremely resourceful state, I do not live in Ohio but go there often to the various things they offer because they do offer so much. I have always wanted to get back to the Football Hall Of Fame in Canton. Awesome place.
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I live in Lansing (about 1.25 miles from Detriot) and had not actually been in downtown Detriot in heck it must have been 10 years...until the superbowl and I was really impressed with the city, it looked clean, the people who were working the NFL experience were all from Detriot and were awesome, they were so nice. It was not at all the Detriot I remembered. I have been in all the surrounding towns, Auburn Hills for Piston games but not IN Detriot. I had not been in the Joe in years. I am not a big hockey fan and had never been to Ford Field. Michigan is hilly.......I do agree on Ohio being flat flat flat. Ohio is an extremely resourceful state, I do not live in Ohio but go there often to the various things they offer because they do offer so much. I have always wanted to get back to the Football Hall Of Fame in Canton. Awesome place.
Yes...I had some people come in for the Super Bowl and we had a great time downtown. We drove in via Michigan Avenue so all they saw was plight and whatnot until we got downtown and it was really nice around the stadiums. But, my wife and some coworkers still contend that this was NOT the norm. The area just around the new stadiums is nice and there are a couple of cool bars.

I like Auburn Hills and certain areas like that. One problem i have found is that there are few areas with a decent night life. Pittsburgh has the South Side, the Strip and now the Waterfront & Station Square. Detroit has Royal Oak...and that's about it according to most people around here.

Although i have found the quaint town of Plymouth very nice.

Not to keep harping on Detroit...it defenitely wasn't as bad as I was expecting when I first moved here. Just not my cup of tea.
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Worst place I have lived in was Black Hills South Dakota. (On Vacation never Lived Their as a permanant citizen but as a tourist I'm a native Pennsylvanian). Nothing to do. My hometown here in PA is a good fit for me.
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Home of Deadwood. Very interesting.
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Home of Deadwood. Very interesting.
Yeah...if you were into the outdoors (hunting/fishing, etc.) or into history that would be a great place to live...been through there, beautiful country.
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I love history, enjoy fishing from time to time but not much of a hunter. Would enjoy visiting the town of Deadwood though.
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