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Old 01-21-2009, 10:44 AM
 
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I have been reading posts here and have to tell you ,it got me confused
whenever i decide on a city someone comes up an makes me start looking all over again



I am coming to the states in April for about one year . I'm young looking for hip,laid back, walkable, urban areas with restaurants, pedestrian culture,coffee shops ,very nice and friendly people.

basically a city with life in it and SAFE , i don't mind any type of weather or living cost. as long as it has lots of dining out, coffee shops , people walking ,shopping all around with friendly and fun people.

any idea?

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Old 01-21-2009, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Any college town.
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:17 AM
 
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which do you recomend best?

or best 3 to choose from
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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I've always heard Madison, Wisconsin is good.

Columbia, Missouri is nice, but it may be too small for you.

But in any of the largest cities crime is going to be a factor.
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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Denver -laid back, pedestrian friendly, very active, affordable
Seattle -same but very expensive and cloudy
Minneapolis- same as Denver, minus the mountains, add harsh winters
Chicago -expensive but very cultured and pedestrian friendly, great shopping
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Old 01-21-2009, 02:27 PM
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Location: Ohio
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I've always heard Madison, Wisconsin is good.
Since the OP doesn't object to "any type of weather," I'll second that. Madison has a harsh upper-midwest version of winter. If you can stand that, you'll be happy there.
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Old 01-21-2009, 02:33 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX.
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I generally am not a Austin fan, but in this category I think it fits the bill very well. Google SoCo Austin, the Warehouse District, and 6th Street.....
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Old 01-21-2009, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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I know i've hyped Louisville a lot lately in the US forum but i think with your criteria i think you would like the Bardstown Rd and Old Louisville areas of Louisville.

The Ghent area of Norfolk, VA is one you would like too.
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Old 01-21-2009, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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I definitely think you should look into the Northwest. Portland, Seattle, Eugene, even Vancouver.
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Old 01-21-2009, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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Check out Boston. It has EVERYTHING you're looking for and then some more. The city has the most colleges in the area out of ANY city in the U.S. There are well over 100,000 students along living in Boston (and neighboring Cambdridge) every year so it's very young. The city plays host to some fantastic restaurants, nightlife and culture. The city is dense, and pedestrian friendly (often ranked the most pedestrian friendly city in the U.S.) with one of the nation's best subway systems and an extensive commuter rail, bus and ferry/ water taxi network, getting to where you need to go is NEVER a problem.

If you want a city that's a little smaller, Providence Rhode Island really fits your description. Gorgeous pedestrian friendly city (VERY close to Boston and on mass transit lines... 1 hour train tide to South Station in Boston from Downtown Providence) with plenty to see and do.

The city is on the coast and there are plenty of cool little coastal communities around it. You can easily hop a train and spend an afternoon in either Boston or New York City from Providence. Due to the fact that Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence College, Johnson and Wales, and part of University of Rhode Island are in town, there are PLENTY of young undergad, grad students, and young professionals who enjoy the dining, arts and nightlife Providence has to offer. It's a multicultural area so visiting from another country shouldn't be an issue.
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