Are You a City person or a Town Person?


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Social climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 11, 2013 - 10:56pm PT
Townie stuck in the city.

People are too busy here - and I miss seeing familiar faces accidentally.

I saw MisterX today (his real name) one of the 250+ residents in the apartment complex I work in, as I rolled by him on Topanga Avenue - far from the usual environment and thought: I know that guy!

The rarity of that pulled on a yearning.

I prefer 30K or so as a comfort zone, but certainly more than 15K - it gets weird if it is too small of a community.

What do you say?

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Feb 11, 2013 - 11:01pm PT
I'm liking living in a town of <5k!

A long way from where I started
Feb 11, 2013 - 11:01pm PT

But since one can't actually have both, my choice is to live in a biggish city with fast access to the wilderness.

Trad climber
Feb 11, 2013 - 11:04pm PT
Obviously a town person. I like some peace and quiet for sure. Eldo supposedly has 500 but I would say that it is less. Maybe 200-300.

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Feb 11, 2013 - 11:05pm PT

Proximity to empty areas is the big one though.

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Feb 11, 2013 - 11:09pm PT
Small town. . . . really small, really quiet, rural. . . one where people stand tall as they walk down the street, not hunched over, holding on - for dear life - to the almighty Smart Phone.

Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Feb 11, 2013 - 11:09pm PT
I guess we are @ a whopping 10,000 now. Moved here 30 years ago so we've grown abit. When I get home each autumn from Tioga Pass I feel like Valley Center is a Los Angeles.

I guess I'm liking living in the forest and when I need what ever the city has to offer.....just what is that?....I can split to the land of cursing, honking and lights. hehehe lynnie

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Feb 11, 2013 - 11:10pm PT
Flagstaff is about as big a hamlet as I can manage these days. I'm casually looking for a place in Torrey, Utah. Anyone care to organize a mass migration?

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Feb 11, 2013 - 11:18pm PT
830 here in Ouray, feels kind of crowded but at least i'm really close to several wilderness areas.

Twelve years ago they put in the first, and only, traffic light in Ouray County. I'ts 9 miles away in Ridgway but i swear when conditions are right i can see it change from green to red.

It will be a cold day in hell before residents let another light get put in. Hell, they still haven't, thankfully, paved all of the streets.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Feb 11, 2013 - 11:19pm PT
Full on city boy for the luxury that is afforded by urban anonymity.

Why, is because my last go at town life was in Nelson B.C. It wasn't completely like the whole population followed a gravity of the Moon, communal cycle...But they were practical.

If you walked Baker Street, you were fair game for chit chat with 500 of your best friends and all the time it took to talk accordingly.

If you had things to do and a sched to keep, people would march fast down the lane ways and nod a greeting without stopping.

Practical but contrived.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Feb 11, 2013 - 11:21pm PT
Neither, I prefer a rural setting.
Grew up in Riverside, Ca. and had to get out asap.
2 yrs. college in Susanville, Ca. and I found Nor Cal
much to my liking. Had to move back to Riverside for a few years before
leaving for good and settling in Redding. Nor Cal is now my home of 32 years and live on acreage outside city limits. Live on a dirt road with no neighbors within sight. I love the seclusion and privacy of a country life.

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Feb 11, 2013 - 11:22pm PT
I'm with Ghost. I like both but prefer the variety and diversity of urban with good access to solitude. I've been pretty successful at doing that in most places I've lived (New England, Chicago, SF Bay Area, Hong Kong, LA Area).

I found many, many familiar "around town" faces when I live in the mega-hive that is Hong Kong. I guess it helps to have a regular routine. Then you start running into the same people wherever you go.

this just in

north fork
Feb 11, 2013 - 11:22pm PT
No traffic lights here and I'm never leaving. Hopefully....
The Call Of K2 Lou

Feb 11, 2013 - 11:27pm PT
I'm a rover, wanderer, nomad, vagabond; call me what you will.

Way out there....
Feb 11, 2013 - 11:42pm PT
I sure dig the small town life. Except for the lack of a music scene and the availability of asian transvestite hookers.
john hansen

Feb 11, 2013 - 11:45pm PT
Some times when I am traveling, I will see a particular type of truck or a car and think,
"oh there is ,,," Small town.

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Feb 11, 2013 - 11:57pm PT
Small, very small towns in the rural west.

Choss Creek is about right.

Credit: Fritz
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Feb 11, 2013 - 11:59pm PT
I can't even drive to a city in 5 hours. Really thought I wanted to live in a city when I was young, but I love the rural setting now.

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 12, 2013 - 12:29am PT
I'll take whatever I can get.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Feb 12, 2013 - 12:33am PT
What so you boy or desert hillbilly....

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