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Just curious... - 5/31/2007
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I have three kids ages 7-13 and we're thinking about moving there. Just curious if it is a family friendly town (especially towards those from California) and how the schools are???

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Reno, NV

good place to send your kid to college? - 1/4/2013

thank you for your posts about Chapel Hill. What I've read on this site precludes my son from applying to go to college here. he won't apply. My son was applying to public schools as his Safety schools: NC Chapel Hill and U Dub(Washington State) and UCberkeley and UCLA as his four 'safety' (Cal Berkeley isn't a safety being right up their with Most Selective privates) but these are the publics he's applyikng or was til reading your posts. he's applying to privates in MN, VT, NH, NJ, NYC, D.C.,PA, SoCal,and we let one college in from the South, Emory in Atlanta GA. We found there is too much racism, and Greek life, and quietly, ever polite, uppity white people (I'm White,very White blonde blue) left over in the South for our CA, NV tastes. And specifically why Vanderbuilt is a big NO. We nixed these three VA schools after another college website convinced us. We liked three in VA: U VA (public), William and Mary, and Washington and Lee were high on the list of 20 Most Selective schools he's applying until we read something about the state laws and police harassment in the state of VA against college students (College Confidential or College Prowler). So no apps to a VA school. Your information, on Sperling, about life and gangs in Chapel Hill will prevent my son from applying. If he has to deal with this element he might as well be in NYC with the benefit of a real city or Swarthmore near Phillie, or UCLA in L.A....,or the Greek nut-scene at Dartmouth (Animal House fame) cause at least he can ski (expert skier coming from Tahoe). Minnesota and BYU is looking better and better all the time. wish the U.S. miliary academies had the level of academic excellence as some of our fines private institutions, because there's little drinking, sex, and cheating at West Point, USAFA, and Annapolis I hear...they do have trouble with rapes, but Princeton is right up there with them...what is it about white entitled young men and rapes (Ted Kennedy's nephew immediately comes to mind)? BTW, we're very white, 1st generation German, so felt free to make the racist quote. Also we here the military academies do not treat equitably all the major world religions by showing great deference and preference and brownie points given to only Christians. Not good. So, aloha Chapel Hill. off the list. too bad Hawaii doesn't have Most Selectives, it's where my son was born and lived some of his life. good luck to all seaching for Heaven on Earth.[read more...]

Chapel Hill, NC

Hit or miss - 2/3/2011

Chapel Hill is definitely a change of pace compared to my home city of Durham, NC which is nearby. The advantages of Chapel Hill to Durham are that there is not as much serious crime (murders, rapes and armed robberies) compared to Durham and that there are some things to do if you are artistically inclined(me being a musician) and a free public bus system. The disadvantages are a serious homeless problem everywhere (not just one Franklin St), a highly competitive job rate with little jobs besides the hospital and university and a high mentally ill population which often coincides with the homeless problem. Also gangs and young people getting into trouble is another problem as well as a not so secret drug use scene, as well as people with nothing else to do but cause trouble. Chapel Hill has fair share of the them nearby Carrboro seems to be full of those types of people. Also the buses don't run on Sunday and you have to sign up for Shared Ride, carpool or hire a taxi to get to places on Sunday. Like I said before there are some things to do like going to the Planetarium or the Ackland Art Museum but most people in Chapel Hill go to Raleigh, Durham, or Greensboro or elsewhere for fun. Lastly the cost of living is high. If you are a college student or professional it maybe a nice place to live but if you are an average working class or poor person you might want to consider Raleigh as a place to live or Durham if you stand the high crime and poverty rate there. You can get a one bedroom apartment in Raleigh or Durham under four hundred dollars with some including utilities and other amenities, whereas that same apartment in Chapel Hill will cost $500-600 and usually without utilities and amenities. The social climate is hit or miss as well with some people being nice and others being not so nice, especially some of the college students and professionals. The local artisans are probably the more friendlier of the bunch. My advice is if you have enough money and can stand a general lack of things to do besides eating, arts and crafts and not to occasionally running into trouble then Chapel Hill is the place to live. If you are down on your luck then Chapel Hill may not be the place to live. I personally would like to live on the West Coast( preferably in Huntington Beach or maybe Oregon or Washington state) or Milwaukee( nice atmosphere but too much cold weather).[read more...]

