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New York, NY


Biggest wasted opportunity in the USA - 8/9/2019
I moved to new york when I came to the USA from Dominican republic, and it took for my parents and me to move to FL to see how bad NYC is. I unfortunately find myself here again because in my line of work, it's a lot easier to find work in NYC and then transfer to a better place.

1. prohibitively expensive: obviously any city is gonna be more expensive than the surrounding area, but oh my god living here is expensive. housing is the biggest part of that, no doubt in big part to all the gov't regulations on rent control making it very risky to build here, which leads to my second problem:

2. oppressive, bloated ineffective government: NYC has to have the biggest, most overreaching state and local government in the country, besides maaaaaybe San Francisco. the burden of regulation is a big reason living here is so expensive, and it makes opening up a business unnecessarily difficult. basic american rights like firearm ownership are effectively nonexistent, and conveniences everyone else enjoys like making a right on a red light are also gone, in government's futile attempt to make life "safe" while forgetting that the best way to make people safe it to let them be free.

3. too many people: I know that the big city, and the big crowds of times square are something everyone wants to see about NYC, but it's not worth the headaches such insane population density causes. congestion is a daily problem, making getting to work unless you leave extremely early very difficult, and since so few have the money to have a house, nearly everyone parks on the street. finding parking can take a considerable amount of time.

4. weather: this one is kind of subjective. I personally really dislike cold weather, and everything it brings along with it. my job has me work outside every day, so you can imagine how much I dread winter. Aside from personal preferences though, snow is actually a big economic, and logistic, convenience, and safety burden for everyone. My mother hurt herself slipping on some black ice, and it's not like my mom doesn't know how to walk carefully.

If you're already super-rich, a lot of the problems listed above are something you might not have to really deal with, unlike the rest of us plebeians. and the fact that sooo many people live here makes NYC a place of huge potential opportunity; it's just held back by the out of control left-wing politics, and its geography. I will say though, the water here is amazing; it's the secret ingredient in New York Pizza
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