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What urban adventure should I look into?

I have been reading up on walking around Los Angeles as an "urban thru-hike." What urban thru-hike/scavenger hunt would you recommend for your city or a city you've visited? [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame on Mar 11, 2014 - 11 answers

 

I have a $33,000 dream. Plus or minus 10K.

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 - 44 answers

Where can we both thrive?

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 - 18 answers

Seeking vivid descriptions of cities

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 - 30 answers

Another one of those where should we live questions- please help!

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 - 9 answers

Jobs Involving Cities, w/o math + grad school

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 - 15 answers

Where should I live?

Looking for a home in a gay marriage state. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Oct 14, 2013 - 50 answers

How is life in San Francisco different from life in New York City?

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 - 16 answers

Resources for the Prospective Urban Transplant

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 - 8 answers

Where should I consider moving?

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 - 27 answers

What's Baltimore like for a culinary enthusiast who is in her mid 50's?

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 - 46 answers

Experienced acupuncturist in the Twin Cities area?

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 - 2 answers

Should people work to end sister city relationships with Russia?

What is the value in pushing non-Russian cities to drop their sister/twin relationships with Russian cities to protest the anti-gay laws and attitudes in Russia? This article from Radio Free Europe offers a summery of the issue, "Sister Cities Ramp Up Russia Boycott Over Antigay Law". [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Jul 25, 2013 - 14 answers

Help with project? Please list fictional cities !

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 - 47 answers

Looking for pronunciations of US city names

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 - 8 answers

Looking for a list of relatively large but insignificant US cities

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 - 114 answers

City X has the largest Y population outside of country Y -- examples?

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 - 54 answers

"Safe" is so relative.

Best statistical resources for comparing crime by neighborhoods? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Jan 26, 2013 - 9 answers

Planet Earth-esque documentaries focusing on cities, etc.?

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 - 14 answers

Move along?

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 - 32 answers

like NYC, but not as expensive?

(looking for somewhere to live) Where is like New York, but not as expensive? [more inside]
posted by mirileh on Dec 18, 2012 - 28 answers

Which downtown Los Angeles skyscrapers can you easily go up in?

Which high-rises in downtown Los Angeles can you easily get to the top of (or pretty high up in)? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall on Nov 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Books about cities?

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 - 75 answers

A city where time stands still?

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 - 58 answers

What does a city with "female energy" look like?

What does a city with "female energy" look like? [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr on Jul 8, 2012 - 34 answers

Beantown

What are good examples of City/Country/Place nicknames that natives never use? [more inside]
posted by Betelgeuse on May 21, 2012 - 89 answers

Seeking model Animal Control Dept.

Is there any big city anywhere that has a really competent Animal Control Dept? [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Apr 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Sooner or later the grey is gonna get ya

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 - 26 answers

Introduce me via books to great modern cities

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 - 29 answers

What are examples of cities created by conglomeration?

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 - 57 answers

Documentaries/videos about cities, viewable free online?

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 - 6 answers

Traffic Lights

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 - 6 answers

Best cities for single men looking for a fresh start?

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 - 37 answers

Home is where...?

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 - 26 answers

Cities of longitude and latitude

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 - 36 answers

I need an awesome topic relating to maps/geometry!

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 - 7 answers

If you could live anywhere...

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 - 10 answers

What is Montreal's U.S. equivalent?

What is Montreal's US equivalent? [more inside]
posted by margoc19 on Dec 20, 2011 - 44 answers

An urbanist travels to London

What urbanist/transit/maps/architecture/local history-related attractions should I hit up in London? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Dec 11, 2011 - 20 answers

online resources to evaluate cities?

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 - 6 answers

the "tac" in sea-tac

what's it like to live in Tacoma WA? or any other nice small cities to live in? [more inside]
posted by genmonster on Sep 11, 2011 - 26 answers

Who owns sidewalk tree planters in New York City? The city, or the owners of the building the sidewalk abuts?

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 - 10 answers

Book of nighttime skylines please?

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 - 2 answers

Things to do in Barcelona when You're Dead

I need things to do in Barcelona [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist on Jul 11, 2011 - 20 answers

Where is the perfect weather?

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 - 27 answers

where to live in minneapolis

What's a good neighborhood in Minneapolis for post-college life in the Twin Cities? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Jun 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Learning to love Austin, TX

How do I learn to love where I live? (South Austin,TX) [more inside]
posted by raccoon409 on May 24, 2011 - 27 answers

Springtucky Derby

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 - 217 answers

Avenue then street, or vice-versa?

When you state an intersection in a city that has avenues and streets (or some other system where N-S is one set and E-W is another set), is there a convention for which you name first? In other words, how should people interpret something like "9th and 11th"? If there's a convention, is it universal? Or, does it vary from city to city? [more inside]
posted by secretseasons on Apr 9, 2011 - 22 answers

Hunting for office space

How would one go about finding unserviced office space to rent in major uk cities?
posted by nam3d on Apr 7, 2011 - 3 answers

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