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curious

Arnold, MO

#1 Dec 9, 2013
Hi I'm considering moving here. People of the town..would u say this is a good place to live? Good neighborhoods?
jamie

United States

#2 Dec 9, 2013
What town? A few different towns see these posts..
slogan

Chicago, IL

#3 Dec 9, 2013
crestwood,tinley,oak lawn,orland park great idea stay out of midlothian there broke and out of control.
what

Alsip, IL

#4 Dec 9, 2013
vernon hills, deerfield, arlington heights, mt propect, naperville, burr ridge, willow springs, mokena, palatine, oak brook, lagrange, lake zurich,

5yr Midlo Resident

Since: Apr 09

Orland Park, IL

#5 Dec 9, 2013
That's not very nice slogan. At least we never had our politicians lie about our drinking water. Midlothian has had it's share of problems, but there isn't a town that hasn't.

"curious" assuming you are talking about Midlothian, yes it's a nice place. It all depends on what you want out of it. Are schools most important? Are parks? Proximity to transportation (Pace, Metra, highways/tollways)?

The home prices are very affordable now as you can imagine, and despite the increase to our property taxes since I moved here about 10 years ago, they are still quite low overall. You might find a cost effective house somewhere else, but you'll be hard pressed to also find affordable (perspective I guess) property taxes too.

If you mean another town, I can't argue that the towns surrounding us are pretty good too. Again, it all goes back to what you want most. We have a lot of resident-minded events here too, but I suppose other towns must as well. Post back with a little more information.
Mad here

Midlothian, IL

#6 Dec 9, 2013
I agree with 5yr it's all in what you are looking for. The schools I would look at other towns. I have lived here a very long time the town used to be great now it's just ok but affordable
midloguy30

Midlothian, IL

#7 Dec 9, 2013
5yr Midlo Resident wrote:
That's not very nice slogan. At least we never had our politicians lie about our drinking water. Midlothian has had it's share of problems, but there isn't a town that hasn't.
"curious" assuming you are talking about Midlothian, yes it's a nice place. It all depends on what you want out of it. Are schools most important? Are parks? Proximity to transportation (Pace, Metra, highways/tollways)?
The home prices are very affordable now as you can imagine, and despite the increase to our property taxes since I moved here about 10 years ago, they are still quite low overall. You might find a cost effective house somewhere else, but you'll be hard pressed to also find affordable (perspective I guess) property taxes too.
If you mean another town, I can't argue that the towns surrounding us are pretty good too. Again, it all goes back to what you want most. We have a lot of resident-minded events here too, but I suppose other towns must as well. Post back with a little more information.
Wrong about the property taxes in relation to schools and services. Look at the property taxes of the other towns that share our high school. We pay the most to go to that school. Kolmar tests below state level and has textbooks that are 20 years old. Heck you can get into New Lennox schools for about what we pay. We also lack a community center. Name another town our size with 5,000+ property taxes without one. Last thing, my taxes have MORE than doubled in the last 10 years.
midloguy30

Midlothian, IL

#8 Dec 9, 2013
5yr Midlo Resident wrote:
That's not very nice slogan. At least we never had our politicians lie about our drinking water. Midlothian has had it's share of problems, but there isn't a town that hasn't.
"curious" assuming you are talking about Midlothian, yes it's a nice place. It all depends on what you want out of it. Are schools most important? Are parks? Proximity to transportation (Pace, Metra, highways/tollways)?
The home prices are very affordable now as you can imagine, and despite the increase to our property taxes since I moved here about 10 years ago, they are still quite low overall. You might find a cost effective house somewhere else, but you'll be hard pressed to also find affordable (perspective I guess) property taxes too.
If you mean another town, I can't argue that the towns surrounding us are pretty good too. Again, it all goes back to what you want most. We have a lot of resident-minded events here too, but I suppose other towns must as well. Post back with a little more information.
Parks? Who buys a house because of parks? Out of all the factors...if you have kids...schools much more important than parks....and if you dont have kids who gives a f about the parks?

5yr Midlo Resident

Since: Apr 09

Orland Park, IL

#10 Dec 10, 2013
Plenty of people with kids think about schools and parks. I don't need to list every single factor someone might consider before buying in town. I think three was more than enough to make my point.

And yes our taxes are low compared to surrounding towns. I wasn't referring to what part of our taxes go to what in town just that overall the towns around us have higher taxes. You didn't add anything to the conversation other than insults.
midloguy30

United States

#11 Dec 10, 2013
Our taxes our high for what we get.
End of story.
midloguy30

United States

#12 Dec 10, 2013
are high
Curious

Du Quoin, IL

#13 Dec 10, 2013
i was referring to Midlothian, I live in a small town now of about 3200 people. Small town values type of place, almost no crime. My husband and I are shopping for places to move and also start a family. Midlothian is an option right now...So Everywhere has schools and parks. I want to know if this is a place i can go out and jog down the street and not get bothered, robbed, raped..etc. Is this a SAFE place to live? Is it a nice place to live? Can i go and buy a 3 br home thats not in shambles or in a the hood? Is the job market good? Btw you all argue alot on this forum..I'm coming from southern Il, Is everyone this cranky in northern il? ;) jk..dont start a war!
Really

Midlothian, IL

#14 Dec 10, 2013
Curious wrote:
i was referring to Midlothian, I live in a small town now of about 3200 people. Small town values type of place, almost no crime. My husband and I are shopping for places to move and also start a family. Midlothian is an option right now...So Everywhere has schools and parks. I want to know if this is a place i can go out and jog down the street and not get bothered, robbed, raped..etc. Is this a SAFE place to live? Is it a nice place to live? Can i go and buy a 3 br home thats not in shambles or in a the hood? Is the job market good? Btw you all argue alot on this forum..I'm coming from southern Il, Is everyrone this cranky in northern il? ;) jk..dont start a war!
you'll be fine here.

