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Old 04-25-2009, 02:49 PM
 
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Let's say you are moving from across the country and HAVE to live in the Midwest. You don't want to live in a small town. But you have the luxury to live any town you want, east of the Rockies and west of PA. I have thought and thought and I really can only come up with 2 places in the Midwest that would be fantastic places in anyone's book: Chicago and Madison. Maybe Ann Arbor or Lincoln. I can't think of anywhere else. Obviously anyone who lives there could make a case for places like St. Louis or Minneapolis--- but I am talking about towns that would make a nationwide top 10 list for desirable, cool places.

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Um... and why exactly do St. Louis or Minneapolis not fall into the category of "towns taht would make a nationwide top 10 list for desirable, cool places"? I haven't been to St. Louis so can't comment there, but Minneapolis is often included on lists of best places to live. Many people - not just people living there - find it a "desireable, cool place."

My choices would be Minneapolis, Chicago, plus maybe consider Milwaukee or St. Louis, but haven't spent enough time in those cities (or any time, in St. Louis's case) to know for sure. I prefer a bigger city than Madison.

If I hit the jackpot and were to buy a vacation home then I'd consider Galena (IL), Bayfield (WI), or maybe even Bemidjii (MN).
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:31 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Bloomington, IN is wonderful and according to my research other cool towns would be Iowa City, IA, Lawrence, KS and Columbia, MO. Madison is great, but sooo cold.
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Old 04-26-2009, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Cold Frozen North
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I would never let a magazine article decide for me what a desireable place to live is. Their criteria is likely vastly different from mine. It is only opinion.
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Old 04-26-2009, 07:50 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I'd probably be more than happy with living in St. Louis. Omaha also seems like a potentially great place to be.

Cleveland I might take if it weren't for the damnable cold.
Omaha is probably colder than Cleveland. Definitely hotter in the summer, too.

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Bloomington, IN is wonderful and according to my research other cool towns would be Iowa City, IA, Lawrence, KS and Columbia, MO. Madison is great, but sooo cold.
You seem to like the college towns. I did, too, at one time. Now I find them stifling.
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Old 04-27-2009, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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I'd take Cleveland over Columbus. IMO, Cleveland is a lot more like Chicago than Columbus. Anyway, I always root for the underdog.
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Old 04-27-2009, 09:58 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Let's say you are moving from across the country and HAVE to live in the Midwest. You don't want to live in a small town. But you have the luxury to live any town you want, east of the Rockies and west of PA. I have thought and thought and I really can only come up with 2 places in the Midwest that would be fantastic places in anyone's book: Chicago and Madison. Maybe Ann Arbor or Lincoln. I can't think of anywhere else. Obviously anyone who lives there could make a case for places like St. Louis or Minneapolis--- but I am talking about towns that would make a nationwide top 10 list for desirable, cool places.

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I lived in Indianapolis for a time and despite a rather high crime rate and being a little uncomfortable because I am not used to being in close proximity to minorities, I really, really liked the city itself. It's easy to get around it, having been a planned city, and it has some really beautiful buildings and public areas. The climate is not severe and what is really nice is that the farms and rural areas surrounding it are very beautiful.

If I HAD to move back to a large city, it would certainly be on my list. (I have been to both St. Louis and Kansas City, which are in my home state of Missouri, and frankly, I was not impressed. Perhaps if I had lived there and gotten to know my way around I would feel differently, but it would take a lot for me to like them better than Indianapolis).

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Old 04-27-2009, 10:32 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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If I had to pick one it would be Grand Rapids, MI. Perfectly medium-sized, revitalized downtown, fairly close to Lake Michigan. Very underrated. Has a small-town feel with just enough big-city amenities to keep me interested.

I was born there, moved away, moved back for college, moved away again... so, naturally, the next step is to move back again!
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Old 05-02-2009, 02:07 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Springfield, Missouri and Joplin and Branson are all pretty up and booming towns right now in the Midwest. Since they are in the southernmost part of the Midwest, they draw influence from other regions too. Pretty diversified in culture, yet they retain a classic Midwestern town feel. Lots of outdoor activities too, since they are on the Ozark Plateau.
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Old 05-02-2009, 05:50 AM
 
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Chicago would be number 1, followed by Minneapolis. Then it would be Milwaukee, Madison and Ann Harbor.
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Old 05-02-2009, 07:53 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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1. Chicago (Evanston to Lake Forest)
2. Minneapolis
3. Milwaukee (Elm Grove, Wauwatosa, Washington Highlands, Shorewood, Whitefish Bay, Fox Point)
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