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Old 05-23-2017, 10:51 PM
 
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Looking for small towns that stand to be the next progressive places of tomorrow. Any recommendations?
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Old 05-24-2017, 05:53 AM
 
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Check out Sylva NC

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Old 05-24-2017, 07:14 AM
 
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In NY, Plattsburgh(has 2 and 4 year SUNY campuses, had an openly gay mayor, its proximity to Montreal and Burlington VT while being cheaper, has a growing economy with its share of Quebec based companies, close to Adirondacks and is on Lake Champlain). I'd honestly keep my eye out for this small "city" of about 20,000(30,000 when including the town of the same name).
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Is the Plattsburgh area the best kept secret in NY State?
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Old 05-24-2017, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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Salt Lake City, college and openly gay, married female mayor.
Great thing is it has beautiful views, plenty of places to hike, camp, etc., and UT is one of the most beautiful states in the lower 48.
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Old 05-24-2017, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Madison, WI and Duluth, MN are on their way.
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Old 05-24-2017, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Salt Lake City, college and openly gay, married female mayor.
Great thing is it has beautiful views, plenty of places to hike, camp, etc., and UT is one of the most beautiful states in the lower 48.
I wouldn't call it a small town though...
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Old 05-24-2017, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Bellingham, WA? Eugene, OR?
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Old 05-24-2017, 12:06 PM
 
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More like the next "overpriced, pretentious, homogeneous, and faux-progressive" cities of tomorrow.
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Old 05-24-2017, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Carrboro, NC
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I think that 50 years from now the electoral map and county map will look completely different.

Perhaps the progressive areas will be the blue collar industrial towns, and the conservatives will be the rich elites in major cities we currently think of as progressive. There was a time when that was the way things were. FDR and Truman got into office thanks to the populist majority of the "solid south". Things have a funny way of looping around like that.
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Old 05-24-2017, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Looking for small towns that stand to be the next progressive places of tomorrow. Any recommendations?
Given the two examples that you used, I'm thinking that small, somewhat self-contained cities with interesting identities are what you're referring to. Not a small mountain town and not a sprawling metropolis, or at least that's what I'm assuming.

I used to live near Asheville and loved the size of it. Years later, it was part of my gripe of CO that no such town existed (Boulder isn't what it used to be and is connected to the Denver Metro, FoCo is cool but a college town on the plains-pretty much everything is either Front Range Metro or mountain town, and we lived in both). Ultimately, we wanted something reminiscent of the old Boulder and Asheville, but in the west.

We originally looked at some larger cities but narrowed it down to Flagstaff, Santa Fe, Missoula, Bozeman, Bend, Eugene, Corvallis, Olympia, and Bellingham, WA. We also heard that some places in CA- like Davis- should be on our list, but we stayed out of CA. Ultimately- we chose Bellingham, as it gave us the vibe and scenery that we desired.

Though they're all certainly different and this is certainly not an exhaustive list, many of the cities I just mentioned are little bastions of progressiveness, especially Eugene, Olympia, and Bellingham.

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