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'Laying down roots', investing in a community, when and where
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I'm 41 and have moved around a lot in my life. As in, many many places. I went to 4 primary schools and 4 high schools - 8 major moves by the age of 17.

Even as an adult, I spent about a decade of my 20's - 30's travelling with work and living in about 6 countries. For most of the last 10 years though, I've stayed put in Melbourne.

I feel somewhat rootless. I like the idea of finding an area where I can start investing my time in with a view to raising a family in the future.

I have a place in mind. It is a green, leafy area, seems to have a good community vibe, is 60 mins to work and is about an 30-60 mins away to my sisters family and my Mum (I'd like my her to be a part of my children's growing up - helping with babysitting and so forth).


First question - how does one go about choosing an area?

For me I've got - Close access to nature, clean fresh air, greenery (trees/forests for me), low crime, bush walks/hiking, still reasonable access to a major city, near family, reasonable weather, good primary and secondary schools.


Second question - how does one go about 'investing' in a community? I can easily build rapport with my local cafe owners and so forth, but what are some other steps that are enjoyable as well?

I've thought of some local volunteering. I've also thought of community organisations such as rotary / lions club / mens shed although these might be senior citizen aged activities.
06-11-2019 07:21 AM
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RE: 'Laying down roots', investing in a community, when and where
(06-11-2019 07:21 AM)PixelFree Wrote:  First question - how does one go about choosing an area?

I like your list. Mine is:
- A place of worship for my religion
- Low taxes
- Mountains
- Within a one day drive from my family
- Less than 15,000 or so people in the town

Where I'm living now, I'm at 3/5. It'll take some more exploring.

Second question - how does one go about 'investing' in a community? I can easily build rapport with my local cafe owners and so forth, but what are some other steps that are enjoyable as well?

Buying local is pretty big. Oftentimes it's cheaper for me to order things on Amazon, but I'll buy at a local store instead. It would be really cool to live in a farming area where I could actually buy food from my neighbors.
Church is a pretty big one for setting down roots - it's where you'll marry, have your funeral, your kid's baptisms - if you're that way inclined.
Volunteering is pretty good. I do the Salvation Army, but there's a ton of different ways. I actually don't get any sense of community out of it though.
For making friends, I like martial arts and going to laid-back bars.
06-11-2019 07:31 PM
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RE: 'Laying down roots', investing in a community, when and where
About the "buying local" thing: if the products aren't genuinely better, or the convenience/freshness of buying local doesn't offset the increased price, or the service/knowledge doesn't add extreme value... you are just patronizing mediocrity. There is very little dignity (for either party) in that. If you can't logically detect some kind of clear benefit beyond the slogan "buy local", then you are just acting like an emotional leftist.

Apart from that...

One thing I have started to notice about participating in the local community is that we need to ask ourselves questions beyond "do they agree politically / ideologically with me" or "do they signal that we are on the same side / we are fighting the good fight".

To explain:

I find myself in a community that is default left and would generally be shocked and offended if I advertised my "true" beliefs.

Yet... they are all dependable, they all have wives and healthy children who love them, they all work hard and more-than-competently at what they have chosen, and they display temperance and good humor.

So they LIVE as trad/conservative/right/whatever you want to call it.

Their ACTIONS result in the kind of community I want to be a part of.

That is a baseline thing, and sure it's more complicated than that. But it gives one some large amount of peace that people are in the right area, working together, for actual shared goals. While still remaining individuals.
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06-12-2019 12:00 AM
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