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Average Ratings:
Artisticness: 2.5    Calmness: 1.5    Helpfulness: 2.0   
Intellectualness: 2.5    Neatness: 2.0    Outgoingness: 1.5   
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Artisticness: 3.14    Calmness: 2.93    Helpfulness: 3.01   
Intellectualness: 3.30    Neatness: 3.43    Outgoingness: 3.05   

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Name: | Age: 46 | Gender: Male | ZIP: 23510 | Resident for: 5-10 years | Added on: 2013-04-04
Artisticness: 2   Calmness: 1   Helpfulness: 2   Intelligence: 2   Neatness: 1   Outgoingness: 1   
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What do you like about Norfolk?

* Proximity to the water/beaches.

* Has a few pockets of culture.

What do you dislike about Norfolk?

* Locals are very cliquey. Making friends with them is very difficult.

* Very transient area. Non-locals that you meet and get to be friends with usually leave due to work or military.

* Very expensive housing for what the city has to offer. Rents are bastardized by Military housing allowances, which makes affordable, modern and SAFE housing hard to come by for regular Middle-Class workers. You show me an apartment in Norfolk that is less than 10 years old, with a dishwasher and washer and dryer, and I'll show you an apartment that dares to have the words "Luxury Apartment" on the sign out front, allowing them to charge you accordingly. ie., If it's got anything like modern conveniences and is in one of the few safe neighborhoods, you're charged a premium for that.

* City Government is pretty bad, vision-less, short-sighted. Lot's of good ol boy politics goes on here.

* Certain parts of the city are run like little fiefdoms by those with certain last names.

* Although most of Norfolk is surrounded by water, there is relatively little you can do to enjoy it due to the fact that most of the shoreline is military/Industrial. That is unless you're in a yacht club.

If you like water activity, you're better off in Virginia Beach.

* Wages in all of Hampton Roads stifled due to many retired military personnel settling and working here. WHY? They have a retirement coming in and when they go to work in private industry, they're willing to work for much less than someone who doesn't have that retirement. IT salaries are laughable here.

* Single? Male? Straight? Non-Military? Progressive? Good luck dating. VERY limited pool of single, ATTRACTIVE, non-B&tSh!t crazy women. My zip code, 23510 is 65% Male. Get the picture?

* Single, Female? Gay?, Conservative? You'll love it here.

* Dilapidated infrastructure, and a very large vocal Tea Party-like voting base that doesn't want to spend money on it, or think investment in infrastructure should turn a businees-like profit. Not Forward thinkers at all.

* Many in the outlying areas still carry antebellum social attitudes. Not all, but enough to let you know they're there.

What are your favorite parts of the city to live and/or hang out in?

* One of the few safe ones! I live in Freemason, a very historic district very very close to downtown. VERY expensive, but worth it for the safety.


* Downtown is OK and is a short walk from my apartment. There really are only a few streets downtown worth spending time/money.


How expensive is it?
* Housing is very expensive for what Norfolk offers or the size city that it is, not to mention that rents are not par with the salaries of NON-Military people (meaning: those that don't get housing allowances). I explained that above. Many locals have written editorials on this, but the people that count don't care.

- Very Have/Have Not city.

* They tax everything including groceries.


Is it safe?

* If you can afford to live in the "Safe" neighborhoods; yes.


How is the weather?
* What day is it? It's April here right now and Monday was 70 degress, Tuesday was 50.

* Generally mild winters.

* Summers can be brutal. Think 95 at night with 90% humidity.

Additional thoughts?

* Norfolk has/had the potential to be a great city. However, local governments rely far to heavily on the Military presence for the local economy. E.G., When Sequestration happened, it threatened VERY large amount of local jobs. Emphasis needs to be placed to attract more White Collar non-military dependent business to the area.

* The Hampton Roads region is 7 locales that refuse to work as a region on damn near anything. Think fiefdoms, incapable of presenting a unified front on most anything. Each city has residents that think ill of the other cities.

I know I've been rough in this review, but everything I've written is true and experienced first-hand. This is NOT hear-say.

For those of you still reading and thinking to yourself "Well Damn! If you hate it that bad then just move!". I say....I've got resume's flying out as fast as I can.



Name: | Age: 16 | Gender: Female | ZIP: | Resident for: more than 10 years | Added on: 2008-03-20
Artisticness: 3   Calmness: 2   Helpfulness: 2   Intelligence: 3   Neatness: 3   Outgoingness: 2   
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What do you like about Norfolk? almost everything.
What do you dislike about Norfolk? the squids on the prowl at night, haha.
What are your favorite parts of the city to live and/or hang out in? after school we're within walking distance of a lot of nice places. dog n burger is great.
How expensive is it? eh. i'm not gonna lie, it's pretty bad.
Is it safe? somewhat.
How is the weather? crazy. there's a saying in norfolk, 'if you don't like the weather, wait a day or two.'
Additional thoughts? i love norfolk a lot. there's a lot i dislike about it as well, but it's home.