Portland, Chicago, or Austin?
August 20, 2010 9:58 AM Subscribe
Should I move to Portland, OR; Chicago, or Austin? Or somewhere I haven't thought of?
posted by anonymous to grab bag (43 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in a position to move somewhere that's a better fit for me than my current location in the urban Southwest. Here's what I'm looking for:
-Job market with decent employment rate. Openings in jobs that involve writing, editing, and/or social change.
-Literary and artistic culture. Innovative art scene.
-Music scene in which a rock/blues guitarist/drummer can make a living and network with other pro musos.
-Walking-friendly infrastructure, vegetarian-friendly restaurants.
Here are my concerns about each city:
-Portland: I have heard that heroin is readily available here. I successfully rid myself of a heroin habit about 5 years ago, and while the thought of relapse seems unlikely now, I don't want to tempt fate. Also, I do tend to get depressed when it's too gray and rainy. Are these concerns enough to mitigate the good qualities Portland has?
-Chicago: Same with Portland re: the weather, but even colder. On the plus side, I have family there.
-Austin: My main worry is that the music scene is too saturated there for me to find paying gigs. I'm not bound to one genre, though; I play country, blues, rock, experimental jazz, etc.
So, Hive Mind, I'd be grateful if you could share your experiences and suggestions to help me escape the literal and metaphorical desert.