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Americans moving out of mega cities

By lostand confused   2012 Nov 29, 11:28pm   1,288 views   9 comments   watch (2)   quote      

It appears Americans are moving out in droves from mega cities like New York and Los Angeles. Perhaps immigrants make up the difference, but despite this and the lousy economy, home prices are at bubble prices in places like Los Angeles and the Bay area.

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1   Tenpoundbass   977/978 = 99% civil   2012 Nov 29, 11:54pm  ↑ like (4)   ↓ dislike   quote    

But but but how will they walk to Starbucks during their leisurely stroll to work?

2   zzyzzx   570/570 = 100% civil   2012 Nov 30, 12:16am  ↑ like (4)   ↓ dislike   quote    

It's because mega-cities are too fucking expensive. That and you have pretty much everything everyplace else now too.

3   C Boy     2012 Dec 4, 12:42am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

The DFW area has 6+ million people.

How many people does it take to become a "mega" city any how?

4   rfsanders     2012 Dec 4, 3:46am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

I had every intention to move closer to LA/OC after college. Lately, I've been finding SLC and Denver more attractive (despite the snow). For starters, I can actually afford rent in Utah. Can't do that in LA/OC.

Used to be the wages were higher in LA. Now it's higher in Utah, but the cost of living is cheap, cheap, cheap! Better mass transit. Freeways that generally move (no worse than Inland Empire traffic, anyway). Suddenly LA/OC is looking like a better place to visit than to move to. (Too bad, since LA/OC is awesome!)

zzyzzx says

It's because mega-cities are too expensive. That and you have pretty much everything everyplace else now too.

No joke. The days I'm working up in Utah, I find nearly everything I want. Lots of In-N-Outs. A WinCo grocery store. Trader Joe's just opened its first (of likely many) new locations in SLC. And as much as I hate cold and snow, a warm coat fixes that. Or a quick trip back down here to SoCal. The only thing left I miss is palm trees.

5   edvard2     2012 Dec 4, 4:09am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

This isn't anything new: the hot areas of growth for a few decades has been the Sun Belt- as in TX, GA, NC, and so on. They're cheaper and there are a lot of companies ( a lot of manufacturing companies) moving there. The fact that you could move to one of these areas and buy a pretty decent house for 150-200k in some instances- and the house you'd get there would probably cost a cool million in the Bay Area- is reason enough why many are relocating there.

That was a very serious consideration for me for years. But given that there were hardly any jobs in my field in any of those locations means it was better to stay in the BA. I don't blame people for making a decision to move to those areas though.

6   Ceffer   529/529 = 100% civil   2012 Dec 4, 4:51am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (2)   quote    

There just aren't enough hookers in those rube-town redneck cluster fucks. Obama needs to add "hooker grants" to the freebies, to educate a new generation of talented hookers for those dusty outbacks, no more competition from mega cities.

7   Peter P   78/78 = 100% civil   2012 Dec 4, 5:09am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

We need to legalize and de-stigmatize prostitution. It is an honest business and it should be more respected.

Feminists should throw their support behind this. The system is denying women (or men) their right to use their bodies for commerce. Besides, prostitutes are currently being exploited precisely because it is illegal.

8   curious2   549/549 = 100% civil   2012 Dec 5, 4:58am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Ceffer says

add "hooker grants" to the freebies

At least it would be better than Bubbles Ben deliberately reflating the housing bubble by printing funny money. It's irksome to see "free market" bankers lining up at the Fed for their lemon socialism, like a bunch of Jimmy Swaggart preachers lining up at a brothel.

9   swebb     2012 Dec 5, 5:18am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

rfsanders says

I had every intention to move closer to LA/OC after college. Lately, I've been finding SLC and Denver more attractive (despite the snow).

News Flash! It doesn't actually snow (very much) in Denver.

Probably the biggest misconception people have is that Winter in Denver sucks. It doesn't! You do get a 1 foot dump once a year or so along with several smaller snow storms, but usually the snow is gone in a few days. Daily temps usually reach 40 deg, and the sun just melts away the snow.

Also you have 2 - 4 warm spells, up to 5 days in length, where the daily temp pushes 60.

Denver isn't in the's in the high plains. The snow is in the mountains, I promise.

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