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View Poll Results: Ann Arbor or Madison?
Ann Arbor 15 38.46%
Madison 23 58.97%
Other (please specify in thread) 1 2.56%
Voters: 39. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-20-2008, 02:01 PM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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Impressions? Pros? Cons? Climate, safety, arts and culture, neighborhoods, jobs/economy, diversity, recreation, "vibe," affordability, etc. Any comments appreciated. Feel free to suggest other college towns.
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Old 08-20-2008, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Ann Arbor is nice and resembles Madison on a lot of factors, but, Madison trumps with its local geography/ recreation.
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Old 08-20-2008, 02:19 PM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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^Which has harsher winters?

I thought you'd choose Ann Arbor... for obvious reasons.
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Old 08-20-2008, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Both probably have similar winters- northern continental. Ann Arbor's was wicked this year for sure. In Madison, there are more, closer opportunities to ice fish or go snowboarding/skiing in the wintertime.

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houstoner- are you looking to move or go to college soon?
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Old 08-20-2008, 02:40 PM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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Move! Not soon though. In a couple of years. Just trying to pin down a place. I like the East Coast, but I can't afford it. I like Western Mass. (Amherst/Northampton), but there are no jobs, so I'm searching for alternatives. I visited a small college town in Wisconsin once and could see myself living there (except for the winters... brrr!), but it was too small. I need a larger, more artsy, progressive area than the one I was in, I think.
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Old 08-20-2008, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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I've been in Ann Arbor for over a year know and was born in northern Wisconsin. I visit WI often and think it is a much underrated state with a great social and physical geography- I know that wasn't the topic but being the capital of that state means something. Plus, Madison is on an isthmus! How many cities can say that.
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Old 08-20-2008, 03:12 PM
 
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Ann Arbor is nice and resembles Madison on a lot of factors, but, Madison trumps with its local geography/ recreation.
Completely agree.
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Old 08-20-2008, 05:42 PM
 
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Ann Arbor gets very little love, apparently.
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Old 08-20-2008, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Boulder, CO is a university town...so is Gainesville, FL
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Old 08-20-2008, 08:16 PM
 
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^Florida is out, as is the rest of the Southeast. I lived in Denver before; I may go back there. Boulder seems too expensive. Thanks for the suggestions!
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