What neighborhoods or towns in the metro areas of NYC, DC, Toronto, Vancouver, SF, Seattle, and Portland are similar to Somerville, MA (north of Boston)? [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit
on Jul 11, 2014 -
I'm traveling and I'd like to find an old, charming city somewhere outside the US (probably Europe) to settle down in, at least for a little while. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by archagon
on May 22, 2014 -
I'd like to buy a home in a very cheap place that still has culture--local, regional, and national music. Museums, public attractions, parks. Bike friendly and/or walkable and/or good public transportation system. Great natural attractions nearby--hiking, rafting, kayaking, swimming, climbing, caving, hunting, fishing. Where is this possible? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill
on Mar 4, 2014 -
My sweetie and I live where we're both finishing grad school, and are having a hard time figuring out where we could move in ~6 months that we would both be happy and employed. He works in applied statistics, I'm a forest ecologist. Wall o' text inside. [more inside]
posted by momus_window
on Feb 8, 2014 -
I'm looking for vivid written description of cities (real or fictional) that are especially accurate or perceptive. Interested in any written (i.e. passages from books, magazines, possibly song lyrics; not looking for videos) description . I'm more interested in descriptions that capture the "feel" of a city, as oppose to something clinical or factual. Especially looking for passages where the author has strong emotions (positive or otherwise) about the city in question. Length-wise, anything from a few sentences to a few paragraphs. Thanks AskMefi!
posted by dragonfruit
on Dec 31, 2013 -
Please help me find a new love now that I have to move on- love of place. [more inside]
posted by cacao
on Dec 14, 2013 -
I love cities, I love walking around in them, I love learning about them, and I would like to make a career out of this. Caveats: I do not want to deal with math/science, and I would really rather not go to grad school. [more inside]
posted by facehugger
on Nov 4, 2013 -
I'm a late 20's native New Yorker - grew up in Brooklyn and lived in Manhattan and Brooklyn for most of my life. I've lived in San Diego for the past year. Lovely place, but it's not for me. Got a job offer in San Francisco and I'm excited and ready to make the move. I've always loved my visits to San Francisco and its walkability, culture, food, shopping, and diversity have always made it comparable to New York in my mind. I love New York, but I don't want to move to San Francisco expecting it will be just like living in New York. I've already noticed some big differences that I embrace (and some I dislike.) People who have lived in both cities (especially as a young person): what are some of the differences you found between life in New York and life in San Francisco? Thanks!
posted by blackcatcuriouser
on Oct 8, 2013 -
My wife is from a large urban area and is missing that lifestyle. I am a hayseed. I have visited cities and enjoyed them, and enjoy urbanism as a field of interest and study... But what are some resources for this transition? Blogs, books, articles, I'm open to anything.
posted by sonic meat machine
on Sep 2, 2013 -
I've been living in Brooklyn for 5 years now, and feeling the associated pains of longterm city life. Some stuff has gone on in my professional life recently that has got me wondering if I would enjoy living somewhere else. And being in my late twenties with all of my peers getting married and having kids, life change is all around me and I feel like I'm standing still. Can you guys help me brainstorm about where I might want to live? [more inside]
posted by thirdletter
on Aug 9, 2013 -
My husband and I are looking for a hip, progressive, ethnically mixed city that is not over-priced yet. We have lived in nyc, Miami and La and have been priced out of all these markets with the overpriced housing. Considering Baltimore as I heard its not completely off the charts housing wise.
I am a chef and teach cooking classes and he is in the renewable energy business and we work for ourselves.
Both of us like good food, outdoors stuff like biking and hiking and enjoy a liberal atmosphere.
Are we dreaming or might Baltimore be a good fit?
posted by privatechef
on Aug 8, 2013 -
I'm looking for a very experienced, highly skilled acupuncturist in the Twin Cities. My yelping and Googling is turning up lots of folks with 2-6 years of experience. Anyone have a recommendation? Sleep issues in particular, but looking for a strong recommendation in general. Thanks.
posted by airguitar2
on Aug 3, 2013 -
For a project I'm currently working on as part of my graduation in Graphic Design, I wanted to compile something like an atlas of fictional cities. These may be from books, legends, stories, video games, advertisements, comics, really whatever... Even "real" cities but alternate versions, imagined or in some way deviate from their real counterpart are valid. [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93
on May 18, 2013 -
I'm looking for a source - either paid or free - that can provide pronunciations of US city names. [more inside]
posted by zorm
on May 7, 2013 -
I'm looking for a list of US cities, preferably one per state, that are largely unimportant but have a high population:interestingness ratio - I'm from Illinois, where Peoria or Rockford come to mind. Think cities which are so uninteresting that it's funny.
posted by LSK
on Mar 14, 2013 -
I've heard that DC
has the largest Ethiopian population of Ethiopia, and an answer to this question
mentions that Staten Island has the largest Sri Lankan population outside of Sri Lanka.
