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November 12th, 2011, 07:22 AM
shari626's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I was wondering how different our residential communities are.

It might be interesting to share a description of the type of place we live and what have been the benefits and negatives of our own areas in regards to the kids.

So what type of community do you live in? City, town? Big, small?
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November 14th, 2011, 12:40 PM
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I live in the suburbs of a Chicago. Where we are though feels very much like a small town neighborhood. The houses were built in the late 60's and we have lots of large old trees.

I like our neighborhood because it feels small town yet I'm 10 minutes away from 1 of the largest shopping malls in the U.S and 1 hour away from Chicago.
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November 14th, 2011, 08:00 PM
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I guess I'm somewhat rural. But we aren't very far from "civilization". I'm about 45 minutes away from the city of Montreal but it's a pretty small community, about 2000 residents, lots of apple orchards and some farms and a small village. I like that it's small and quiet and just plain gorgeous but it annoys me that I have to drive everywhere. It's a 7 minute drive to the nearest grocery store and the kids activities all take place in neighbouring communities.
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November 16th, 2011, 03:55 PM
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Well, we keep saying we're moving.

The first years of their life mine have grown up right near the highway with access to a lot and in a county with 7 college campuses. When the house is done, we'll be in the next county over and in the ruralmost (is that a word? lol) portion of that county almost into the next even more rural county. I don't know how I really feel about it. Guess I'll see when we finally get there. I will love the perk of the kids being able to go outside and play freely on 10 acres whenever they want. I doubt I will like being 15-20 minutes from the closest store for basics. There is 1 university and 1 community college in that county. However the city of our new address is decent. Small, but houses the 1 university and new upgraded shopping, and also a new church has been built that we will have to switch to.
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November 16th, 2011, 07:56 PM
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I live in a suburb of Austin. The city has grown about 10x its size over the past 20 years. Even my own neighborhood has grown since we moved here 1.5 yrs ago. It's close enough to rural areas that we see plenty of cows inside the city limits, but it's also large enough to have a McDonalds and Home Depot on every corner. In a 20 mile radius of my house, there are 6 walmarts and 8 major hospitals. (Two of those hospitals are within 2 miles of my house.) I love it here. It's far enough away from Austin that there isn't quite the traffic problem (most of the time), and parking is rarely an issue, but it's close enough to downtown that dh drives there for work everyday.
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