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What neighborhood do you live in?

 
 
Linkat
 
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Reply Fri 7 Sep, 2012 10:59 am
@boomerang,
I told you - Brady Bunch -

Love the pictures - love the trees like that too right going down the middle of the street.
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Reyn
 
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Reply Fri 7 Sep, 2012 12:30 pm
I live relatively in the central area of my city in a townhouse. For those that don't know this term, these are "row houses".

We have a wonderful park in the middle of our city, and it has a lake in it.

http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r543/Reyn2299/milllakepark.jpg
sozobe
 
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Reply Fri 7 Sep, 2012 12:39 pm
These are great pictures!

I won't be posting any (sorry) but a quick verbal description of why this place is so cool:

There was recently a pretty severe fire. Everyone escaped unharmed and the house didn't burn down to the ground but one family (with three kids) lost everything; what wasn't incinerated suffered severe smoke damage. Another family nearby also experienced a lot of smoke damage.

The community mobilized immediately, and donations are pouring in. A (nice) local hotel has donated rooms until the families have someplace to live. Someone donated a storage facility for keeping the salvageable stuff. A veritable army helped with getting those salvageable things out of the residences. Umpteen loads of laundry were carted away and washed. There are gift cards up the wazoo (Target and restaurants are especially popular).

That was all within about 24 hours of the fire occurring -- word spread in person, via email, and on Facebook. I got about five different emails about it -- some friends, then from a sports mailing list, then from a PTA mailing list. We're definitely a community, and that's very nice.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 7 Sep, 2012 01:44 pm
@Reyn,


We can look from our living room down in a part of the 20ha (50 acres) of our local park ...
George
 
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Reply Fri 7 Sep, 2012 01:50 pm
Town of 22,000 about 10 miles north of Boston. My neighborhood has small
lots and older homes. It's not pretty but it's comfy.

The house in back of us has a pool. When we first moved here we went
through pool-party noise as the kids in back passed into and out of their
teens. Then a new family bought the house. Their kids are now going
through their teens. So it goes.

Our neighbors to the right were a nice older Italian couple. Our neighbors
diagonally across the street were a nice older Irish couple. They were
great neighbors, but have since passed on. Now we're the nice (mixed)
older couple.

Our neighbors to left have gotten considerably less tacky over time. They
used to have wires streched between the house and the garage from which
hung a plastic Santa, sleigh, and reindeer team every Christmas. On a good
year they managed to take it down before Easter.

We're good buddies with our neighbors across the street. Both families
have three kids in about the same age range. Gives us a lot to talk about.
That and the tacky neighbors. Bernie (short for Bernadette) is a nurse
and ratted me out to the Lovely Bride for riding my bike without a helmet.
But other than that, we get along well.

Nothing of any note happens unless the Kerrigans are acting up.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 7 Sep, 2012 01:59 pm
@Linkat,
I live in a pretty tightly packed neighbourhood in the east end of Toronto. The houses were built between the first and second world war. They were designed in such a way that two side by side houses do not both have windows facing each other. If they did - you'd be able to reach out and hold hands with your neighbours.

This house belonged to my friend Mars and her husband Mal - they lived across and up the street until earlier this year when they retired to Newfoundland.

http://www.agoodmove.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Web-Pic1.jpg

the neighbourhood has come a way since these photos were taken - but the Legion is still the Legion

http://www.boldts.net/TorWs.shtml

you can find Set and the little dogs at the Warren Fruit Market every now and then

http://www.boldts.net/TorDw.shtml

we're walking distance to a great park in one of the ravines that runs off the Don River valley system

http://www.boldts.net/TorTc.shtml

and we are about a five minute drive north of these photos

http://www.boldts.net/TorBe.shtml

http://vacay.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/beaches2.jpg


I live in the middle of a big city, but it doesn't always feel that way.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Fri 7 Sep, 2012 02:01 pm
@ehBeth,
what happens if you drop something between the houses?

you must keep a long stick for that...
ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 7 Sep, 2012 02:02 pm
@Rockhead,
sorta
kinda
one, not enormous, person can walk between the houses
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Reyn
 
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Reply Fri 7 Sep, 2012 02:03 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Very nice video, Walter! It looks like a wonderful area. Very Happy
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Linkat
 
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Reply Fri 7 Sep, 2012 02:54 pm
@George,
Kerrigans.....I know where you live!
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 7 Sep, 2012 03:30 pm
@boomerang,
Egads, those are beautiful, Boomer.

