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Old 04-08-2015, 10:31 PM
 
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Hello,

I love Flagstaff, AZ for its size, community, liberal politics, sunshine and access to nature. However, I have fibromyalgia, arthritis, and have severe structural instabilities in my pelvis and legs which make walking in snow and ice very challenging and dangerous.

I would love to find a town with similar attributes to Flagstaff, but without the snow or ice. I have not historically been a desert person, and would prefer mild as opposed to drastic climate, but would consider anywhere that may be a bit safer for ambulation if it has excellent community (good hearted, grounded people) and easy access to nature (e.g. going for a walk in the woods without having to drive 30 minutes to get there).

If you have any suggestions, I would appreciate them!
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Old 04-09-2015, 04:02 AM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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Santa Fe New Mexico, or on the other side of I-40 is Ashville NC. Ashville gets some snow, but I bet less than Flagstaff. San Antonio Texas is more liberal I believe, maybe there.
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Old 04-09-2015, 04:13 AM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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If you can afford it, Santa Rosa or San Luis Obispo, California might be worth considering.

Eureka Springs, Arkansas might work too. It's beautiful country, and it's probably the most liberal town in Arkansas (albeit a little touristy).
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Old 04-09-2015, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Herndon, VA
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I would love to find a town with similar attributes to Flagstaff, but without the snow or ice. I have not historically been a desert person, and would prefer mild as opposed to drastic climate, but would consider anywhere that may be a bit safer for ambulation if it has excellent community (good hearted, grounded people) and easy access to nature (e.g. going for a walk in the woods without having to drive 30 minutes to get there).

If you have any suggestions, I would appreciate them!
My parents lived in Prescott Valley for 10 years and absolutely loved it. The climate was perfect for them. I would not call it liberal by any stretch however.
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Old 04-09-2015, 07:04 AM
 
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My parents lived in Prescott Valley for 10 years and absolutely loved it. The climate was perfect for them. I would not call it liberal by any stretch however.
I love Prescott. Such a beautiful area.


The OP should move to any city in Nee Mexico besides Albequerque if they want a smaller, quirkier character city with nice weather. NM has lots of options because there are so many different elevations.


Santa Fe and Taos are my votes. Silver City is nice too. Las Cruces may be a bit too...Mexican, it feels less like NM and more like South of the border.
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Old 04-09-2015, 11:18 AM
 
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I grew up in a smaller town in South Carolina and encountered plenty of liberals. I lived for many years in Chicago and encountered plenty of conservatives. Political stripe isn't a great way to pick your home, and you can find like-minded and differently minded people anywhere, if you're so inclined.
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Old 04-09-2015, 02:36 PM
 
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Hello,

I love Flagstaff, AZ for its size, community, liberal politics, sunshine and access to nature. However, I have fibromyalgia, arthritis, and have severe structural instabilities in my pelvis and legs which make walking in snow and ice very challenging and dangerous.

I would love to find a town with similar attributes to Flagstaff, but without the snow or ice. I have not historically been a desert person, and would prefer mild as opposed to drastic climate, but would consider anywhere that may be a bit safer for ambulation if it has excellent community (good hearted, grounded people) and easy access to nature (e.g. going for a walk in the woods without having to drive 30 minutes to get there).

If you have any suggestions, I would appreciate them!
Check out Durham NC which is a very well-educated, progressive/liberal city with an excellent cultural scene, great restaurants, friendly people from all over the world, a moderate four season climate with minimal snow/ice and plenty of beautiful areas/parks to walk in including my favorite...Duke Forest.

Why You Should Choose Durham | Durham, NC
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Old 04-09-2015, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Santa Cruz, CA. You can walk on the beach or in the woods. Liberal. Mild temps. University town.
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Old 04-09-2015, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Juneau
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Hello,

I love Flagstaff, AZ for its size, community, liberal politics, sunshine and access to nature. However, I have fibromyalgia, arthritis, and have severe structural instabilities in my pelvis and legs which make walking in snow and ice very challenging and dangerous.

I would love to find a town with similar attributes to Flagstaff, but without the snow or ice. I have not historically been a desert person, and would prefer mild as opposed to drastic climate, but would consider anywhere that may be a bit safer for ambulation if it has excellent community (good hearted, grounded people) and easy access to nature (e.g. going for a walk in the woods without having to drive 30 minutes to get there).

If you have any suggestions, I would appreciate them!

Asheville, NC or Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Old 04-14-2015, 11:59 PM
 
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Rapid City is a small town and friendly but, the winters may be too harsh for you. Cheyenne is a small cute town but, windy.
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