Gainesville has been my home Aug 7, 2014 14:22:26 GMT
Post by htmb on Aug 7, 2014 14:22:26 GMT
Living in a university town in the southeastern United States can have its advantages and disadvantages. The university definitely affects the ebb and flow of city life. This Saturday is summer graduation and, since classes don't begin until August 25, there will be at least a few days of quiet with less traffic and fewer bike riders in the university part of town. Restaurants will be easier to get into and the whole area around the University of Florida campus will become much more accessible. August in the city can be very hot and quite dead as locals use this period to go to one of the nearby Atlantic Coast beaches as a last vacation before the public schools start on August 18.
I came to this town from west central Florida as a college freshman in 1970. In driving just two hours north from Tampa I saw a whole different change in terrain, from flat, sandy coastlands to rolling hills, a lush tree canopy and crystal clear, spring-fed rivers and streams. Though I've lived other places in the south and west for brief periods of time due to work, this town has consistently been my home as an adult. Though some things have changed here in terms of buildings surrounding the college campus, I can still drive past the dorm I lived freshman year, the house and apartments I lived in before graduating, and the family home next to the campus where three of my four children were raised.
Because college football also drives much of what happens in this town, and football season will be starting soon, the end of August is essentially the beginning of our year, rather than January 1st. I thought it might be interesting to feature some of the highlights and lowlights of what it's like to live here. It's my plan to add little bits and pieces to this thread over the next few months. We will see how that goes...