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Old 01-30-2016, 07:43 AM
 
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In what universe is Arkansas "back east"? It's flyover country west of the Mississippi.
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Old 01-30-2016, 07:59 AM
 
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Hard to imagine a college town that wouldn't be fairly progressive. As opposed to a regressive college town???????
That's what you would think, right? And yet sometimes I wonder. What we used to think of as "liberal" might now be nothing more than a bunch of "politically correct" idiots run amok. For example, consider the Missouri college professor who was trying to shut down free speech with "muscle" during a student protest. Multiply her by 60,000. Would you want to live anywhere near the place?
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Old 01-30-2016, 08:23 AM
 
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This seems to be the holy grail. I don't think they are so so hard to find but they tend to be in the north whereas this is the retirement forum and many people would like to get a little further south. Not necessarily FL south but at least out of the extreme northern tier.

I've seen Ithaca on a lot of lists.
I went to Syracuse University and went down to Ithaca a number of times. I liked the town, and over the years it seems to have become even better. It is one of the few places that sorely tempted me, but having grown up in the NE I was not in the mood for more snow and cold winters.

Still looks lovely though.
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Old 01-30-2016, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Florida Baby!
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On second thought, check into Northampton, Mass., home of Smith College. Definitely progressive, arts-oriented, about 20 min from Amherst. It has more to do year-round.

This would have been my #1 suggestion except that it's not near any water.


If you really want to head back to the northeast for retirement why not consider Buffalo or Rochester?

Taxes aside, Buffalo appears to be an up and coming retirement spot: Buffalo’s retired boomers already know this is a great place - City & Region - The Buffalo News

I'm from the Buffalo area and lived in Rochester for 14 years after I graduated college, and I can attest that both would have what you are looking for. Real estate would be cheaper than anything in New England, especially in Buffalo, and you get a full half hour more of daylight at the end of the day (important in winter) The sunsets on Lake Erie are spectacular and rival that of any exotic coastline. Buffalo is only 3 hrs. away from Toronto so if you're craving a major metro fix you've got it!

While Rochester proper is not directly on Lake Ontario it does have a few suburbs (Charlotte, Irondequoit, North Greece, Webster) that border the lake. The biggest drawback is, of course, the weather, but if you're considering the Northern Atlantic coast it wouldn't be much different. Besides, Upstate NY has snow removal down to a science!

Both are big college towns with highly regarded med schools. Both are near "grapebelt" regions (Chautauqua County and the Finger Lakes) and beautiful state parks so there is lots to see and explore from both vantage points.

In terms of being "liberal"--I'm fairly liberal/progressive and wouldn't hesitate to move back if I could. IMO Western New York is the great hidden gem of the Northeast

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As you are looking for a "smaller city" I'm adding Ithaca, NY--population just over 30,000, home to Ithaca College and Cornell University (a major med school)--and it sits at the mouth of Cayuga Lake. This just might be the ideal "hip" but bucolic setting you're looking for......

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Old 01-30-2016, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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OP, you have just described high tax, high-housing price paradise.
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Old 01-30-2016, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Before I saw Post # 2 I immediately thought of Burlington. Ithaca and, if you want to stretch the definition of "east" a bit, Ann Arbor, although it's a bigger city.

Chapel Hill might be another possibility. Almost exactly 60,000, not far from Jordan Lake. Plus, as we told one of my brothers when he moved down there, you know what they say about North Carolina: not quite as bad as South Carolina.
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Old 01-30-2016, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Leaving fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada
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In what universe is Arkansas "back east"? It's flyover country west of the Mississippi.
To Las Vegans, " back east" encompasses a lot of the United States.

I would +2 Fayetteville. There is also a great small airport in NWA that helps if you have a travel bug in retirement.
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Old 01-30-2016, 09:56 AM
 
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That's what you would think, right? And yet sometimes I wonder. What we used to think of as "liberal" might now be nothing more than a bunch of "politically correct" idiots run amok. For example, consider the Missouri college professor who was trying to shut down free speech with "muscle" during a student protest. Multiply her by 60,000. Would you want to live anywhere near the place?

It's all relative to what a person considers progressive.
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Old 01-30-2016, 10:59 AM
 
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How about Evanston, IL? It is a progressive city, home of Northwestern U, it is right on Lake Michigan, just north of Chicago. As for wildlife, the Cook and DuPage County Forest Preserves are abundant and beautiful. As for wildlife in your back yard, you will have rabbits and skunks, and possibly an occassional coyote wandering through.

How about Appleton, WI, home of Lawrence University? Also near Lake Michigan.

How about Madison, WI.? A beautiful, progressive city, on a beautiful lake, with others nearby. Good luck!!
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Old 01-30-2016, 11:59 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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I would combine the location(s) of your family with https://www.google.com/maps/search/c...0.711863,5.54z
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