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Old 07-03-2009, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Hi everyone, I'm new to the board.

I am looking into a move by next Spring to another urban or semi-urban area, anywhere in the US. I admit, I am too comfortable with familiarity, which is why I've been a life-long Chicago-dweller. Tried a couple of places in the past and wound up coming right back here to the Windy City. The next time I move, the only reason I should want to come back will be just to visit.

I guess what I'm looking for is a city that has a good amount of culture, 24 hr. access to restaurants/diners, grocery stores, and pharmacies, plentiful taxis/good public trans. (as I don't drive) and a place that doesn't have a ridiculously high cost of living. Also, any winter weather that is better than what we've been dealt the past few years!
Any suggestions?
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Old 07-03-2009, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Boston or Philadelphia might be good for you.
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Old 07-03-2009, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Boston has winters similar to Chicago so you can rule that out. Philly at times can get pretty bitter as can Washington DC.

DC's cold weather does not hang around as long as Philly but it can get a bit cold sometimes but I think if you're looking for something similar w/o the crazy winters, Washington DC would be your best bet on the East Coast. St. Louis would be another one in the Midwest. Reminds me of a smaller version of Chicago. Of course, San Francisco on the West Coast.
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Old 07-03-2009, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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I don't think Boston's winters are as harsh as Chicago. Chicago gets lake effect snow.
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Old 07-04-2009, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Thanks so much, Rachael and Spade.

Rachael, you're absolutely right, Boston is not as harsh in the winter as Chicago. Seems these past couple years our winters were even worse than parts of Minnesota, and colder than many cities north of us. I don't mind a little snow, but I can do without sub-zero temps that last for days at a time.

Spade, I happen to be visiting DC for the 1st time a the end of this month! Based on your description, it sounds like a place I could really like! I'll keep you posted on that.

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!)
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Old 07-04-2009, 01:47 AM
 
Location: Key West
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I don't think Boston's winters are as harsh as Chicago. Chicago gets lake effect snow.
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?

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Old 07-04-2009, 04:36 AM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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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?
Houston and Atlanta are more like the suburban version of Houston. Each offer lots of culture ,but not as urban and vibrant. If you want a city with good public transit, you can rule them both out, more so Houston.

ATL is compared many times to Chicago.
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Old 07-04-2009, 06:55 AM
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I don't really think Boston, weather wise, is much of an improvement over Chicago, although it may be a bit warmer in the winter (I know people there). San Fran, NYC, and Washington DC all have better winters than Chicago, but are more expensive (probably because they have better winters than Chicago ).

If you really want to abandon winter, there are some southern cities you could probably consider, but then you'll have to drive if you want any sort of quality of life, and then, well, there are southern summers, which suck as much as northern winters.
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Old 07-04-2009, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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I'd say Philadelphia is your best bet.

Be forewarned that all the NE Corridor cities are susceptible to getting Nor'easters that dump massive amounts of snow (i.e. at least 12 inches of snow and as much as 24-30 inches of snow in a single storm). These kind of storms don't happen often (maybe every 5 years or so), but they'll put snowstorms that occur in Chicago to shame. Otherwise, the winters in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic, while cold, are more moderate than in the Midwest, especially from New York southward.
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Old 07-04-2009, 07:12 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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I would suggest Nashville. Milder climate, a vibrant entertainment scene, and surprisingly urbane for a mid-sized city in the South. Check out downtown and the West End next time you're there...particularly the area around Vanderbilt University.
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