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Old 12-12-2010, 10:07 PM
 
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I am currently residing in the Detroit Metro area. I am so not a snow person but all of my family is here.....I have lived in Portland, OR for 6 years and loved the city, but the distance from my family was a toughie. I would like a city with more ethnic diversity than PDX, but did love the progressive attitude and the amazing food scene there. In my dream world I would live somewhere urban that is close to a beach that you could go in without a full wet suit and palm trees. San Diego and Florida seem to be what keeps coming up. Any suggestions on a happy medium?
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Old 12-13-2010, 08:12 AM
 
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Maybe the Tidewater/Hampton Roads area of Virginia(especially Virginia Beach), the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area, Houston and if you don't mind perhaps Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC.
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Old 12-15-2010, 08:12 PM
 
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check out coastal VA + NC. Great climate and very friendly people although the unemployment numbers are pretty high, like most places
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Old 12-17-2010, 07:23 AM
 
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You might check out the historic downtown neighborhoods of either Savannah, Georgia or Charleston, South Carolina. It's warm enough most times of the year for the beach, they both have a somewhat progressive vibe, quality food scenes and a diverse population.

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