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My husband has a job interview in Charlottesville Virginia next month.<br><br>
I we were to move there from Seattle would it be a bad thing or a good thing?
 

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I've never been to Seattle. What do you like/dislike about where you are?
 

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I've never been to Seattle either - but compared to the midwest where I'm originally from - the cost of living is MUCH higher here - houses cost twice as much, etc....<br><br>
I personally like the city - but find on a teacher's salary that it's hard to stay here, so we are going to be selling our house in the early fall and moving to IL. (if you do decide to move here and are interested in a small house in the country.. let me know <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> )<br><br>
Good luck trying to decide.<br><br>
Heres a website that might be helpful - it tells about pretty much everything c-ville has:<br><br><a href="http://avenue.org" target="_blank">http://avenue.org</a><br><br>
-Jodi
 

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I lived in Seattle for 6 years, and have been in Cville for almost a year now. Off the top of my head, here's what I think:<br><br>
1. Cville weather is GREAT!!!! The summers are hot and humid, yes, but only last a few months, as compared to the 9 months of dreariness in Seattle!!<br><br>
2. Cost of living is lower in Cville.<br><br>
3. The mountains are better in WA, but beautiful here, too (just not as high) and Cville, of course, doesn't have the water that is all around Seattle.<br><br>
4. Cville is not quite as crunchy, but it is nonetheless pretty crunchy (esp. for Virginia). Seattle's definitely more "green", though.<br><br>
5. VA has lots of cool history and a sense of the past that doesn't exist so much in Seattle, just because it has been settled for longer.<br><br>
I'd be happy to answer more questions for you -- pm me if you want!!<br><br>
Mary
 

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Nobody has mentioned the traffic, but....<br><br>
Traffic sucks here. The cost of living is high. The winters can be depressing and gray and wouldn't be good for anyone with SAD (seasonal affective disorder.)<br><br>
But it is crunchy and beautiful.
 

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Thanks for your replies - I have been trying not to think about it, which is why I haven't been back.<br><br>
I really like the cost of living there - we could buy a house (and quite a nice one, too!), which we would never EVER afford in Seattle.<br><br>
Apart from that, the lack of crunchiness scares me. I looked up the laws and NIP is illegal? Does that mean people use those hooter hider contraptions? Would I be thrown out of places for feeding my child? Is a doctor likely to tell me to wean my toddler?<br><br>
Exactly how humid are the summers? I prefer a dry heat and barely cope with the Seattle humidity.<br><br>
Are all the people around me going to be republican? I've never met a person in real life who doesn't think Bush is a UA violation, and the possibility scares me. A lot.<br><br>
I really don't know if I want him to get the job or not! It would be VERY nice to own a house, with three bedrooms, and a yard and trees and stuff, but I don't want to hate the people around me and suffer from the weather.
 

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Charlottesville is a crunchy, liberal enclave in . . . . well, Virginia.<br><br>
There are great CSAs and the seasonal farmer's market is wonderful.<br><br>
Traffic is getting worse, thanks to burgeoning development (which may or may not be sustainable). It's still not anywhere near as bad as any given major city. If I take a trip to DC for the day, I return with a more accepting outlook on our little 'ville. Unless, of course, there's an event at the new arena that night and I get stuck in traffic. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I see quite a few women NIP without hooter hiders.<br><a href="http://www.vabreastfeeding.org/laws.htm" target="_blank">http://www.vabreastfeeding.org/laws.htm</a><br><br>
I consider the humidity horrendous, but it's actually better than a lot of other places in the region. And you can almost always find a breeze *somewhere*, which makes it much more bearable. The proximity to the mountains (wee ones, compared to what you see out west) helps. We do not get dry heat unless we're having a drought. We prefer to avoid droughts. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Charlottesville is definitely a crunchy place for Virginia. You see lots of nursing moms, lots of babywearing, etc. There's definitely a non-crunchy contingent here, too, but it seems pretty easy to find like minded moms here. We have an active NINO group, a Holistic moms group, Birth Circle, and LLL has park days to hang out with other moms. There's also an active homeschooling community down here.<br><br>
As for breastfeeding, I don't think I've ever seen someone nursing in a "hooter hider" contraption. My doctor is very supportive of extended breastfeeding, and he co-sleeps with his little ones, so no problems there (and he's pretty mainstream).<br><br>
As for politics, there is definitely a Democratic majority in Charlottesville and Albemarle County: <a href="http://sbe.virginiainteractive.org/nov2006/540.htm" target="_blank">http://sbe.virginiainteractive.org/nov2006/540.htm</a>. This was actually one of the few localities in the state to vote against the amendment banning gay marriage. Get too far out of the city, and it's a totally different story. (Nelson County is a scary, scary place.)
 
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