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For a long time (11 years now), I have made it a point to make sure that all old URLs redirect to something relevant, either the new location for a page, or something close. That is a small detail, but over time, as I grow the site and move things around, this becomes more and more important (to me).

Since I moved the site over to a new backend system I built, I have had more tools available to me to have various spellings of cities as well as neighborhoods within a city redirect correctly to the actual city on the site. Initially, I blurred these redirects and variant spellings in the same city DB as the real cities. This would have worked, but was a messy situation, blurring what I was trying to do.

So today I split these two sets of data apart yet kept the capacity for the site to redirect you automatically to what you were looking for (where possible).

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