Spartan, tech-oriented, late-twentyish couple seeks relocation!
July 29, 2010 8:06 PM Subscribe
Spartan, tech-oriented, late-twentyish couple seeks relocation! Where should we move?
posted by theraflu to travel & transportation (41 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
We're become increasingly disgusted with the area in which we both grew up and have decided to bite the bullet and move away for the first time. In our large Midwestern town, we're really sick of:
-the complete and utter lack of public transportation - we'd like to give up the car completely and live somewhere that this is normal
-the lack of quality apartment space - options here consist of renting an absolute dump or buying a house
-the lack of a vibrant web community - one of us is a career-focused designer, so telecommute is okay but definitely not as easy to arrange
-being hours away from the nearest popular music venue
-big box stores, chain restaurants and the absence of healthy food options ("wtf is a Whole Foods?")
-the nonexistence of single/childfree/alt twenty and thirty-somethings - it would be great to know a few people who didn't settle down at 19!
-blatant racism and intolerance (we've got a KKK group nearby, not to mention the ever-present tea party, and they're not ignored)
I know that a lot of cities could pass our dealbreakers. NYC seems scary-huge, while SoCal seems scary-expensive. Austin and Portland/Seattle appear to see a glut of people our age from this neck of the woods (this could just be confirmation bias on my part) so I worry it would be tough to find work. I see Madison recommended here fairly often, but I think it's too small for us. We're interested in the Twin Cities, but reluctant to move to yet another flyover state. FWIW, we lived in north London for a few weeks and absolutely fell in love with it - the markets with fresh food, the great public transport network, the music venues right down our street and the vibe of the city.
Again, we're late-twenties - no kids or houses or interest in either, indoorsy by nature and don't mind all four seasons. A good nerd community would be lovely (where do the Metafilterians congregate?). Though one of us is a techie, the other is a liberal arts major who hasn't been able to find a great gig yet - so that'll rule out places with an insanely high cost of living or unemployment rate.
What cities/boroughs would be suitable for us? If you can recommend a city, you should recommend an area of that city too! If you can't, do tell us where we absolutely shouldn't live!