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Help me pick a new city to move to!

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by JhwkMac, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. JhwkMac

    JhwkMac Well-Known Member

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    Hello friends,

    I wanted to get some advice on cool cities to look into moving. My girlfriend and I are thinking of moving to another city about a year or two from now..We are young professionals, me 27 she 23. She's finishing her phd in psychology. I work in logistics.

    We currently live in Miami. Cities I've lived in before: Kansas City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami



    I'm thinking somewhere in the Northeast.

    Things we are looking for:

    -Big cities (4+ million pop). Big theater, plays, concerts, more culture, etc.

    -Cold and warm weather. Not very cold like Chicago, not very warm like Miami. Somewhere where you can have and experience all four seasons.

    -Old cities. We like old buildings, brick, etc. Historical cities.

    -Walkable cities, cities where people are outside a lot, can walk from place to place. Living in the midwest nobody walks anywhere, everyone is just in their house or driving to wherever their going.

    -Somewhat safe: no detroit or baltimore

    -Not super expensive rent/living cost (no nyc)



    Some places we were thinking of:

    Philadelphia, PA. Portland, Maine. Arglinton/Richmond, VA. Boston, MA.

    Any other suggestions? any people from a city above care to comment?



    Appreciate the comments!
     
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  2. Joffrey

    Joffrey Well-Known Member

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    Whether wise, Boston, Philly and VA (live in DC close to arlington, va) are good. Mind you NE and midatlantic can get crazy humid like Miami but have no beaches near by. Arlington is nice with a young professional population in your age group. A lot of smart people, nice apartments, close to culture and nightlife of DC. Culture and nightlife should be good in Philly and Boston too but can't speak from experience.
     
  3. herfitup

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    Boston and Portland, ME are nowhere near 4+ million population. Boston is expensive but not outrageous. Portland is smaller and cheaper but there will be a lot fewer jobs available there.
     
  4. Joffrey

    Joffrey Well-Known Member

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    Arlingtion and Richmond also don't have 4 million + people. The DC area (which includes Arlington) is around there but that includes NoVA, two counties in MD and DC. I haven't looked it up but I'm positive Richmond is far from that number too.
     
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    Your options are LA and NY.
     
  6. mordecai

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    Just NY, really. He wants seasons and bricks.
     
  7. lefty

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    4 m+ pop, seasons, old, brick, walkable, culture and affordable?

    Toronto or Montreal if you can deal with the winter. Montreal is the more interesting city: better food, spectacular apts and great weekend getaways.

    Drop the 4m+ and you have a ton of options.

    lefty
     
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  10. JhwkMac

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    The 4m is not a necessary number. We just like cities with big downtown/city center. Preferably subway metro system but not req.

    Thanks for all the replies so far!
     
  11. lefty

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    You're heading to Boston or Philadelphia. Or Canada.

    lefty
     
  12. JhwkMac

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    I like Canada but the visa stuff seems like too much hassle. I can speak French though
     
  13. otc

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    Boston's got to have 4M if you do "greater metro area" measure right?

    I'm not going to go look it up, but my intuition would have put boston there. I mean...I know the Twin Cities come in over 3M for sure.

    Very few cities in the world actually have 4M+ people living in the urban area...but any city supporting4M+ people around it should have decently developed cultural institutions.
     
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  14. gnatty8

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    Yes, greater Boston well over 4MM people..
     
  15. Bhowie

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    We best not be throwing MSA's into the mix.
     
  16. erictheobscure

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    Philly's entertaining, at least for like the first six months. Not sure if it fits your definition of somewhat safe.

    My snide ambivalence is probably pretty characteristic of the city itself.
     
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    Honestly, these second-tier cities are dull as hell. Bite the bullet on the affordability issue and move to the periphery of NYC.

    lefty
     
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    Eric, can you explain to me why the steam coming up from the bowels of Philly smells like hot dogs? Also, is it bad that I kind of like the smell?
     
  19. erictheobscure

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    I (used to) live in Society Hill, where we do not put up with indignities like hot dog steam. Seriously, I've never noticed such a smell around town. It's probably the odor of hobos or drunks who have fallen into the pipes and are being steamed. Vous aimez l'arôme des >? Vous êtes americain après tout! God my French sucks :eek:
     
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    I think the OP needs to decide how much of the cultural stuff matters versus livability and space. Personally, living on top of each other is not pleasant and I can't stand that aspect of NYC.

    In N Virginia, Alexandria/Arlington are not cultural centers in and of themselves. If you want a walking distance lifestyle its probably not going to fly. There is the metro and such but most own a car. I go into the city pretty regularly, I live 3 miles from the border of DC and works well for me.

    Downtown DC may be a compromise, but rents are rather expensive. But the city is a bit more spaced out because of the laws around building heights.

    Go on a road trip. Richmond to Portland is a 12 hour drive end to end. Take a week and see the cities you are interested in.
     
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