Do you know of any funky, progressive towns or cities?
January 1, 2009 10:36 AM Subscribe
Help me identify progressive, funky towns and small cities in this Good Ol' U S of A.
posted by letahl to society & culture (81 answers total) 88 users marked this as a favorite
I'm thinking in a range of 5,000 to 100,000 for population, but can be more if the city is really cool and there is substantial space outside of it.
My ideal town/city...
IS PROGRESSIVE. That means some yogis, artists, and liberty-seekers. Hopefully racially diverse but not mandatory.
HAS PLENTIFUL FRESH FOOD AVAILABLE. Farmers markets and local butchers are our friends.
HAS GOOD SCENERY. Maybe mountains, maybe greenery, maybe cool desert views. Places to hike and get outdoors, road cycling is great too.
HAS A DECENT CULTURAL SCENE. With small galleries or museums, and probably will have good bars and music. Definitely has to have a few decent ethnic restaurants (Thai, Indian, Ethiopian, etc.).
HAS A COOL HISTORIC ELEMENT. Old buildings rock, and I like the vibe of some history.
ISN'T TOO DAMN CROWDED. I like to be able to move around, and drive without worrying about The Man and The Multitudes. Yeah, I don't know what that means exactly, but know when I'm in a big city I'm always glad to get out.
LOW-ISH CRIME RATE. I lived in an amazing place once but the crime rate was out of control. Couldn't hang. I like to be able to take a walk without worry about some crackhead pulling me into the bushes.
So far I've thought of Taos, Asheville, and Burlington. Are there others out there? Help me find them! Bonus points if they are roughly between Houston and D.C.