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Old 10-19-2009, 09:11 PM
 
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I'm about to graduate from college and am looking for a place to settle down. I grew up in Portland, Oregon but grew weary of the cold damp and constant rain. I am attending college in Charleston, South Carolina and while I love the weather and people I would like to be exposed to more art, culture, and visual performances.

Do any cities come to mind that fit this criteria:

Reasonable Cost
Warm Climate - ie 70s-80s half the year, some seasonal change, preferably less then 1 foot of snow
Good school system (teaching profession)
Close to performance centers - ie plays, dance performances, opera
Not too conservative
Exposure to art
Shopping destinations

Thanks!

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Old 10-20-2009, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Durham, NC seems to fit the bill quite nicely.
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:32 AM
 
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If Charleston doesn't do it art-wise, I am skeptical that Durham would.

It would need to be somewhere big, like New Orleans, Atlanta, Houston, Miami, etc.
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Old 10-20-2009, 01:01 PM
 
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Maybe Dallas
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Old 10-20-2009, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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San Diego or Newport Beach/Costa Mesa CA
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Old 10-20-2009, 01:48 PM
 
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San Diego or Newport Beach/Costa Mesa CA
Reasonable cost of living?

"Looking for warm climate, good school system, reasonable cost and close proximity to art & performance centers."
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Old 10-20-2009, 02:21 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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Maybe Dallas
Yep, Dallas or Houston (inside the city close to the arts districts).
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Old 10-21-2009, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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If Charleston doesn't do it art-wise, I am skeptical that Durham would.

It would need to be somewhere big, like New Orleans, Atlanta, Houston, Miami, etc.
Durham has recently added the Nasher Art Museum and the Durham Peroforming Arts Center. Both of these are pulling in some top caliber displays & performances. Additionally, Charleston is a bit isolated from other cities and their offerings, but Durham has very easy access to Chapel Hill & Raleigh which also boast a range of cultural offerings.
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Houston
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I think Dallas, Houston, or Austin would be a good fit.

Austin:

Austin has every thing you are looking for with the exception of opera. I've been to to some of Austin's art museums and I can confess that they are very good, but the city really doesn't come close to Houston or Dallas in terms of visual and preforming arts (well with the exception of film and modern day music). The city is fairly liberal and has a really good public school system especially for a city of it's size. The city is also about the same size of Portland.

Houston:

Houston probably has museum district, art scene, opera, and theater district in the South (although I think Dallas might actually rank above Houston in theater depending on who you ask). Although the suburbs are pretty conservative, the city it's self i pretty liberal. If your interested in living in the city, a good school district, and near the Museum District, I would look into places like Bellaire, The Rice Village, and Montrose. Although, those neighborhoods can get a bit pricy, but Bellaire has one of the best public high schools in Texas. Of course, the biggest drawback from what you said would be Houston's rainy and muggy weather sense that is one of the things you didn't like about Portland.

Dallas and Fort Worth:

The Dallas/Fort Worth area have more museums designed by Pritzker prize winning architects than I care to mention. Dallas is also in the process of building/planning huge additions to its museum district. After the additions the city's museum district, it will have largest museum district in the country. These additions are a part of the $12 billion the city is spending on renovations, and that is just in Dallas. Fort Worth and Arlington also have some projects of their own. I don't know as much about the Dallas schools and neighborhoods as I do Houston or Austin.

Savannah might also be a good city to look into. Savannah School of Art and Design (SCAD), is one of the best art schools in the country. It attracts a lot of high end art to Savannah that wouldn't normally be present in a town that size.

Anyway, I hope that helps.
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Old 01-10-2010, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Franklin, NC
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Default Charlotte, NC

I have been doing a lot of study on warm, safe, modern progressive cities to live in and my top pick is Charlotte, NC. The area is growing, the suburbs are beautiful and safe and the school system is very good. There is so much going on from Art Gallery Crawls on Friday nights to an outstanding art center called the Mint. Check out the Mint's website as they have more going on there then I could ever mention. There is a lot of culture, fun and great shopping in Charlotte. I found Charlotte to be clean, modern with an eduated population and a young mayor who is very progressive. The climate is outstanding for warm weather lovers. I liked the Charlotte suburb, Concord. Kannapolis, a town northeast of Charlotte, is home to a huge research complex that will be bringing biotech companies to the area. I think Charlotte is really going to grow in very positive ways. Try Charlotte.
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