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Old 06-12-2015, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN
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You don't have that many choices with that criteria. Only LA and SF would match it and even they don't have great transit but they do have it.
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Old 06-13-2015, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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No way I'm headed to LA (or anywhere) without a job in hand. I know that I won't be able to access those things on a regular basis anyway, but to have them there if I want to rent a car and go on a quick 1-2 day trip would be ideal for me.

Thanks again for the comments.
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Old 06-13-2015, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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New Jersey, except for "temperate climate".
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Old 06-13-2015, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Any city on the west coast should work.
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Old 06-18-2015, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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New Jersey, except for "temperate climate".
Pretty sure all of NJ is in a temperate climate zone... I think some people here are misusing the term.

NYC also fits OPs criteria on all points with everything accessible without a car.
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Old 07-14-2015, 05:46 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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New York City hits all those criteria. I'm not sure what you mean by temperate climate, but since you're looking for snow as well, NYC gets that. It's the biggest city in the nation in terms of population, as well as having one of the largest public transit systems in the world. You can take the subway directly to some beaches within the city, such as Coney Island beach, Brighton Beach, and Rockaway Beach; a combination of subway and bus will get you to other beaches like Orchard Beach and Fort Tilden Beach; and you can take the Long Island Railroad to more beaches along the Long Island coast, and New Jersey Transit to beaches on the Jersey Shore. You can reach Hudson Valley hiking trails within an hour's train ride on the Metro-North, and you can reach the Poconos, the Adirondacks, and the Berkshires within a few hours drive. And New York is one of the most diverse cities in the world, where almost 40% of the city is foreign-born, and where 800 languages are spoken according to some researchers.

In any case, it seems like you're leaning towards LA, and for someone going into transit and public planning, I should think it's an exciting time to be there. Best of luck with your decision!
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:08 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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I live in New York City, and it definitely has everything you are looking for. You can get to nice beaches on the subway and on the LIRR (Long Island Railroad), so no need for a car at all. And if you're looking for diversity, well -- look no further. Any type of culture or cuisine is represented here. The only downside to living in NY, from my perspective, is the expense. On the other hand, you get what you pay for, and if world-class everything is what you want, you will find it here.
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Old 07-14-2015, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Northern NJ/Amagansett, NY
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I live in NJ. 35 minute drive to NYC (off peak hours), 1.5 hours to Philadelphia, an hour to the Jersey Shore, 2.5 to The Hamptons, 3 hours to southern Vermont. My family spends our summers on the beach, and winters on the slopes. Vermont has good skiing and we spend many weekends there, but nothing beats West Coast skiing. We usually take a week every year in CO.
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Old 07-14-2015, 12:13 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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Any you're not considering NYC for some peculiar reason?

Big city, YEP
transit, YEP
access to beach, YEP (beaches in Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Isalnd, and about 60 mins to Jersey Shore or Jones Beach in Long Island)
diversity YEP
snow YEP (see last two winters)
temperate climate YEP (daily avg temp 32 in Jan to 76 in Aug -- which is borderline temperate, but pretty close)
mountains does Washington Heights count?

Six out of seven of your criteria are met here in NYC.

And all seven if you want to consider the four hour drive into the Adirondacks where its cold and mountainous enough for top-notch skiing. (That's where the Olympics were held, in Lake Placid. IDK if that's a longer drive from NYC than the drive between ski areas closest to LA or San Diego)

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