HeavenWood wrote: Perseus_I wrote: BruceWayne wrote:
fish52 wrote:Plenty of people don't own cars in Philly. You are certainly right about LA, but that's a pretty odd city. As for the others, who would want to live in those shitholes?
I know one thing; about half of those shitholes have women that are hot as shit. And they aren't feeling guys who have to meet them at the bus stop for a date.
At least in my experience, the number of hot single women in a city is inversely proportional to the prevalence of car culture in the city. With the possible exception of LA. Richmond may have hot women. But how many of them are not either married or engaged?
According to those things Forbes does, the top single cities are always NYC, DC, Chicago, SF, or Austin - all environmentally conscious cities where car culture is frowned upon (though Austin doesn't fit that profile quite as well).
There's no fun driving around trying to date in some sunbelt city full of married and/or pregnant 19-year-olds.
I don't think car culture is "frowned upon" in those cities other than San Francisco, and a lot of people do drive in DC and Chicago. In NYC it's simply inconvenient to have a car.That's why I love Philly. Cars are not at all necessary, but having one is hardly an impediment. In fact, it's a nice luxury
I almost went to school in Philly. I would never live there, but I like the sentiment. Why can't a car be a luxury like it is even in super rich northern Europe? They take good freakin' care of their cars there, too, unlike most Americans. That's how it ought to be. If you aren't driving super clean Jaguar or a Mercedes, and just for fun, you shouldn't be driving.
A lot of people in D.C. do not drive. I lived there for 8 months. Even people who have cars frequently do not use them because the traffic is awful. The metro there is awesome, fast, and clean -- and I hear it's gotten even better in the five years since I was there. I am not sure about Chicago. I have only visited, and I didn't like their light rail/subway much.
The point is, environmentally conscious young people do not have to drive in these cities. If you're worried about dating, these types of cities are also superior for dating. Given Dallas' and Houston's high vacancy rates, I think owning a downtown house in either city is not a good investment. In NYC, it absolutely would be. Also, from NYC, you're more likely to get the type of work that will give you good options, including options in TX, if Big Law turns out not to be your thing.
I just perused UT's OCI. It's downright scary how many firms there are in TX that only do litigation. If you do litigation at a parochial firm, you non-law/corporate/in-house options are essentially nil.