Pittsburgh, PA

Lack of backyards in Chapel Hill, NC - 7/14/2009

Can anyone answer the question as to why there is virtually no backyards in residential neighborhoods in Chapel Hill, NC. You get a nice deck but no playable grass in the backyard. Makes is tough on folks that have small children who like to play in the backyard. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks Robyn [read more...]

Philadelphia, PA

Stuck Up educated liberals - 5/5/2009

I lived in Chapel Hill for several months, the good points are the area is very clean, well educated population, safe, and you actually see folks walking to stores, nice jogging/walking trail; Folks here are abit more active,unlike the rest of the Triangle area where people drive everywhere. What I find disturbing is that large influx of northeasterners from NY,NJ,DC,and PA who are bringing in their rude/ unfriendly ways to the area. The triangle area is much like an urban sprawl, lots of traffic, terrible roads, no side walks, hardly no public transportation, overprice and overated homes; every home in this area has vinyl sidding and they all look the same; just like the people who live in NC. This area is great for families with kids, for singles and the young at heart its a pretty boring place to live.[read more...]

Carrboro, NC

Good And Bad - 8/19/2008

First the good: Schools are great, the town is beautiful, well-educated population, funky, academic, a sense of managed and responsible growth. Mainly due to the university, the town is very diverse, compared to most of the rest of the South. Crime rates are generally low, though there's a serious homeless problem downtown (they know where the money is, I guess). Depending on your political views, the local political climate is very wealthy-left wing, which may or may not be a virtue. There is a strong tradition of progressive politics, though that has largely been swallowed up by money during the last decade or so. Then there's the bad: Cost of living is way out of whack with NC, and the rest of the metro area. Most people who work in town can't afford to live here, and I would wager that many of the people who have put this place on the map (namely, the creative types that spearheaded a very dramatic renaissance here during the 1980s and 1990s, and were here long before RTP commuters and amenity migrants who have gentrified the town into a bedroom community that's too dishonest to describe itself as such) are getting priced out in droves. Very, very sad.[read more...]

Chapel Hill, NC

weather - 7/24/2007

Lovely, early spring. Long, pretty fall. Mild winter. Horrible, hot, humid summer. Great climate September to May.[read more...]

Greenville, NC

Nice Town But... - 6/28/2007

The town must do something about the increase in gangs in town, this county, and in Durham. My child tells me that her high school has several gangs in there and that other local high schools also have seen an increase in gangs. There are black, white, Hispanic, Asian, and all girl gangs increasing all over town and making there way into the lives of residents here. Crime is on the increase and at times it does not feel as safe as it once was. Also, there should be a little more control on those students from Carolina that love to urinate and abuse our property on Franklin Street on weekends and before and after football games. Police should crack down more on alcohol and drug use among those students and limit the hours that students can get drunk before they have football games on campus. Students need to respect the community more and business owners on Franklin Street more. Each year, you get these lude wannabe gangsters and more and more rude students with each freshman class. I hope they do not turn this town into a ghetto. Other than these things, this is a nice place.[read more...]

Chapel Hill, NC

Quality of Life - 6/28/2007

Wonderful place, have been here for 9 years but it is rapidly becoming more expensive.[read more...]

Walnut, CA

Just curious... - 5/31/2007

I have three kids ages 7-13 and we're thinking about moving there. Just curious if it is a family friendly town (especially towards those from California) and how the schools are???[read more...]

La Jolla, CA

Chapel Hill is one of the best - 5/9/2007

I've lived a number of places and this was the best. University adds buzz and diversity; nearby tech industry in the research park adds wealth; friendly, sincere people; plenty of things to do and some good restaurants[read more...]

Plainsboro, NJ

Can't help being envious... - 9/26/2006

I have a friend living there, basically telling me the same thing... Someday I'll bid farewell to lousy NY and defect to you guys!!! :)[read more...]

Chapel Hill, NC

enough to keep busy - 4/18/2006

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Chapel Hill, NC

Best place I've lived in. I will sure miss it - 4/17/2006

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