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Old 08-22-2009, 08:49 PM
 
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Hi!

I am in the process of deciding where my next (and, hopefully, last) move should be to, and would like a bit of help from some more 'traveled' folks.

What I am looking for; a city or town that is (relatively) affordable, vegan friendly (farmer's markets, food coops, veg restaurants), dog/animal friendly, somewhat cultured - with a good selection of bookstores/libraries/schools/art galleries/fun & interesting things to do, and lots of open, green spaces, parks, and lakes.

I would like to live in a place that has great public transportation, is bike friendly, and has somewhat mild weather.

About me (as if you couldn't surmise from above): I am a visual artist almost 40, vegan, college educated, health conscious, active, and have a dog that I adore. Thanks, in advance; I look forward to your responses!
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Old 08-22-2009, 09:17 PM
 
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Philadelphia, PA
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Old 08-22-2009, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Triad, NC
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When I read your description Iowa City, IA automatically came to mind. I visited the city once before and being a college town it was a very open, clean and functional city. What impressed me the most about it is how healthy the people looked, it seemed like everybody was riding a bike or out on a jog. But the weather might not be to your liking due to harsh winters and storm filled summers. Another city that comes to mind is Portland, Oregon and probably has a climate you would like more.
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Old 08-23-2009, 07:27 PM
 
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Ithaca, NY fits pretty much everything you want, except for the weather during the winter. It's a beautiful area though and there is plenty of information on the area on different topics on this site.
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Old 08-23-2009, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Sanford, FL
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Carrboro, NC

A great quality of life, it's affordable, a very literate/well read town, vegan/vegetarian friendly, an excellent food coop, free public transportation (yes, free), bike friendly, pet friendly, an excellent public school system, bookstores, galleries, greenspace, small town vibe yet close to many bigger city amenities in Raleigh/Durham and a mild four season climate. It fulfills all of your criteria, check it out.

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Old 08-28-2009, 12:50 PM
 
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Default Thanks everyone!

Thank you for the great suggestions...I am going to do some homework, and pair down my choices...thanks again!
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Old 08-28-2009, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Portland is definitely a place you should look at.
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Old 08-28-2009, 01:19 PM
 
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Default Thanks...

Yeah, Portland is on my list!
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