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Average Ratings:
Artisticness: 4.5    Calmness: 3.5    Helpfulness: 4.3   
Intellectualness: 4.5    Neatness: 3.8    Outgoingness: 3.5   
Average Resident Personality Test Scores:
Artisticness: 3.09    Calmness: 3.02    Helpfulness: 2.97   
Intellectualness: 3.27    Neatness: 3.29    Outgoingness: 3.17   


Name: | Age: 32 | Gender: Male | ZIP: | Resident for: 2 years | Added on: 2007-11-28
Artisticness: 3   Calmness: 5   Helpfulness: 4   Intelligence: 3   Neatness: 3   Outgoingness: 2   
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What do you like about Ann Arbor?
Ok. Some things need to be put into perspective. Michigan overall is largely a manufacturing-based industry and most cities in michigan will have a strong whiff of that blue collar pride. Now, if you compare Ann Arbor to most of these "prototypical" Michigan cities (i.e you are a life-long midwesterner) then Ann Arbor would seem like the pinnacle of civilization. But the reality is that in terms of art, culture, cuisine, and quality of living, Ann Arbor is about the same as cities like: Chapel Hill NC, New Brunswick NJ, Torrance CA, and St. Louis MO. Now if you have ever lived in any one of these other cities, you would soon realize that people around this area speak highly of Ann Arbor because they haven't lived anywhere else.
What do you dislike about Ann Arbor?
I need to qualify this one too. I grew up in new york city and yes the people can be rude but people in Michigan overall are extremely complacent with really, nothing to show for it. It is the best example of modern American living: self-confidence before actual knowlege, breaking the rules without actually learning the rules, and lastly, thinking that the city that they happend to live in is somehow a unique experience.
What are your favorite parts of the city to live and/or hang out in?
Like any other college town.
How expensive is it?
Compared to national averages it is still CHEAP in Ann Harbor when you consider a major university within the city.
Is it safe? Stand outside with a sign that says "please take my wallet" and you'll still be dissapointed.
How is the weather? All four seasons.
Additional thoughts? Back in grad school, I had a friend from Malyasia who honest belived that he came from the art center of the Asian continent. I don't think midwesterners are that dissimilar to my very sincere friend.

Name: Lila | Age: 28 | Gender: Female | ZIP: 48108 | Resident for: more than 10 years | Added on: 2007-02-11
Artisticness: 5   Calmness: 4   Helpfulness: 3   Intelligence: 5   Neatness: 4   Outgoingness: 3   
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What do you like about Ann Arbor?
Lots of culture and intellectual things to do. Museums, Libraries, Parks, and a nice downtown that has cafes to sit in and read.
What do you dislike about Ann Arbor?
I grew up there and needed to leave for awhile, but generally it is a great place for families and kids. People who move there have a tendency to stay because it is a nice small city.
What are your favorite parts of the city to live and/or hang out in?
State and Liberty, South U, and generally anyplace downtown. I like the Arboretum and Gallup Park too. The river makes a nice focus for all the green stuff in the city.
How expensive is it?
Housing is too expensive because it has become a really popular place to go, and because of the students. Generally though other stuff is about the same as anywhere else, and there is more selection of novelty foods and good books and stuff than in most places in Michigan.
Is it safe?
It is safe, but I worry a little about the drunk frat-boys. I'm from a neighborhood that is pretty far from the center, and there used to be more problems there with drugs and stuff.
How is the weather?
COLD in winter, long winter... hot in the summer, but usually only a week or two of insustainable heat. Spring and Fall are my favorites.
Additional thoughts?
I can see myself going back, but having got used to cities with more public transportation (although a2 for a city of its size has great transport too) I think I'd feel frustrated trying to live there again, especially outside the center.

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