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Fayetteville, AR | 7 Review(s)
Retired writer/editor, B.A. degree


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Springfield, MO
Seemed okay when I was there
Posted On: 3/14/2018 2:02:50 PM
The cost of living in Springfield is really low.

Boston, MA
Not for me
Posted On: 3/13/2018 9:49:08 PM
I wouldn't go near Boston unless you make or will make at least 150K a year. Better check the cost of living. Rent here is two or three times what it is in most US cities, four times most small towns. It's very crowded. Parking is always a hassle and traffic can be really bad. Better watch your car because there's a good chance somebody will steal it.

Gulfport, MS
You don't want to know
Posted On: 3/13/2018 9:27:38 PM
I was born and educated in Jackson, Miss., and I lived in Gulfport a couple of years. Just say no to any place in Mississippi. It's bad for your health. I don't live there anymore.

Jackson, MS
You don't want to know
Posted On: 3/13/2018 9:23:48 PM
I was born and raised in Jackson. Just say no to Mississippi. It's bad news. I don't live there anymore.

Kansas City, MO
Mixed bag
Posted On: 3/13/2018 7:40:49 PM
I lived in KCMO north of the river for about ten years. It's a great place but there are issues with both increasing crime, and police misconduct. Somebody broke into my car as soon as my wife and I moved here. This was at a nice apartment complex. In addition, two police officers showed up at my apartment in 2007 screaming and yelling in the middle of the afternoon. I was working in my home office. When I opened the door they just marched on in without a warrant, assaulted me and pushed me around. Based on what they said, an estranged relative of mine paid them to go to my apartment to harass and/or harm me. Of course they could have lied. No I'm not some big bad criminal who needs to be harassed. Fortunately I wasn't seriously injured, although the incident did occur just weeks after I had major surgery. It could have turned out much worse. I did report it to (other) authorities. As far as I know, the officers were never held accountable in any way. Every lawyer I contacted refused to help me; some even suggested the incident was my fault. Don't count on being able to get a lawyer in the US for anything. Many will simply refuse to work for you. They won't care if you've got money or not. Some are just lazy. My father was a lawyer/judge, and a really bad person. He was violent, abusive, and abandoned me when I was a kid. A judge.

Kansas City is more affordable than most large cities in the US. There's plenty of entertainment: all kinds of great restaurants, music, and pro sports. And first-class healthcare. Most people in this part of the country are pleasant, non-confrontational, and they mind their own business. Too cold in the winter though. Better have a vehicle good in ice and snow during the winter months.

Sarasota, FL
Everything but the weather stinks
Posted On: 11/1/2017 8:06:37 PM
I don't know about the rest of Florida, but Sarasota is definitely the most antisocial place I ever lived in (not anymore). I'm a college graduate and I’ve traveled quite a bit. Strangers insult you on the street. Privacy invasion by random strangers is common. Don't be surprised if you get remarks from people you don't know about your personal life 20 years ago. I've never seen such an abnormal interest in the personal lives of strangers. I'm not a celebrity. At one point three sheriff's deputies came to my apartment banging on the door at 3 o'clock in the morning. I was sound asleep and it scared the heck out of me. Before I opened the door I called 911. When I finally did open the door the deputies appeared to be putting away drawn guns. I have no criminal history. They said they were looking for somebody I don't know, but I very much doubt they were telling the truth. I had been at that address for several months already. This was in a middle-class neighborhood just a few years ago. You can't live in a place like this.

Too many people don't mind their own business. Too many people try to annoy you, apparently just for their own amusement. People won't leave you alone when you go out. Some shop and restaurant owners are exceedingly rude to their own customers. Living in Sarasota is a legal/crime problem waiting to happen. The vast majority of residents here are transplants from the northeastern US, say north of Virginia, or a military retiree. Many people, civilians of all ages, are obsessed with the Navy and won't shut up about it. Older veterans are a big part of the problem, and many of them have a some kind of mental disorder where they repeat the word "enlisted" all the time. People in the Navy do not address other sailors as "enlisted." Nobody calls you "enlisted." They usually address you by your last name or rank. I was a Navy medic in the '70s. Civilians don't want to hear about the military all the time anyway. If the old men/losers in Sarasota can't get along with other people, they should rejoin the military or leave the country. Move next to a military base. Sarasota is a rude, combative, confrontational, and hostile environment. Like I said, I never lived in a place this bad.

Fayetteville, AR
Super cheap
Posted On: 11/1/2017 7:35:05 PM
I’ve lived in Fayetteville about five years now and I’m 60. Rent, real estate, and most everything else is very cheap here. It's clean. The crime rate is low. The weather is usually pretty good. Winters are short and not that cold. I think there's enough entertainment in the way of restaurants, bars, and shopping, especially if you include the entire northwest Ark. area. And of course college sports. However, health care choices and doctors (specialists) are limited. Incidentally, I wish medical people would stop trying to set me up with a girlfriend. I don't go out with healthcare women anymore. Bad experience with a number of them, especially my first wife.

Fayetteville is too conservative in some ways. For example, it's amazing how many people won't shut up about my military job some 40 years ago (nothing special). Simply being a veteran is an endless source of fascination for many people here. Nearly every time I walk into a large Walmart some stranger makes a remark about it. Not entirely normal. They exaggerate the importance of it. My military job required only a few months training after high school. I got a four-year college degree a long time ago. By the way, I am not buddies with any military veterans in Fayetteville. If any of those old cranks say they know me they're lying. When I first moved here a few years ago, sleazy old lower-class white men were harassing and insulting me in Walmart stores. All total strangers. Never seen them before. They wore dark-blue ball caps with a Navy logo. Some brought along hideously ugly old hags. I reported them to police. A police officer told me harassment is against the law.

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