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Old 05-28-2016, 06:29 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Honestly, the same applies for all cities.
Really? Chicago, Detroit, NYC? Please elaborate. Wilderness areas in walking range. Please elaborate.
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Old 05-28-2016, 07:26 PM
 
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Really? Chicago, Detroit, NYC? Please elaborate. Wilderness areas in walking range. Please elaborate.
Just walk to any area of a metro untouched by development, and you are in wilderness.
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Old 05-28-2016, 08:36 PM
 
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Just walk to any area of a metro untouched by development, and you are in wilderness.
Right... Coming out swinging for a newbie poster but no power to your punch.
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Old 05-28-2016, 09:53 PM
 
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Right... Coming out swinging for a newbie poster but no power to your punch.
Or just using logic and common sense. Think about it; ANY metro area is going to be built on what was previously natural area. Assuming that areas of the natural habitat still remain, one can just venture to the untouched areas near that metro, and he/she is in natural habitat.

Go to the outskirts of Miami, and you are in Everglades National Park. The outskirts of Amarillo will take you to High Plains. Portland has a complete forest as a city park. You don't have to leave too far from NYC to reach forest land. Houston and New Orleans both have multiple bayous running through the natural landscape, within their metros.
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Old 05-28-2016, 10:33 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Or just using logic and common sense. Think about it; ANY metro area is going to be built on what was previously natural area. Assuming that areas of the natural habitat still remain, one can just venture to the untouched areas near that metro, and he/she is in natural habitat.

Go to the outskirts of Miami, and you are in Everglades National Park. The outskirts of Amarillo will take you to High Plains. Portland has a complete forest as a city park. You don't have to leave too far from NYC to reach forest land. Houston and New Orleans both have multiple bayous running through the natural landscape, within their metros.
Yes, yes...now that I think on it, New York City IS the ideal city for a nature lover! Everyone thinks so! Or maybe Houston, why didn't that city come to mind! And Miami, I could walk the 48 miles to the Everglades! My bad.
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Old 05-28-2016, 10:44 PM
 
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Yes, yes...now that I think on it, New York City IS the ideal city for a nature lover! Everyone thinks so! Or maybe Houston, why didn't that city come to mind! And Miami, I could walk the 48 miles to the Everglades! My bad.
Yes, ALL cities in the US have remnants of the natural areas they were built on. Just check out the outskirt suburbs, and you will find yourself in natural area in no time.
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Old 05-29-2016, 10:38 AM
 
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Asheville for immediate access to some of America's best nature, green, water activities, light snow, and the rain/sun ratio you're looking for. It is definitely left-leaning, perhaps too far left for your tastes.
The job and real estate market may be an inhibitor, though.
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Old 05-30-2016, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Caribbean
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
Asheville, North Carolina
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Old 05-30-2016, 09:15 AM
 
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Seattle and Portland are both great for nature lovers.
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Old 05-30-2016, 12:38 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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Really? Chicago, Detroit, NYC? Please elaborate. Wilderness areas in walking range. Please elaborate.
What are you asking for? If there are neighborhoods within city limits that are within walking range of wilderness areas? If that's the case, I can answer that. Yea, sure, several neighborhoods. Most of it isn't in walking distance of downtown, though there is a remaining natural forest on Manhattan in Inwood Hill Park which also includes one of the last remaining salt marshes on Manhattan as well. In the other boroughs, Queens and Staten Island especially, there are also undeveloped areas that were set aside as parklands with much larger areas and were left pretty much untouched. Examples would be the Jamaica Bay Wildelife Refuge Area, Forest Park, Alley Pond Park, large parts of Pelham Bay Park and parts of the Staten Island Greenbelt are wilderness areas within city limits that are of large size and has had no development.

This should be expected since NYC (SF and DC) are cities with a notably large portion dedicated to greenspaces, and of these, NYC is actual of pretty significant physical size.

Of course, there's a lot more parkland outside of the city limits and a few of those are easily reachable via mass transit though a car is a lot easier--incidentally, I think the necessity for car ownership is partially behind why it's functionally it's easier to be outdoors-y in LA than NYC and not so much the actual distance or expanses of wilderness available.

That being said, I don't think recommending the Los Angeles area makes too much sense because the times when there are large expanses of greenery, which is what the OP has stated for many times, isn't LA's strong suit at all and certainly not within city limits (the evergreen areas are pretty far from any neighborhood one would reasonably call the city).

With those requirements, more northerly parts of California, even the central coast, would make a lot more sense. The best would be out to the Pacific Northwest, but if he really has seasonal affective disorder caused by lack of sunlight, then that might not work out so well for him either.

Asheville is promising, but finding employment in his specific field might be rough since it's so small and it's far away from any major bodies of water. Other parts of the mid-Atlantic and the southern parts of the Eastern seaboard might work.
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