Originally Posted by Big Jon
Hey, Newtownabbey isn't that bad!
I'm quite close to Whiteabbey village and the area I'm in is quite nice. There is a bit of history to the houses round about me and it's easy enough to get to Belfast (on bus route and beside train station plus close to M5/M2 by car) and not too far from Larne.
Like anywhere, there are bad spots but overall not a bad wee place to live.
I live in the place myself but on one of the concrete estates, so maybe my view of the area is probably somewhat tainted.
Whiteabbey village is nice I grant you, one of the original villages that make up the town, so the place has a bit of character, the houses are nice and original. I remember the old "Coca Cola" painted advert on the end house on the terrace beside the DIY shop. Bureau bar there quite nice, it is about the only place in town I would have a pint.
I think I was in a bit of a cynical mood last night. I lived in Livingston once which was a worse implementation of the "New Towns" experiment.
Just seems a better place to settle in, than live in in your mid 20s, if you know what I mean. Hopefully moving to Belfast soon anyhow so I'll stop my moaning