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Old 01-03-2010, 10:47 AM
 
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I'm just wondering if there are cities out there that have a Boulder type feel to them. Boulder is a bit too small for my tastes, but my husband and I love the walkable downtown and walking/ biking/ hiking feel to the city. Are there other cities out there that have a similar feel to the downtown, where there is always something going on but they aren't quite as big as the NYC/ Chicago/ Boston type cities, but larger than Boulder?

If they are affordable and safe for a family to live in, even better!

Thanks!
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Old 01-03-2010, 10:52 AM
 
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Austin, TX

The Texas hill country, while nothing like the Rockies is very underrated.

I suppose Portland, Oregon might be what you are looking for.

In the Midwest, if you don't mind a big bigger, but bitter cold winters, Minneapolis might fit too.
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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Madison, WI 250k/city 600k/metro
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:50 AM
 
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I lived in Madison for five years and then moved to Denver, so I'll chime in.

I'd definitely put Madison on the list. It's not very hilly, but is definitely hillier than pretty much any other significant city in the midwest. It is also squished between and around 4 or 5 decently-sized lakes, which makes it absolutely stunning during the summer.

Comparing it to Boulder, I'd definitely say Madison feels much more like a city with run down areas, etc. Boulder always kind of felt like a very touristy "toy town" to me. Like it seemed that all the buildings were perfectly sandblasted and made all clean and neat.

But I'd still take Boulder over Madison because of the mountains and weather.

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Old 01-05-2010, 04:30 PM
 
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It's not much bigger, but Ann Arbor MI would definitely fit. Columbus OH might be another to consider.
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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I love Boulder. Definitely somewhere I could live.
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Old 01-05-2010, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Ya, having to wake up to this scene every morning doesn't exacty suck.
Definately hard to find another place quite like Boulder.

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Old 01-05-2010, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Yes San Francisco would be similar to Boulder, also Portland.
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:04 PM
 
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Minneapolis as well.
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:30 PM
 
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Yes San Francisco would be similar to Boulder, also Portland.
For sure The Bay area,Portland, and Boulder are pretty interchangable when in comes to vibe. I used to meet a lot of people in Boulder from San Francisco,Eugene,Burlington,Ithaca,quite a few people from So. Cal too though.
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