I was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida. I really enjoy the city, and think it's a great place for families to live. It offers many activities and programs for children, and recently it has more and more stores and shopping centers being developed. It is a very safe and friendly city, and thanks to the University of Florida and Shand's Hospital, it is also very diverse. There's also a wonderful selection of restaurants! You could eat out at a different one every night of the month.
With all of that being said, the price of living has continued to go up every year, and there are more and more apartment complexes being built. The city is starting to feel congested, with traffic getting worse every year. They try to reroute traffic and make the roadways work, but there's not enough space. There is also a very clear poverty divide between the East and West sides of town.