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Old 07-14-2014, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in the lower 48.
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I second Chattanooga It's quite impressive for its size if you've never been there. It's lower on the radar but it's definitely getting trendy quickly.
Thanks. I'll add that Chattanooga is also serious about public transportation. Not only does it have one of the largest fleets of electric buses in the country including buses with solar panels, it's seriously considering using abandoned railroads in the city to create a light rail network.

All aboard? Chattanooga eyes $35 million light rail system | Times Free Press

If they succeed (and I'm sure they will) I believe Chattanooga will be one of the smallest, if not the smallest MSA in the country (just over 500k) to have its own light rail network.
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Cedar Rapids
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Columbus Ohio
2,000,000 people but no one really knows about it.
I will definitely agree here. My last company was based there - and I had a lot of coworkers take jobs in that area and were very very impressed with it. I have some sort of affinity for any city in Ohio for some reason - and would like to see the cities in the north someday follow suit.
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Crappyville,PA
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Florence is kind of out in the boonies and there just isn't much going on there, at least the last time I was there about two years ago. I know nothing about LA.

I've been partial to SC for awhile now. Columbia, Greenville, and Charleston are all what I'd call mid-size cities, and both have made wonderful improvements to their downtowns, economy, and just livability over the past few years. I am consistently amazed at Greenville in particular - it has a wider variety of shopping, restaurants, and bars than you'll see in about any city of this size.

Yes, I like Charleston, and to a lesser extent, Columbia as well. Problem is, so does everyone else. The cost of living in those cities is not much cheaper than here in central PA. I'm kind of looking for that diamond in the rough, and get in while it's still cheap.
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Crappyville,PA
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Columbus Ohio
2,000,000 people but no one really knows about it.
Thanks but brrrrr. I'm trying to escape these brutal Pennsylvania winters, I doubt it's any milder in Ohio.
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:59 PM
 
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Roanoke VA, Lexington KY and Augusta GA may be a few more to consider.
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Old 07-15-2014, 06:30 AM
 
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What are some small to medium sized cities that are up and coming. Looking for a city that is still cheap to live in, but is revitalizing their downtown and growing in popularity. I'd like to move there before it becomes trendy(and expensive). I have been hearing great things about Florence, SC, and Lafayette, LA. What cities(with a warmish climate), would you recommend?
Winston Salem NC or Greensboro NC fit the bill. They're neighboring cities that have been very actively revitalizing their downtown areas, have real estate/rental rates well below the national average and are in close proximity to two metro areas that have seen massive growth and rising costs (Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham). The Greensboro-Winston Salem area is very centrally located with sufficient infrastructure (highways, nice sized airport), room to grow, a fairly well-skilled/well-educated population to attract employers and in my opinion a no-brainer as one of the next to see significant growth given those factors.
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Thanks but brrrrr. I'm trying to escape these brutal Pennsylvania winters, I doubt it's any milder in Ohio.
If you think winter in PA or Columbus is "brutal" than you can nix anywhere north of the 36th parallel while you're at it. I personally wouldn't consider 35-40 degrees on average as "brutal", so I can't help you with advice.
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:49 AM
 
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What are some small to medium sized cities that are up and coming. Looking for a city that is still cheap to live in, but is revitalizing their downtown and growing in popularity. I'd like to move there before it becomes trendy(and expensive). I have been hearing great things about Florence, SC, and Lafayette, LA.
What cities(with a warmish climate), would you recommend?
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Thanks but brrrrr. I'm trying to escape these brutal Pennsylvania winters, I doubt it's any milder in Ohio.


Warm winters would have been a good thing to put in the original post. Any other things we should know?
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Old 07-16-2014, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Crappyville,PA
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Warm winters would have been a good thing to put in the original post. Any other things we should know?

I believe I did mention "warmish climate" in the original post. Meaning it doesn't have to be tropical, but not a place like PA or OH, where you get 5 months of winter each year.
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
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Spring Hill and Chattanooga Tennessee, Northwest Arkansas, West Little Rock, Augusta Georgia, Greenville South Carolina
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