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Old 01-25-2012, 07:00 PM
 
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My partner and I are considering moving to several different cities in the Northeast. We are planning to take a trip, but unfortunately we won't have very much time in each city, so we want to make the most of making sure we see the right things to decide if the city fits us.

We would appreciate any advice people could give about what are the important areas or places to see in Providence, not as tourists but as people thinking about moving there.

Some info about us..

We are a lesbian couple, late 20's, both with MA degrees but both thinking about new careers (her library science, me public policy/ women's/LGBT nonprofit work)
We don't have and aren't planning on kids for awhile, so we're not worried about available schools, etc.
We like living in the city rather than the outskirts/suburbs - being able to walk to stores, etc. would be ideal
We can handle cold weather and snow
We like outdoor opportunities to go hiking, biking, canoeing, etc.
We are looking to rent a 1-2 bedroom apartment or small house, probably can't afford anything over $1000/month - are there nice neighborhoods in the city for this rate?
We have a 50-pound dog so specific neighborhoods that might be more dog-friendly are welcome

We'd like to get a feel for the culture of the city - where do young professionals hang out? What are the most popular areas in town that locals return to, that are worth seeing before we decide? What are the social "hubs" of the city?
Are there any major dislikes you have about living there? Anything we should see firsthand that might make us NOT want to live there?

Basically, we don't want to drive around aimlessly once we get in town.. but we also don't want to follow a tourist guidebook because that doesn't give the same feel as actually living there.

I have and will be reading older threads to get information as well, but any new advice would be awesome. Thanks!
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:29 AM
 
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My partner and I are considering moving to several different cities in the Northeast. We are planning to take a trip, but unfortunately we won't have very much time in each city, so we want to make the most of making sure we see the right things to decide if the city fits us.

We would appreciate any advice people could give about what are the important areas or places to see in Providence, not as tourists but as people thinking about moving there.

Some info about us..

We are a lesbian couple, late 20's, both with MA degrees but both thinking about new careers (her library science, me public policy/ women's/LGBT nonprofit work)
We don't have and aren't planning on kids for awhile, so we're not worried about available schools, etc.
We like living in the city rather than the outskirts/suburbs - being able to walk to stores, etc. would be ideal
We can handle cold weather and snow
We like outdoor opportunities to go hiking, biking, canoeing, etc.
We are looking to rent a 1-2 bedroom apartment or small house, probably can't afford anything over $1000/month - are there nice neighborhoods in the city for this rate?
We have a 50-pound dog so specific neighborhoods that might be more dog-friendly are welcome

We'd like to get a feel for the culture of the city - where do young professionals hang out? What are the most popular areas in town that locals return to, that are worth seeing before we decide? What are the social "hubs" of the city?
Are there any major dislikes you have about living there? Anything we should see firsthand that might make us NOT want to live there?

Basically, we don't want to drive around aimlessly once we get in town.. but we also don't want to follow a tourist guidebook because that doesn't give the same feel as actually living there.

I have and will be reading older threads to get information as well, but any new advice would be awesome. Thanks!

As a frame of reference, please tell us where you are coming from, and where have you lived that you liked the best. One item on your list that will be a problem is renting with a 50 lb. dog (breed matters too), in most decent apartment complexes or private multi family dwellings. A good 2 BR apt will be in the $1000 to $1300 rent range plus a monthly fee for the pet.
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:38 PM
 
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The city is small enough that you can sight-see a lot without spending too much time here. Since your budget is limited, I wouldn't spend too much time in the Boston area. If you are looking to relocate because you prefer a more progressive area, then Providence might be just right for you.
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Old 02-06-2012, 09:11 AM
 
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Default try this.

on the weekendsm go to elmwood ave & broad st, you will get the flavor you seek,lol.
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