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Information about San Diego, Seattle, Chicago, San Jose, San Francisco; non-discriminatory, democratic, modern city, shopping, strong black community, minorities in civic leadership

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Old 03-09-2008, 06:22 PM
 
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Which city - San Diego, Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco or San Jose - best meets these factors (in order of importance):

1. People move slowly, have time in their lives, and have time for family.
2. The people in the city or town embrace minorities/blacks and are friendly and kind.
3. The city or town has excellent shopping, and also affordable shopping (i.e., Wallmart).

4. The city has predominately Democratic and not Republican political values and would prefer Obama over Clinton.
5. The people are warm to each and not overly materialistic or high strung or neurotically ambitious.
6. Warm, sunny weather year-round or close to year-round.

7. The city has its own identity and a meaningful economy that is connected to the world.
8. It is international/multicultural and minorities are a part of the leadership in local government and local corporations.
9. The business environment has an entrepreneurial/business start-up spirit.

10. It is a modern city with modern spaces.
11. It has clean air that is good for allergies.
12. It has a progressive black community.
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Old 03-09-2008, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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San Diego Meets your 1-3, but it is primarily Republican. If you're that set on having you candidate win vote in places where it makes a difference not a place where everyone know he or she will win. I pretty sure the Democrats are more for Hillary though... they will be everywhere except Chicago and thats because Obama is from Illinois. San Diego I hear has some very snobby people...but just what I hear...your number 6 kills Seattle, and Chicago to some degree... San Diego has little rain. Chicago and San Fran are best with your number 7-9. All of the place suck except Seattle for 11...all of them meet number 10... All the cities except Chicago I believe do not have a very large Black community, meaning above 10%... Seattle has close to 10%, but Chicago is like almost 40%... the rest are below 8%...
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Old 03-09-2008, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Chesterfield, MO
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Which city - San Diego, Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco or San Jose - best meets these factors (in order of importance):

1. People move slowly, have time in their lives, and have time for family.
2. The people in the city or town embrace minorities/blacks and are friendly and kind.
3. The city or town has excellent shopping, and also affordable shopping (i.e., Wallmart).

4. The city has predominately Democratic and not Republican political values and would prefer Obama over Clinton.
5. The people are warm to each and not overly materialistic or high strung or neurotically ambitious.
6. Warm, sunny weather year-round or close to year-round.

7. The city has its own identity and a meaningful economy that is connected to the world.
8. It is international/multicultural and minorities are a part of the leadership in local government and local corporations.
9. The business environment has an entrepreneurial/business start-up spirit.

10. It is a modern city with modern spaces.
11. It has clean air that is good for allergies.
12. It has a progressive black community.
First Chicago and second Seattle. The problem is that you won't get sunny weather in any of your cities except for San Diego....and I don't think that's what you're looking for. If you can take cloudy and cold....I would go with Chicago or Seattle.
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Old 03-09-2008, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Which city - San Diego, Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco or San Jose - best meets these factors (in order of importance):

1. People move slowly, have time in their lives, and have time for family.
2. The people in the city or town embrace minorities/blacks and are friendly and kind.
3. The city or town has excellent shopping, and also affordable shopping (i.e., Wallmart).

4. The city has predominately Democratic and not Republican political values and would prefer Obama over Clinton.
5. The people are warm to each and not overly materialistic or high strung or neurotically ambitious.
6. Warm, sunny weather year-round or close to year-round.

7. The city has its own identity and a meaningful economy that is connected to the world.
8. It is international/multicultural and minorities are a part of the leadership in local government and local corporations.
9. The business environment has an entrepreneurial/business start-up spirit.

10. It is a modern city with modern spaces.
11. It has clean air that is good for allergies.
12. It has a progressive black community.

Well, if you are concerned about weather, than Chicago/Seattle are not warm and sunny even close to year round. That being said, I LOVE Chicago and find that it matches everything else very well I don't know about allergies....no big city are really great for clean air. Have you been to all of these? I have and I love Chicago (but am biased), Seattle was also very cool and San Fran is my 3rd favorite (also not that warm). I think San Jose is the least interesting of all of them.
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Old 03-09-2008, 08:18 PM
 
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Well, if you are concerned about weather, than Chicago/Seattle are not warm and sunny even close to year round. That being said, I LOVE Chicago and find that it matches everything else very well I don't know about allergies....no big city are really great for clean air. Have you been to all of these? I have and I love Chicago (but am biased), Seattle was also very cool and San Fran is my 3rd favorite (also not that warm). I think San Jose is the least interesting of all of them.
Thank you. What is so awesome about Chicago? Tell me more....
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Old 03-09-2008, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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Slow-moving people makes me think Southern California, not Chicago. Seattle's nice, but Seattle and Chicago don't meet your weather preferences.

