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Old 04-06-2007, 12:37 PM
 
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I have lived in Indianapolis for the past 6 years, including 4.5 years of college. It is an ok city, but it lacks character/indentity. It is basically just a city built in a cornfield, and lacks a lot of depth. While it is not fair to do so, when compared to cities like SF, Miami, Toronto, or Chicago (I randomly picked cities), it lacks any identity or flavor.

I am looking to move within a year, and would like to move to a larger city with some character. I can't really afford NY, SF, Miami, etc, but am wondering what "smaller" large cities people would recommend. And am also wanting somewhere gay-friendly (as cliched at that is).

I have been looking into Portland, Seattle and maybe Charlotte, and am most intrigued by Portland. But I am not sure if has the "feel" I am looking for.

Btw, hello everyone, it is my first post.
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Old 04-06-2007, 12:55 PM
 
Location: PA
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To be honest, you're in one of the cheaper large cities in the US. Out of the ones you listed, I think Charlotte is the cheapest, followed by Portland. Seattle really isn't cheap. The median home there is nearing $500k.
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Old 04-06-2007, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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You might consider Pittsburgh and/or Philadelphia. Pittsburgh is affordable and has lots to see and do for a young person. Unfortunately, jobs may be scarce.
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Old 04-06-2007, 01:26 PM
 
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You might consider Pittsburgh and/or Philadelphia. Pittsburgh is affordable and has lots to see and do for a young person. Unfortunately, jobs may be scarce.
Luckily I am a Pharmacist and can pretty much find a job wherever.
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Old 04-06-2007, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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You might love it in Pittsburgh! I am here on a long visit and find it very interesting, and filled with character. Just got back from the Warhol Museum.


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Luckily I am a Pharmacist and can pretty much find a job wherever.
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Old 04-06-2007, 01:35 PM
 
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To be honest, you're in one of the cheaper large cities in the US. Out of the ones you listed, I think Charlotte is the cheapest, followed by Portland. Seattle really isn't cheap. The median home there is nearing $500k.
Let me rephrase. I can't afford to live in cities like SF or NY that are in the top of most expensive. But I could afford something like Chicago. So I'm not looking for extremely cheap housing, but just extremely expensive either.
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Old 04-06-2007, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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Hello and welcome! I think Pittsburgh is a great suggestion. It definitely has character. Philadelphia would be another option - extremely gay friendly and tons of history. Austin, TX has a good reputation but I haven't personally been there. I am not too familiar with Portland or Charlotte, but I can't think of any reasons why you wouldn't want to consider them.
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Old 04-06-2007, 02:31 PM
 
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For north, and very gay-friendly, you might look at Providence, RI.

Portland is beautiful and in some ways, Pittsburgh PA and Portland, OR are sister cities--lovely, multiple bridges and waterways.
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Old 04-06-2007, 03:33 PM
 
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Hello and welcome! I think Pittsburgh is a great suggestion. It definitely has character. Philadelphia would be another option - extremely gay friendly and tons of history. Austin, TX has a good reputation but I haven't personally been there. I am not too familiar with Portland or Charlotte, but I can't think of any reasons why you wouldn't want to consider them.
My only problem with Pittsburgh is that I grew up in Cincy, so I have been breed to hate it, lol. I am still bitter about the 2006 NFL playoffs.

But I will into it.
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Old 04-06-2007, 04:08 PM
 
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Another vote for Pittsburgh.

At least take a fact-finding trip. For a small-ish big city, it has a big-city flavor.

Wanna stay closer to "home"? Check out Louisville. Completely different vibe, yet you'd be close enough to visit your IN friends on weekends.

Austin, TX is an excellent choice for a young person, but only if one can afford to live IN central Austin (the 'burbs are for families).

Good luck!
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