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Old 06-19-2009, 01:38 PM
 
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Honestly, I don't find Seattle anything like Boston or Pittsburgh. Maybe in terms of density and building layout... but with the whole wilderness culture, grunge rock scene, etc ... certainly not the same.
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Old 06-19-2009, 01:48 PM
 
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Honestly, I don't find Seattle anything like Boston or Pittsburgh. Maybe in terms of density and building layout... but with the whole wilderness culture, grunge rock scene, etc ... certainly not the same.
I see. Yeah, I was thinking Minneapolis was similar to the culture, outdoor recreation, local food scene, and creative type people in general, to Seattle.
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Old 06-19-2009, 02:43 PM
 
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Pittsburgh does have an REI, Explorers Club of Pittsburgh and Venture Outdoors for outdoor folks, Neighbors in the Strip for a food scene. Compared to Minneapolis, the mountains and rocks are certainly more accessible from Pgh. No, not quite like Seattle, but there are no volcanoes on the East Coast just waiting to wipe out civilization with a lahar, either!
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Old 06-19-2009, 03:51 PM
 
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Yeah, a lot of people just think of Syracuse as just being a blue collar city, but it is an area in transition. Health care and education is big here now too.

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Old 06-19-2009, 04:18 PM
 
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I think out of your choices, Minneapolis is the most similar to Seattle. It also feels smaller than Seattle (not really a lot smaller, 16th vs. 15th Metro, but definitely less density and less traffic, and more affordable, which are all according to your needs). Boston actually feels a lot larger than Seattle in my opinion, and it is indeed larger (10th vs 15th Metro).

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I just moved back to Pennsylvania after losing my job in Seattle. I was out there for a year and barely made the job contacts I needed to stay out there indefinitely while I looked for work. I'm 26 so I'm pretty mobile in terms of relocating, but I think I'd like to stay on the east coast this time.

I really liked Seattle but want a slightly smaller city, less traffic, more affordable, historically stable economy. I've been thinking about Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Raleigh/Durham, Portland, ME, maybe Boston (but of course, I have a random job offer there, but bigger than Seattle), not really sure where else.

North Carolina is the furthest south I'd consider and don't really want to live in the Midwest (except Minneapolis). Weather does not matter, however, I'd take winter over extreme heat. I love Autumn and lots of trees. I don't work in a specific industry yet, but I'm leaning towards Internet/Web/Ecommerce/IT type work, so a city with a decent tech/creative industry would be nice.

Any opinions or advice? Thanks everyone!
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Old 06-19-2009, 07:18 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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Boston... it's near the water and it's safe and expensive, that's really it.
It's a hard question to answer.
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Old 06-19-2009, 08:26 PM
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Minnesota has those 10,000 lakes; Minneapolis is a cosmopolitan city and there are lots of outdoor activites there, including winter sports.
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:08 PM
 
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The Boston-Seattle comparison is interesting. They do have some funny similarities but since distinct differences as well. For one, Boston is much more dense than Seattle since it only occupies a land area of some 40 square miles. This is evident when you're Downtown; however, it's possible that Boston's street layout and scape gives that allusion. The roads are very narrow Downtown and since it does not follow a grid, most people walk. There are some nice similarities, though. Both have wonderful historic market destinations (Quincy and Pike Place).
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:41 PM
 
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Three cities have been discussed most on this thread, and it leaves me curious about what exactly the OP is looking for.

From the original post: ". . . but I think I'd like to stay on the east coast this time.

I really liked Seattle but want a slightly smaller city, less traffic, more affordable . . ."

Boston? Bigger than Seattle, bad traffic, and not exactly affordable.

Minneapolis? Similar to Seattle in metro area population, city proper population larger if you include Mnnpls. and St. Paul, and not quite on the east coast.

Pittsburgh? Slightly smaller, but it's still a big city. Not sure you'd really notice the little bit of difference between the sizes of Pittsburgh and Seattle.

NewHorizonz, I'm thinking that a little more detail about what features of Seattle you're trying to find in another city would help narrow the possibilities, as would some specifics on what size city you are looking for, and how flexible you are on size of the city and geographic region.
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:49 PM
 
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Right, OP said east coast in the title. However, s/he mentioned Minneapolis in the content. I am not sure s/he knows what s/he wants.

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Three cities have been discussed most on this thread, and it leaves me curious about what exactly the OP is looking for.

From the original post: ". . . but I think I'd like to stay on the east coast this time.

I really liked Seattle but want a slightly smaller city, less traffic, more affordable . . ."

Boston? Bigger than Seattle, bad traffic, and not exactly affordable.

Minneapolis? Similar to Seattle in metro area population, city proper population larger if you include Mnnpls. and St. Paul, and not quite on the east coast.

Pittsburgh? Slightly smaller, but it's still a big city. Not sure you'd really notice the little bit of difference between the sizes of Pittsburgh and Seattle.

NewHorizonz, I'm thinking that a little more detail about what features of Seattle you're trying to find in another city would help narrow the possibilities, as would some specifics on what size city you are looking for, and how flexible you are on size of the city and geographic region.
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