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Old 05-08-2015, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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It seems like most of these places are either resort towns [I'll add Key West, Sedona, Jackson (WY), and Monterey, (CA)] or small state capitols (I'll add Carson City and Juneau).
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Old 05-08-2015, 10:13 AM
 
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It seems like most of these places are either resort towns [I'll add Key West, Sedona, Jackson (WY), and Monterey, (CA)] or small state capitols (I'll add Carson City and Juneau).
Or corporate HQ locations.
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Old 05-08-2015, 11:30 AM
 
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Categories of small cosmopolitan towns in US are most likely:

1. College towns (majority)
2. Resort towns
3. Isolated corporate HQ locations (some, likely only the globalized, technology intensive, or very large)
4. State capitals (some)
5. Suburbs.

Mount Dora, FL; Skaneateles, NY; New Hope, PA are perhaps some combination of #2 and #5, if one sees "cosmpolitan" as a combination of "quaint + arty".
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Old 05-08-2015, 11:47 AM
 
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Mount Dora, FL; Skaneateles, NY; New Hope, PA are perhaps some combination of #2 and #5, if one sees "cosmopolitan" as a combination of "quaint + arty".
Cosmopolitan requires more than "quaint and arty" and would include attributes such as worldly, sophisticated or fashionable...and Mount Dora FL is not an example of that.
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Old 05-08-2015, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Categories of small cosmopolitan towns in US are most likely:

1. College towns (majority)
2. Resort towns
3. Isolated corporate HQ locations (some, likely only the globalized, technology intensive, or very large)
4. State capitals (some)
5. Suburbs.

Mount Dora, FL; Skaneateles, NY; New Hope, PA are perhaps some combination of #2 and #5, if one sees "cosmpolitan" as a combination of "quaint + arty".
Suburbs are seldom cosmopolitan on their own. But in some areas (particularly Southeastern Pennsylvania) there were a lot of walkable small towns which were later surrounded by suburbia. This has resulted in a form of gentrification which completely transforms the communities.

That said, I'm not sure just because they're walkable, semi-urban, and desirable I'd call them cosmopolitan.
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Old 05-08-2015, 02:20 PM
 
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Suburbs are seldom cosmopolitan on their own. But in some areas (particularly Southeastern Pennsylvania) there were a lot of walkable small towns which were later surrounded by suburbia. This has resulted in a form of gentrification which completely transforms the communities.

That said, I'm not sure just because they're walkable, semi-urban, and desirable I'd call them cosmopolitan.
A community like West Chester in SE PA may be the best bet in that regard.
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Old 05-08-2015, 10:55 PM
 
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Categories of small cosmopolitan towns in US are most likely:

1. College towns (majority)
2. Resort towns
3. Isolated corporate HQ locations (some, likely only the globalized, technology intensive, or very large)
4. State capitals (some)
5. Suburbs.

Mount Dora, FL; Skaneateles, NY; New Hope, PA are perhaps some combination of #2 and #5, if one sees "cosmpolitan" as a combination of "quaint + arty".
I would agree with this.

Overall, based on what the responses have been, regions that have cosmopolitan small towns in the US:

East:
New York state
Parts of New England
Southeastern section of Pennsylvania
Southern States that touch have an Atlantic coast (Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia wasn't mentioned, but could have areas)
Florida Keys
NW Arkansas


West:
Ski towns in Colorado and Utah
North central New Mexico with their major art colony history
Gateway towns into National Parks (Jackson, Moab, etc.)
Places that have a filming history (Sedona)
Some former picturesque mining towns (Bisbee)
California wine region towns, as well as Central Coast towns along coast



Any others??
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Old 05-09-2015, 03:08 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I would not call most of the ski towns in CO "cosmopolitan". Oh, they may have community theater, a few things like that, but mostly they're just tourist traps. Restaurants selling overpriced food, shops with completely useless bric a brac, etc.
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Old 05-09-2015, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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I would not call most of the ski towns in CO "cosmopolitan". Oh, they may have community theater, a few things like that, but mostly they're just tourist traps. Restaurants selling overpriced food, shops with completely useless bric a brac, etc.
What are your favorite towns in the Rockies?
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Old 05-09-2015, 04:59 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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What are your favorite towns in the Rockies?
Steamboat is nice, but still touristy.
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