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Old 05-23-2009, 11:32 AM
 
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Does anyone have any cities or large towns to recommend that are liberal, accepting, young, and socially conscious but that don't have a large emphasis on drugs? I know everywhere is going to have people who use drugs and people who don't, but I often find that people in cities with these features are often big into psychedelics -- pot, mushrooms, acid, etc. I went through a phase of this myself in my high school days, but now I try to get away from it, as people who use these drugs often become so immersed in them that they end up sitting around all day and become drone-y instead of becoming involved in social activities and the like.

I'm all for going out and drinking some good beer a couple times a week, as it usually promotes social activity and generally doesn't dilute people's interest in going out and doing things or changing the world. Now, I don't want this thread to go into a debate on beer vs. psychedelics -- instead, I'm just looking for recommendations of places that have sort of a liberal, maybe "new age" vibe without all the cookie-cutter hippies that come along with it.

Thanks!
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Old 05-23-2009, 11:49 AM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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it comes with the territory I'm afraid.
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Old 05-23-2009, 01:50 PM
 
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Maybe Chicago? NYC?

Southern California?

Really, all three areas have young, progressive populations of people who care about things other than drugs.
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Old 05-23-2009, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Austin, Texas
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Old 05-23-2009, 03:21 PM
 
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Maybe the Elmwood neighborhood of Buffalo, the Park Ave. area of Rochester, the Westcott neighborhood of Syracuse, the Lark St. area of Albany, parts of Ann Arbor MI, Minneapolis, parts of Ithaca NY.......

Here's some information on some of the neighborhoods mentioned:

YouTube - Elmwood Village - Buffalo New York


YouTube - Living in the Elmwood Community


YouTube - Park Ave Festival Rochester, NY 2008

Park Avenue Rochester NY shops cafe restaurants

Park Avenue - Rochester Wiki

Westcott, Syracuse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Welcome to The Westcott

Westcott Street Cultural Fair

Lark Street BID

Lark Street - Albany
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Old 05-24-2009, 01:33 AM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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it comes with the territory I'm afraid.
Pretty much.

Yeah, there are going to be the "cookie cutter hippies" in any place that is liberal and socially conscious. But it doesn't mean that that's ALL there's going to be. In Eugene, Oregon for instance there is a major druggie element to be found (mostly marijuana), but it's also the kind of community where things actually get done. There is a major curbside composting program in the community, for example, and lots of other green initiatives in the city.

There are a lot of "drones" in Portland too, but look at that place--tons of progressive programs and initiatives and people there.
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Lawton, OK
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Minneapolis/St. Paul.

I met so many great people there who don't subscribe to "left wing/right wing" bullsh*t, they just think for themselves. Not too many people are capable of that these days.
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Old 05-24-2009, 10:58 AM
 
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I agree with the Minneapolis suggestion.
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Old 05-24-2009, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Earth
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There's nowhere in AMERICA, liberal or conservative, without a prevalence of drugs.

Liberalism and conservatism have nothing to do with this. Perhaps this was true in the 1960s, but not today.
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Old 05-25-2009, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Traverse City, in northern Michigan. It's a very liberal and activist town, lots of arty and intellectual types. Very strong inter-generational continuity, with older and younger people freely mixing. Serious drug use is frowned upon by your liberal peers The few people who smoke pot generally do so in private. There is no 4-year college in the area, so it is not influenced much by transient students looking for a good time.

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