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Old 07-04-2009, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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The only reason why I ruled out any city in the South is because she wanted good public transportation. Atlanta is the best in the Southern region when it comes to that. But you either have to live on the train lines or within a good walking distance and there are many parts of the area that are not served. So in essence, Atlanta probably wouldn't work out as well for her as Washington DC or San Francisco.
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Old 07-04-2009, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Chicago average snowfall is 38 inches, Boston average snowfall is 42 inches, Philly is about 22 inches.
The predominant wind in Chicago is from the Northwest in winter. Since Chicago is on the West side of the lake it does not see much lake effect like Upstate NY cities. Chicago does see most of its snow from storms that come across the country. I am not trying to argue, but it is a little different

That being said, maybe Houston or Atlanta? These cities have everything you wanted from your OP except somewhat limited pub trans. Maybe SF as well?


They said they want a climate similar to Chicago. Houston is FAR from Chicago's weather, Atlanta not as much, but still very unlike Chicago. And like Spade said, she wants good public transportation. The northeast cities are ones that fit that category.
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Old 07-04-2009, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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I frequent NYC quite a bit and love everything about it. I love the close proximity to everything I need/want, taxis available in a blink of an eye, anytime. The only thing is cost of living is little on the high scale for me...just a little. I can never get enough of those NY accents though (especially the LI ones, since that's where my bf is from!)
I was going to say NYC or Long Island, but when you mentioned cost of living, I immediately crossed that off the list, lol. You'd struggle here if you don't make a combined income of at least 100,000.
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Old 07-04-2009, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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They said they want a climate similar to Chicago. Houston is FAR from Chicago's weather, Atlanta not as much, but still very unlike Chicago. And like Spade said, she wants good public transportation. The northeast cities are ones that fit that category.
Actually, you misread it. The OP said they want a city similar to Chicago without the insane winters.
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Old 07-04-2009, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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I don't think Boston's winters are as harsh as Chicago. Chicago gets lake effect snow.
On average, Boston's winters are indistinguishable from Chicago's, except that Boston gets more snow. Plus its more expensive. Other than that, its a great place to live, and I highly recommend it.

Actually, I really can't think of a single city that is even SOMEWHAT similar to Chicago, but warmer and less expensive. Chicago is pretty much the least expensive city where you can live a fully car-free existence without feeling like a weird minority.
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Old 07-04-2009, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Actually, you misread it. The OP said they want a city similar to Chicago without the insane winters.
But they don't have a car and must have top notch public transportation to get around. Northeast cities offer that. Definitely not Houston. Houston and Atlanta aren't similar to Chicago at all.
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Old 07-04-2009, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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But they don't have a car and must have top notch public transportation to get around. Northeast cities offer that. Definitely not Houston. Houston and Atlanta aren't similar to Chicago at all.
Exactly, she's looking for something that doesn't exist. Especially when you throw in the part about being less expensive than Chicago. That's why she keeps coming back!
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Old 07-04-2009, 09:39 AM
 
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But they don't have a car and must have top notch public transportation to get around. Northeast cities offer that. Definitely not Houston. Houston and Atlanta aren't similar to Chicago at all.
That's why I said Washington DC. Because you can around without a car and they don't have the type of winters Chicago does. Boston does. Philly is not nearly as bad as Boston or Chicago but can get pretty crazy itself (DC can too) but still.

But sukwoo is right. You're going to have to pay if you want a similar city. DC is much more expensive than Chicago. That maybe where Philly comes into play. Won't even touch San Francisco and Boston.
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Old 07-04-2009, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Philadelphia is probably your best bet.
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Old 07-04-2009, 12:19 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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I would say Seattle or San Francisco. Boston can get pretty insane winters...Philadelphia and NYC I would suggest simply because Philly gets very mild winters and NYC gets winters that can be cold and snowy, but nowhere close to the deep freeze and mounds of snow Chicago gets.
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