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Old 12-20-2013, 02:39 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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NYC (Manhattan only)
SF (anywhere with a good distance away from the Tenderloin)
Santa Monica, CA (the best of LA; would love to live there permanently)
Portland (in a gorgeous Victorian house just outside of downtown... Away from all the homeless)
San Diego

With the single exception of NYC, I would never live in a city with cold winters thereby excluding Boston from my list. West Coast has mild winters which is awesome because, let's face it, being cold just bites.
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Old 12-20-2013, 07:17 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Kona, HI
Waikoloa, HI
Hawi, HI
Kihei, HI
Wailea, HI
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Old 12-20-2013, 09:07 AM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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Hey now! I don't know if you visited Youngstown on your trip, but some of us Rust Belt residents take pride in where we live, even if our city has been neglected a little over the last few decades.
What Youngstown looks like to me (in pictures - LOTS!)

While even Youngstowners can say "at least we're not Detroit," I will freely admit that Ytown probably suffers from the most blight/abandonment in Ohio.
That's what Youngstown looked like to me as well when I visited during a cross country road trip this summer (my traveling buddy was from there or obviously we wouldn't have stumbled into it). The blight and dearth of population for the built environment are apparent but are much overshadowed by the beautiful architecture, forested environs and sense of potential for a rebirth.

I am an architectural designer (I seem to recall you are in the profession as well) and along with St. Louis, Youngstown for its size sure packs an appreciative architectural punch for me. I really enjoyed and was completely surprised by your adopted city.
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Old 12-20-2013, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default Tallying Los Angeles thus far - the results surprised me.

So far in this thread I counted 19 "yes" votes for Los Angeles (did not count two for Beverly Hills and one for Santa Monica) and five "no" votes. I had expected Los Angeles to fare much worse here, as urbanists seem to dislike it for its "sprawl" and for its (until recently) poor public transit. I am pleased to note that a number of other posters share my good opinion of L.A. Had to laugh to see L.A. in the company of Detroit in one poster's "no" list, which I found bizarre in the extreme. My own list follows:

YES

San Diego
Boston
NYC (for the culture)

NO

Portland (OR)
Phoenix
Baton Rouge
Miami
Detroit
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Old 12-21-2013, 05:59 AM
 
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It's not likely I'd move to a metro smaller than 2 million so, with that in mind:

Yes
SF
Chicago
Seattle
LA
Boston

No
Houston
Detroit
Las Vegas
Phoenix
Orlando

Expat bonus - international yes:

Melbourne
Sydney
Lisbon
Barcelona
Milan
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Old 12-21-2013, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Richmond/Philadelphia/Brooklyn
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Would move to (besides mine)

NYC
Boston
DC
Phili
Chicago

Would not move to

Phoenix
Houston
LA
Dallas
Charlotte
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Old 12-21-2013, 03:58 PM
 
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While I like the Urban Planning forums, and this is one of my favorite forums, I didnít expect Urban Planning forum to obsess too much about American cities, and not enough focus on international cities all over the world.



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Originally Posted by T. Damon View Post
That's what Youngstown looked like to me as well when I visited during a cross country road trip this summer (my traveling buddy was from there or obviously we wouldn't have stumbled into it). The blight and dearth of population for the built environment are apparent but are much overshadowed by the beautiful architecture, forested environs and sense of potential for a rebirth.

I am an architectural designer (I seem to recall you are in the profession as well) and along with St. Louis, Youngstown for its size sure packs an appreciative architectural punch for me. I really enjoyed and was completely surprised by your adopted city.

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Originally Posted by GatsbyGatz View Post
NYC (Manhattan only)
SF (anywhere with a good distance away from the Tenderloin)
Santa Monica, CA (the best of LA; would love to live there permanently)
Portland (in a gorgeous Victorian house just outside of downtown... Away from all the homeless)
San Diego

With the single exception of NYC, I would never live in a city with cold winters thereby excluding Boston from my list. West Coast has mild winters which is awesome because, let's face it, being cold just bites.

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Would move to (besides mine)

NYC
Boston
DC
Phili
Chicago

Would not move to

Phoenix
Houston
LA
Dallas
Charlotte

What are all of your top 15 favorite international cities for living in outside and away from USA?

These are my favorite international cities: Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei, Vienna, Nice, Innsbruck, Phuket, Buenos Aires, Singapore, Bangkok, Amsterdam, Prague, Barcelona, Lyon.

A Top 50 Favorite International Cities after a top 15: Grenoble, Montreal, Brussels, Marseille, Cannes, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Lille, Madrid, Valencia, Ibiza, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Zurich, Geneva, Seoul, Tokyo, Taichung, Saigon, Hoi An, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Dubai, Bangalore, Melbourne, Sydney, Vancouver, Bucharest, Constanta, Batumi, Genoa, Santiago, Moscow, Berlin, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Sao Paolo, Kunming, Kyoto, Osaka, Portland, Honolulu, Milan


My favorite American cities are San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, Seattle. I lived in Seattle and New York City a long time and I plan to live in San Francisco bay area of California in the next 2 years. I include San Francisco, and New York City in my top 10 to top 15 for any cities in the world. I have ambivalence about where to rank Chicago, and Seattle in my personal preferences outside of American cities in a top 15 to top 50.
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Old 12-21-2013, 05:06 PM
 
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Would move to:
Jacksonville, FL
Greenville, SC
Columbia, SC
Raleigh, NC
Tulsa, OK

Would not:
Washington, DC
Newark, NJ
Detroit, MI
Boston, MA
Chicago, IL
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Old 12-21-2013, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Northeast Ohio
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Would move to:

1. Seattle, WA
2. San Francisco, CA
3. Portland, OR
4. San Diego, CA
5. Denver, CO

Would NOT move to:

1. Houston, TX
2. Atlanta, GA
3. Miami, FL
4. Phoenix, AZ
5. Las Vegas, NV
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Old 12-21-2013, 08:06 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Yes:
Seattle, WA
Chicago, IL
Philadelphia, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
Boston, MA

or Internationally:

Berlin
London
Barcelona
Frankfurt
Copenhagen

No:
Raleigh, NC
Charlotte, NC
Miami, FL
Atlanta, GA
Dallas, TX

or Internationally:

Sydney
Tokyo
Rio de Janeiro
Mexico City
Beijing
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