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Regarding pollution, allergens, etc.

NY is great, but the air here is freaking filthy. Where are the cleanest air cities in the US/Canada?
 

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Originally Posted by mm84321
http://www.forbes.com/2008/03/17/mia...peed=undefined

For some reason I wouldn't think of Miami as having very clean air.



damn its so florida dominated. maybe too much clean air breeds all the craziness that ensues out of that state.

i'm skeptical on san francisco.... maybe its the amount bums that stink up the air.... plus everyone drives in san francisco even if they have a pretty good public transpo system.
 

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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD
damn its so florida dominated. maybe too much clean air breeds all the craziness that ensues out of that state.

i'm skeptical on san francisco.... maybe its the amount bums that stink up the air.... plus everyone drives in san francisco even if they have a pretty good public transpo system.


The Florida thing surprises me too. I'd imagine all the humidity would allow whatever is in the air to kinda "stick around" more in the moisture filled air. I know when I was in Florida, I wasn't breathing at my easiest. Maybe I should qualify that I'm looking for cities with clean air and fewer allergens. The wifey and I are seriously considering moving from NY because of our allergies, but mostly because of the potential that our children (already with severe eczema) will develop the same allergies and asthma that either my wife or I have. We were thinking Portland, ME as its a place we've both felt comfortable in when visiting, but still close enough to family here that we could drive in less than a day. Rates well from what we've heard as far as low pollen counts, many allergists, and fewer medicated people for allergies.
 

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Cuz its flat as shit down there and there is occasionally some sea breeze, so the pollution from all those cars barely moving on 95 just blows away. Also no industry to speak of which helps.
 

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Originally Posted by JoelF
Cuz its flat as shit down there and there is occasionally some sea breeze, so the pollution from all those cars barely moving on 95 just blows away. Also no industry to speak of which helps.

i'm thinking the everglades helps too. the sheer land area of it (or whats left) actually sponges out the bad stuff.
 

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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger
The Florida thing surprises me too. I'd imagine all the humidity would allow whatever is in the air to kinda "stick around" more in the moisture filled air. I know when I was in Florida, I wasn't breathing at my easiest. Maybe I should qualify that I'm looking for cities with clean air and fewer allergens. The wifey and I are seriously considering moving from NY because of our allergies, but mostly because of the potential that our children (already with severe eczema) will develop the same allergies and asthma that either my wife or I have. We were thinking Portland, ME as its a place we've both felt comfortable in when visiting, but still close enough to family here that we could drive in less than a day. Rates well from what we've heard as far as low pollen counts, many allergists, and fewer medicated people for allergies.

portland sounds great.... but then you'd be forced to watch the local hockey team/baseball teams (the experience of minor league sports in those settings is AWESOME). and turn into a new englander.... and then there is the shopping in the area (freeport ect).

another good part that there is stellar running routes there.
 

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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger
Regarding pollution, allergens, etc. NY is great, but the air here is freaking filthy. Where are the cleanest air cities in the US/Canada?
You could always move further into Long Island, but I'm a biased NYer.
 

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I'm surprised no where in Colorado is on there. I think Boulder's the cleanest/healthest city I've ever lived in. It might be farther west than you're thinking about, but it's worth checking out.
 

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Originally Posted by nahneun
You could always move further into Long Island, but I'm a biased NYer.

Yea, thought about that. Not sure how much cleaner the living is even out in Eastern Suffolk.

A friend of mine lived in Boulder for a while, but I don't think we'd like to go that far West.

We're prob not going anywhere but its just something we're toying with at this point.
 

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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger
The Florida thing surprises me too. I'd imagine all the humidity would allow whatever is in the air to kinda "stick around" more in the moisture filled air. I know when I was in Florida, I wasn't breathing at my easiest. Maybe I should qualify that I'm looking for cities with clean air and fewer allergens. The wifey and I are seriously considering moving from NY because of our allergies, but mostly because of the potential that our children (already with severe eczema) will develop the same allergies and asthma that either my wife or I have. We were thinking Portland, ME as its a place we've both felt comfortable in when visiting, but still close enough to family here that we could drive in less than a day. Rates well from what we've heard as far as low pollen counts, many allergists, and fewer medicated people for allergies.

Sorry to hear that about your children. Have you had them checked for gluten intolerance or celiac disease?

Also this might be worth checking out:

http://www.examiner.com/low-carb-lif...ema-and-health
 

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Originally Posted by wurlwyde
I'm surprised no where in Colorado is on there. I think Boulder's the cleanest/healthest city I've ever lived in. It might be farther west than you're thinking about, but it's worth checking out.

Air quality on the Front Range is actually quite poor as a result of a common temperature inversion. Just think how many days in Boulder/Denver in the wintertime that you can see the "brown cloud" of haze/smog.

Lifestyle-wise, however, it's a pretty healthy place that encourages a lot of outdoor activity...
 

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Originally Posted by mm84321
Sorry to hear that about your children. Have you had them checked for gluten intolerance or celiac disease?

Also this might be worth checking out:

http://www.examiner.com/low-carb-lif...ema-and-health


My son is allergic to all wheat, egg, soy, sesame, tree nuts, peanuts...so in general, he's one of those kids. We are keeping him gluten free as well for now, so its a real trial. My daughter just has severe eczema and my wife and I are generally seasonally allergic to just about everything which leads to us getting sick quite a bit. I know there are clear connections between childhood eczema and adult asthma, so...
 

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florida water tastes like sulfur. nyc water is the best
 

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