Reviews & Comments
Powder Springs, GA
Great in theory.
I don't really agree about the police. Powder Springs and Cobb County are pretty laid back from my experience. I have 2 black sons and a biracial one and they haven't been bothered at all here. Now, if you said that about the police in Kennesaw, I would tend to agree with that.
Chicago, ILNice Place To Visit But Not To Live
Nice city to visit but you really don't want to live there. I did for many years and it has lots of problem and is a very stressful place to live. First of all, it cost like hell to live there. If you aren't making lots of money by either being a professional or having a union gig, the rent or mortgage there will eat up most of what you make. Real estate taxes are likely the highest in the nation. If you want to own a car there, your insurance cost will be SKY high too. Even for liability. The roads there are in horrible shape and potholes damage cars all the time- especially small ones like a Corolla. And there is no place to park in most neighbourhoods on the street so you'll have to rent a private space for more than a little money. Oh, and you have to pay the city for a "city sticker" too. If you don't have a car, the CTA provides decent bus and subway service 24/7. For the most part, it is quality service and safe though I wouldn't advise riding it anywhere south of 35th street after dusk. Speaking of crime, the crime thing is overblown by the national media. Chicago is not anymore dangerous than most any big cities. There are bad neighbourhoods like Lawndale and Englewood where you'd be stupid to go into but there are also neighbourhoods like Edison Park and Jefferson Park where you can leave your car or front door unlocked and not worry. It's really a question of not hanging around the bad neighbourhoods. The lakefront neighbourhoods are not really too dangerous although there are some dicey areas in Uptown and East Rogers Park. West Rogers Park is very safe. The Chicago Public Schools really suck. Horrible, terrible and awful. You will have to pay Catholic school tuition if you live in the city. Most Chicago teachers do NOT send their own children to CPS. You might apply your kids to one of the CPS magnet schools. If you get really lucky and they get in, those are great schools. Walter Payton and Northside Prep are 2 of the best schools in the USA but your chances of getting in are probably around 5 percent. There are some other good schools that are not ranked but good such as Lane Tech that you would have a better chance getting admitted to but they are competitive too. Apply to all and save yourself having to pay Catholic school tuition if you can. Another thing you will hate about Chicago is the winter. It is cold as a well diggers ass in the Klondike there
And you can't put on enough layers to stay warm when the wind chill is minus 25 degrees for days on end. And the winters are dark. Dark at 4 PM because Chicago sits on the eastern boundary of the Central Time Zone. That makes it get dark an hour earlier than next door in Indiana which is in the Eastern Time Zone. Another good thing however is that Chicago has some of the BEST cultural offerings in the world! It has a world class Art Museum, the Shedd Aquarium and the Museum of Science and Industry is great! It also has a great City College system. I graduated from Truman College and then from Northwestern University. So all in all the city has some good things to offer but it is a very costly and stressful place to live. Move to Kenosha Wisconsin. It's a METRA train ride to The Loop. All of the benefits and none of the bullshet.
Wichita, KSIt has nice and not so nice qualities
I grew up there. Here's the good, bad and ugly. First the bad- the worst thing about this place is the weather. It absolutely sucks all year. It's windy and freezing all winter, 90 to 110 degrees all summer and rains all spring. Don't make many outdoor plans!
Parts of the city are quite dangerous crime wise. Avoid places like Planeview, Oaklawn and anyplace between Central and 25th and Grove and Hillside especially. In other neighbourhoods, you are less likely to be robbed or murdered but property and car crimes are fairly common everywhere. Also avoid picking up a date on S Broadway. You'll take home something really nasty!
The nice: Living in Wichita is cheap. Housing cost less than 1/2 most cities. Schools were good when I went there. I went to East High and it was a great school. The parks are nice and kept up, especially College Hill Park where we went. The police are pretty tolerant for the most part. If you were nice to them, they'll just make you dump your pot in the gutter and let you go. And there is no traffic in Wichita really. Sometimes Kellogg gets a bit backed up but you can be anywhere in 15 minutes or less.