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East vs West Coast Living

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by grimmie, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. grimmie

    grimmie Member

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    We've all heard the stereotypes, which coast do you think is better? Pros and cons?
    Where do you live? Where do you wish to live and why?
    I grew up in LA but lived most of my adult life in various places in the east coast (Northeast to be more specific). This is my last semester as a grad student and am thinking about starting fresh but also settling down. Obviously, I'll be going wherever there's a job for me. But if both places offered good pay, I would have hard time deciding where I should go. I have a love/hate relationship with NYC. LA is hands down best place to settle down in my opinion but I'm not willing to go back home just yet. DC looks like fun place to be and so does SF. What do you say?
     
  2. Pantisocrat

    Pantisocrat Well-Known Member

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    I love California but I can't stand the people, esp. the Los Angeles junk activists who impose their version of morality on others. There are so many rules and regulations that make absolutely no sense. New York is not far off from CA. The South is still my favorite part of the USA.
     
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  3. kngspook

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    I traveled a similar path as you, and I'm now spending a lot of time in SF. I'm not a huge fan. I have nothing against the so-called hippy/stoner culture, but somehow being around it and having it permeate the culture 24/7 is starting to get to me... I guess I like a more fast-paced lifestyle, which you don't get up here.
     
  4. rdawson808

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    Much like you I grew up on the west coast (14 years) and have lived on the east coast since (about 18 years).

    After having visited my family out west again this last holiday, it confirmed for me that I'd much rather live out there: Portland, Oly, Seattle, etc. I'm in DC. DC might have a lot going for it (jobs, culture, etc.) it also has some of the rudest people you will ever meet, and that's really starting to drag me down.

    I would pick the PNW because I find the people to be friendly and more laid-back, I prefer the weather, and I like the access to both water and mountains.

    b
     
  5. Xericx

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    I've lived on the west coast my whole life. living on the east coast scares me because the people seem so blunt and rude (rather than fake and backstabbing like in LA).
     
  6. giraffe lookout

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    I'm from Northern Virginia but I lived in Portland, Oregon for like 8 years. DC is because there all these self-proclaimed foodies and decent restaurants are so hard to get into but the quality of food is usually not what it is elsewhere and doesn't tend to be very creative.

    On the other hand, the average level of education is much higher here and people are much more with it in regard to politics and current events etc. I'd also say that with the exception of SanFran, the music is way better out here too.
     
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  7. imageWIS

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    No, they are backstabbing as well as being blunt and rude. Regarding fake: it depends what industry they work for.
     
  8. patrickBOOTH

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    I live in NYC and wouldn't change it for the world. The only thing I hate really is how hot and humid it gets in the summer.
     
  9. Connemara

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    Been on the East Coast my whole life. It has its problems but I can't see myself leaving.
     
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  11. patrickBOOTH

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    If winning means being hit by multiple hurricanes every year.
     
  12. whiteslashasian

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    It's not even all that bad in the summer time, but perhaps I don't think so because I don't have to deal with those sweltering subway platforms....

    I might do a short stint out west, for a year or two, but I don't see myself getting attached.
     
  13. Texasmade

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    +1. Third Coast all the way.

    But if I could only choose East or West, I'd rather choose West. This is based off my 3 day weekend visit to NYC one year and 3 day visit to San Fran the next year around early October.
     
  14. ConcernedParent

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    West Coast is back for all you suckas
    Grew up in and around Los Angeles, lived in NYC for a couple of short stints as well; go to college in the Bay area.

    Much prefer California.
     
  15. NorCal

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    West side playa for life.
     
  16. otc

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    Fuck ya'll's coasts

    I grew up with lots of little lakes and now I've got a big'ol lake.
     
  17. dxj5069

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    I've lived in Seattle my whole life and I finally branched away from the west coast for a change for college and it was a very interesting experience. Before I transferred to USC, I was attending a school in PA and I thought the people here weren't too different from the area I used to live in. But I did notice that the people on the east coast are more honest with you about everything and anything - this may come off as rude, but it's refreshing in my opinion. The weather is terrible on the east coast and I hated my life when I was there. As far as people go, I've made some amazing friends there, more so than in Washington. I think it's because the east coast is just more diverse in my opinion, you'll meet a huge range of people, and a lot of them go hardcore with school (ivy leagues). I couldn't see myself working on the east coast after I visited NYC and DC for the first time, so I decided to come to LA for school and job. I really liked Philly, though. It's definitely a city that people love to rag on for no reason other than its "crime." But honestly, you will meet d*ckheads everywhere. I know a ton of aholes back in the Wash who think they are some hipster kid wearing their plaid and beanie, but I know some pretty douchy people from NJ who think they are god's gift or something. Rude people are everywhere. Overall, I liked my experience on the east coast and I would visit there if I get the chance to. I just have different ambitions and my interests lie in the LA area. If I were to move back to the east coast, though, I would totally go to PA, MA, or CT. I cannot stand NY to be frank.
     
  18. patrickBOOTH

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    I love the northeast. I don't think I could ever live further south than where I am. D.C. doesn't interest me in the least. Seattle could be fun, or portland. There is something enigmatic to me about the northwest. Too much sun and heat drives me nuts.
     

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