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Old 01-14-2009, 07:02 AM
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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Originally Posted by Oildog View Post
Austin, TX; Minneapolis, MN, Portland OR
apparently, minneapolis is a crime-ridden danger zone
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Old 01-21-2009, 07:27 AM
Location: Reading,PA
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Pittsburgh has the Carnegie museum of art as wel las the Andy Warhol museum..and several others.

Pittsburgh was ranked the #1 place to rock(I.E. having a local music scene) by Esquire magazine.

and is one of the top 3 safest big cities.
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Old 01-21-2009, 09:07 AM
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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Originally Posted by Steve-o View Post
If youre into music, you should look no further than Austin, TX. Seriously.
Don't know about that, it's actually a little overrated. But, may suit OP's needs.

Culture isn't exactly something Austin excels at; as long as you don't need real museums and are fine with such cultural highlights as Spam-O-Rama and Eeyore's Birthday... it's fine.
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Old 01-21-2009, 10:02 AM
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We were thinking of moving to Birmingham for UAB med school and are appx. the same age as you and your wife. We are also interested in the arts, music, culture, and outdoor activities as well. Can I ask why you are leaving Birmingham? We have checked out several of these cities you have mentioned so are very curious as to why you are leaving since Birmingham seems like a nice mix (for us, close to ocean and mountains is ideal!) - is your move partly based on just wanting to experience something else? Can you give us some positives and negatives about life in Birmingham? Thanks!
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Old 01-21-2009, 08:37 PM
Location: Earth. For now.
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What do you mean by "culture?" If it involves fine arts, then Minneapolis/St.Paul has to be near the top.

Not ONE, (http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org/about/index.cfm - broken link) but TWO internationally-famous and Grammy-Award-winning orchestras, both near or at the peak of their game. A hundred theater companies, including three Tony-Award-winning theaters. More than any other city except New York, Chicago and New Haven. The largest non-juried theater festival in North America. The biggest Public Radio service in North America after National Public Radio (NPR). The largest and most well respected book arts organization in North America. The home of one of the Big Five modern art museums in America.

There are many, many more examples. The Guthrie Theater was founded by one of the world's most famous directors as an alternative to the commercialism of Broadway. Dozens of well-known actors cut their teeth on the Guthrie stage.

Minneapolis also is the home of famous stage shows.

Remember "The Lion King?" It started in Minneapolis (really!), as a production of Jujamcyn Theaters. A Minneapolis-based production company of Broadway shows. So did "Victor/Victoria" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."

Minneapolis/St.Paul is a mecca of fine arts.

Now, if you are talking about pop culture, then certainly other cities have precedence. Although it should be said that Minneapolis/St.Paul still gave birth to luminaries such as Prince and Bob Dylan. Minneapolis is also the home of former stars such as Husker Du, Soul Asylum, Babes in Toyland, Morris Day, the Replacements, Trip Shakespeare, Semisonic and the Suburbs. Ever hear the '70's disco hit "Funkytown" by Lipps, Inc? Funkytown is Minneapolis. More recently, Tapes 'n Tapes, Atmosphere and P.O.S. call Minneapolis home.

If "culture" means to you, say, food, then you need to see this video. Andrew Zimmern is the host of Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods" and here he is talking about the food scene of Minneapolis/St.Paul.

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Old 01-21-2009, 10:57 PM
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Originally Posted by john_starks View Post
apparently, minneapolis is a crime-ridden danger zone
What kind of nonsense is that?
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Old 05-28-2009, 07:41 PM
Location: In the heights
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minneapolis and pittsburgh would be my picks. nyc is also pretty good as it's a lot safer than many people believe. be prepared to pay through the teeth though. also, providence in rhode island has a great scene and has become pretty safe. both portlands are also good ideas (one's much smaller than the other, but they both have their strengths).
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