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Old 05-21-2007, 08:05 AM
 
Location: new orleans
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thanks ontheroad, it sounds like a good place. My biggest concern would be the weather there. Have always thought of that area as getting alot of snow...
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Old 05-21-2007, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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I don't know that the snow pattern in Pittsburgh is greater than CT.

And, if anyone is still onboard with us I have two New England possibilities: Rockport on Cape Ann (MA) and Wellfleet on Cape Cod (MA).

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thanks ontheroad, it sounds like a good place. My biggest concern would be the weather there. Have always thought of that area as getting alot of snow...
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Old 05-21-2007, 06:17 PM
 
Location: new orleans
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well, I'm still here checking so I'd be interested in any info you may want to pass along, ontheroad!
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Old 05-21-2007, 07:07 PM
 
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thanks, bellafinzi, nice article
You're welcome!

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Nice share, bellafinzi. This is exactly what an artist needs to know. Many thanks.
Thanks, no problem.
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Old 05-22-2007, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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I suspect we all have our regional and personal differences about where to live. When I crossed over into New England from New York, and then found myself more by accident than design in Kent (CT) I nearly wept with the joy of feeling I'd come home. I only stayed the one day, but inasmuch as I lived for more than 20 summers in the region, I didn't feel I had to explore.

After Kent, I also went to towns and regions I was thoroughly familiar with (the Pioneer Valley and the Berkshires), so it was only after I left my comfort zones that the adventure of the unknown opened up.

Cape Cod, and the Islands--are both beautiful. Having lived on an island for 11 years, I knew that I would find both Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket too constraining--and that is true. Also the COL on any island is inflated enormously. One avocado on Martha's Vineyard was 2.99 - 200% more than elsewhere.

However, the Cape towns are more affordable, more my style (laid-back, but less showy than the Islands) and seemed more down to earth--with the possible exception of Provincetown. P-town as they call it may be the northern most hub but having already lived in a tourist town, I knew it would just be a leisure moment not a place to rest my weary bones.

(2) Wellfleet, between Truro and Eastham, seemed like the most likely art community with affordability. It already has a terrific and well known theatre, many artists in residence, and is geographically close to other towns that have ample shopping (Orleans).

It was teeming during my last day on the Cape, and driving to the Coast was a nightmare. Route 6 was already flooded and my car doesn't have the traction I'd like to have under me when driving in a down-pour--hence, I didn't stop too many places to vouchsafe my observations.

to be continued...

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well, I'm still here checking so I'd be interested in any info you may want to pass along, ontheroad!
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Old 05-22-2007, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Well, the roads got somewhat better and I managed to make it to Gloucester (MA) part of Cape Ann. I have good friends that moved to Rockport from NYC, and I intended to see them, and see them I did.

Rockport is now on my short list of possibile re-location spots. It has a terrific, and integrated art community for such a small town--a new musical theatre is in the planning stages on the site of an historic in-town commercial space. They are hoping to raise the $2m to renovate in the immediate future. It has an established art association (membership requirements are not onerous, and inexpensive, $35/senior/associate) and dozens of other writing, painting, and entertaining opportunities. What I haven't discovered yet is its affordability. I am working on that now and asked my friends to make some inquiries for me. It is a sea-coast town, and somewhat isolated, but does have a commuter rail into Boston, and neighbouring towns with many services. Within easy reach is the Peabody Museum (Salem). I did stop there to see the Joseph Cornell Exhibit that is co-sponsored by the Smithsonian. It is a wonderful exhibit, thorough and well laid out--ample opportunity to clearly see all of Cornell's work and some of his collected memorabilia. I was most impressed with the museum itself, and their staff--both first-rate!

I intended to stop at Portsmouth (NH) and Newburyport (MA) but the rain again was torrential, and I decided to continue on. I made a few stops but mostly for lunch and a bed before I reached my final destination--or at least what I am now fondly referring to as my final destination--Belfast, ME.

I've been to Belfast many times before and was very impressed with it. I first came in '92 to spend some time with a writing partner, and did manage to complete a short children's story (unpublished) then whilst staying in nearby Liberty (ME).

After I've spent some time here, I'll report back, but as things are now, I've narrowed my points of interest to: Kent (CT); Rockport area (MA) and Belfast (ME).

All three have drawbacks and positives. I suppose for me New England is home, so much as that while in Cape Cod, poems were brewing in my head, something that failed to occur in Taos (NM).
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Old 05-22-2007, 07:48 AM
 
Location: new orleans
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Thanks, ontheroad. it sounds like you are having a wonderful time!! I envy you. Its good that you know people up there to get some insight as I have found visiting a place is far different from living in one. That said, one has to try .....
I'd be interested in what you find about the COL as that sometimes can make or break a place. ( gallon of milk shot up here to $3.75, just a few short months ago it was 2.99 in the grocery, never mind the cost of gasoline... I digress)
Rockport sounds really promising. Let me know what you find.

This is a web site someone found about towns all over the U.S. neat!
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take care and be safe!

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Old 05-23-2007, 08:40 AM
 
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I'd be interested in what you find about the COL as that sometimes can make or break a place. ( gallon of milk shot up here to $3.75, just a few short months ago it was 2.99 in the grocery, never mind the cost of gasoline... I digress)
Rockport sounds really promising. Let me know what you find.

This is a web site someone found about towns all over the U.S. neat!
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take care and be safe!
Ouch! Gal. of milk = $3.75 - where is that outrage happening?

Thanks for URL for COL link. Here's a few I like:

1. Statistical Resources on the Web/Cost of Living (tons of links for digging deeper into COL--as only academic sites can do.

2. Relocation Essentials

Cindy175

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Old 05-24-2007, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Thanks for the links, cindy175.


And stormweary, I started a thread on the price of milk after checking here at the Belfast Co-op. It seems Florida and Maine are among the highest. The Co-op was selling regular milk at 3.99 and organic at 5.99 ----- I'm glad I only buy milk for my cereal.

Here's a link to the thread:

http://www.city-data.com/forum/other...ost-today.html
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Old 05-24-2007, 07:37 AM
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Location: Dallas, TX
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Default The Big Bend Area of Texas

Either Marfa or Presidio (they're close to each other) - about 2 1/2 hours from El Paso. I don't know if you can call it an arts town, but Fredericksburg, TX (2 hours west of Austin) is well known for its German heritage festivals that draws LOTS of visitors. So if F'burg isn't an arts town, it at least has excellent potential to become one.

Also, I have to echo the comments about Eureka Springs, Ark -- EXCELLENT art's town. In that region, it's monicker is "Where the Misfits Fit". Plus it has the highest per-capita gay population in the state (yes, even more than Little Rock and Fayetteville). Can't get more artsy than that!
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