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Old 06-25-2017, 06:21 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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Everyone's doing the Pittsburgh, you should do it, too. It hits everything you've said, and while it's a smaller city, it's still sizable enough that it's more than a college town. Its large industrial legacy also means that it has a lot of great old institutions such as great museums and libraries.

Another option, and one that's close to home for you, would be Providence.

Of course, you can also defect to Philadelphia.

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Old 06-25-2017, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Rhode Island
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Providence does not have low rents.
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Old 06-25-2017, 07:47 AM
 
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Another thing that may work is to go with a neighborhood in a bigger Upstate NY city, which will allow for proximity to Ithaca. For instance, Syracuse's University Hill/University/Westcott area on the city's Eastside would fit. Rochester's SE Quadrant would fit. Buffalo's Allentown, Elmwood Village and North Buffalo neighborhoods would also fit. Not only could they allow for fishing nearby, but Syracuse is only an hour away; Rochester is an hour and 40 minutes away and Buffalo is 2 and a half hours away from Ithaca. So, those may be options as well and there are other parts of these cities that may work as well.

If you don't mind really small, but on a Finger Lake and a diverse community, look possibly into Geneva. Size(14,000 people) and employment are likely issues though.
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Old 06-25-2017, 08:19 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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Providence does not have low rents.
I thought the comparison was to Seattle, Boston, SF, and NYC? It's not bottom of the barrel prices, but Providence is substantially cheaper than those, no?
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Old 06-25-2017, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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If you liked Ithaca, perhaps look into Ann Arbor MI. It has a similar feel/vibe, is a little bit bigger, it is very close to Detroit and its airport. It essentially fits pretty much everything you are looking for and is in a highly populated area/region of about 5 million people(SE Michigan). Here's a street view of its Downtown: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.2795...i6656?hl=en-US

Some fishing info: https://localwiki.org/ann-arbor/Fishing
I'll second this: I grew up there. If you live near downtown, you'll have nearly everything you need nearby, plus there are bike lanes and buses that have bike racks that go all over the city. The rent is not cheap, but you would probably find places cheaper than Boston.

You can bike down to Gallup Park for fishing along the Huron River or even rent a canoe.

Ann Arbor is a lot warmer than Madison, WI. I like Madison a lot, but since the winters are so brutal, it's not really comfortable walking everywhere in the winter. A2 can get cold, too, but it has a lot more of the freeze-thaw cycles, so there can be January days in the low 40s. Be prepared for lots of ice. Get yourself a pair of YakTrax.
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Old 06-25-2017, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Portland, Oregon. Great public transportation system and absolutely gorgeous place
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Old 06-25-2017, 03:00 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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I also vote for Ann Arbor or Madison, for you, OP.

That's funny that Denver's friendliness freaked you out! I'm from CA originally, and I take that kind of thing for granted, and love it. Seattle was a serious culture shock for me in that regard; everyone's so closed up! I love Colorado. I'm nearby, in Santa Fe.

You haven't told us what your work niche is. That would make a difference as to recommendations. Bellingham, WA, or Olympia, for example, are much more affordable than Seattle, depending on your field. Both have a major state university. Bellingham is rainier than anywhere else in the region, though. But it's close to Vancouver, BC, and has fabulous hiking & scenic nature.
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Old 06-25-2017, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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I think you guys need to remember with some of your suggestions that downtown Denver was not walkable enough for the OP. Many of the cities people are suggesting for walkability basically would restrict him to downtown and maybe 1-2 other neighborhoods immediately nearby. I mean, if he had fun in Ithaca, he could make it work, but he might feel constrained being kept to one tiny piece of the metro.
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Old 06-26-2017, 12:38 AM
 
Location: State of Transition
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I think you guys need to remember with some of your suggestions that downtown Denver was not walkable enough for the OP. Many of the cities people are suggesting for walkability basically would restrict him to downtown and maybe 1-2 other neighborhoods immediately nearby. I mean, if he had fun in Ithaca, he could make it work, but he might feel constrained being kept to one tiny piece of the metro.
Good point. Walkable + affordable is tough. That let's me out. The West Coast doesn't really have any of those, except maybe Arcata, on the north coast of CA. Depends on if the OP could find a job in his field, whatever it is.
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Old 06-26-2017, 03:02 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Minneapolis

Smaller and cheaper than Boston though still a big city.
Walkable (and bikeable)
Lots and lots of trees
More places to fish than you can shake your pole at!

If you want even smaller and a college town vibe, check out Madison, Wis.

And if you like ice fishing, Minnesota and Wisconsin can't be beat!
My concern is that if the OP thought Denver wasn't walkable he/she may not find Minneapolis that different, otherwise I'd have made the same suggestion.
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