Originally Posted by DpprDr
Was about to make the call to pick up some #8 NST boots from Leffot but my girlfriend just got accepted to a 2 year position in Flint; would have been irresponsible of me to walk home with new boots when we might have to move from NYC to the Ann Arbor/East Lansing/Detroit area (from what I hear Flint might not be the best place).
MP: Assuming you're in Michigan, good to know my Aldens will get some good use there!
Pick Flint as your new home and then tell the GF that since you have to live in Flint, you need something nice to make up for it... like some more Aldens!
Flint does have one good thing going for it - the airport. It's tiny but has a surprising number of convenient direct flights from it and if you live north of Detroit (Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, or St. Clair Counties), it's a much easier airport to use than Metro. The parking is so much easier too. Whenever we fly anywhere, we always check flights from Flint first. There are a couple nice areas to live just south of Flint in Grand Blanc, but it's still a pretty quiet, sleepy area. Especially if you are coming from NYC.
I have to get a plug in for Oakland County and say that that's the best place to live. Anywhere south of the city of Pontiac and North of Detroit along the Woodward Corridor to be more precise.
Plus, the commute to Flint isn't too bad (40 minutes up I-75 to downtown).
If when my wife and I got married a few years ago we hadn't been thinking about having kids so soon, we would have actually moved into the city of Detroit. If you don't mind paying high property taxes and car insurance rates, and can handle dealing with inept government, there are some awesome places to live, especially around Midtown and Corktown. Or if you are industrious and want a home with some real character there are great, affordable options in places like Boston-Edison, Sherwood Forest, Indian Village, Palmer Woods, and the University District).
And as a former Wolverine, I would be remiss to not mention Ann Arbor. It's got a great little downtown and there is always stuff going on. Personally though, because of the demand from students and faculty , the best housing in the walkable areas is grossly over priced IMO - I'd rather stick to somewhere like Rochester, Birmingham, Ferndale, or Royal Oak.
Ok, that's enough log-rolling from me on the Detroit area. Feel free to message me if you have any questions on the area. I am a geographic idiot savant.Now back to our regularly scheduled Alden discussion:
I wanted to give a shout out to Alden of NYC. I had contacted them a while back about the availability of a specific shoe. It was out of stock in my size at the time (back in November or December) but they promised to notify me when it was available. Yesterday I got an email letting me know it had come in and today the shoes are on route to me. I've had numerous other retailers in the past promise to notify me about something coming in and then they never follow through (and I end up seeing the item, in my requested size, listed as available on their site). It may be a small courtesy, but it is really appreciated.
Thanks again Alden NYC.