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Old 07-09-2008, 08:44 AM
 
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I live in Tampa now, but my family is in Raleigh, NC. I like large, cosmopolitan cites (Tampa is not..lol) but I'd like to be close to my family (i.e. a few hours via train or car). I figure anything up to an 8 hour drive is okay, but I'm having trouble figuring out which cities fit that bill since I'm not from the area.

I looked at Columbus, DC, Baltimore, and Charlotte. So far, DC is winning out but it's SO expensive. I don't drive either, so I have to live in the city.

So, anyone got some suggestions?
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:51 AM
 
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have you ever considered Augusta,Savannah,atlanta,-Georgia or Knoxville,Tenessee
Ashville,Winston-Salem,-NC or The Hampton Roads area of Virginia most of these cities are really not "cosmopolitan" but are significantly better than Tampa.

most of these cities are with in about 5 hours of Raleigh.

i dont know much about these cities because i dont live in that region but i just happen to know they arent that far from Raleigh.





good luck with your search!
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Old 07-09-2008, 01:44 PM
 
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Why not Raleigh itself? It's probably the most cosmopolitan option outside of DC.

Except for maybe Atlanta, but that may be too far.
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Old 07-09-2008, 02:34 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses!

Virginia Beach looks wonderful, never even thought of it, but it seems to lack in public transportation which is important to me since I am unable to drive.

I've looked at Raleigh, but again the public transportation is insufficient. It seems like all the cities around NC are pretty much the same. So that's why I decided I could live a few hours away and still make the trip a couple times a month to allow myself to live in a city that I'll be happy in. Even DC bugs me as it's got huge crime problems and it lacks the cityscape I like (skyscrapers, vibrant downtown area).

If I could find a Denver near my family, I'd be happy. I've looked around the web A BUNCH today and realized it's just not going to happen. I'll have to make a compromise and either continue to live far away from my kids or live nearby in say DC or Charlotte.

Well, thanks again for the input.
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Old 07-09-2008, 04:57 PM
 
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DC does have good nightlife, although no skyscrapers.

What is it about Denver that you like? The outdoorsiness? If so, try maybe Asheville. It's a small city, but it kind of reminds of a Denver.
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