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The Triad

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Since my hubbie and I are new to the area I'm interested in getting some candid feedback about the Triad. Don't hold back; the good, bad and ugly is appreciated. Also, what are the most pressing topics/issues that the cities in the area face? I can't wait to hear what you got..

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Overall, this is a pretty nice area. You'll be very pleased about this area.

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Big city amenities and convenience without the traffic and fast pace. Easy to "get-away" which is nice.

Greensboro has 2 sides. Big college town vs. everything else. People complain about how the place doesn't cater to the 25-35ish single/dating crowd. I don't know b/c I'm not there yet.

Central location makes it very convenient to drive to other large NC metros and the mountains or coast.

Nice and interesting neighborhoods in either of the cities.

Winston and Greensboro both have prominent revitalization projects going on downtown.

I recently moved from the Triad to the north and I don't think I would want to move back to the Triad for at least 5 years... just want to wait and see how the area has developed, as certain areas are doing so very rapidly. You're in the area at a great time and will see many changes within the coming years depending on where you are.

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I used to live and work in the Triad and I can honestly say its ok. Not the most vibrant or exciting place in the world but the quality of life is pretty good. With that said I wouldn't move back to the area.

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It really is a great area. it has big city/urban amenities yet has the character of a smaller community. I think thats what makes the Triad different from everywhere else. The crime rate is reltivley low. There are great parks and the people are friendly. Alot of great things happening in the downtowns of both Greensboro and Winston-Salem.

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It really is a great area. it has big city/urban amenities yet has the character of a smaller community. I think thats what makes the Triad different from everywhere else. The crime rate is reltivley low. There are great parks and the people are friendly. Alot of great things happening in the downtowns of both Greensboro and Winston-Salem.

Ditto. I love the feel of the Triad.....very down to earth and laid back.

Traffic can be pretty bad though on Battleground and Wendover Avenues in Greensboro. But I love the amenities and love the character and vibe of the area.......it just feels very "homey" to me. :D

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As mentioned in other posts, the quality of life here is very good. There are alot of things for a family to do. The Triad area does seem to have more for married couples and families to do instead of singles. You are close to the mountains and coast, not to mention our own "sites to see" in the Triad metroplex.

We do have lots of Parks and a vibrant arts community. You may have to look a little harder to find things you enjoy, but if you look you will be greatly rewarded!

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Since my hubbie and I are new to the area I'm interested in getting some candid feedback about the Triad. Don't hold back; the good, bad and ugly is appreciated. Also, what are the most pressing topics/issues that the cities in the area face? I can't wait to hear what you got..

My comments are restricted to Greensboro. I recently returned to GSO from Houston, and was expecting less services and amenities, etc. that I had become accustomed to there, and was pleasantly surprised to find very little missing, other than a few really good Mexican restaurants. :) But then again, GSO is a little unique in that regard, it has things other cities it's size do not. I would disagree with a previous poster, there is actually a "scene" for single 25-35 year olds, not rivaling a much larger city, of course, but far more than I was expecting. I lived in Austin for 5 years during college, and GSO's downtown nightlife scene is modeling itself in that direction (as are many other downtowns), with several classy, less drunken-masses type places as well.

Outdoor activities, parks, golf courses, etc. are plentiful here, as are colleges, museums and cultural/arts venues. The city has perhaps unconsciously kept itself "green" due to it's name, which is a big positive for me personally. It attracts more than it's fair share of large and/or national events because of the coliseum, and the downtown baseball stadium is a surprisingly nice attraction, and I say that because I care very little for baseball, but watching it there is exciting for some reason.

One negative that should be mentioned is apparently a gang presence in some of the schools that frankly took me by surprise, however the school system overall is still good. My own high school, at one time nationally ranked, is now apparently experiencing substantial gang activity due to redistricting. I suppose this may be a trend seen elsewhere, a little homework will be necessary here if you have children or are a teacher.

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I think for the most part, you will enjoy the quality of life, and our mild climate. But beware of the "bread & milk alerts" in the winter. Whenever there is any mention of snow or any other frozen precipitation, no matter how small of a chance it is, people always make a mad dash to the supermarkets to literally buy up all of the bread and milk. A few years back one of the local TV stations (Fox 8) actually rated coming snowstorms by the number of loaves of bread (a one-loaf or two loaf strorm, etc). :rofl:

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It's nice to hear that for the most part people enjoy living in this area. I can't wait to see how the winter turns out this year. I grew up in Iowa and most recently lived in Denver, CO for 8 years. My friends and I would laugh when we'd get let off from work early in Denver because of slush. There's this idea that Denver gets pounded by snow which is just not the case. When I was there we had two big blizzards but the snow was all but melted in 3 days due to the intense sunshine. The city was never prepared and lots of people would stock up like the world was going to end.

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The city was never prepared and lots of people would stock up like the world was going to end.

Oh, you'll see that here as well. Just the mention of the "S" word on TV and good luck finding bread or milk. :dontknow:

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lol.... what about batteries, kerosene, generators? those are hard to find for a hurricane, not for snow. WTF???

I never get what's up with milk and bread. Why those 2... lol

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