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Old 06-22-2012, 05:02 PM
 
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I like:
-Relative safety. The Bay Area has too many high-crime areas like Oakland and Richmond, for example.
-Lots of greenery and mountains. Not a desert like Los Angeles or a continental climate like New York City.
-Mild climate; cool weather year-round. Less rain than Vancouver.
-Lively fine arts scene, comparable to Los Angeles.
-At least moderately liberal population.
-big city with good transportation.

Currently I live in Vancouver. My qualms are: a bit too much rain (which defeats the purpose of living near such great hiking/boating spots), few museums which are too expensive to get into, too much homeless people/crackheads and prostitutes along the DTES. Overpriced housing as well as transportation.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:43 PM
 
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I like:
-Relative safety. The Bay Area has too many high-crime areas like Oakland and Richmond, for example.
-Lots of greenery and mountains. Not a desert like Los Angeles or a continental climate like New York City.
-Mild climate; cool weather year-round. Less rain than Vancouver.
-Lively fine arts scene, comparable to Los Angeles.
-At least moderately liberal population.
-big city with good transportation.

Currently I live in Vancouver. My qualms are: a bit too much rain (which defeats the purpose of living near such great hiking/boating spots), few museums which are too expensive to get into, too much homeless people/crackheads and prostitutes along the DTES. Overpriced housing as well as transportation.
The greenery you want comes from rain. Something on your list has got to go.

I can't think of any big city that's cool year round without lots of rain. How about a greener area near Los Angeles? Pasadena? Monrovia? Temple City? Parts of those are green, even if it isn't natural. Or do the mountains have to be green, too?
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Old 06-23-2012, 04:21 AM
 
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Portland?
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Old 06-23-2012, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Currently I live in Vancouver. My qualms are: a bit too much rain (which defeats the purpose of living near such great hiking/boating spots), few museums which are too expensive to get into, too much homeless people/crackheads and prostitutes along the DTES. Overpriced housing as well as transportation.
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Portland?
Portland won't work if the OP is trying to avoid these things. It's exactly the same as well as being overcrowded with a high COL.
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:08 AM
 
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Hmm, guess Vancouver is the way to go for now! Thanks.
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:06 AM
 
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Asheville NC
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Old 06-24-2012, 07:54 PM
 
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Asheville summers are hot. OP wants, "cool all year round." Like Vancouver, but with less rain.

How about Bellingham, WA? A few degrees cooler than Vancouver in summer, a couple degrees warmer in winter. The big difference is that the record highs are much closer to the averages than Vancouver's - no 100 degree stuff. Bellingham gets a little less rain (6.5 inches less), is at least slightly liberal, is reasonably safe, and has greenery and mountains. It isn't a very big city, though.
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:30 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Hawaii is warm but not unpleasantly hot. Other than that there really isn't a place like you're describing that I can think of.
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:23 PM
 
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all of these suggestions don't help. asheville looks like a boring place, no big city excitement...thanks again. bellingham seems boring as well.
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:30 AM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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Narnia.


Seriously, there's only a few big cities in North America (all have been named) that have the climate you're looking for and some of the cultural stuff you want but also have all the drawbacks you're complaining about.

Finding a big city without a bad neighborhood... good luck with that. The good news is you can always just stay out of the bad neighborhoods. There is no requirement that residents must pay regular visits to those areas. Coming down here to your less civilized neighbors to the south, you will find a lot more homeless people and more crime and that's only going to get worse as austerity increases, population increases and jobs go bye bye.

My advice to you is to stay in canada where you have a functioning government, less crime, more civil rights and a basic safetynet.
Get a professional quality rain coat. I have one designed for public safety, it's one of those high-viz jackets and you can go out in it in moderately heavy rain and stay perfectly dry and warm.
Take some time off a few times a year to visit low cost museums in other cities that you'd not want to actually live in.
I know that Canada has wildly outrageous home prices. That's too bad. You might consider doing what I'm doing which is buy a cheap piece of land and build a small but comfortable home yourself. Of course then you'll probably sacrifice being close in.
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