Every town has their bad parts, every state has something you dislike about them. On a positive note, In Albany I feel like I'm close to everything... NYC, Massachusetts, Vermont, The Adirondacks, The Catskills etc... Everything I need is at most a day trip away. There is tons to do around here and its a beautiful place to live (although winter is sometimes less than desired). The only complaints I have are costs of living. Taxes in NY are off the charts.