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Do you love or hate the fast past lifestyle, aggressiveness, and haphazardness that occurs in the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic?
Does anyone pause at this intersection to see if another vehicle is coming?xzmattzx said:but where you really see how fast-paced people are is on the back roads and surface roads. if people are still doing 20 or 25 mph over the speed limit on your typical four-lane highway in the suburbs or outside of the city, then you can see how fast-paced the society is. for instance, in my area, i and almost everyone else does around 70 mph on limestone road, which is a four lane road that branches off of kirkwood highway (you typical highway with the shopping plazas and whatnot). limestone road has a mix of shopping plazas, neighborhoods, open land, and other stuff. but in this more-laid-back area (as compared to i-95), people still do 20 or 30 mph over the speed limit. similarly, there is an interection near my parents' neighborhood out i the countryside (well, kind of the countryside). the intersection of doe run road and little baltimore road is a three way stop, with stop signs at all three joints. those stop signs might as well be blank pieces of cardboard bolted onto the pole, because it would do just as good. this intersection is heavily used for being out in the woods, because there are neighborhoods all around in the area, and the intersection is only 100 ft from the pennsylvania border, and little baltimore road is used by pennsylvanians to get to work in delaware. anyway, no one stops at this intersection, and it has turned into a pretty lawless road. anyone that stops at the stop sign is a sucker, and will be waiting for cars to get through the intersection, even if those cars got to the stop sign 15 seconds after you did.
Those things do happen, but in our own way. Of course you stop at stop signs. You'd be crazy to not do it but the real question is about the game of chicken that goes on over who goes first. As for red lights, of course you stop but the real question is, when the light on your side turns green, how many cars get to go through on red before that light is really considered to be red. This differs depending on the area and width of the road; wider roads, worse neighbordoods, more cars go through on red. Speed limits are posted everywhere, but the question is, what is the REAL speed limit. It's posted at 30, everybody is driving at least 40 but when the police are watching, everybody is doing about 35 as long as they are in a group. The rule is then... don't do more than 5 mph over the limit if you are alone on the road. Simple, you just have to know the real rules.Rwarky said:Does anyone pause at this intersection to see if another vehicle is coming?
What are the posted speed limits? Do cops ever stop people for excessive speeds?
I can't speak for Delaware, since I've only been there once and that was driving the length of the state on Rte 13 without stopping. And it was from about 5-7:30 in the morning. But in the context of New England vs. Buffalo (as you use as an example), I agree with you whole-heartedly. Actually, it's one of my reasons for relocating back to Buffalo, the whole laid-back thing. It seems to me that everywhere in the US (except perhaps California) is "slower" than the northeast, and I actually like that. I can't stand the "I'm in a hurry, I can't be bothered to find time in my busy lifestyle to use my turn signal, much less make a left turn from the proper lane" way of life around here.xzmattzx said:when i was in buffalo last month, i noticed for the first time that many people drive at or barely above the speed limit; it was really pissing me off, and i did some aggressive things to get where i wanted a little bit faster. buffalo is a little more laid back than delaware in my opinion.
man I agree wholeheartedly....although I wasn't around pre 1980's...I was born in 83...and I remember seeing these things slowly fade away...Disneymustdie said:I liked the northeast better circa 1980 than now.
Going downtown to the movies was major, Arcades, Cavernous Department stores. You might just run into a celeb. I think they were a little bit busier in early eighties. I travel to NYC Balt DC Jersey very often but this is coming from a Philly state of mind. and from what I hear I was born just in time to catch the tail end of Phillys' glory days. HQ's actually located here, Bi-centennial, Sixers, Flyers, Phillies, and the Birds was all great at the same time So I am biased but we're sophisticated. with city skills. We can dodge holes and deviations(littleman that got ya) in the ground effortlessly. We can spot a 10 Dollar bill laying in the half dead grass 20 paces away. women can board a bus 1 baby on hip another toddler at her side a stroller around other arm, dig in purse get out exact change for fare and transfer moving 40 mph stop and go without incident. When I moved from one train car to the other in Atlanta they looke at me mouths agape like I was Superman The main things about these places were that they were large culturally diverse populations compared to rest of country. My block in germantown had Blacks Whites and Hispanics. I think that leads to the fast-pace, aggresiveness and haphazardness that you speak of. Confrontation with things that are different, you are forced brave or to be cool and to make that decision fast. Major conflicts and ugliness but the biggest strides and achievements. And the best Music/Art by far. Hardship and pain Joy and beauty all in the same day.
Now it seems things are more market driven and polarized. We have Re-Segregated ourselves. and when I go to urban centers I see GAPStarbucksStaplesTargetBestBuyGAPStarbucksStaplesTargetBestBuyGAPStarbucksStaplesTargetBestBuy
Same top forty on every station. Our radio playlists are the same as Topeka's
No places for common folk to intermingle without an alchohol/drug induced buzz.
You have to shop and get the eff out of town.
IMO this sterilizes cities. Picture soil turning slowly into sand.
We'll never get a song like "I Can't Go for That" Hall & Oates again. I have family in the very rural Florida "the country" . I used to laugh at them cause they had one radio station, one supermarket, 2 blurry tv stations from Jacksonville. and had to drive a car to get anywhere. and all the black folks lived across the tracks literally. I though to myself OMG How Backwater. What is this 1950?
Buffalonians are known nationwide as some of the friendliest people. I've lived in WNY for 22 years and i've never noticed the people to be "miserable, mean, or stupid"...well maybe a little stupid for the people we elect but I put some blame on the State govt. I don't notice people getting miserable or mean until i get closer to Albany (no offensive Albany, I've went to college there and I love it). The Buffalonians that live in the same Buffalo as me are incredibly passionate about there city and would take a 50% pay cut to stay than move elsewhere.BuffCity said:I guess I enjoy Buffalo and WNY only because it's home, but people are amazing...they are so miserable, mean and stupid here...oh well, we elect them too.