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Old 11-24-2012, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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I think that if you want warm and lots of (recorded) history, you want someplace in the Deep South.
Oregonwoodsmoke, I should have stated that I mean historic buildings and architecture.
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:29 AM
 
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Santa Fe?
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:42 AM
 
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I love New Orleans but it has a heaviness to it. It can be a transforming place if you can get beyond that and the high humidity. Plus you need to stay on guard in certain areas, esp at night, but I guess that is true of most cities. What about Oxford?
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:35 AM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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Hey Cacto, I am only familiar with the north part of Tucson (Ina, Skyview etc.), is there an area with historic type homes down there?












There's the El Presidio neighborhood, Tucson's oldest, near downtown. Not much remains, though it was the site of the original Spanish fort. The area is sometimes divided as the Presidio District and Barrio Viejo.

Others like Barrio Historico (aka Barrio Libre), Sam Hughes Neighborhood, Iron Horse, and quite a few others are historic neighborhoods worth checking out. Some are college kid, some are full of the downtown white collar set, some are run down. They're all close to U of A and downtown.

4th Ave, Tucson's Mill Ave. only better and more cultural, is old and used to be called Barrio Tiburon. It's a good starting point because there's indie coffee shops, non-chain restaurants, indie bookstores, bars and music venues all within a walkable distance.

All the pics are from the Tucson forums sticky "Tucson Photos" and Wiki actually has a good rundown on the historic neighborhoods of Tucson with their locations.

Give Tucson more of a chance when you're feeling blah about PHX, you drive about an hour and a half south and you're in a city that still feels like old Arizona.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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Thanks for the very thorough post Cacto, I've never seen this part of Tucson. Is the hisotirc district safe for a single woman?

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There's the El Presidio neighborhood, Tucson's oldest, near downtown. Not much remains, though it was the site of the original Spanish fort. The area is sometimes divided as the Presidio District and Barrio Viejo.

Others like Barrio Historico (aka Barrio Libre), Sam Hughes Neighborhood, Iron Horse, and quite a few others are historic neighborhoods worth checking out. Some are college kid, some are full of the downtown white collar set, some are run down. They're all close to U of A and downtown.

4th Ave, Tucson's Mill Ave. only better and more cultural, is old and used to be called Barrio Tiburon. It's a good starting point because there's indie coffee shops, non-chain restaurants, indie bookstores, bars and music venues all within a walkable distance.

All the pics are from the Tucson forums sticky "Tucson Photos" and Wiki actually has a good rundown on the historic neighborhoods of Tucson with their locations.

Give Tucson more of a chance when you're feeling blah about PHX, you drive about an hour and a half south and you're in a city that still feels like old Arizona.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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I love New Orleans but it has a heaviness to it. It can be a transforming place if you can get beyond that and the high humidity. Plus you need to stay on guard in certain areas, esp at night, but I guess that is true of most cities. What about Oxford?
Have you lived in New Orleans? I have a distant fascination with it but have never even been there (I know that might sound crazy).

Where is Oxford, I tried Googling it but don't know the state.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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Santa Fe?
I think it's too cold in the winter for me.
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:09 PM
 
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Oxford is in MS - it is a university town.

I'm also recommending St Augustine - you might post in the Jacksonville forum to see if it has a new age presence. I remember a bookstore from my last visit but that was ages ago.
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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Thanks for the very thorough post Cacto, I've never seen this part of Tucson. Is the hisotirc district safe for a single woman?
Like I said, some are rundown, some are fairly affluent. It's just like the historic neighborhoods in PHX, some are full of yuppies and some are full of cholos. The difference is the Tucson historic neighborhoods tend to be close together, with people walking and biking, and more of a downtown Tempe feel closer to Tucson's 4th Ave.
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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San Juan is an option.

It's simultaneously the warmest and most historic option given to you. Yeah, it's technically not a state but being part of the USA (a territory) it's very easy for you to pack up and relocate there. You don't even need a passport.

It being on an island with spanish as the predominate language will definitively be "transforming." In addition, you'll get a much bigger culture shock moving there than say Santa Fe or Tucson.
Thanks, I should have been more specific, I want to be in a US state and want to have access to easy travel (to other states) and be somehwat near a large center.
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