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Old 11-22-2016, 05:36 PM
 
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Looking for opinions about the best walkable city in Fla. for downtown living. Looking for cities that have most all amenities in a core area that can be reached by a medium to short walk. Used to live in St. Petersburg, which had that nicely covered downtown, (for anyone thinking of moving there, chain grocery, chain pharmacy, numerous restaurants, bars, events, waterfront park, etc. all downtown) but don't care to return there as I am looking to live in a different Fl city. Can anyone think of anything that compares? Thanks.
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Old 11-22-2016, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Miami's downtown/Brickell is the best imo, but will cost you. Orlando is not bad either. If by "downtown living" you mean just walkable and urban, but not necessarily a CBD, then pricey South Beach obviously works as well, Winter Park and Thornton Park in Orlando, Hyde Park in Tampa or Riverside in Jacksonville.
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Old 11-23-2016, 09:52 AM
 
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Miami's downtown/Brickell is the best imo, but will cost you. Orlando is not bad either. If by "downtown living" you mean just walkable and urban, but not necessarily a CBD, then pricey South Beach obviously works as well, Winter Park and Thornton Park in Orlando, Hyde Park in Tampa or Riverside in Jacksonville.
I agree overall but in terms of livability for most in terms of lacking nuisances like vagrancy as well as overall pedestrian safety I think Winter Park, Tampa's Hyde Park and Downtown Sarasota fit the bill well along with general affordability.
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Old 11-23-2016, 06:36 PM
 
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I agree overall but in terms of livability for most in terms of lacking nuisances like vagrancy as well as overall pedestrian safety I think Winter Park, Tampa's Hyde Park and Downtown Sarasota fit the bill well along with general affordability.
I agree with Kyle. I really can't think of any others that fill the bill as well as those suggestions. And since I live here in Sarasota, I can say think it compares very well to St. Pete, just slightly smaller. Downtown you have everything; parks (including waterfront) grocery (Whole Foods and two Publix, one north, one south) movie theaters including art house, nightclubs, cafes, bakeries, all kinds of ethnic restaurants, opera house, beautiful library, shops, several live theaters, etc. etc. It's amazing how much is in such a compact downtown. Oh, and it's only a two mile jog/bike ride over the Ringling Bridge to St. Armand's Circle for even more to do.
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Old 11-23-2016, 07:08 PM
 
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As you said, St Pete for sure: Coffee houses, galleries, a Publix grocery store, CVS, parks, the bay front and boat marina, hotels, museums, cinema, restaurants, college, small craft airport, buses and trolleys (buses made to look like trolleys), very nice Saturday market, music and club venues, library, bike shop, life drawing classes, soccer field where the Rowdies play, Dali Museum, etc all within walking distance to each other. Might be hard to duplicate this place.
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Old 11-25-2016, 06:47 AM
 
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How good a fit is St. Pete for a vegan, bi, child-free, single liberal female interested in marine conservation.

I just moved to west Bradenton to work on AMI. Gorgeous, heavenly nature, but a poor fit socially and politically. I don't feel comfortable revealing much about myself here. A course correction is in order...
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Old 11-25-2016, 07:51 AM
 
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Hi all!
How good a fit is St. Pete for a vegan, bi, child-free, single liberal female interested in marine conservation.

I just moved to west Bradenton to work on AMI. Gorgeous, heavenly nature, but a poor fit socially and politically. I don't feel comfortable revealing much about myself here. A course correction is in order...
You need to get to know people. There are loads and loads of people like yourself in the area. It takes some time to get to know people. You will find more in Sarasota, which is just a little south of you.
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Old 11-25-2016, 09:27 AM
 
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Hi all!
How good a fit is St. Pete for a vegan, bi, child-free, single liberal female interested in marine conservation.

I just moved to west Bradenton to work on AMI. Gorgeous, heavenly nature, but a poor fit socially and politically. I don't feel comfortable revealing much about myself here. A course correction is in order...
A very good fit as St Pete has one of the largest LGBT communities in FL and is artsy/liberal, has a good food scene including a decent number of vegetarian/vegan options, and of course coastal access for your interest.
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Old 11-25-2016, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, Bee Ridge Road
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You need to get to know people. There are loads and loads of people like yourself in the area. It takes some time to get to know people. You will find more in Sarasota, which is just a little south of you.
Pastaaa, trust your own instincts they are probably more valid then other peoples agendas.
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Old 11-29-2016, 08:52 AM
 
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Miami Beach
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