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Old 04-26-2017, 11:49 AM
 
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Philly sounds just right for you if you can put up with the winters. Then San Diego if you can afford it. There's always going to be something just a little wrong with a place, it's more a matter of what you want over maybe a few things you don't.

Chicago sounds as if it would meet your needs as well. There is so much to do there both indoor and outdoor all year round.
This^^. I'm not sure when the OP plans on relocating, but if it's not for another year then maybe she can take a trip to Philly in January and see if she would like it.
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Old 04-26-2017, 12:53 PM
 
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Portland or SD. If you are moving NE, I would skip anything that is not DC, Boston, or NYC. Philly is okay, but I have spent enough time there to know it is not great in comparison to these cities. But I would move to Portland or SD in a heartbeat. Love both places. West coast faves.
Center City is arguably the second best and definitely third best downtown in the US in terms of culture, amenities and vibrancy, but you're right. Just "okay".

D.C. is one of the most sterile cities which sucks, but I used to really enjoy it. Especially U St.
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Old 04-26-2017, 01:45 PM
 
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Center City is arguably the second best and definitely third best downtown in the US in terms of culture, amenities and vibrancy, but you're right. Just "okay".

D.C. is one of the most sterile cities which sucks, but I used to really enjoy it. Especially U St.
Second may be a stretch but definitely top 5 and probably third or fourth, which is exceptional, especially considering the reasonable COL.
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Old 04-26-2017, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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The OP wants to leave the greater TX/OK/LA region. Why do you keep mentioning that?
My bad. I forgot...just remove Austin if it's that distasteful and carry on with the rest of the post lol.
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Old 04-26-2017, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Downtown Los Angeles
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Center City is arguably the second best and definitely third best downtown in the US in terms of culture, amenities and vibrancy, but you're right. Just "okay".
Eh. Fifth best, maybe.
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Old 04-26-2017, 07:37 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Portland or SD. If you are moving NE, I would skip anything that is not DC, Boston, or NYC. Philly is okay, but I have spent enough time there to know it is not great in comparison to these cities. But I would move to Portland or SD in a heartbeat. Love both places. West coast faves.
Based on my recent visit, I'd say that Philly has upped its game compared to what it was several years ago. Lots of improvements all over the city. Take the hop-on hop-off bus to see what I mean.

So, there are now 4 very solid major cities on the east coast. Baltimore remains the only laggard because of blight and crime. But I expect even that city will improve by leaps and bounds in the coming years.
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Old 04-26-2017, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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I am all about the PT idea. (part time, perpetual traveler, whatever you wanna call it) I'm salivating at the thought...If you do it I'll have to live vicariously through you at the moment, OP.

That way you can get a good taste of Philly, Chicago, Portland, etc without committing to long winters. SD, Austin, etc would all be great during that time. Only issues I see are a slightly inflated COL from the moving/STR and more complex income taxes. To me, totally worth it.
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Haha If I can pull it off, then I'll definitely share! I may have to hire someone else to do my taxes for the first time ever with all that complication :P But I agree; it'd be worth it.
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Old 04-26-2017, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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Given the cheap flights from DFW, it seems like Philly (and Chicago) could be good jumping off points to check out. Stats-wise, they're very similar! I may have to dig around the forums for some "difference between" posts. Winters aside, the main reason Philly is edging out Chicago in my mind is its proximity to a greater number of major cities. While it's not Texas-level isolated, Chicago seems like it has fewer short trip options.
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Old 04-27-2017, 06:43 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Winters aside, the main reason Philly is edging out Chicago in my mind is its proximity to a greater number of major cities.
You can never run out of things to see and do on the east coast. :-) But that's likely true with other regions of the country as well.
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Old 04-27-2017, 06:44 AM
 
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Eh. Fifth best, maybe.

New York
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