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Dallas, Texas Cost of Living - 2/24/2011
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The cost of living is exceptional. If you are seeking a place with a great cultural experience, Austin would have more venues. Housing prices are advantageous compared nationally. Although Dallas has a singles scene, I would not rate it as a better place to live for singles.

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What makes this place good is the same thing that - 9/1/2013

It's Zoning! Cities like San Fran, Boston, New York, Miami and Houston , they share one thing in common, they have an Identity of being a Large city. Dallas took a aggressive approach to zoning, which is why it feels like a town. This zoning give city planners the opportunity to curb behaviors, and effective segregating by economics and race. The impact on daily life in Dallas can be summed up in one word BORING! 1. Most all restaurants close their kitchen about 9 pm 2. Their is no culture at all, kinda like a Manila envelope. 3. Nightlife is summed up to dinner and a movie, or sitting on the porch of the many bars and drinking to boredom. 4. This is only a working town, Dallas is not a destination for vacationers. What is sad, is that with a large and going international population, the beauty on those cultures is lost in the distant sleepy suburbs. My point is if you want authentic Peking Duck you have to drive to the obscurity of a boring suburb. If your don't have to move here DON'T ! [read more...]

Dallas, TX

Costs way to much. Turn around! - 8/25/2013

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Garland, TX

Dallas is hot and humid in the summer, mild in the - 8/12/2013

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Tucson, AZ

Been in the Metroplex for 3 years now, and.... - 8/11/2013

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Lots of Culture & Recreation in Dallas - 7/5/2013

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Advice on relocating to Dallas, TX from San Jose, - 12/13/2012

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Dallas, TX

Dallas is the Most Boring and Pretentious City EVE - 12/12/2012

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A modern West Berlin. - 11/13/2012

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Affordable Cosmopolitan blended with Texas sensibi - 10/30/2012

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Looking To Leave - 8/11/2012

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Garland, TX


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Playtime - 2/2/2012

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East Dallas Best part of town to live - 1/25/2012

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Kennedale, TX

Great place to live!! - 11/1/2011

For all the yahoos that had bad things to say about Dallas or Texas in general, just leave and good riddance. Dallas is a great place to live or to visit. People in Texas are generally nice and friendly and as for the post by george that talked about "people being gunned down in the street" is just absolutely ridiculous. There is crime just like any other city in the U.S. but happens in the places you do not want to frequent so there is no problem. If george was witnessing "people being gunned down in the streets" then he obviously went to the wrong bars and should try going to nice night clubs and meeting "the other kind of people" instead of hanging with his friends. Rather than bad-mouthing something you may not care for and making up lies to justify your rage, why don't you keep your mouth shut and let people decide for themselves. All people are different and you can dislike differences in people without saying nasty things to justify your own feelings. What you may not like in someone may be exactly why someone else may really like that person. It is all about chemistry. You could be one of those people that does not make friends easily but it doesn't make you a bad person. You could be a person that is picky enough about your friends to want them honest and sincere and not quick to judge which could be exactly like yourself. So quit judging everything and everyone lest ye be judged by the same measure.[read more...]

Richardson, TX

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San Antonio, TX

Great place to make strides financially and profes - 6/18/2011

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