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Old 12-08-2016, 07:37 AM
 
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Thanks all for the suggestions. I will look into each place mentioned.
Pastaaa, you would probably feel quite comfortable in St Pete. It is a very tolerant city overall, with a pretty even mix of conservatives and liberals. USF has a great marine science program with a waterfront campus and is active in the conservation effort. There are other conservation groups as well in the area. The waterfront there is a big deal and IMHO is one of the most beautiful in the country. Bradenton, while okay, doesn't compare to what St Pete offers.
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Old 12-08-2016, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Derby, CT
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St. Pete I really liked for walk-ability.
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Old 12-09-2016, 02:04 PM
 
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Per walk score, if you look at the Big 4 cities downtowns, then South Eola has a higher rating than any individual district in the rest of the state. That area I think strikes a good balance between vibrancy and a relaxed pace right next to each other thanks in part I believe to all the greenery around. However, there's no question that Miami is the most urban city in FL, and the South Beach neighborhood has the highest overall walk score rating in the state, for good reason. I agree with many that other people shared as well, but just to add a few that may not have been discussed:

Riverside (Jacksonville): Especially around the L5P area, there is a grocery store, dozens of shops, and apartments mixed in with single family houses. It appears pretty safe, and is serviced by a Riverwalk path from which you could do about a 10 minute bike ride to the CBD for work.

St. Augustine: Finding work in DT St. Augustine is probably limited, but it is perhaps the most "walkable" area in FL, other urbanity aside. There is a grocery store about a mile walk from the center of the historic district. It could be a charming place to live, but perhaps not entirely what you are looking for.

Gainesville: College town, but it's not just that, and it's known for having a progressive vibe, and lots of things going on. The triangle between campus, downtown and Gainesville Shopping Center would seem to be quite walkable/bikeable, with lots of nice historic houses to boot.
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Old 12-09-2016, 02:20 PM
 
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Gainesville: College town, but it's not just that, and it's known for having a progressive vibe, and lots of things going on. The triangle between campus, downtown and Gainesville Shopping Center would seem to be quite walkable/bikeable, with lots of nice historic houses to boot.
Nice call, and agree completely if looking for a walkable/progressive environment with a good amount of things to do that's also not pricey.
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Old 12-14-2016, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Riverside (Jacksonville): Especially around the L5P area, there is a grocery store, dozens of shops, and apartments mixed in with single family houses. It appears pretty safe, and is serviced by a Riverwalk path from which you could do about a 10 minute bike ride to the CBD for work.

St. Augustine: Finding work in DT St. Augustine is probably limited, but it is perhaps the most "walkable" area in FL, other urbanity aside. There is a grocery store about a mile walk from the center of the historic district. It could be a charming place to live, but perhaps not entirely what you are looking for.

Gainesville: College town, but it's not just that, and it's known for having a progressive vibe, and lots of things going on. The triangle between campus, downtown and Gainesville Shopping Center would seem to be quite walkable/bikeable, with lots of nice historic houses to boot.
Riverside is an excellent option, which is why I mentioned it . But it's still certainly not the "urban" vibe that most folks who specifically seek out "downtown" are looking for. Five Points is the most popular part of Riverside but it's not "L5P"...that would probably be ATL you're referencing. Also there are 2 grocery stores in Five Points and a third within walking distance (but farther...maybe .5 miles away). Yes the area is pretty safe.

St Augustine is nice too but imo would get old very quickly.

Gainesville is great as well, I spent 5 years living there and enjoyed it for what it was, but again at this stage in my life would probably get old before long. It's certainly very good for biking and walkable from downtown to the areas immediately around campus.
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Old 12-15-2016, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Derby, CT
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St Augustine is nice too but imo would get old very quickly.
Ha! The irony.
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Old 12-15-2016, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Ha! The irony.
LOL I didnt even plan it
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