What are some other examples of a city/state having the largest population of a particular group outside of that group's native country/region?
posted by hefeweizen
on Feb 13, 2013 -
I love Planet Earth, Life, and other documentaries that David Attenborough is associated with -- as much for the educational value as for the beautiful cinematography and show-not-tell approach. They're works of art in and of themselves. Are there any documentaries in a similar vein that focus on cities, architecture, landmarks, and other human creations? For example, it would be incredible to explore Tokyo through the same lens!
posted by archagon
on Jan 3, 2013 -
So you survived your 20's, and part of it involved moving to a new city where you didn't know anyone. Recommended? [more inside]
posted by windbox
on Dec 29, 2012 -
Can you name me some books that are somehow about the city where they take place? [more inside]
posted by hoyland
on Oct 21, 2012 -
FictionFilter: I was going to use a fictional city, but decided to opt for realism. What is the most white bread, vanilla, time-stands-still city in the United States? I'm thinking 1958 in 2012. I know that is 'literally' impossible, but as close as you can come. [more inside]
posted by Gerard Sorme
on Aug 28, 2012 -
Is there any big city anywhere that has a really competent Animal Control Dept? [more inside]
posted by mmiddle
on Apr 9, 2012 -
If I could live anywhere in North America, where would it be? Given what I'm about to tell y'all about myself, what cities should I consider if I wanted to live somewhere else? [more inside]
posted by cgg
on Apr 6, 2012 -
Which books (fiction or non-fiction) gives a stranger the best impression of what it's genuinely like to live in New York, London, Berlin and Tokyo in modern times? [more inside]
posted by Kirn
on Mar 26, 2012 -
E pluribus una (urbs): Out of many cities, one. Examples of cities that at some point were two or more independent cities? [more inside]
posted by languagehat
on Mar 16, 2012 -
Know of any interesting documentaries (or other sorts of videos) about cities freely available to watch online? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall
on Mar 9, 2012 -
Why are traffic lights in New Jersey horizontal in many cities and vertical in the suburbs? [more inside]
posted by daninnj
on Feb 23, 2012 -
Where is the best city for a single male software developer to start over? (Excluding DC, which is where I am now) [more inside]
posted by villafoyager
on Feb 8, 2012 -
My husband and I will be leaving our current town in about a year and a half, and we’re starting to think about where we might like to go next. We have several requirements (explained inside), and I’ll probably be posting questions about this more than once! We are thinking about taking a couple of weeks to explore some cities in California this spring or summer, and I’m hoping some of you can suggest some California towns that might be a good fit for us so we can start planning the exploratory trip. [more inside]
posted by hansbrough
on Feb 1, 2012 -
What major cities have grids laid out on the North/South axis? Are there advantages or reasons for this? [more inside]
posted by minkll
on Jan 21, 2012 -
I'm looking for an awesome video/discussion topic that relates to street maps - something appropriate for a HS geometry course. [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh
on Jan 3, 2012 -
I'm sick of Oklahoma, sick of cold and snow, sick of everything to do with this place. I want out of the state, but cant' decide where to go next. Over the last few years I've lived in San Diego, Orlando, Cocoa Beach, the Chicago area, Tulsa Ok, and originally the Phoenix area. Most of my moves have been prompted by having a friend with a couch willing to pick me up from the Greyhound station, but this time I'd like to go somewhere completely new and for the first time truly start over on my own. [more inside]
posted by myShanon
on Dec 29, 2011 -
What urbanist/transit/maps/architecture/local history-related attractions should I hit up in London? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque
on Dec 11, 2011 -
I'm looking for online resources to evaluate American cities. I have seen theatlanticcities.com, what other well-done sites are there where I can go in and put in "Bozeman" or "Amarillo" or "Augusta" and get cost-of-living, demographic and housing information, and other city facts? Extra points if there is some kind of side-by-side comparisonator.
posted by cashman
on Oct 5, 2011 -
Who owns sidewalk tree planters in New York City? The city, or the owners of the building the sidewalk abuts? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit
on Aug 16, 2011 -
Is there a comprehensive book of photographs of the nighttime skylines of either major US cities or major world cities?
posted by jitterbug perfume
on Jul 13, 2011 -
What US place has the best 4-season weather? Qualifications: snow in the winter but not super cold or super overcast; real springs and falls; and a warm (not usually going over 90 degrees), NON-HUMID summer.
posted by yarly
on Jul 1, 2011 -
I'm trying to gather a list of regional pejoratives for cities and suburbs. Like here in Oregon USA, we refer to Springfield as "Springtucky," and Clackamas as "Clackansas". In Denver they call Aurora "Saudi Aurora" or "Guadalaurora". "Spocompton" is a common epithet for Spokane, WA. [more inside]
posted by yalestar
on Apr 18, 2011 -