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Old 07-24-2008, 04:50 PM
 
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Hey all!
Have you checked out Tacoma, WA.? I did a search awhile ago on up and coming artist colony type places and Tacoma came up as a really cool one. Also, it's part of Seattle, which is a great town!
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Old 07-24-2008, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Reno, NV
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I think Portland would be the perfect fit, it is very walkable and artistic. The only problem is diversity. It is very white and liberal there.
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Old 07-24-2008, 07:20 PM
 
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Exclamation obviously los angeles

[quote=JMT;4525808]Top 10 metropolitan areas ranked by number of artists, 2000 Census

1. Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA 140,620
2. New York, NY 132,990
3. Chicago, IL 64,800
4. Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV 47,360
5. Boston, MA-NH 38,885
6. Philadelphia, PA-NJ 35,670
7. San Francisco, CA 35,470
8. Atlanta, GA 34,350
9. Detroit, MI 33,215
10. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI 28,685

Top 10 metropolitan areas ranked by percentage of artists in the labor force

Total artists
1. San Francisco, CA 3.71
2. Santa Fe, NM 3.36
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Old 07-24-2008, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Scarsdale, NY
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I've read a post from months back about artists communities in the US. The suggestions have been very helpful, but I'm wondering if anyone has more to say. My husband and I live in NYC. I've lived in NYC my whole life (I write and he's a painter, sculptor, graphic designer).

We are tired of NYC including the people, the expense, the dirtiness. It's not the NYC I grew up in, when life was actually affordable and fun. Now it's all commerciallized. But we thrive on the diversity, the fact that we can walk everywhere, the parks, and the art community.

Maybe I'm looking for a paradise that doesn't exist, but can anyone suggest other US cities that have most of the following: an art community (not arts & crafts), diversity and young poeple, not too expensive. I've never lived outside of NYC and I'm afraid of moving and feeling isolated.

Thanks a million for any of your thoughts!
This is 2008... It's not just NYC, it's America. And compared to most American cities, NYC isn't that commercialized.
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Old 07-24-2008, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Scarsdale, NY
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[quote=TYGA;4592156]
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Top 10 metropolitan areas ranked by number of artists, 2000 Census

1. Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA 140,620
2. New York, NY 132,990
3. Chicago, IL 64,800
4. Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV 47,360
5. Boston, MA-NH 38,885
6. Philadelphia, PA-NJ 35,670
7. San Francisco, CA 35,470
8. Atlanta, GA 34,350
9. Detroit, MI 33,215
10. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI 28,685

Top 10 metropolitan areas ranked by percentage of artists in the labor force

Total artists
1. San Francisco, CA 3.71
2. Santa Fe, NM 3.36
3
The number of artists doesn't necessarily mean a city is more artistic. New Orleans is a lot more artistic than Detroit and Atlanta and yet I don't see N.O. up there.
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Old 07-24-2008, 07:36 PM
 
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The number of artists doesn't necessarily mean a city is more artistic. New Orleans is a lot more artistic than Detroit and Atlanta and yet I don't see N.O. up there.
thats because i only pasted/quoted half of the list the orginal list is on this thread page two 2
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Scarsdale, NY
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thats because i only pasted/quoted half of the list the orginal list is on this thread page two 2
That still doesn't tell you the most artistic cities. Like I said, New Orleans is way more artistic than 90% of the cities on those lists. There may be more artists in Atlanta, but it's quite obvious that New Orleans is more of a center of art.
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Old 07-24-2008, 09:41 PM
 
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Hi FutureCop and TYGA:

I agree that the number of artists doesn't make a city artistic. I'm artsy and yet I'm not considered an artist on a census. Same with most of my friends.

The more I read the forums on city-data the more lost I am. To hear that most American cities are more commercialized than NYC saddens me. Isn't there a lively mid-sized city that still cares about shopping someplace other than the Mall? Heck in NY most of my clothes are from chains like the Gap, Old Navy, etc. But at least in NY I have the option of walking a few minutes away and finding a boutique with flair.

I guess my point is I'm only 26 and I need a home where I can still explore being young. I have no plans to have kids for at least 5 years. So I'm still stuck on finding a city that's: pedestrian friendly, not too expensive, hip/young/artsy, diverse (it would be nice if my husband isn't the only black guy in the neighborhood).
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Old 07-24-2008, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Chesapeake, VA
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I agree with the Sante Fe posts. A lot of my art teachers at ODU told me about New Mexico's art scene. Vermont is also a great spot for artists. If I remember right, there's a cartooning school near Burlington as well. I don't travel too much, but New York to me seems to be the nucleus of the Arts (all types) in America. I saw some of everything going on there. (Much) closer to home for me is Williamsburg and Norfolk, which has a nice art scene of its own at the Selden Arcade, the Chrysler Museum, and at various other spots downtown. If you ever take a trip to Hampton Roads, be sure to check a few of these places out.
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Old 07-24-2008, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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I'd say Houston,but you don't want to move there so....
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