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Old 01-02-2012, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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If you want to return to the Midwest, Bloomington IN and Yellow Springs OH are also options.
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Old 01-02-2012, 06:16 PM
 
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Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:41 PM
 
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Is there anywhere warm that might be a good fit? Any opinions on Athens, GA, or either Asheville or Chapel Hill, NC?
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:21 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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We are both gardeners, so I think the southwest is out.

Can anyone point us in a good direction? I've been checking out Asheville or Chapel Hill, NC, maybe Athens, GA, perhaps Boulder or Denver? !!
Asheville I can imagine from everything I've heard about it, but a visit would be the true testament. Chapel Hill is nice, and progressive would be a good word for it as is much of the Triangle area of NC but I didn't get the feeling that a palpable "ultra liberal" vibe is there. My sister and brother in law are conservative (and Evangelical) and live in Raleigh and they love it there and seem like they are in good company. Sure it's more liberal than many other parts of the South, but on that scale it probably isn't anything like Berkeley or Eugene.

Have you checked out Burlington, VT? Very liberal, a bit pricey but not overwhelmingly so and they have pretty low unemployment. Boulder is very liberal, Denver comfortably liberal. You can garden there but that area is famous for extreme temperature swings in the shoulder seasons so not the best place for it.
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:02 AM
 
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Asheville is an excellent fit if you can find jobs. That's the problem - all your like minded brethren and sistren are flocking there.

Could you be satsified with an ultra liberal community in the context of a larger town? Is Pittsburgh big enough to have one? That way you'd be close to the folks for visits.
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Message from the San Francisco Bay Area: Come home my child.

LOL.

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Old 01-03-2012, 06:20 AM
 
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Olympia, WA?
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Asheville I can imagine from everything I've heard about it, but a visit would be the true testament. Chapel Hill is nice, and progressive would be a good word for it as is much of the Triangle area of NC but I didn't get the feeling that a palpable "ultra liberal" vibe is there. My sister and brother in law are conservative (and Evangelical) and live in Raleigh and they love it there and seem like they are in good company. Sure it's more liberal than many other parts of the South, but on that scale it probably isn't anything like Berkeley or Eugene.

Have you checked out Burlington, VT? Very liberal, a bit pricey but not overwhelmingly so and they have pretty low unemployment. Boulder is very liberal, Denver comfortably liberal. You can garden there but that area is famous for extreme temperature swings in the shoulder seasons so not the best place for it.
LOL, I have a friend in Vermont who jokes that roses are considered annuals there.
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, Canada
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Message from the San Francisco Bay Area: Come home my child.

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This. I've traveled through many states bar the North-East, and the OP sounds like a slice of San Francisco.

Consider somewhere in the greater area, even if SF proper is out of your price range the whole area has a distinct vibe about it.
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Old 01-03-2012, 03:05 PM
 
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Ithaca NY, if you want to deal with the weather.
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