Wellllll, I live sort of across the street from the Petroglyphs:
http://nmmagazine.com/imgs/august09/petroglyphs.jpg

There's a view of three volcanoes when driving towards my house, but I can't see them from my immediate neighborhood.
boomerang
 
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Reply Fri 7 Sep, 2012 05:31 pm
@ossobuco,
Truth is, you can't go far in this city without running into breathtaking scenery. It really is a beautiful place, and it's carefully planned to stay that way.

I think the petroglyphs are cool!
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panzade
 
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Reply Sat 8 Sep, 2012 02:53 pm
I live in a 40,000 acre community developed in the '60's that sits beside a river, and next to the Atlantic.

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r147/panzade/smallPortStLucie.jpg

The north fork of the St Lucie river has a prehistoric look to it and was a backdrop in the Bond movie Moonraker.

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r147/panzade/6181840929_6cfdf6eabb_z.jpg

This is the home of the New York Mets spring training facility.

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r147/panzade/thumbnail.jpg

The beaches are lonely, lovely and unspoiled; just a 10 minute drive away.

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r147/panzade/vfiles26072.jpg

Boating is a popular hobby with all the waterways at close reach.

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r147/panzade/efb643b9889afb15d20bfeae388a10be-52.jpg

The housing crash here led to one of the highest foreclosure rates in the nation and my street has a lot of vacant homes and new occupants.
jcboy
 
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Reply Mon 10 Sep, 2012 02:42 pm
Before moving to Florida I use to live in a condo in Aliso Viejo, CA. It was a nice community and I knew everyone.

My patio. I planted the ferns outside my living room window.

http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p622/richone4/67235e94.jpg

Community Pool

http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p622/richone4/a51b1506.jpg

I love living in St. Pete, it’s like living on an island. We’re ten minutes from downtown in one direction and ten minutes to the beach in the other direction. Years ago it was a retirement community and they use to call it God’s waiting room. Now it’s more of a yuppie town.

In a few weeks we’ll be moving to the Old Northeast section, actually it’s only ten minutes from where we live now.

I posted this video before of my friends Paul and Darren, we live in the same community.


ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 10 Sep, 2012 03:28 pm
@jcboy,
Liked the video.

Now, what is the city doing re drainage? Seems as if they are oblivious, berserkly oblivious, which happens in my city too, but you folks have more water challenges.

Have none of your water authories ever gone to a conference?
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 10 Sep, 2012 03:37 pm
@panzade,
panzade, that beach looks so tempting

is it really that empty most of the time? I could seriously deal with that.
FBM
 
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Reply Mon 10 Sep, 2012 10:53 pm
Outskirts of Seoul. Population density is insane, as is traffic. Less than 200 km from Pyongyang, I think. (I'd have to look that up to be sure.) Hope to be moving back to the provinces in a few months.

Edit: Yeah, just less than 200km from the capital of NK. Less than 100 from the DMZ.
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Tue 11 Sep, 2012 10:22 pm
new'ish subdivision, originally about 30% rentals but most of the investors unloaded around 2008. About 95% of the homes look good/great but we have been hit with a lot of foreclosures so some of the other 5% look like crap. There is not a lick of community, all efforts to start something end in bickering and hostilities. This subdivision is extremely diverse genetically and politically, which I figure accounts for a lot of the lack of community. The houses were built very poorly, by a shady operator who went into bankruptcy half way through the build out but for some reason was allowed to finish the project. I think that all the anger about house quality problems also has something to do with the lack of community.


I love it here. The location is fantastic, my structural problems were not too bad and have been fixed, and I have built a Zen retreat in the backyard, which amazingly enough only one window from one house can see into. A former co-worker and sort of friend moved in next door a few years back which is kinda cool. Very little street traffic so kids often play in the street, the kids not having the adults problem with community.
George
 
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Reply Wed 12 Sep, 2012 05:58 am
@hawkeye10,
hawkeye10 wrote:
. . . and I have built a Zen retreat in the backyard . . .
Cool. What's it look like?
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panzade
 
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Reply Wed 12 Sep, 2012 02:22 pm
@ehBeth,
It's got some parks that get busy, but with 80 miles of coastline there are some desolate spots.
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