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Old 05-31-2007, 04:05 PM
Location: Wi for the summer--Vegas in the winter
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MADISON Wi--Probably the most "Liberal" city in the U.S. Awesome town!!
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Old 05-31-2007, 04:22 PM
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dullnboring- Excellent post and so true. There really isn't anymore Berkeley, Venice and San Francisco how we knew it. It's been watered down a great deal. The average city known to be liberal is very "moderate" at best. Most have sold their values in order to blend in with the mainstream and pretty much go with the flow. Now it's all about making money and profit. Liberal who?....lol
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Old 05-31-2007, 04:43 PM
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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LOL about the identical silver Priuses and shopping at Whole Foods... keeping up with the liberal Joneses. I lived in a place like that and hated it! Blue or red... I don't like self-righteousness and holier-than-thou attitudes no matter what color they come in.

Originally Posted by Supernova7 View Post
People with opposing values and political beliefs are not going to live comfortably side by side. You really don't have to be a genius to figure this out.
Okay, now I'M confused. This is not necessarily true. There are places where people with opposing viewpoints, politics, and cultures co-exist relatively peacefully; I live in one, and up until this last presidential election I think most of the US did, too. It all boils down to respect. Maybe you are looking for a liberal bubble after all?
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Old 05-31-2007, 04:51 PM
Location: City of Angels
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Originally Posted by Roma View Post
I was going to say LA but the cost of living is high and you asked for low cost of living.
That's the irony. The most liberal cities in America are the most expensive. Go figure.
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Old 05-31-2007, 08:13 PM
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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Originally Posted by Supernova7 View Post
What city do you find to be most liberal. Liberal not only to a segment of the population be it race, gender or economic status but liberal "overall?"
A city where you can be yourself, thrives on cultural diversity, has a low cost of living and access to all your interests bearing the type of variety to please all.

This city should have the least amount of oppressive laws and have a population that represents tolerance not only on social issues, but takes pride in getting involved in making the community better for all.

Please let's keep this to "Cities" in the US. Your thoughts/experiences?

I'm split between San Francisco and Boston.
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Old 05-31-2007, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by GreggB View Post
MADISON Wi--Probably the most "Liberal" city in the U.S. Awesome town!!
But when the kids go home from college for summer--is it still so liberal?
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Old 05-31-2007, 10:52 PM
Location: Houston, TX
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Berkeley/SF by far
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Old 06-01-2007, 12:43 AM
Location: Baton Rouge
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Philadelphia is pretty liberal i think
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Old 06-01-2007, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by holloway1010 View Post
Philadelphia is pretty liberal i think
Well, with the Democrats running the show for the last 40 years or so, they're certainly not afraid to spend money in Philly. The GLBT vote has become important to mayoral candidates. And South Street is retaining some vestiges of "counter-culture" despite being assimilated by the likes of The Gap and Starbucks. However, as far as being socially liberal goes, I wouldn't put the city in the same league as San Francisco/Berkeley, Madison or Austin. IMO, the city is socially moderate on average.

The labor unions, for better or worse, are a strong presence in Philly, and are loyal to the Democratic machine that feeds them. Also, the minority population in general (and particularly blacks) feel that the Democrats are most likely to look into their interests than Republicans. But on a personal level, I think that a lot more people are socially conservative. The primarily white NE section of the city is a Republican bastion. And the black church community is rather conservative as well.

Philly is definitely the most liberal place in PA (with, perhaps Pittsburgh trailing a distant second) but there are far more progressive places out there. And I say this as a former resident who is at least slightly more liberal than the average Philadelphian.

Last edited by FindingZen; 06-01-2007 at 08:56 AM.. Reason: forgot to add my last point
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Old 06-01-2007, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by dullnboring View Post
I agree that the nation's most liberal cities tend to be among the most expensive. I think some of the more liberal areas with a lower cost of living (granted, this is relative) include Madison, Austin, and quite a few college towns like Bloomington (IN), Columbia (MO), Lawrence (KS) and Ann Arbor. These places aren't so liberal that they would ever be accused of doubling for Berkeley or Cambridge, but quite liberal nonetheless and if you're looking for a place that leans heavily liberal but is more affordable, I'd say these college towns and smaller cities are your best bets. Within their respective states, these areas are expensive, but on a nationwide scale, pale in comparison to the coastal liberal meccas like San Francisco, Seattle and New York.
Interestingly enough, when I think of the "ideal" type of place I would want to live, I find myself drawn to liberal college towns. Madison and Austin seem to be the most intriguing - it helps in a sense that they're also state capitals - although I'd rather sweat through an Austin summer than shiver through a Madison winter.
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