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Old 03-30-2012, 10:53 AM
 
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I second all of the previous post. Washington, D.C. Is it.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:32 PM
 
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I was guess what I was politely trying to say is I don't want live somewhere that's like going back in time as far as how you're perceived if you're not white and Christian.
It's not impolite to say you are looking for a place that is comfortable for racial/ethnic minorities and accepting of various religions or lack thereof.

BTW, DC has it's merits but it is not affordable with no high crime. Access to nature is debatable.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:38 PM
 
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Pittsburgh, if you don't have a Philly bias against it.

Be wary of the DC boosters. That town has a serious case of rose-colored glasses.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC NoVA
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Pittsburgh, if you don't have a Philly bias against it.

Be wary of the DC boosters. That town has a serious case of rose-colored glasses.
everything the guy said was true. the only problem is that people get tired of dc's supposed rat race. i don't notice it but i guess dc isn't for everybody. you can pretty much predict who will like living in denver or la or boston but dc is different. it has chewed people up and spit them out and did it quick, slowly making them depressed and miserable.

me, i love dc and have no plans to leave. different strokes.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:45 PM
 
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Awh man, I was starting to get into DC. How does it chew people up? Is it the crime rate someone mentioned? What about cities near DC like Alexandria?

And I wouldn't say I have a Philly bias, but my sister has lived in Pittsburgh for a couple years, and I haven't liked it very much any time I visit her. It's a bit to "segregated", I guess, for my taste (unless you're hanging close to the Carnegie Mellon or Pitt campus).

I think Ithaca and Denver are my front runners. Thanks for all the suggestions!
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Old 03-31-2012, 04:25 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC NoVA
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Awh man, I was starting to get into DC. How does it chew people up? Is it the crime rate someone mentioned? What about cities near DC like Alexandria?

And I wouldn't say I have a Philly bias, but my sister has lived in Pittsburgh for a couple years, and I haven't liked it very much any time I visit her. It's a bit to "segregated", I guess, for my taste (unless you're hanging close to the Carnegie Mellon or Pitt campus).

I think Ithaca and Denver are my front runners. Thanks for all the suggestions!
by chew people up, i mean they get so tired of everything here; traffic, growing number of foreigners, endless construction, and the supposed rudeness and rat race people speak of. if traffic, very long red lights, construction, extreme summer heat, a growing number of foreigners who look at you like wth are you doing here, and extremely career-minded people don't bother you... then you will probably have no problem around dc.

but none of that gets to me. i'm born and raised. i don't like sitting in traffic or sitting at red lights and i'm not the biggest fan of trying to translate spanglish at the olive garden, but i love how new, modern, manicured, and booming the dc area is. i love all the new construction (being in the construction industry myself), i love the development happening here. it's an exciting time to live here. dc is coming up. it used to be the murder capital of the us and one of the most dangerous cities in the world because all it was was a political center. not anymore. the economy is diversifying, the tech industry is expanding here, private contractors are growing, etc.

personally, i think dc would be a great place for someone young to start a career.

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Old 03-31-2012, 06:37 AM
 
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The areas with high crime are mainly relegated to the Southeast and far Northeast areas of DC. Take that in contrast with Arlington County, directly across the river who hasn't had a murder in over two years.

It's a big city and it's still growing. If you don't have a car you won't notice the traffic and what the city lacks in ease of commute it more than makes up for in culture and "things to do".
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:16 AM
 
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Great information. The negatives are pretty bad, but it sounds like DC is one of those places you have to see for yourself before ruling out.

Thanks again, guys!
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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Wow, some great places mentioned! I knew you guys could help.

I love the idea of Ithaca. Never crossed my mind. Indianapolis sounds pretty cool, too. But I'd be afraid it's like Seattle in the sense that maybe it's beautiful and people are nice, but if you go too far out the city things...change.

@Creeksitter, I'd like most of the people to be progressive. Not necessarily liberal, but where everyone feels free to be themselves and communicate outside of their niches.
its nothing like Seattle FYI. Seattle is a way different culture and is 2500 miles from Indy.
Also if you mean progressive in that stance then Indy is very progressive.
Depends on how you use the term.
Heavily Democratic City like Chicago or NYC? no its a battleground city which is good so one party doesnt control the government all the time it brings more interesting things to the city.
Republican Mayor Greg Ballard and Democratic City-County Council.
now thats a balance i have to say.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:07 PM
 
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Point taken. I'll keep it on the map because, from what I'm hearing here, it impresses me more than DC. I'll look into all of the cities mentioned.
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