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China Grove, NC

Lock and load if you must come to this town - 2/10/2012

The apparently bucolic town of Salisbury is set in a beautiful southern climate with lots of beautiful historic homes and huge old-growth oaks. Those charming turn-of-the-century ginger bread houses may have equally charming white picket fences separating pedestrians from meticulously landscaped lawns. But never step over one of those picket fences, or you may discover that the lawn is actually 2" of astroturf, covering 8 feet of sludge. So grotesque are the dirty little secrets in the town whose motto should be "To Seem, Rather Than To Be," that it's no wonder Salisbury is the backdrop to half a dozen or so crime/murder/thriller novels. Many a visitor from out of town has fallen in love with the charm and bought homes here, only to suffer doubly from the real estate market fall, and a violent crime spree that is statistically worse than Detroit. Aside from the high murder rate, Salisbury has more registered sex offenders in the core area of the downtown than any other location on the East Coast outside of Miami/Dade. Daytime robberies of "We Buy Gold" pawn and loan shops is not unusual, as are lunchtime robberies of drive-thru patrons at local fast food restaurants. When you check into a local chain hotel, and see the clerk separated from guests checking in, by 3/4" thick bulletproof glass, it will make you think twice before retrieving your bags from the car---particularly when the wooded areas along the edge of some hotels in town have become homeless enclaves. Salisbury is the little town that understaffs its police force, so that they can have half a dozen or so art galleries, four live performance theatres, a floundering fiber optic utility managed by the city, and over a dozen 'craft' shops that sell overpriced, imported bric-a-brac that most of us would not pay 50 cents for at a yard sale. With that said, daytime visits to the five blocks or so of the heavily patrolled downtown on a Saturday morning can be a pleasant experience, so long as you can park your car on the street in full view, to minimize the car break-in risk. There are some excellent restaurants, a discount health food store, and if you like drinking, there's a redlight district on East Fisher Street that has a plethora of establishments for imbibing of alcohol and even a host of non-tax-paid controlled substances. There's even a head shop called "Expressions" where you can find a replacement for that old vibrator you've had since college, AND buy an overpriced bong. So plan to spend a quality Saturday morning in Salisbury. Just make sure you have your concealed/carry permit, and LOCK AND LOAD.

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Salisbury, NC

A Nice Place to Live - 6/9/2010

Salisbury is a very quite and convenient place to live. It is located in Rowan County and serves as the county seat. Housing cost are low with a wide range of housing options. Fishing and boating activities are available on the Yadkin River and High Rock Lake in northeastern Rowan County. The Uwharrie Mountains, the Black Mountains and the Pisgah National Forest are within a 1-2 hour drive and provide backpacking, camping, and fishing. The town is located halfway between Winston-Salem and Charlotte both of which are within a 30-60 minute drive of Salisbury. This provides easy access to two major airports, major shopping venues, major health care facilities, NASCAR, and various historical and cultural activities. The N.C. Zoo is about an hour away in Asheboro. There are two private liberal arts colleges in Salisbury and a mid sized community hospital. In addition, the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer, N.C. is about 10 minutes from downtown Salisbury. Salisbury is also corporate headquarters for Food Lion and Cheerwine. I've live in Salisbury for eight years. It's nice place to raise a family or retire.

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Salisbury, NC

forced annexation - 10/17/2009

Salisbury's aggressive forced annexation policies have adversely affected its growth, both in the private and the business sector.

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Salisbury, NC

A bit of history - 3/27/2009

Salisbury is more than 350 years old and is in a historically agrarian area. Life is slower paced and the climate is very pleasant. Anyone desiring a historical setting, this might be right for you.

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Hollywood, FL

Salisbury.. nice but boring - 4/1/2008

Recently reloctated to Salisbury in need of better economic situation and boy am I lucky!! leaving So Fla it was a VERY nice change and slower pace.. short commute to neighboring cities like Charlotte or Greensboro (20-40 minutes).. Great older homes and quiet streets.. City is in need of faster growth... potential is definitely there but needs an infusion of young blood!!! oh, did I mention the LOW LOW cost of housing; it SLAMS Charlotte, CONCORD and HUNTERSVILLE all neighboring cities!!! Salisbury is definitely a city to watch!! These home prices won't last forever!!!

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Rochester, NY

Easy living - 6/19/2006

There's a lot of: pecan trees; low cost housing; sunshine There's not a lot of: critical thinking; health consciousness; recycling; stores open on Sunday or past 7 pm

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Salisbury, NC

Catawba College in Salisbury, NC - 4/14/2006

I worked at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC for several months and have found it to be a great fit for the student who thrives on individual attention and desires a supportive, close-knit environment. Salisbury is a small town with a rich, well-preserved history. The slow pace of life and the overt friendliness of the residents makes the town a great place to live.

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