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Old 04-05-2017, 12:25 PM
Location: Brightmoor, Detroit, Mi
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Detroit plenty of space
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Old 04-06-2017, 10:31 AM
Location: Ohio
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Originally Posted by lvoevge View Post
Thanks for this. We are actually visiting Columbus this week. It looks pretty great, especially the German Village. I love walkability and despise the American car culture city layout. We love hiking and are slightly concerned about the "flatness," but otherwise it looks like it could be great.
If you can find work here, Columbus is a good choice. Their metropark system has some good hiking and within an hour's drive south is the Hocking Hills region (yes hills) with lots of hiking and cabin rentals. Not too far from WV either.

Columbus Metroparks Hiking Trails
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Hocking Hills Hiking Trails
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Old 04-06-2017, 10:43 AM
Location: East Mt Airy, Philadelphia
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I'd second (third? ...) Philly. A short flight to WV, reasonable COL (for a NE metro area), lots of local and state parks nearby (and 1+ hrs out, you have mountains to the north & northwest and the NJ Pine Barrens aka "Pinelands" to the East). Tremendous variety of affordable housing stock adjacent to Center City (downtown), and if you are OK w/ a 1/2 hr train ride into town, you can live in NW Philly and have a decently priced house, shops/restaurants (along Germantown Ave.), and easy access to Wissahickon Creek (a semi-wilderness within the city limits).
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Old 04-06-2017, 10:45 AM
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Philly, and Chicago may work for you. There are lots of small cities that may work but it will depend on what kind of job you find. Portland Maine for Instance or Burlington Vermont, but both would be flying home and no idea on job markets for your field. You could take a look at Stamford CT, a little cheaper then Boston but close to NYC.
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Old 04-06-2017, 10:49 AM
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I would have mentioned Philly but given the reasons they dislike Pittsburgh, I'm not sure Philly would be the best fit. Not saying all of those criticisms of Pittsburgh apply to Philly, but enough do. Seems like the OP wants a more polished city and not one with a couple of rough edges, which is too bad; I think that gives Philly a certain 'charm.'
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Old 04-06-2017, 10:57 AM
Location: The Windy City
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I've lived in 5 different states and in about 7 different cities over the past 10 years. It took me a while, but I finally found the place to call home. Chicago isn't perfect, but it meets 95% of my needs and wishes.
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