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Old 10-13-2008, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Accoding to this list, southern cities with the highhest proportion of people with M or D degree ane all in Northern Virginina, followed by Cary NC, Sandy Springs GA, Plano TX and The Woodlands TX.
All sprawltacular suburbs replete with box stores and cul-de-sacs. I think I'll pass on that one.

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Old 10-14-2008, 05:20 PM
 
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another vote for Austin
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Old 10-14-2008, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Greater PDX
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Do you really mean intellectual or is that just code for left-leaning? If the latter, Austin is really your only viable option.
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Old 10-14-2008, 05:45 PM
 
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Do you really mean intellectual or is that just code for left-leaning? If the latter, Austin is really your only viable option.
Most major cities lean left. At least if national elections are any indication.

Academia tends to lean left, too. So if that's the kind of "intellectual" the OP is looking for, then "left" may be a steering point.
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Old 10-14-2008, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Greater PDX
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Most major cities lean left. At least if national elections are any indication.

Academia tends to lean left, too. So if that's the kind of "intellectual" the OP is looking for, then "left" may be a steering point.
Yeah, I should have picked a stronger word than "leaning." Pseudo-socialist? I'm thinking of the "free thinkers" leftists who think everyone who doesn't agree with them 100% are muggles...Berkeley, Portland, Austin type areas. (From my snarkiness, obviously I think "intellectual" is a more encompassing term.)
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Old 10-14-2008, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Austin or North Carolina, probably.
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Old 10-14-2008, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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I would definitely say Austin.
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Old 10-15-2008, 05:52 AM
 
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone!

And for the record, I didn't intend to use "intellectual" as a code-word for "left-leaning," although I can certainly see why someone would ask that (as it often is). What I meant was -- and this is hard to describe -- is the culture of an area welcoming to people who are genuinely interested in the world, love to read, want to continue their education, etc.

I know that sounds cheesy, but basically I'm thinking of places whose culture is sort of the opposite of those of conventional warm-weather locales (LA, Miami, etc.)

Anyway, thanks again for the suggestions
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Old 10-17-2008, 01:24 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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Inner-loop Houston, especially around the Rice University area. People suggest Austin on reputation but in my experience Houston has much more diversity, culture, well-traveled people and big-city amenities.
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Old 10-17-2008, 06:37 PM
 
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Austin is not just "suggested based on reputation." I grew up in Houston, my parents are both from Houston - I know it well, and I still recommend Austin given the request. I'm not saying Houston isn't more diverse or doesn't have more "big city" amenities - it does, but I'm tired of people from Houston having a chip on their shoulder about Austin. They are both unique, but yes, there are quite a few things that Austin does better than Houston.
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