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Old 05-30-2015, 03:29 PM
 
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I think Pittsburgh sounds like a good choice. I've heard that it's a diamond in the rough. I've never been there, though, so I can't say first hand if I like it. I've been to Seattle, Denver and Portland and if you read my posts you'll understand I'm not a big fan of the West in general, for various reasons.
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Old 05-30-2015, 03:31 PM
 
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Denver-y city with reasonable access to a coast line? Maybe Portland, OR? Portland and Seattle would probably be more in line with "left leaning" ideology than Denver. In my experience (I spend a ton of time in Denver), Denver and Colorado like most other Mountain West locales tend to be more libertarian in politics than liberal, if that's an important factor for you.

Growing up in the West I don't feel comfortable calling anything east of the Rockies "mountains," but maybe Raleigh? That's a few hours at most from both mountains and coast. But if you're willing to live a few hours from the coast anyway, being that Denver is a major hub airport it doesn't take that much time or money to get to San Diego or Los Angeles. I think last time I flew from Denver to SD it was like a 1.5-2 hour flight.

Denver is pretty much my idea of a perfect city though, and since I've spent so much time there it's hard for me to come up with comparable cities. But if I had to think of a coastal city that most closely resembles Denver, I guess it would be Portland.
I think the Northwest is more libertarian than left wing too. You have lots of gay people, strip clubs, drug use, and so on but it's pretty anti-labor and anti-renter too so I wouldn't exactly say it has a "left wing" feel to it.
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Old 06-03-2015, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, Panther Carolina via ATL
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The rockies are TRASH, youd embarrass your girlfriend taking her to one of those games. Rockies havent even made divisonals in ages.

And the Avs are down but still OKAY. Nuggets...? Nope, nothing good.
Only relevant team post season wise are Broncos.
One team.

Portland actually has two relevant teams. Blazers and their MLS team.
Blazers if they were healthy wouldve made it to the 2nd round of NBA western playoffs, and that was WITHOUT their two main players, that they still made it. Theyll be healthy this year.
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Old 06-03-2015, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Sorry to lose you. In Jax we need more young, educated, liberals who want a more urban environment. Ok, the liberal part is just my personal bias.

Anyway, I do think Pittsburgh has a decent mix of many of your desires, although I'm not entirely sure what she's willing to compromise on with density. Are you wanting to live in the urban core that you desire, or are you wanting to live in sort of a walkable inner-ring suburb? Pittsburgh, Philly, Chicago, etc all have those less dense but still walkable neighborhoods so if that's not "squashed up against the neighbors" then she'd be fine almost anywhere. But if she's pushing more for the burbs then that changes the equation a bit.

It's tough to find something literally on the east coast that matches what you guys want. Try to convince her that it's an adventure (not necessarily a long term stop) so you can both be willing to compromise more. And visit. Sounds like Denver, Portland, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and maybe Minneapolis should be your short list. Note also that, at least for the time being, we have direct flights from Jax to Denver and Pittsburgh. And I will add that when I lived up north the cold winters were especially tough because there typically was no sunlight either. Made for depressing walks to/from home.
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Old 06-03-2015, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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I think Pittsburgh sounds like a good choice. I've heard that it's a diamond in the rough. I've never been there, though, so I can't say first hand if I like it. I've been to Seattle, Denver and Portland and if you read my posts you'll understand I'm not a big fan of the West in general, for various reasons.
Hate to be a Debbie Downer, but passing through on a Greyhound bus doesn't exactly make you an expert on the Denver metro area.

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I saw on Bestplaces that the main complaint about Denver was that the people were lifeless and unfriendly. I've only passed through there on the Greyhound, but I will say that the city did seem like an extremely boring place and I don't understand why it's considered such an interesting and desirable place to live. Again I think it's because of the west coast real estate machine.

If I lived in Colorado I'd actually rather live in Fort Collins.
As far as the OP's original request I dunno what to tell ya. You both have diverging interests. You could probably get a better compromise in a place like the PNW, but the ocean isn't exactly warm and inviting up there.
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