The ultimate goal is to obtain Sufficient Work and Savings in order ensure a Big Move to Satisfactory Housing in Second City. Sufficient Work is currently defined as employment/similar stress load in Second City with a paycheck that meets or exceeds current earnings. Satisfactory Housing is something that is not falling down on my head and is located in a reasonably safe neighborhood that is either 1.) close to public transportation, or 2.) close to the area in which I have found Sufficient Work. It must have one closet. It would be beneficial if laundry facilities were located on site.
I should, perhaps, clarify where I am coming from. I am set on this path unless a better opportunity elsewhere should present itself. I would like to visit and explore more in order to make sure that Second City is indeed an improvement over New City, but any discoveries from these efforts may or may not change my mind. Why is this, you say? Past history shows that a decision is made and then the justification is thought of. For example, I decided to move to New City before I thought I was going to attend school here. Furthermore, when I did take up residence in New City, I had only a week or so of knowledge about my new home.
The only thing permanent about the New City move was "never going back to Soy Capital." Since I no longer wish to go to an institution of higher learning here, I do not see much of a reason to remain. I have long wished to move to a larger metro area, and Second City is an appealing choice due to its relative proximity. Any nearby cities to the west suffer from a significant disadvantage that is known as "Ohio." Though the rest stops along the toll road there are very neat, I am not a fan of the state, and do not wish to reverse course by going back in the direction of Soy Capital.
I have never heard of a city with unanimous approval, and while I take all views into consideration, I try not to let myself get overly discouraged or encouraged by what I hear. Most people I've spoken to consider New City a hole in the ground or a very populated backwater, and thought I was nuts when I moved to New City anyway. I still get "You moved here!?" on a fairly regular basis.
I am not looking for miracles. I am not looking for an easy choice. I am not afraid, though I don't know everything.
I do expect friends who are currently located there to eventually move. It is only natural that people go on when happier situations beckon them. Should all leave, I have, in this one year, learned how to live with myself.
Yes, there is a greater crime rate. There are many more people residing in the Second City metropolitan area than here in New City, so that is to be expected. Yes, there is decay. This is, frankly, nothing new, as it has been going on everywhere since the beginning of the mass exodus to Suburbia. Yes, I will be farther away from my family. I feel confident that the branch that cares will visit still, though perhaps not as often. My father has already said that he will only visit New City if I am dying or dead, so moving farther east is of little consequence.
I do expect to see an increase in art-based opportunities/discoveries, particularly street stuff. There will likely be an upswing in activities that include other people, as well.
The estimated date of completion for Project P is currently unknown, as it depends on obtaining Sufficient Work and Savings. My hope is "the sooner the better," for now that I have been once, I want to go back.