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Old 12-13-2009, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Cardboard box
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Lawrence Kansas
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Old 12-13-2009, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis City
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1. Chicago-Love it! Visiting again here in a few weeks, would move here in a second
2. St Louis-Great city, I have spent 5-6 years of my 20's here, never been bored, unique neighborhoods in the city, lots of revitalization going on, decent light rail if you live in the city limits
3. Minneapolis-Great vibe, lots to do, clean city, I would definitely live here, even with the cold
4. Kansas City-Friendly people, downtown is making a lot of progress, great BBQ
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Old 12-13-2009, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Bay View, Milwaukee
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At this stage in my life, I like living in a big city/major metro area. My favorites for the Midwest include:

Milwaukee (where I live currently)
Chicago
St. Paul/Mpls (prefer St. Paul)
Columbus

However, I'm sure I could enjoy any of the major cities/metros in some fashion. College towns don't appeal to me now, but I could see myself living in one of the following later on in life:

Bloomington, IN
Madison
Iowa City
Grinnell
Stevens Point
Ann Arbor

Some of these are more isolated than others, and some are more like towns than cities. But they all have appeal.

I'm not sure I'd really like to live in a small city or town that doesn't have a reasonably significant college or university, but the following such place does intrigue me:

Baraboo, WI

Maybe I'm idealizing it a bit, but Baraboo does have a comfortable, artsy feel, and it's close to Madison. I also got a good, artsy vibe from Dubuque, Iowa, but I'm not sure it would be a good home for me.
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Franklin WI and also Milwaukee
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Cool is a state of mind. Coolest places in the midwest:

Large city-Chicago
Medium size city-Milwaukee or the Twin Cities
Smaller town- Ann Arbor
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Old 12-15-2009, 10:09 AM
 
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36 Hours - Cleveland - NYTimes.com
Cleveland rocks - The Sun Chronicle Online - Features
http://www.popcitymedia.com/features...and102809.aspx
(these are from Cleveland Press thread in the Cleveland subforum)
Cleveland is very underrated. Despite some dying inner-city neighborhoods, there are great areas within the city and some of the best suburbs in the Midwest.
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Old 12-15-2009, 10:30 AM
 
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Kansas City is not anywhere close to the Ozarks. It is at least 70 miles away from the northernmost extent of the "geographic range, and technically those are only the foothills. The Northern Ozarks lack the Ozark culture for the most part. It is at the confluence of the Great Plains/Midwest...though I consider Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota to be the "western Midwest." As far as places in the Midwest go, since I've lived in St. Louis for a very long time, I would look at Chicago, Cincinnati, and the Twin Cities as other possible options for me. As far as Des Moines having nothing in common with the Great Lakes cities, I beg to differ. It is not part of the Great Plains. It's not a Great Lakes city either, but that's the only difference between it and Chicago as far as I'm concerned. It just feels smaller. Kansas City I just wasn't impressed with. I don't know why, it's just not the place for me.
If you don't like urban active growing downtown's that have a lot of people in them, and a good arts scene.... then yeah KC wouldn't be the place for you.
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Old 12-15-2009, 10:37 AM
 
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1. Chicago-Love it! Visiting again here in a few weeks, would move here in a second
2. St Louis-Great city, I have spent 5-6 years of my 20's here, never been bored, unique neighborhoods in the city, lots of revitalization going on, decent light rail if you live in the city limits
3. Minneapolis-Great vibe, lots to do, clean city, I would definitely live here, even with the cold
4. Kansas City-Friendly people, downtown is making a lot of progress, great BBQ

This pretty much mirrors what I would choose...

I'd consider adding Milwaukee but never been there, just read up a lot of it lately, but honestly being so close to Chicago.. meh
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Old 12-16-2009, 12:42 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Cool is rather subjective.

If population growth and employment growth matter than Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Table of United States Metropolitan Statistical Areas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

If the "creative class" thing matters than Ann Arbor, Michigan or Minneapolis-St. Paul. (Kiplinger's)

If skyscraper height would matter than Chicago or Cleveland. (Key Tower)

If temperature matters than Duluth, Minnesota.

http://www.city-data.com/top2/c460.html
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Old 12-16-2009, 08:11 AM
 
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Duluth, MN was a place that surpassed my expectations. We were up there for a couple of days two years ago and frankly expected Altoona on Lake Superior. I didn't expect that the tourist and other redevelopment and condos would be as significant a part of the urban fabric as they are.

We were also a bit surprised that some of the redevelopment initiatives in Minneapolis that we found (other times on that same trip, happened to be both the weekend before and weekend after the I-35W bridge collapsed) had kind of backslid - someone had gone to a lot of effort to put trails in around the old St Anthony Falls but then they weren't maintaned to fix broken steps, clear vegetation, remove graffiti, etc., and that some of the old flour mills nearby seemed to be stalled in redevelopment. But overall Minneapolis seemed to be a promising city, we stumbled on more good than bad but maybe more bad than we were expecting.
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Old 01-02-2010, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Clayton, MO
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As a 20 something who chose to live in the St. Louis area I must give props to this city.

Decent art scene
Lot's of culture
Numerous bar/entertainment districts to fit your crowd
Fun major sporting events
Several hip/trendy neighbs
Very cosmo, diverse, and gay friendly Central West End
Rich history
Great food options - especially italian in Hill neighborhood
Almost No traffic
Usable lightrail/subway system
upscale and gritty options available
BEAUTIFUL architecture
Very good but not GREAT shopping
Close access for outdoor activities - sadly not mnts or oceans
Weather - i happen to enjoy the changing seasons
Very good educational opportunities
Very low cost of living - I live like a king here!
Beautiful women
Tons of young people and diversity in the city and central corridor

St. Louis is experiencing an renaissance in urban revitalization, I encourage you to come join the fun!

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