That’s a long answer! I’ll try to be brief: I’ve lived in Brooklyn for the past ten years and it has changed a lot from when I first moved there, and I’ve grown increasingly unhappy with this change. My biggest critique is that NYC has become a place in which collective living and intentional community (sorry to throw out that hippie term) has become very difficult or impossible for me. The punk house I lived at for 6 years was evicted on Aug 1st to be renovated into expensive, 1 bedroom apartments, and all the other punk houses I once knew are also gone. There are no more house shows, no more walking to your friends’ houses. It feels like everyone is moving farther and father away as rent increases, all my favorite places are going out of business or being evicted, more chain stores are opening up, etc. I have very little family and it’s important to me to feel like I have an accessible community. There’s a lot more to say about this, I apologize. Right now I’m paying less than half the rent in Philly than I was in NYC and I live in a beautiful 3 story house. I’m also trying to go to school for nursing and wanted to live in a cheaper place so I could go to school full time and work part time, unlike in NYC where I was doing the opposite. But don’t get me wrong—NYC is and will always be the coolest city. The true heart, of what I really believe to be the city (the noise, the accent, the people, the flow, all the old shit etc) will always be my home and always have a place in my heart.