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XrayVision

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Calling all Manchester & Keene residents!
« on: May 25, 2014, 12:26:48 pm »

To the people already living in NH, specifically Manchester & Keene residents,

I am looking to get some information & opinions on these two areas. Such as cost of living, public transit, presence/attitude of authority, job market, housing situations (group living/eco-friendly living options?), FSP community and any other information. I need to get this ball rolling, and I want to get  general thoughts from the people already there. I won't be around for Porcfest, but are there any other events during July or August?

Any responses will be helpful. Thanks :)
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Re: Calling all Manchester & Keene residents!
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2014, 01:48:48 pm »

Government transportation:
Manchester http://www.mtabus.org/
Keene http://www.hcsservices.org/services/transportation/cityExpress.php
There is also Greyhound, the airport in Manchester and there are several cab companies in both cities.

People tend to support authority everywhere. It's more true in Keene than Manchester, though.

The size of the job market in the greater Manchester is MUCH, MUCH larger. The actual unemployment rates vary. Currently, Keene is around 3.9% and Manchester is around 4.5%. Look up estimates for all of New Hampshire here. You can also find that VT info (relevant for someone living in Keene) and MA (relevant for someone living in Manchester) on the web. http://www.nhes.nh.gov/elmi/statistics/documents/14town.pdf

A large percentage of the housing in Keene is college housing. It's usually 2-4 people to an apartment. Sometimes people rent it by the bedroom. Lots of it empties out for the summer and then fills up again in the fall. It is really sad news that you cannot make PorcFest as it's the best place to go to meet people and ask great questions. However, you should still be set. Just attend the October event.

The best places to start looking for housing or jobs in NH are on this Forum.
Housing http://forum.freestateproject.org/index.php?topic=23669.0
Jobs http://forum.freestateproject.org/index.php?topic=11718.0

There is an event during Halloween. It's the Keenevention.
http://keenevention.info/
October 31st - November 2nd
BEST WESTERN PLUS Sovereign Hotel
Keene, New Hampshire
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Re: Calling all Manchester & Keene residents!
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2014, 02:16:25 pm »

Thank you so much for taking the time to give me that information! I appreciate it. I am coming back from another country the first week of July so it's impossible to attend Porcfest :( I was pretty bumbed when I saw the dates.
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Down twenty miles through the sticks
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Excessive vacancy, well maybe
In the shadow of an eye
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Re: Calling all Manchester & Keene residents!
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2014, 02:17:26 pm »

Also, if anyone living in Manchester is reading this, I would like to make some contacts prior to moving  8)
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Excessive vacancy, well maybe
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All the strangers pass through
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Re: Calling all Manchester & Keene residents!
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2014, 02:54:26 pm »

Authority? And you're worried about public transit?
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Re: Calling all Manchester & Keene residents!
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2014, 03:22:17 pm »

I don't have a vehicle at the moment so yes, it's my only option.
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With my perceptions in a mix
Down twenty miles through the sticks
To the cloudy town of Hellview: Population 96
Excessive vacancy, well maybe
In the shadow of an eye
All the strangers pass through
Where the rules just don't apply

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Re: Calling all Manchester & Keene residents!
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2014, 03:58:54 pm »

I don't have a vehicle at the moment so yes, it's my only option.

Keene is pretty walkable and bikable. It has a lacking bus system. Of course, for much of winter, it isn't very bikable.

Manchester is less walkable, but still pretty walkable. It's somewhat bikable but doesn't have a lot of bike lanes. The government bus system is substantially better but still nothing anything.

Nashua has one of the better bus systems in NH (but that isn't saying much). It is less walkable than most of the cities in NH though, and the cost of living is higher than most of NH.

So if you want a job in retail, at a restaurant, a small business, grocery store and so on, these are fine cities to live in without a car.

If you want to make 6 figures without a car, you might want to work in Boston. There is a train that goes from Exeter, Durham and Dover to Boston. There are also buses that leave from Concord, Nashua, Manchester, Londonderry and other communities, that go to Boston.
http://www.amtrakdowneaster.com/schedules
http://www.bostonexpressbus.com/

If you don't own a car because you cannot afford one, keep in mind that New Hampshire is perhaps the least expensive state to own and maintain a car. Also, NH is #2 for motorcycle ownership. Though, unless you know what you are doing and have armor, riding during winter might not be a great idea.
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Re: Calling all Manchester & Keene residents!
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2014, 04:23:29 pm »

Again thank you for your response, very helpful.
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Down twenty miles through the sticks
To the cloudy town of Hellview: Population 96
Excessive vacancy, well maybe
In the shadow of an eye
All the strangers pass through
Where the rules just don't apply
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