LSAClassOf2000

July 12th, 2016 at 5:57 PM ^

As a downriver resident, I can tell you with near certainty that we have several communities - my own included - which consistently rank at the bottom of several Michigan-wide health, wellness, and quality metrics. As soon as the dude down the street who swills Miller while he sits next to his used Bowflex moves, a machine he never uses to the knowledge of the street, we're hoping to change this a little bit. 

stephenrjking

July 12th, 2016 at 5:03 PM ^

In other geographical news, New York City has the largest population in its state, and Siberia is really cold. 

Ann Arbor's rep for being standoffish and perhaps a bit arrogant is probably deserved, but this is such a plainly true proposition that it's not even worth discussing. 

steve sharik

July 12th, 2016 at 5:12 PM ^

Name a better place to live that also has winter. Can't be done. You could say a place like Madison, WI is it's equal, but I don't buy any place as better unless the weather is like Venice Beach.

stephenrjking

July 12th, 2016 at 5:17 PM ^

Depends upon whether or not one considers winter a feature or a bug.

And lifestyle preferences make a big difference. Ann Arbor has great food, parks, entertainment, sports, and recreational opportunities. Someone that really likes the big city life would prefer a place like Chicago or NYC, Detroit not cutting it in this department. Someone who loves water would want to live on the coasts or on a Great Lake, a situation that brings with it some weather peculiarities. People who like to hunt and fish would be inclined to be somewhere less urbanized.

But Ann Arbor hits a lot of sweet spots. And, in Michigan, is superior in almost every check-box. 

 

BlueBadger

July 12th, 2016 at 5:30 PM ^

I have now lived in Madison for 4 years, after 4 years of Ann Arbor. I know people here won't want to hear this, but I like living in Madison more than Ann Arbor. It's bigger without feeling bigger, so there's more to do, more choices of bars and restaurants, but doesn't feel more crowded or dirty.

SpikeFan2016

July 12th, 2016 at 11:42 PM ^

The non-downtown part of Madison feels way more basic Midwest suburban than its Ann Arbor counterparts. They're both good, but I've had family live in both and I think Ann Arbor is better. 

 

Also, of course Madison isn't big enough to feel dirty, but I do think it feels more crowded. Particularly with the geography of the city (narrow isthmus). 

Gavia immer_MI

July 12th, 2016 at 8:37 PM ^

Denver is not better than Ann Arbor. I live in Fort Collins (used to live in Ann Arbor) and have spent some time in Denver and while Denver is kind of cool, it's no where near Ann Arbor. I kind of get tired of hearing people talk about how nice the weather is in Colorado because of the sun. It's flat out hot most of the time. "But it's a dry heat". Yeah and I don't like sticking my head in an oven.

Simply put, there's something special about Ann Arbor.

Maynard

July 12th, 2016 at 6:18 PM ^

Not better but Seattle and Toronto are decent as far as urban areas go. I love Ann Arbor, except too many people like to walk on the streets without even looking, blissfully unaware with headphones and not seeming to notice the many cars that could hit them at any moment. I'm fairly surprised more pedestrians aren't run over here.

stephenrjking

July 13th, 2016 at 2:12 PM ^

I missed winter when I lived in California and I enjoy it now that I live in the north.

But I didn't miss it THAT much. Reading winter weather updates from Minnesota while sitting outside on a picnic table in Tarzana at sunset in 70 degree temperatures in February? I was ok with what I had.

evenyoubrutus

July 12th, 2016 at 9:05 PM ^

I agree TC is wonderful to visit (I'm actually on vacation there right now!) But the list is best places to live, not visit. I can't vouch for the standard of living here, but it sure does seem like a great town to set up shop.

Jinkin Mongol

July 12th, 2016 at 10:53 PM ^

Lived there for 8 of the past 9 years, just moved back to AA. TC is a great place to live for the most part. Elementary and middle schools kinda suck and not much support for education. Biking to lake, lots of public land, and pretty good food options were nice. Pretty whitebread place so if you seek a diverse peninsula look somewhere else.