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Old 05-27-2013, 08:49 PM
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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Originally Posted by Supine View Post
LMAO. I don't know what it's like to own a car in NYC but I drove in NYC once. The craziest f___ place I ever drove through. And none of the NYC drivers had any patience with me. I remember my from New York in the car with me telling me to "Double park here." I was like [look on my face but in verbal question too] "what the f___ is 'double park'?"
Right? Yeah NYC can suck for driving and even owning the car unless you want to pay more money for it. Plus the traffic can suck (and it can suck in areas of Chicago too, but that's the same for other cities on the freeways and some surface streets of course).

I mean in Chicago for high rises, you pay more money to park your car in a private parking garage, but outside of that..eh. However, yeah in many areas you don't need it. In the "not so hot areas" it's less of a problem. Not packed with cars parking on the street and also free (street parking in Chicago in most areas that isn't free is "zone parking" but it's only $25/year). I actually know a lot of people who live here who sold their cars because they barely used it and wanted to free up money to spend on other entertainment/travel.

NYC has by far the best public transit coverage of any city in the US (North America for that fact) though. Chicago comes in a distant 2nd. There are still areas in Chicago where not owning a car wouldn't be smart, but those are fairly far away from the core.

But after living so long in Virgina where you seemed to always have parking lots or lawns to park on, I lost my ability to parallel park. Never quite recovered it in Milwaukee.
Same, lol..well I have never owned a car in Chicago. Though I rent one (I have a rental car place next door to me actually) every once in awhile but I can't parallel park for **** anymore.
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:51 PM
Location: Manhattan
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If you still want vibrant city life but without the fast paced lifestyle and overcrowded feel of NYC, I think Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, Denver, and Pittsburgh would all fit the bill.

If you want to get away from urban city life and live in a more suburban city, I think Atlanta, Dallas, Austin, Raleigh, Charlotte, and San Diego are all fine choices.
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:58 PM
Location: Keizer, OR
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:14 PM
Location: In the heights
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Santa Monica. It's part of the LA metro, but it has its own vibe. The employment opportunities for your industry are pretty good there.
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:19 AM
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Maybe Asheville, NC. It is still a small town yet has the hip, funky, organic vibe of places like Portland and Austin.
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:04 AM
Location: Jacksonville FL
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San Antonio TX & Charlotte NC
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Old 06-02-2013, 02:15 AM
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Originally Posted by indy771 View Post
Columbus, Denver, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Seattle, San Diego, Tampa.

I visited every city except for Seattle, found them vibrant and clean. imo, the only common factor between them is the size and without the hustle and bustle of big cities like NYC and Chicago.

So, it basically goes down to your personal preferences, on specific social scenes, weather, economy market, location, education, etc.
I might drop Tampa from this list, but otherwise it's good.

Just to add some information to it, Cincinnati has a thriving branding industry, especially due to P&G being located there. In case you would want to transition the advertising career into branding, which seems reasonable from the perspective of someone with no in-depth knowledge of either.
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:20 PM
Location: San Diego
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Cool, vibrant, major cities without the hustle and bustle:

East to West: Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Dallas, Tampa, New Orleans, San Antonio, Minneapolis, Denver, Portland, Las Vegas, Seattle, San Jose, San Diego, Honolulu.

Cool, vibrant, smaller cities without the hustle and bustle:

Savannah, Myrtle Beach, Raleigh, Virginia Beach, Trenton, Providence, Hartford, Albany, Indianapolis, Austin, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Aspen, Santa Fe, Tucson, Omaha, Kansas City, Ann Arbor, Iowa City, Madison, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Tacoma...

Plus, every major college town i missed. I'm sure Ohio has many of those, but I don't know much about Ohio.
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