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Old 08-18-2006, 06:30 AM
 
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Are there ANY socially progressive / liberal small towns in America. I know of Oberlin and Yellow Springs in Ohio, but that's about it.

Seems the quiet life and nature, are hard to find in combination with liberal communities.

I also know there are a few in New England, but I need somewhere I can afford.
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Old 08-18-2006, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Burlington VT
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There are still affordable places in Northwest Vermont.

Kindly see my posts in the Vermont section.
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Old 08-18-2006, 03:49 PM
 
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Salisbury CT Westport CT Mystic CT
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Old 01-25-2007, 02:26 PM
 
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Lake Placid, NY, until about one year ago, had an ENORMOUS (three floors...maybe 7500sf) used book store for at least two decades. I guess they had a hard time making a go of it recently, but in smaller digs I think a used book store would thrive. The liberal, progressive, charming community with a HUGE and thriving tourism industry is now starved for such a place. Now, I would imagine rents in the downtown area are probably very high, but housing costs are not bad at all.
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Old 01-25-2007, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Depending on what you consider affordable, the Pioneer Valley (Western Massachusetts) is among the most progressive--4 colleges, UMass, and many small adjoining towns in the county of Northampton.
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Old 01-27-2007, 02:09 AM
 
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You might check out Lawrence, KS (home of KU) although that is growing fast, so I don't know how "small town" it would feel anymore. It's less than an hour from the big city. Pretty much most liberal smaller towns seem to be college-centered or resorts.
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Old 01-27-2007, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Asheville N.C...I've heard it's a very forward thinking community with an abundance of arts/artists. Chapel Hill/Carrboro N.C. is very well known for liberal minded people and government. Carrboro has an openly gay mayor.
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Old 04-12-2007, 12:59 PM
 
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Asheville N.C...I've heard it's a very forward thinking community with an abundance of arts/artists. Chapel Hill/Carrboro N.C. is very well known for liberal minded people and government. Carrboro has an openly gay mayor.
Sorry to let y'all down, but A'Ville is no longer a small town. Maybe three years ago, but the yuppies have since discovered the place and moving here in droves--particularly from Florida. Most are bringing with them their SUVs (one or more per person) and building monster homes in the once-pristine mountains of Western North Carolina.

I moved here from Central VA last summer (without a vehicle and am renting an existing home in an old neighborhood right outside of downtown) thinking I was moving into a small, progressive town. Progressive it is, but the sprawl development going on around here is rampant. There are nothing but strip smalls between the outskirts of the central business district/residential neighborhoods and the outlying communities of Woodfin, Hendersonville, Enka/Candler, Black Mountain, Weaverville, etc.

Is there any small town left in the US that hasn't been destroyed by Walmart and hasn't embarked on the path to destruction by way of retail hell? If so, will I be welcomed there, or is it a right-wing bastion of intolerance?

So sad. I find that, increasingly, big-box retail, chain stores, traffic, and new home construction sites make me physically ill. I'm working on visiting some of the other places mentioned, particularly those towns in Vermont--arguably the most progressive state in the nation.

If not, I'll check out Europe.
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Old 04-12-2007, 05:25 PM
 
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Northfield, Minn. A two college town (St. Olaf and Carleton, both Liberal Arts). A population of maybe 15,000. An odd hour from Mpls. I love the place.
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Old 04-12-2007, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Wi for the summer--Vegas in the winter
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MADISON, WISCONSIN!!!!!! Cold winters...but awesome city of 225,000!!
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