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Old 01-14-2011, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Northfield, MN
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What are the best cities for an introvert? As an introvert I like places that have a lot of quiet cafe's, and coffee shops, places that are relatively quiet and people who don't necessarily feel the need to talk to you all the time like sitting on a train or standing in line. I like places that have interesting things to do and look at, but not really into clubs or crowds, although strangely I kind of like New York City because I don't feel claustrophobic there, and you can feel alone in a crowd. I also don't like places with a lot of freeways. I much prefer places with trains or standard roads. And I like places that have space for reflection. I also like places with beauty, both natural and architectural (another reason why I like new york). Any recommendations?
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:38 PM
 
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Any city in Western Europe
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Old 01-14-2011, 01:00 PM
 
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New York City is compatible with all of your criteria. I think you would like it here.
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Old 01-14-2011, 02:30 PM
 
Location: the illegal immigrant state
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The Silicon Valley, for the same reason criticize it, which is because it's alienating.

The SV is populated by people who generally segregate themselves by ethnic group, many of them don't and won't speak English, and many people don't have anything in common. We practice the principle that it's easier to ignore each other than to acknowledge each other.

Those who would acknowledge each other are usually too busy with work or work-related activities like after-work networking; they expend their energy on their livelihood.

In the SV, you can go to nearly any kind of store, cafe or restaurant and not be bothered.

As for architectural beauty, the SV doesn't have it as the redevelopment agencies have demolished a lot of the late 19th/early 20th century architecture. If such is really important to you, you have to either go to SF or just live somewhere that's both older and hasn't seen as much of wrecking ball.

If you want natural beauty, I think the SFBA's combination of urbanized area in proximity to world-renowned natural beauty is comparable to most.

The problem is the criteria of both architectural and natural beauty.

Many western cities are surrounded by natural beauty, but many are too young to have really good architecture. Many eastern cities obviously have antique architecure and many will say that those cities are surrounded by natural beauty. I won't contest that because then I will have the Northeastern crowd endlessly bickering with me.
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Old 01-14-2011, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Cleveland Suburbs
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Portland and Seattle come to mind...
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Old 01-14-2011, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Oxford, Ohio
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What are the best cities for an introvert? As an introvert I like places that have a lot of quiet cafe's, and coffee shops, places that are relatively quiet and people who don't necessarily feel the need to talk to you all the time like sitting on a train or standing in line. I like places that have interesting things to do and look at, but not really into clubs or crowds, although strangely I kind of like New York City because I don't feel claustrophobic there, and you can feel alone in a crowd. I also don't like places with a lot of freeways. I much prefer places with trains or standard roads. And I like places that have space for reflection. I also like places with beauty, both natural and architectural (another reason why I like new york). Any recommendations?
Asheville, North Carolina is popping into my head. It's a gorgeous city surrounded by incredible natural beauty, and there is some interesting architecture there, too. No skyscrapers, of course, but there are a lot of places around there where you could find solitude and places of quiet reflection.

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Old 01-14-2011, 06:55 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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Seattle
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Seattle, or you can get on I-35W and drive north for about 45 minutes.
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Old 01-15-2011, 12:20 AM
 
Location: 30-40°N 90-100°W
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Hartford, Connecticut scored seventh on a list of "smart cities" and first on a list of "quiet cities", but I don't know how valid they are.

America's Smartest Cities - From First to Worst - Galleries - The Daily Beast
Metrogrades: Noisiest Cities : Men's Heath.com

Going by another measure Madison, Wisconsin is in the top ten for "brainy cities" while being in the top ten for quiet.

25 Most Educated Cities - Slideshows - Portfolio.com

Don't know if those are good for the other things you mention.

Seattle and San Jose make sense.
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:18 AM
 
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Hmmm, people don't generally engage in idle chat with strangers. City activity, but not quite the frenetic crowds you find in NYC or some other cities. Intimate places to go out, like cafes, pubs, etc. Lots of public transit options, and not so heavily dependent on freeways as many fast-growing Southern and Western cities. Variety of interesting activities. Intriguing architecture. Natural beauty in the nearby outdoors areas.

Welcome to Boston!
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