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Old 05-21-2015, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
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Have you considered NC? Greensboro or Raleigh seem to fit your description pretty well. Not too small, not too big, decent weather, traffic is very tolerable, plenty to do but the country is also right around the corner. Or maybe even in between G-boro and Raleigh, somewhere like Burlington.
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Old 05-21-2015, 09:10 PM
 
Location: land of ahhhs
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I think Portland, OR, is a place where people go who wish to be perceived of as weird. New Orleans is a place for genuinely odd people who can't help it.
This is priceless. Thanks for the laugh. New Orleans does bring Ann Rice stories to mind.
I was in New Orleans on road trip over spring break, and when I read the original post that's the city that popped into my head (until that line where he mentioned it in his less desirable list). Still think it, or the general area, might fit the bill.
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Old 05-21-2015, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I found the word "genuine" in the thread title to be a turn-off, as if the OP was saying that the characteristics he or she is looking for make a location "genuine". I, too, am turned off by phoniness and pretentiousness, so to that extent I am in agreement. But the choice of terms, in my view, exhibits the same snobbery that the OP wants to get away from.
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Old 05-22-2015, 12:33 AM
 
Location: NNV
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It's quite expensive though, isn't it? I have relatives in Grass Valley and went there last Thanksgiving and while it's very nice there (it reminds me of New England actually) I imagine it costs a lot to live there. It seems very posh.
For CA, no it's not terribly expensive. Plenty of 3+ bedroom homes in the area for $350-$450k.
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Old 05-22-2015, 05:54 AM
 
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I found the word "genuine" in the thread title to be a turn-off, as if the OP was saying that the characteristics he or she is looking for make a location "genuine". I, too, am turned off by phoniness and pretentiousness, so to that extent I am in agreement. But the choice of terms, in my view, exhibits the same snobbery that the OP wants to get away from.
I think that's why so many people asked for clarification. Seeing people or places as "genuine" or "balanced" is certainly a subjective experience, plus, there is always the "observer phenomenon" to skew the experience and the observed.
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Old 05-26-2015, 11:02 AM
 
Location: geneva, switzerland
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Great Attitude OP. Glad you did not raise up to the people baiting you for a rise out of you. I place great stake in these cities. 1. Boise ID;2. Reno NV;3. Spokane WA ;4. Rapid City SD;5. Sioux Falls SD;6. Ogden UT;7. Colorado Springs CO.. Most are bigger than you want. Most are easy to get around. Traffic is mainly pretty good in these areas. Most have friendly people. You just have to research a bit more. These are mainly different than each other in ways that are fun to ferret out in my opinion. I love Portland too but I always have, same with Seattle but both in my opinion are way to expensive, besides the sprawl that they have more than my other favorites. Just my 02 cents for ya. Peace. Take care have fun.

hatehumidity...I think you got it! I've been to everywhere on your list except ogden and I found all those places........GENUINE......(to me.) Agreed, I think Portland and Seattle are great places but once again, rising real estate and gentrification have not been entirely positive events. As always.

For a guy that grew up between "American Graffiti" and "Dazed n Confused", that is what I am fondly searching for. Probably not so much drinking and muscle cars-----but it is a great feeling when you find that GENUINE and REASONABLE place.......haha......take it easy!
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Old 06-13-2015, 08:55 PM
 
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Well, I have a friend who describes herself as "deeply superficial"....too funny.
Genuine is hard to find these days. Most people can't handle genuine. They just hope for nice and polite.
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Old 06-14-2015, 02:05 AM
 
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Portland, Oregon is the weirdo capitol of the US. You will either love it or hate it.

Gentrification is rampant in Portland and is decimating the local weirdo population.
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Old 06-14-2015, 02:17 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Gentrification is rampant in Portland and is decimating the local weirdo population.
They must all be coming to post on City-Data.
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Old 06-14-2015, 04:59 AM
 
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I browse these threads frequently, and I have seen a number of posts mentioning Richmond Virginia as a contender so that might be really worth re-visiting.
We have been checking out various places over the past few years, and generally like most places but we do have some particular restrictions (like where family is located for example) that has ruled out a few areas we really liked ( like parts of Tenn and Virginia).
Recently we looked at Wilmington Delaware and while we weren't blown away by it, it is kind of growing on us.
It's really just over the line to Pa (very nice Philly suburbs) but does have an Amtrak station as well as its own downtown....I guess this is too much like the NJ PA that was ruled out but it's worth considering.
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