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Old 04-19-2015, 02:06 PM
 
Location: The Pacific Northwest
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Are these "cool" cities actually this way throughout the whole city though or is it a matter of relative degree?
I imagine not. For example, KC's "cool areas" are limited strictly to the western half of the city. The Paseo is a large boulevard dissecting the city which is the very clear line of demarcation. North and South are suburban and sprawling and the east side is largely garden variety urban blight and decay with pockets of decent to nice areas. I will say though that the nice areas on the west side are very nice.
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Old 04-19-2015, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN
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Affordable and cool:

Nashville
Cleveland
Cincinnati
Columbus
Pittsburgh
Minneapolis
St Louis

Other honorable mentions:
Lexington
Boise
Kansas City
Lexington where I have lived for the past years is affordable but its not cool, its a boring bland city. Nashville is pretty cool and affordable so I will agree with you on that.
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Old 04-19-2015, 02:07 PM
 
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how can a city with a major college be that boring and bland.
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Old 04-19-2015, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN
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how can a city with a major college be that boring and bland.
If you lived here you would know
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Old 04-19-2015, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Minneapolis is hardly affordable. Its the 2nd most expensive city in the midwest to Chicago.
If you swapped it out with Indianapolis then your list would be spot on.
I think it depends on the individual's perception of expensive. You can rent a decent 1br in one of the more interesting parts of the city for $700 a month. If you are coming from the coasts that sounds like a steal. If you are coming from the even cheaper parts of the Midwest it may sound like a bit much. The priciest apartments in the city are the new luxury apartments in Uptown and Downtown, and they are definitely expensive, but the pre war brick walkups are significantly cheaper. You can also still buy houses in NE Minneapolis for less than $100k, try that in Williamsburg.
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Old 04-19-2015, 07:33 PM
 
Location: The Pacific Northwest
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I think it depends on the individual's perception of expensive. You can rent a decent 1br in one of the more interesting parts of the city for $700 a month. If you are coming from the coasts that sounds like a steal. If you are coming from the even cheaper parts of the Midwest it may sound like a bit much. The priciest apartments in the city are the new luxury apartments in Uptown and Downtown, and they are definitely expensive, but the pre war brick walkups are significantly cheaper. You can also still buy houses in NE Minneapolis for less than $100k, try that in Williamsburg.
Wow, I didn't realize Minneapolis was that cheap. In KC you can't live downtown for under $1000-1200/mo unless you are in an income-restricted place. In the outer popular neighborhoods under $700 is pretty difficult to come by though doable. I paid $850 for a 1br in Westport (one of the popular neighborhoods) and it was nice (stainless steel appliances, in unit W/D, patio, etc), but small.
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Old 04-19-2015, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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You can't rent in Downtown or Uptown for $700 a month, but you can in Whittier, Stevens Square, Powderhorn, Seward or Northeast - all areas that are within a mile or two of downtown. Those areas are all fairly bohemian in nature. You would likely be getting an apartment from the '20s or the '70s. The '20 apartments have barebones kitchens with no dishwashers but often have hardwood floors and unique finishes. The '70s apartments are generally not updated but have nice layouts and more modern appliances. Stainless steel appliances and W/D in the unit puts you into the luxury apartment range. I've always lived in 1920s brick walk ups and I've never even had a dishwasher but I think that is fairly normal for city apartments here.

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Old 04-19-2015, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA, from Boston
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Old 04-20-2015, 01:04 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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As far as the topic of the thread is concerned, Minneapolis isn't really a new cool affordable city. It is an old cool affordable city that has avoided the wholesale culture change and rampantly escalating cost of living of its cohort cities. It is probably because the weather deters transplants to a degree, so the growth that does occur isn't enough to change the fundamental nature of the city.
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Old 04-20-2015, 01:50 AM
 
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