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To go where it's cheaper or stay where I love... - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
To go where it's cheaper or stay where I love...
I love Boston, but it's killing me financially. I lived in Buffalo for years, and while it's not exciting, I don't hate it, and there's a great library. I mean, sincerely awesome. They have the handwritten manuscript for Huckleberry Finn and Mark Twain's chess board.

And I could live in a two bedroom apartment in a nice neighborhood (not the best, but perfectly liveable) for less than five hundred dollars a month, while in a job that pays exactly what mine pays now.

Of course, last hired, first fired, if the economy tanks again.

But it's not Boston and I love Boston and...


Choices in life stink sometimes. Why couldn't I have fallen madly in love with an affordable city?

If you make: $33,887
Living in: Buffalo
You would
need to make: $45,644
Living in: Boston

(That's not my salary--that would be kind of personal to post--just the entry-level salary of the job posted at the BECPL, which is pretty comparable to the starting salary at the BPL. Pretty big difference in what it can buy, eh?)
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chienar From: chienar Date: September 19th, 2004 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
my reasons for conisdering a move back there are much less about money than about having a support system. I love my job here, and the area where we live... but the schools stink, and the only family we have here is my mother-in-law, and not someone I would trust to help with my son more than minimally. But I'll not go on that rant. It'd be nice to live closer to my folks.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 19th, 2004 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, maybe I can babysit sometimes. ;)
chienar From: chienar Date: September 19th, 2004 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I go back and forth about moving... Depends on the time of day when I'm asked, but more and more, I lean towards heading for home in the spring.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 19th, 2004 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I mostly think about it when I'm depressed about finances. But the thought of leaving Boston makes me so sad that it's worse than worrying about money.
chienar From: chienar Date: September 19th, 2004 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
The money thing isn't so bad here, not so much as it would be in Ann Arbor... but... it's an ongoing debate.
cheshyre From: cheshyre Date: September 19th, 2004 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Keep in mind, that AIUI the BPL requires one to live in Boston. You may be able to find a comparable job in the suburbs that, while it may not pay much more, would give you more freedom over where in the greater Boston area you could live and making expenses more affordable.
myf From: myf Date: September 20th, 2004 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)
While driving in the country this weekend I got a desperate urge to leave the city and live in a small town. Nothing to do with finances, as I have none wherever I live, but seeing all the stars at night and never being stuck in traffic is seeming pretty enticing at the moment.

Boston sounds cool - and I just found out it's Melbourne's sister city. Neat.
sreya From: sreya Date: September 20th, 2004 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Why couldn't I have fallen madly in love with an affordable city?

Because the reason it's unaffordable is that everyone else is in love with the same big city? Or at least enough people to increase demand.

Ack! I'm babbling like an economist. Evil tax and business classes!

Of course, a two bedroom apartment for less than $500 a month.... WOW! I'm in a ******* apartment, 2 bedroom, sharing with two other people, and the overall rent is $1200 a month. Does Buffalo have a law school? :~P (Just kidding!)
chienar From: chienar Date: September 20th, 2004 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)
State University of NY - University at Buffalo

I think they have a law school, IIRC.
ivylore From: ivylore Date: September 20th, 2004 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Until a few years ago my cousin Ted was living in a 1 bedroom plus den (using it as 2-bedroom), paying $1300 in Cambridge.

Two years ago he and his wife bought a 1 bedroom, 650 square foot condo for $225,000. This to me, is absolutely insane. *Nope I couldn't afford to live in Boston now.* I did live in Jamaica Plains for one summer, but that was back in the early 90's before everything skyrocketed.

Fern, think of it this way... you could go to Buffalo and buy your own house.

From: arclevel Date: September 20th, 2004 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I know the feeling; where I'm living now actually sounds relatively comparable to your Buffalo place, though more expensive. However, where I did my undergrad work, housing was comparatively free, being a rural (and gorgeous) area. My last year there I shared a 6-bedroom house with lots of amenities for $150/person/month. There was no way I was going to find something similar near any of the grad schools I was looking at.
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: September 20th, 2004 06:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, when western Massachusetts voted away rent control (you'll notice that none of the cities that HAD rent control voted against it) it really screwed over the housing prices here. I had cheap rent for years, but it's gone now. Maybe a bunch of librarians need to band together and buy an apartment building to share...
liwy From: liwy Date: September 20th, 2004 06:39 am (UTC) (Link)
There are lots of affordable cities that you can fall in love with. http://www.rent.com/ is a site that can give you a vague idea of the cost of living in some cities.
ajaxbreaker From: ajaxbreaker Date: September 20th, 2004 08:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Is it really that bad? I'm considering applying to a couple of universities in or around Boston for graduate study, but the financial situation seems kind of daunting at the moment.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 20th, 2004 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you're in school and have aid, you can apply it to housing (simpler if you live on campus). It's pretty good for students.
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