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Unread 04-04-2008, 08:15 PM
 
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Default Best place to move to from COLD, CRABBY Boston!

Hey all. I'm a 27 year old woman who was born and raised MA. I grew up in southeastern mass in the suburbs and have lived in the Back Bay area (right downtown) for the past 5 years. I have recently decided to make a "big move" when my current lease ends on August 31st, and I am looking for some advice as to where the best city or area may be for me to move to.

I have a bachelor's degree in Journalism and P.R but currently work as a nanny in the South End of boston and take part time evening classes in Education. My next job position in I HOPE would be in the same line of work, but I also have a ton of experience in retail, Hospitality, sales, and also public relations. What is the best job market like for education and these above fields ?

Another bit about me....I do not have a license due to a seizure disorder that I have. I am otherwise healthy, but my doctor has recommended that I do not drive. This obviously puts me at HUGE disadvantage whereever I move, because I know most cities are not as "public transportation friendly" as boston is. In fact, I have more friends who DON'T have cars than DO. I need to move to an area that is public transportation friendly!

Furthermore, I am a VERY friendly, outgoing person. I have always found Boston to be cold, rude, and judgmental. I did want to add that I am in fact gay and I am a hardcore liberal and this is something that I have always felt very comfortable being here in MA.

What else am I looking for in the city I relocate to? Well probably most importantly, I need a more temperate climate I HATE the cold of new england, so please do not suggest anyplace that is as cold or colder than here. I would prefer a climate that is closer to mild year round, but I can take a little bit of winter...just not the 6 months we get of it here! I also would like to live in a city that has a great gay nightlife scene and a great cultural scene as well. I knwo this may be kind of vague but I am really just starting my search since my move is still 5 months away. Thank you in advance for any help or advice! Take care!
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Unread 04-04-2008, 09:06 PM
 
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In terms of public transportation, NYC is probably your next best bet. Unfortunately, the weather isn't much better.

Hmmm..how about the San Francisco metro? If you can afford it, it would be a great fit.
Maybe Charleston, SC (the city seems very compact, which in theory, should be pedestrian-friendly).
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Unread 04-05-2008, 01:19 PM
 
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Is Boston really that bad? My brother lives there.
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Unread 04-05-2008, 01:49 PM
 
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What!,

it's not really that bad...if you can stand the cold weather, cold personalities, and a VERY small city where everyone knows you and your business.

It's also not bad I am sure if you are new to the area. I've lived here all my life though...so I am kind of tired of it! Where in Boston does your brother live?
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Unread 04-05-2008, 02:08 PM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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, and a VERY small city where everyone knows you and your business.
If you know everyone's business in Boston I am impressed and have some questions to ask you about some people. Seriously, what? A city of half a million and a metro of 5 million. its not exactly maybury.

But it is cold and rude. I wouldn't have it any other way.

For the OP: I mean YA San Fran would be the obvious answer. Good transit, good weather, gay, liberal. It all checks out. It seems like the things you like about Boston are also true in San Fran but so is nice weather and nice(r) people.



EDIT: hahaha I just realized I was responding to 2 people.....who are the same person. So ya, that was all directed at chesneyfan I guess
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Unread 04-05-2008, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Memphis, TN area
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Well, DC has a great subway/bus system. Teachers are always needed. And I believe the gay scene is vibrant (try the Dupont Circle area).

DC is nothing but an overgrown town. However, there are a lot of cultural things to do there.
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Unread 04-05-2008, 03:34 PM
 
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What!,

it's not really that bad...if you can stand the cold weather, cold personalities, and a VERY small city where everyone knows you and your business.

It's also not bad I am sure if you are new to the area. I've lived here all my life though...so I am kind of tired of it! Where in Boston does your brother live?
Actually, now that I think about it, he may live in either Brighton, MA or Brockton, MA. I'm not sure. He's only recently moved there, like in late 2005/early 2006 and I've never visited him. I was actually thinking about visiting him this year so your perspective is much appreciated. Thanks.
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Unread 04-05-2008, 03:39 PM
 
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Good weather and good public transportation is hard to find in the U.S. That sucks.

But I'm sure you can find some place. Hmmm....some places have good transportation and are warm but don't have much to offer as far as lively events and places to go to. Are you okay with going to a place that could bore you but have all right weather? Is nightlife truly important for you?
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Unread 04-05-2008, 07:55 PM
 
Location: NJ
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If you know everyone's business in Boston I am impressed and have some questions to ask you about some people. Seriously, what? A city of half a million and a metro of 5 million. its not exactly maybury.

But it is cold and rude. I wouldn't have it any other way.

For the OP: I mean YA San Fran would be the obvious answer. Good transit, good weather, gay, liberal. It all checks out. It seems like the things you like about Boston are also true in San Fran but so is nice weather and nice(r) people.



EDIT: hahaha I just realized I was responding to 2 people.....who are the same person. So ya, that was all directed at chesneyfan I guess
I STG I must be the only one on the planet who LOVES Bostonians. I've been there a bunch in the past few years (and I'll be there again in May) and the people are so nice and friendly and full of personality. I hear about the stereotypical nasty ppl from Beantown and it just baffles me.
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Unread 04-05-2008, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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Is Boston really that bad? My brother lives there.
Just left MA after 15 years last summer. If you like frigid snowy winters that never end, and politics so left and wacky that Vladimir Lenin would feel like a conservative, then you'll love MA. The scenery in New England is wonderful, especially in fall, but that only goes so far and the provincial and NIMBY thinking just gets old.
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