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Old 09-21-2007, 02:49 PM
Location: Metromess
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Lindrix: Did you mean Silver City, NM or Silver City, NC? I've never heard of the latter.

I completely share your assessment of Austin, TX. I loved it when it was one-third its present size (except for the humidity).

bezvodka: I hear people complaining about Ruidoso being "full of Texans", but it isn't at all averse to taking their money, especially Ruidoso Downs. :-) It does have a rapid turnover of businesses, but that just makes it interesting.
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Old 09-21-2007, 04:29 PM
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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uh oh.... you are right finmqa1 -- the original post was asking about Silver City, North Carolina!
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Old 09-23-2007, 10:42 AM
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Actually it's Siler City (not Silver). Close to Pittsboro, Franklinville, etc. in N.C. Rural spot, bunch of green-heads (like me).

It's difficult to come up with a place to live without visiting every potential spot in the U.S. I've ruled out MN, WY, ID, WI (too cold), and Mexico and the deep South like LA, MI (too hot).

I lived in Santa Fe about twenty years ago for a very short time. What I like (or think I like) about Taos over Santa Fe is a little less busyness during tourist season and more green building opportunities (earthships/strawbale).

Thanks everyone for your replies!
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Old 09-23-2007, 03:39 PM
Location: Metromess
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lindrix: You are quite welcome. BTW, I think you meant to say "LA, MS" in the Deep South. MI is Michigan! Taos is pretty darn busy during tourist season. It's even busy in Setember, my favorite month for going there. But I love it anyway!
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Old 09-26-2007, 07:05 AM
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What about Chapel Hill, NC? It's a pretty artsy place and fairly environmental.
I lived in NC near the coast and now that I've been back in New Mexico for
a few years I'm starting to miss it. I also lived and worked in Portland,Or
for one year (one year contract) and I really liked it. It was humid because
of all the rain but it didn't bother like the humid places that get hot. The mostly rainy days in the winter did bother me though but other than that
I found it to be a very interesting city. I also thought it was a lot more in
tune to environmental issues than New Mexico. It was one very hip place
to be and if it wasn't for the all the rain or all the rainy days I would take it
over Santa Fe. Santa Fe is more touristy and there is more to do in Portland
plus they have a fairly comprhensive light rail system to move people around
the city.
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Old 09-26-2007, 09:00 AM
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Default Asheville, NC

Have you considered Asheville? Ron

Originally Posted by lindrix View Post
I'm a single, straight, older woman, looking for a liberal, artsy spot to relocate to. I would like to find a sustainable and green-friendly town where I can start a retail business of eclectic hand-made goods of high quality (home decor and/or clothing).

I've been looking at Taos and am impressed with the earthships and general green friendly building practices. Portland is a bigger town but is known for it's green consciousness. The semi-rural area between Raleigh and Greensboro has it's appeal too and there are several green communities although I'm unclear about the general political leanings.

Can someone help? Not having lived in these places it's difficult to make a choice. I'll want to buy a house (green or older to fix), and have opportunities to open a retail store. I'm fairly shy so I'll need a built-in social network in order to meet new people.

I'm currently in Austin, TX. The culture is nice but the age group is a little young for social opportunities, and the unrelenting heat and super high humidity (97%) are killers. Real estate prices are high and I have issues with the unplanned nature of the town (read killer traffic to rival Orange County, CA in a mid-sized city).

I'd love to hear any and all comments. Thanks!
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Old 11-24-2007, 04:33 AM
Location: Ridgway/Saint Marys, PS
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I would put my vote in for Asheville, NC

My radio station's Chief Engineer lvies there.. and I have many friends who live there.

it is a bit high up in the mountains and you will see a snowflake or towo, but uit wont get too cold.

But, it is definately artsy, the people are nice and it is liberal.
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Old 11-25-2007, 04:12 PM
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Uhm, have you visited Siler City? Definitely NOT anything like Portland or Santa Fe! If you want NC with a green emphasis, then I'd second the Asheville suggestion, or Boone (in the mountains).
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Old 11-25-2007, 04:25 PM
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A friend of mine, a successful writer/editor, has been in Portland for two years since being flooded out of New Orleans. He's 44. He says the arts/cultureal scene in Portland is absurdly under-30, Trustafarian, people thinking they're creative and weird because they have piercings or blue hair or something. He's sent me some theater reviews that would break your intellectual heart. Everything seems very juvenile out there, and artistic/social life seems very geared to much younger people. He's going back to N.O. soon, and taking a couple of Portlanders with him. It doesn't sound like a good place to be older at all.
I personally would favor Santa Fe, also. There are some affordable condos. It seems like a very adult town, and city-data says that some 30% were never married and there are many not-married people there. I think a lot of artistic people move there later in life or after raising the kids or divorce or something.
Taos is pretty small. I think the lunatic fringe is more apparent there. Lotsa low-riders at night. I have never gotten a good feel from Taos. Santa Fe, while touristy and all, is a real place, with a relatively real economy (state capital). I believe there is a light rail going in from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, which really is only about 60 miles to the Alb. airport. I'm sure there are shuttles.
The weather in Santa Fe is my ideal, although visually I prefer the white-topped mountains in Colorado. I wouldn't go to either place if I depended on my new venture to make a living- only if it was a side project to retirement income or some other means of income. One poster is quite correct about the competition and many many people in the same ventures.
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Old 11-25-2007, 09:15 PM
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Wink Take a look

I met more than a few people in Taos who had come to a stage in their life when they wished a departure, something distinctly different. Thus more interested in finding themselves than the career or more traditional pursuits. It is a good place to branch out and try something different.

Santa Fe enjoys this as well but Taos more of an epicenter for green building and alternative architectural design.

Portland, OR is obviously much larger than either of these towns. Not to mention a distinctly different climate. Weather wise that is, culturally they may be somewhat similar, although I'm not that familiar with Portland.

Perhaps New Mexico will suite you best, although the PNW undeniably beautiful with distinct charms. You may have to visit both areas to know, as your life forward will be different depending.
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