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Old 01-23-2013, 07:41 PM
 
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I can't come up with any. I'm not trying to be pretentious or generalize too much here, I'm honestly looking for ideas.

edit: okay i came up wit a few, i guess SF, Seattle, and Portland sort of fit.


I guess I'll just explain.. I live in the Northeast. I hate the cold weather, the rat-race work mentality, and the high cost of living. But I love that you can walk around the cities and take mass transit, use lots of public areas and parks, etc.

Every city with warmer weather or lower cost of living that I've looked at isn't on the coast. Basically, I can't find a coastal city that combines a significant walkable downtown area with decent weather. The only exception I can think of is San Francisco, but it's so expensive.

cities I've heard great things about, and have considered despite their lack of oceans: Austin TX, Nashville TN, Denver CO.

I guess Seattle could work. I've lived there before though, not looking for such gloomy winters.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I was going to say Seattle What about San Diego or one of the coastal towns between LA and San Diego?

I also really like Denver and Austin, although Denver's winters might be too cold and Austin has hot/humid summers. Smaller non-coastal cities: what about Chapel Hill or Asheville?

I have to mention Chicago, I know you don't want cold, but Lake Michigan is like an Inland Sea. Great Summers, lower cost of living than San Francisco or New York or the majority of the east coast.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:57 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Is Savannah GA or Charleston SC too small for you?
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:23 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Surprise: Ventura, CA.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:11 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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San Diego has a decent downtown and Hillcreast along with the area around Balboa Park are pretty walkable and there is a light rail system in the city. It's expensive and most of the city you'd want to have a car to get around but there are definitely many walkable areas around the city and great weather year round. It's a nice laid back city.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:15 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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SF sort of fit??? Yeah... easily. Probably 2nd most walkable city core behind NYC.

I think you could "pull it off" in Atlanta non coastal, LA (7th and 8th biggest subway system) and New Orleans (dense and walkable) if you did your homework if you are looking for something cheaper and warmer.

Your best options are probably SF and LA, but yes they are expensive.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:17 PM
 
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Portland is not coastal. San Diego has nice weather but is expensive and isn't as walkable as Seattle.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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SF sort of fit??? Yeah... easily. Probably 2nd most walkable city core behind NYC.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:27 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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Where is the dispute? SF has a seamless core DT going straight into neighborhoods with no breaks and tight streets and plenty to do. I didn't say biggest or tallest skyline, I said most walkable.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:49 PM
 
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San Diego
Long Beach
Ventura
Santa Barbara
Redondo Beach
Ocean Side
Manhattan Beach etc. etc.
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