5yr Midlo Resident

Since: Apr 09

Orland Park, IL

#15 Dec 10, 2013
Curious I hope you're not in for a bit of a culture shock.

During the day/early evening I feel just fine going out alone for a walk or whatnot. Would I do it at night? Heck no. That said, I would probably never do it at night no matter where I lived unless it was a gated community or something and maybe not even then. I was taught never to go out at night alone, and I too came from a small town of only a few thousand. The difference is, my town was surrounded on all four sides by four much larger towns (including the SW end of Chicago).

My point about a culture shock is that you seem to have grown up in a much different environment where you weren't taught to fear constantly for your safety (well not constantly, but to be proactive/vigilant about it). Around here we do have crime, and like any other towns around the country, our crime varies.

As for job market, the S/Side of Chicago is fairly depressed right now. If your field is retail, labor, etc, you'll be fine. If you're into something more specialized you might have to travel further for work. We'd need to know what you and your husband do to help more specifically though I can recommend some online resources if you like.

And yes, we do tend to argue on this board. I think it's mostly because people can hide behind an online persona. Some people I can't imagine would say to your face the things they say on here, but some I'm sure could.

If you decide to register on topix you can send me a PM if you want help with job resources and housing resources.
the truth

Alsip, IL

#17 Dec 11, 2013
Curious wrote:
i was referring to Midlothian, I live in a small town now of about 3200 people. Small town values type of place, almost no crime. My husband and I are shopping for places to move and also start a family. Midlothian is an option right now...So Everywhere has schools and parks. I want to know if this is a place i can go out and jog down the street and not get bothered, robbed, raped..etc. Is this a SAFE place to live? Is it a nice place to live? Can i go and buy a 3 br home thats not in shambles or in a the hood? Is the job market good? Btw you all argue alot on this forum..I'm coming from southern Il, Is everyone this cranky in northern il? ;) jk..dont start a war!
the schools are terrible... here is a link for school stats
http://iirc.niu.edu ./Default.aspx
36.6 White
29.2 Hispanic
28.5 Black
4 mixed races
70% of students are low income & the spending per student compared to the rest of the state is thousands of dollars less...

& the schools get a 2 out 10 rating but that link above is the official state of il report card...

+ given the fact that Robbins will be having a granite plant moving here in the near future the air will be totally populated...I won't recommend by worst enemy to be breathing that air when any of their family members are pregnant...

look at schaumburg, vernon hills, lake zurich, mt propect, arl heights, lagrange, willow springs, naperville tons of activities for families

remember 1/2 this town floods all the time
Alan

Champaign, IL

#18 Dec 11, 2013
Well I have 3 warrants and I live in the apartments on Kenton. Now this town passed some kind of crime free housing. And yet I was still able to get a apartment and live here. There are many of us living in this town. They are just too stupid or too lazy to enforce that law. I also own 3 guns. Midlothian great for us but bad for u.
Long gone

United States

#19 Dec 11, 2013
Moving anywhere in that area will be a big mistake
midloguy30

Midlothian, IL

#20 Dec 11, 2013
5yr Midlo Resident wrote:
Curious I hope you're not in for a bit of a culture shock.
During the day/early evening I feel just fine going out alone for a walk or whatnot. Would I do it at night? Heck no. That said, I would probably never do it at night no matter where I lived unless it was a gated community or something
Generally attacks do not happen anywhere during daylight unless an area is real bad. I could probably walk through Harvey everyday with the sun up and not be bothered. So you are not really saying much with that. As far as night time walks, you really address more the way you were raised than address the poster. You did zero to give any side by side comparison to address what should be fairly common sense as to a percieved level of safety between us and the "other towns" in which you spoke of.

Again you answered like a politician...indirectly...whic h accually dishonest and shameful. He did not ask you about you and how you were brought up. The poster is looking to compare and contrast towns. If you want to be so nice....compare and contrast safety concerns here at times that matter with these other higher property tax based areas. Dont be a politician.
Know It All

Chicago, IL

#21 Dec 12, 2013
midloguy30 wrote:
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Generally attacks do not happen anywhere during daylight unless an area is real bad. I could probably walk through Harvey everyday with the sun up and not be bothered. So you are not really saying much with that. As far as night time walks, you really address more the way you were raised than address the poster. You did zero to give any side by side comparison to address what should be fairly common sense as to a percieved level of safety between us and the "other towns" in which you spoke of.
Again you answered like a politician...indirectly...whic h accually dishonest and shameful. He did not ask you about you and how you were brought up. The poster is looking to compare and contrast towns. If you want to be so nice....compare and contrast safety concerns here at times that matter with these other higher property tax based areas. Dont be a politician.
Doesn't being a member of the CPC count???
midloguy30

United States

#22 Dec 12, 2013
Being a member of cpc is admirable. And I thank and appreciate all involved. But I dont know what bearing it has on this discussion.

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