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Review of Gainesville, Florida

A Quickly-Growing City Filled with Rich Culture
Star Rating - 3/23/2017
The city of Gainesville, FL has significantly changed over the past several years. Once a town defined only by the University of Florida, its amazing natural landscapes, unique history, and quickly-expanding business scene have begun to put Gainesville on the national radar of extraordinary, one-of-a-kind cities.

Gainesville is the perfect place to live for someone in any stage of life. Although it is small and centralized, there’s always something to do! The city has a rich culture which often remains undiscovered to travelers solely visiting for the University of Florida.

There is a stigma that Gainesville is only a good place to live for college students, which couldn’t be any further from the truth! While hosting a major public university with top-ranked academic and athletic programs means that the Gators are a large part of the city’s lifestyle, it also means that it’s constantly growing. The city has completely revitalized itself since I moved here in 2012. There has been plenty of construction recently, but it is slowing making way for new businesses and town center-areas generally only developed in big cities.

The Gainesville retail and business industries are beginning to compete with larger Florida cities such as Tampa or Jacksonville, however Gainesville residents benefit from less traffic! Innovation Square, an incubator for startup businesses working on high-tech research, has made Gainesville one of the premier startup hubs in Florida.

There is never a dull moment in this beautiful city! Whether you’re watching a Gators athletic event, drifting down one of the many beautiful nearby springs, such as Ginnie or Ichetucknee, watching wild horses walk by in Paynes Prairie, or visiting the Harn Art Museum on campus, you will always find an exciting adventure.

One of my personal favorite aspects of Gainesville is the food scene. There are so many unique local restaurants, such as Satchel’s Pizza, The Top, Manuel’s and Reggae Shack, all which put an innovative and delicious spin on their food. There are also two breweries, Swamp Head and First Magnitude, which are great to visit on a night out.

Not only is Gainesville a great place to visit, but it’s a great place to live. I would truly recommend visitors check out the city!
Genevieve | Gainesville, FL
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Oh puleeze! You make this sound like a mini NYC! Gainesville is a city built around a university -- period. The University dominates everything and controls everything. To top it off, they pay no property taxes and don't even use Gainesville Regional Utilities, so all homeowners pay outrageous taxes and we all pay outrageous utility rates -- some of the highest in the state. EVERYTHING revolves around UF and Shands. Unless you want to work in retail or wait tables, there are no real jobs here outside of the government, UF and Shands. Yes, there is a lot to do if you like the outdoors, but if you don't, there is pretty much nothing. Rents are skyrocketing in 2021, and all the construction is high-end student housing or developments for rich retirees, who are flooding our area from S. FL because the taxes & insurance are getting so high down there. Gainesville used to be a small town with character. Now they're using "the Orlando plan" to change what was a nice small town into a sprawling, elitist mess, just like they did Orlando when Disney moved in. I'm getting out of here as soon as I can and won't ever be back. All the development you praise is running those of us who loved it as it was away.
Amie | Gainesville, FL | Report Abuse

This is an awesome summary! Thank you so much and I can't wait to check it out! I am an IT Professional who is looking for rentals in the City of Gainesville. My family lives in Jacksonville, however I do not like it - at all. So that I am not TOO far away I have had some friends recommend Gainesville! Wish me luck!
Annabella | Bellair-Meadowbrook Terrace, FL | Report Abuse

Annabella - I am actually from Jacksonville, and can attest that if you don't like how large and spread out the city is, you will enjoy Gainesville! It has more of a small-town atmosphere, but still with many industrialized areas, creating a good balance. The drive from Gainesville to Jacksonville isn't too long, either :) I wish you the best of luck!
Genevieve | Gainesville, FL | Report Abuse

Great summary. I look forward to exploring this city next month.
Kerry | Lake Elsinore, CA | Report Abuse
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