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Old 04-07-2010, 10:06 PM
 
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HurricaneDC-No problem.

I love it when a bigger city has a smaller town feel. The twin cities are something I'm really looking into.

Edit: Also, are both cities kind of the same? So it's kind of like a coin toss when deciding Minneapolis or St. Paul or are they different from each other?
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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They are very different. St. Paul is more like an older Midwestern blue-collar city, while Minneapolis seems more like a Sunbelt city, except with lakes, nature, and a strong sense of community. The suburbs around Mpls have a reputation for being 'nicer' (more affluent), but the STP suburbs are safe and still very interesting. It's great having two very different cities within such close distance.
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:26 PM
 
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Just basing if off of what I've seen and the last post I think then Minneapolis is more my type of city.

I still can't get over how bike friendly it is.
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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That does sound great... I always find that the problem with a lot of nice small towns is that they're too small for me. I like the amenities of a big city, but I like the sense of community found in small towns.
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:42 PM
 
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Exactly, in a small town your stuck with great people but nothing to do.

Or, in a big city you have many things to do but crappy people.

It's great to have a little of both.
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Southwest Suburbs
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You should go for the Twin City area(Minneapolis). Chicago is cool with a big city American feel to it and tons of things to see, but its segregated residential by race than most and gang violence. Minneapolis is about as liberal as it gets in the Midwest and the area is way safer than Chicago. Minneapolis is not as diverse as Chicago, but its more integrated.
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:49 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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Another point going for the Twin Cities is that the city is that the area is actively pursuing light rail, commuter rail, and bus rapid transit expansions for the near future some of which will be in place once you graduate from college.
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Old 04-08-2010, 10:34 AM
 
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Another point going for the Twin Cities is that the city is that the area is actively pursuing light rail, commuter rail, and bus rapid transit expansions for the near future some of which will be in place once you graduate from college.
That would be amazing. As I would still be paying off student loans and working a lower wage job I think biking and the bus would be all the I could afford.

Do people still bike in the winters there?
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Old 04-08-2010, 05:02 PM
 
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If you don't mind a smaller city with diversity and pretty much everything else you are looking for, give Ithaca NY a look. It has 2 college campuses, a very underrated live music scene, a ballet, a great farmers market, good nightlife for it's size, is in the Finger Lakes region and is actually on Cayuga Lake. It's actually more of a smaller city with a big city feel and you are close to other bigger cities like Syracuse and Rochester.

Also in NY you can look at specific neighborhoods in the major Upstate NY cities like Elmwood Village/Delaware District, North Buffalo and Allentown in Buffalo, the Southeastern quarter of Rochester(especially Park Ave.), the Westcott/University/Meadowbrook areas of Syracuse Eastside and the Center Square neighborhood in Albany(especially Lark St.). They are all nice urban neighborhoods and are close to cultural offerings, sporting events, arts based events/institutions and public transportation.

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Old 04-08-2010, 06:38 PM
 
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I'd suggest Vermont. Burlington is a nice college town you might like. It's small enough geographically that you'd be able to get around without a car easily. Close to Montreal for when you want big city life.
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