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Old 07-07-2009, 01:18 PM
 
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You could consider New Orleans, although I'm not sure just how well #2 fits it...
The New Orleans economy is one of the strongest in the country right now. The cost of living is higher now than it was before the storm, but I think that would affect natives much more than someone moving there.
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Old 07-07-2009, 01:25 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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the thing with those cold cities you mention (chicago/boston/nyc)...you don't have to shovel snow or drive in it nor stand outside for long periods in it, nor do you need a car whatsoever. If I were in your position I would just go there and deal with it...take your vacation time in jan/feb. From somebody who grew up in FL...and has lived up north, it really isn't that bad. If lifestyle is first and that is what you truly want to make you sane in your post... stick with sf/chi/nyc/bos/philly/dc.
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Old 07-07-2009, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Knoxville
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Default Being from the south - Knoxville, TN - I can help

So, here's a list of major cities that fit your criteria:

Atlanta
Charlotte
Dallas
Houston
Jacksonville
Miami
Tampa

The most walkable of the bunch is probably Miami and Tampa. The St. Pete area is young and is walkable. Plenty of stuff to do for a young guy. Good sports and good shopping.

Atlanta and Charlotte are the banking capitals of the southeast. Ton's of opportunity got growth.

I can offer some information about Knoxville and my experience. The central city and the campus are very walkable. From my loft, I am a ten minute walk from the river, Neyland Stadium, and downtown Knoxville. There are several great bars downtown, a really nice Regal Theater (Regal is headquartered in Knoxville), three nice concert venues, and most of the basics. You said you were interested in being in a sports town and near water. Well, most people don't realize this, but UT is literally in downtown Knoxville. So, if you live downtown you are within walking distance of major college football and basketball. If you like baseball there is a minor league team thirty minutes away - Smokey Mountains. As for the lake activities...wakeboarding is huge here. Rent and housing is relatively low priced ($1500-$2000 for 1500+SqFt).

Cons could be: Very conservative politics, Bible Belt, must drive to get to the best shopping in West Knoxville, and it will get rather cold in Knoxville.

any questions let me know..
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Old 07-07-2009, 04:54 PM
 
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thanks for the responses so far. Let's do this: throw the walkable part out of the window since if I want to do anything outside of the city I'll need a car anyway. What are some places that are warm and have good water recreation nearby along with a decent economy without being absolutely attrocious for traffic?

Some people have said that Scottsdale, AZ is pretty good, but isn't AZ's economy traditionally pretty bad?
Scottsdale is pretty much a large suburb of Phoenix. It is on the high end price wise for the area, but it is nice and large enough to feel independent from the rest of the city.

The Phoenix Metro Area's unemployment rate is actually about 2% below the national average. It was 7.3% as of May 2009 (the most recent numbers). Not too bad considering some other places.
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Old 07-07-2009, 08:00 PM
 
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the thing with those cold cities you mention (chicago/boston/nyc)...you don't have to shovel snow or drive in it nor stand outside for long periods in it, nor do you need a car whatsoever. If I were in your position I would just go there and deal with it...take your vacation time in jan/feb. From somebody who grew up in FL...and has lived up north, it really isn't that bad. If lifestyle is first and that is what you truly want to make you sane in your post... stick with sf/chi/nyc/bos/philly/dc.
oh really? That's my main beef with those cities. But I'm sure you'd still have to shovel your driveway and stuff to get out, wouldn't you?
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Old 07-07-2009, 08:02 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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oh really? That's my main beef with those cities. But I'm sure you'd still have to shovel your driveway and stuff to get out, wouldn't you?
no... well, if you have a car and live in the burbs...not so much in the city. They have street salters and often services that clean the sidewalks also, most business clean the sidewalks in front of their establishments, yada yada. Having a car in several of those cities is pricy for fees/insurance/parking anyway, and can often be more than a hassle than its worth...There is really no need for a car. Even the outdoor subway stations are heated...
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:22 AM
 
Location: OUTTA SIGHT!
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Pie Town, New Mexico sounds cozy.
Pie Town, New Mexico - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:33 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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thanks for the responses so far. Let's do this: throw the walkable part out of the window since if I want to do anything outside of the city I'll need a car anyway. What are some places that are warm and have good water recreation nearby along with a decent economy without being absolutely attrocious for traffic?
Check out Austin.
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