And there are no Wal-Marts in Chicago. They're not allowed inside the city (from a documentary I watched a couple of years ago).

According to America's Favorite Cities 2007 | People | Friendly | Travel + Leisure these are the friendlies cities:
Charleston24.57New Orleans34.56Minneapolis/St. Paul44.55Nashville54.52Austin64.46Portland, Oregon74.44Honolulu84.42San Antonio94.27Santa Fe104.27Denver114.25Seattle124.20Chicago134.19San Diego144.10San Francisco154.05Atlanta164.03Orlando173.97Dallas/Fort Worth183.84Phoenix/Scottsdale193.79Las Vegas203.65Philadelphia213.63Boston223.52Miami233.51Washington, D.C.243.51New York253.30Los Angeles

Overall, California picked Clinton and Illinois picked Obama
Results of the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
According to the image there the area of Chicago picked Obama and southern California picked Clinton.

Here's the Republican map as well
Results of the 2008 Republican Party presidential primaries - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

best cities for allergies
The worst cities for allergies, Chicago is number 84.

Just perusing Craigslist, these seem to be about average prices for a 1 BR apartment
San Diego
$800-$1200 (cheapest $695, most - $2750)
Seattle
$750-$1100 (cheapest - $595 most - $2700)
Chicago
$800-$1100 (cheap as $650, as much as $1595)
San Jose
$1000-$1400 (there's no category for the city, so it's hard to really deduce how much)
San Francisco
$1500-$2200 (as cheap as $1100, as much as $4300)

I hope that helps.
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Old 03-09-2008, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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Slow-moving people makes me think Southern California, not Chicago. Seattle's nice, but Seattle and Chicago don't meet your weather preferences.

And there are no Wal-Marts in Chicago. They're not allowed inside the city (from a documentary I watched a couple of years ago).
There is one Wal-Mart within the city limits of Chicago (opened about a year ago) and several in the near suburbs. There are multiple Targets in the city as well as one Costco.
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Old 03-09-2008, 09:33 PM
 
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Slow-moving people makes me think Southern California, not Chicago. Seattle's nice, but Seattle and Chicago don't meet your weather preferences.

And there are no Wal-Marts in Chicago. They're not allowed inside the city (from a documentary I watched a couple of years ago).

According to America's Favorite Cities 2007 | People | Friendly | Travel + Leisure these are the friendlies cities:
Charleston24.57New Orleans34.56Minneapolis/St. Paul44.55Nashville54.52Austin64.46Portland, Oregon74.44Honolulu84.42San Antonio94.27Santa Fe104.27Denver114.25Seattle124.20Chicago134.19San Diego144.10San Francisco154.05Atlanta164.03Orlando173.97Dallas/Fort Worth183.84Phoenix/Scottsdale193.79Las Vegas203.65Philadelphia213.63Boston223.52Miami233.51Washington, D.C.243.51New York253.30Los Angeles

Overall, California picked Clinton and Illinois picked Obama
Results of the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
According to the image there the area of Chicago picked Obama and southern California picked Clinton.

Here's the Republican map as well
Results of the 2008 Republican Party presidential primaries - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

best cities for allergies
The worst cities for allergies, Chicago is number 84.

Just perusing Craigslist, these seem to be about average prices for a 1 BR apartment
San Diego
$800-$1200 (cheapest $695, most - $2750)
Seattle
$750-$1100 (cheapest - $595 most - $2700)
Chicago
$800-$1100 (cheap as $650, as much as $1595)
San Jose
$1000-$1400 (there's no category for the city, so it's hard to really deduce how much)
San Francisco
$1500-$2200 (as cheap as $1100, as much as $4300)

I hope that helps.
Wow. Thanks so much! That's very very helpful. I really appreciate that, a lot. Thanks. Wow. I hope the blessing comes back to you.
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Old 03-09-2008, 11:36 PM
 
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San Diego seems like the best fit.

San Jose would be my second choice.

Chicago is hectic and you might not like the weather. Same with Seattle.
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Old 03-10-2008, 12:35 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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6. Warm, sunny weather year-round or close to year-round.
This eliminates your choices; San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago.
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