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Old 07-03-2011, 04:23 AM
 
Location: Ft.Lauderdale/Miramar FL
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Does this place exist: Large Southern city with population over 500,000k city proper, over 1,000,000 including burbs and city.

Near the Ocean/beach, awesome outdoor events, decent downtown living or at least a nice redeveloped area with lofts to buy.

Nice nightlife with a variety of entertainment venues.


Does it exist?
Miami, especially Brickell and the Design Destrict.
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Old 07-03-2011, 09:27 AM
 
Location: ATLANTA
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N.O.? I'd consider N.O........but I need to know more and visit. I want to see what's happened after Katrina.


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Not much
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Old 07-03-2011, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Louisiana to Houston to Denver to NOVA
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Not much
You don't know what you're talking about.
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Old 07-03-2011, 02:08 PM
 
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Va Beach does fit the bill. It doesn't have a true downtown in a sense but it has a fledgling central business district which includes the Town Center. Although touristy, the Oceanfront has hotels and the boardwalk which is a central meeting area as well.
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Old 07-04-2011, 07:39 AM
 
Location: "The District"/Arlington, VA
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Atlanta is all those things you listed minus the proximity to the beach. If you're willing to sacrifice that, Atlanta would be a great fit. The beach is only a few hours away.
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:28 AM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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Does this place exist: Large Southern city with population over 500,000k city proper, over 1,000,000 including burbs and city.

Near the Ocean/beach, awesome outdoor events, decent downtown living or at least a nice redeveloped area with lofts to buy.

Nice nightlife with a variety of entertainment venues.

Does it exist?
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Miami.

Houston's downtown is relatively dead and the beaches nearby leave a lot to be desired. However, if having a vibrant downtown core and great beaches isn't a must for you; I'd recommend it.
Isn't Miami's nightlife and such more in South Beach rather than downtown itself?
And if he's going to buy something, some sources say Miami is the worst place in the country to do so right now. http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily...&asset=&ccode=

Houston's loft and nightlife areas are just west of downtown.

Lots of outdoor festivals and events.

Although the Galveston beaches aren't the best, I still think they're better than most people make them out to be, and the town of Galveston itself is very charming in the historic area. New developments are going up along the beaches, and they also have several annual festivals and outdoor events.
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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Miami has all of that except it only has 400k in the city, but Miami has tiny city borders so that's why. That 400k excludes all of Miami-Dade's beaches, malls, and universities. PT is run by the county so that really shouldn't be an issue. Brickell offers condo living in an urban environment close by to the beaches, check it out.
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Old 07-05-2011, 12:12 AM
 
Location: Louisiana to Houston to Denver to NOVA
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Galveston leaves much more to be desired compared to other gulf beaches. I was there all day today, the sand is filthy and on the seawall, there's nothing "to-do," only walk and look. The water is disappointing aswell. I would rather drive to Gulf Shores from New Orleans in 2 hours versus one hour from Houston only to get to Galveston. The atmoshpere is nice, but it doesn't have the same feel as other, better beach towns. I prefer my Cuban women..
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Morgantown, WV
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Does this place exist: Large Southern city with population over 500,000k city proper, over 1,000,000 including burbs and city.

Near the Ocean/beach, awesome outdoor events, decent downtown living or at least a nice redeveloped area with lofts to buy.

Nice nightlife with a variety of entertainment venues.


Does it exist?
Houston, Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater area, Miami, Jacksonville, Virginia Beach is near 500K, and It's metro is over a million.
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:45 AM
 
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Miami is what i'd pick, despite not being 'southern' in the cultural sense. the Tampa Bay area might have what you want, too. If you want something "culturally southern", then you're asking for the impossible, though. Malaria was an epidemic along the coast of the southeastern U.S., so from 1500 - 1930's very few white people (who were especially susceptible to the disease) wanted to live there, and cities developed inland. Not to mention, hurricanes were a problem... so you don't have many choices.

Jacksonville might qualify, but i've never seen anything good about it, nor have I ever heard anything good about it, so i'm not inclined to recommend it.

i didn't think New Orleans had beaches... y'all sure about that?
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