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  • #46
    Originally posted by Bruce Kritzler
    Lived in Gainesville for 23 yrs, and loved it. . . .
    But there is lots more to Gainesville with great art, music, restaurants, nightlife, etc..
    So would YOU rate it #1? If so, god bless your reptilian little heart!! (that's a compliment down here! )

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    • #47
      Originally posted by tafnut
      god bless your reptilian little heart!! (that's a compliment down here! )
      Yet another reason not to live in Gainesville!

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      • #48
        As a rule of thumb, I would posit that just about any college town is worth living in. I've seen a lot of them (although probably far fewer than you might think) in my decades here and I can't think of one that didn't have appeal for me. Something about campuses I really dig.

        That's putting weather considerations aside, that is.

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        • #49
          Brantford made the mistake about 40 years ago of not fighting to have Brock. 7 or 8 years ago, they started work on getting a Laurier satellite campus which started a couple of years later with less than 100 students. Anyone with a half a brain knew it would be the catalyst to kick start the redevelopment of a decrepit downtown and that is exactly what happened. Most cities in Canada with university or college campuses are usually great places to live.

          Guy in charge of the campus:

          http://www.wlu.ca/page.php?grp_id=37&p=660

          One of a set of triplets, all of whom ran and competed and one of whom was national class.

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          • #50
            Originally posted by gh
            As a rule of thumb, I would posit that just about any college town is worth living in.
            I agree, but Gainesville, the town, off-campus, is, by and large, how shall I say this delicately, less than attractive, both visually and culturally. (although some of the suburban enclaves are, as you can imagine, fairly nice)

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            • #51
              I have to agree with tafnut! I went to G-ville for the first time a few years ago and was pretty surprised at how unimpressed I was. What I really noticed was all the junk yards I kept seeing. I was disappointed to say the least.

              There is a town north of San Antonio called Boerne (pronounced "Bernie") that would get my vote. It is a growing community and admittedly is not cheap. But everytime I go through there I'm amazed at the beauty of the town.

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              • #52
                Originally posted by deca-pat
                I have to agree with tafnut!
                You don't HAVE to; you are compelled by the sheer beauty of my rhetoric and brilliant clarity of my logic!!

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                • #53
                  perhaps I MUST then!

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by gh
                    As a rule of thumb, I would posit that just about any college town is worth living in. I've seen a lot of them (although probably far fewer than you might think) in my decades here and I can't think of one that didn't have appeal for me. Something about campuses I really dig.
                    They don't call Chapel Hill "The Southern Part of Heaven" without reason. (But now I hear it's more like "The Crowded and Congested Part of Heaven." )

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by deca-pat
                      I have to agree with tafnut! I went to G-ville for the first time a few years ago and was pretty surprised at how unimpressed I was. What I really noticed was all the junk yards I kept seeing.
                      If you saw anything at all, I'd guess that one of the following was true:

                      --You arrived there by train, bus, or other public transportation
                      --You did not arrive there by car in the summer
                      --You did arrive there by car in the summer, but cleaned the dead insects off your windshield before you got to town. Otherwise, I don't know how you could have seen a thing, I remember driving there once in June or early July. I've never seen anything like the bug-filled air you had to drive through in order to get there.

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                      • #56
                        Originally posted by DrJay
                        Originally posted by gh
                        As a rule of thumb, I would posit that just about any college town is worth living in. I've seen a lot of them (although probably far fewer than you might think) in my decades here and I can't think of one that didn't have appeal for me. Something about campuses I really dig.
                        They don't call Chapel Hill "The Southern Part of Heaven" without reason. (But now I hear it's more like "The Crowded and Congested Part of Heaven." )
                        This I don't understand. Most college towns I've visited had a lot of charm. Somehow, Chapel Hill was rather unimpressive. Maybe I am just weird.
                        "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
                        by Thomas Henry Huxley

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                        • #57
                          Originally posted by Pego
                          This I don't understand. Most college towns I've visited had a lot of charm. Somehow, Chapel Hill was rather unimpressive. Maybe I am just weird.
                          I visited there with my daughter and we were BOTH unimpressed. On the other hand we both liked Wake Forest and Davidson a LOT! Alas, they were a little on the pricey side, even with some scholarship aid.

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                          • #58
                            Concerning college towns -
                            Recall reading that the number 1 predictor of growth and prosperity in cities is their attraction of young, adult (25-34) intellectual capital. Businesses want the top young minds and entrepeneurs. And that's what you find in college towns.
                            I would rate Austin and Boulder (and numerous CA cities) ahead of Gainesville.

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                            • #59
                              I don't think of Austin as a college town. It's the state capital, and it's a city of about 700,000 people.

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                              • #60
                                Re: Best City . . . . . . Gainesville??!!

                                Madison drops 36 places from last time on news that Schumacker is leaving for Oregon. Or possibly it was the increase in unsolved murders?

                                http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag ... index.html

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