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Old 10-24-2008, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Hello. I'm 25 year old full time college student and licensed esthetican from Richmond VA. Richmond's great but I think it's sad to spend your entire life in 1 place. Also I'm a single mother of a 3 year old little girl. I want to know which city would fit us best. I'm won't be moving until I graduate in about 1 1/2 years. I definitly want to live in a large city (suburbs are okay too) with a lot of culture like Chicago. Very librial and family friendly at the same time. Weather doesn't matter. I need great schools. I would prefer public transportation some place walkable but I have a car so... Diversity and intellectuals and safety are high on the list. Some place like NOVA or Atlanta. I know all this may not be in 1 city but I can't make up my mind so I'm taking opinions. Thanks!
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Old 10-24-2008, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Scarsdale, NY
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Do you have any preferences towards climate, real estate prices, natural attributes, history, sports, etc? Judging by your current information, I'd say Boston. They have great schools, universities, sports, parks, food, jobs, walkability, public transportation, suburbs, safety, seasons, etc. It's a liberal city and it's very intellectual. You'd also be close enough to go skiing over the weekend, fishing anytime, hiking, mountain biking, boating, etc.

If you're Italian, you'd love the North End. If you're Irish, you'd love South Boston. They have a small Chinatown and a few other ethnic neighborhoods.

Great seafood, too. Some New England Clam Chowduh and a good fish fry. I love Boston.

But don't just take my word for it. Any added information such as real estate and weather preferences could easily change this answer.

I'm moving to Boston next summer so I'm looking forward to it.
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Hello. I'm 25 year old full time college student and licensed esthetican from Richmond VA. Richmond's great but I think it's sad to spend your entire life in 1 place. Also I'm a single mother of a 3 year old little girl. I want to know which city would fit us best. I'm won't be moving until I graduate in about 1 1/2 years. I definitly want to live in a large city (suburbs are okay too) with a lot of culture like Chicago. Very librial and family friendly at the same time. Weather doesn't matter. I need great schools. I would prefer public transportation some place walkable but I have a car so... Diversity and intellectuals and safety are high on the list. Some place like NOVA or Atlanta. I know all this may not be in 1 city but I can't make up my mind so I'm taking opinions. Thanks!
Why not Chicago? Weather doesnt bother you so the winter wont be much, and the rest of the year is gorgeous for the most part. You mentioned Chicago, why not give it a try?
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Old 10-24-2008, 11:17 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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Why not Chicago? Weather doesnt bother you so the winter wont be much, and the rest of the year is gorgeous for the most part. You mentioned Chicago, why not give it a try?
Yeah I second that. Chicago seems to have everything you mentioned but will cheaper than alot of other places. There are some really nice suburbs and your get a bigger a piece of property (in general of course) than older eastern cities. Not sure but it would be nice to live in the Northern suburbs and you can even drive to the Milwaukee area.

Chicago has a decent "El' transportation system, museums like the Chicago Field museum, Broadway plays and more art galleries than any other city outside of NY. There is also some great parks and beaches, Cook County itself has a large park system. Finally there is Lake Michigan.
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Old 10-24-2008, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Like you I'm leaving my native Scranton, PA and will be in search of a new, vibrant, intellectually-oriented, exciting place to call home. Right now Hartford is on the top of my radar because it is honestly one of the nation's most convenient cities. You'd be two hours to Boston or New York City, an hour to Providence, and under an hour from the beach or the beauty of Western Massachusetts. Connecticut is a very well-educated state too, which is a plus for someone coming from an area where it is a relative rarity to possess a degree.
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Old 10-25-2008, 12:32 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I think you'd love Ann Arbor, Michigan. Very much a city with its own identity, with a seriously intellectual and progressive population, yet only 40 miles from downtown Detroit.
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