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Tell me all about renting in Denver!

I'm moving to Denver in a few months, and am looking for a two-bedroom apartment near light rail. I would love any tips on the Denver rental market. [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Nov 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Two Weeks in Spain, how to divide up the time between cities?

We're going to Spain for two weeks in January. I've been told Barcelona is very fun and Madrid is dull but has great museums. How many days should we devote to each city? We like fine food, queer events, second hand clothes shopping, fancy bars, historical sites, and things you don't need a car to see. Would love to go out into the countryside if we can on public transportation. Is there a great reason to stay in Bracelona and just day trip to Madrid? Or vice versa? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Nov 20, 2015 - 24 answers

What have you done to evaluate a city for a potential move?

Within the span of a single visit, what are the best methods for figuring out if a new city would be a good fit for you? [more inside]
posted by yukonho on Oct 6, 2015 - 25 answers

Why have big cities gotten rich and rural/industrial areas gotten poor?

Everybody knows that New York and London have both seen a big reduction in crimes and an even bigger increase in property values over the past 20 years. Moscow, too. At the same time, formerly prosperous industrial and suburban areas have gotten poorer (and, as evidenced by right-wing populism, angrier). But the one that surprised me was Copenhagen vs. the rest of Denmark, as outlined by mumimor. [more inside]
posted by clawsoon on Sep 24, 2015 - 24 answers

Where might I enjoy living?

Having recently graduated college, I’m toying with the idea of moving. While I’m mostly content with living in my current city for now, part of me wonders if there isn’t someplace out there that might be a better fit. So I come to you looking for suggestions! [more inside]
posted by Malleable on Sep 13, 2015 - 13 answers

Where should I move: Nashville, Raleigh, Charleston, or...?

As a 40-year old New Yorker looking to relocate, which would be best: Nashville, Raleigh, Charleston, Athens, Savannah...? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Sep 7, 2015 - 25 answers

Europe-filter: Finding somewhere to settle down at 30

I've moved towns seven times in three years and I'm tired of it! I'd like to settle down in a place, make a life there - build a community, make friends, form relationships, get involved in things and become a genuine part of a community rather than just a transient person moving from town to town because of an overheated, insecure housing market. I'm currently based in the UK and looking at the UK and the rest of the EU only. [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Sep 3, 2015 - 31 answers

What are good local music towns in the southeastern US?

My husband and I have lived in the northeast our whole lives and are ready to move somewhere south of this area without going too far west. We are quiet musician/tech types in our early 30s. Neither of us has traveled much through the southeastern US and, while I am aware of a couple places that might fit what we're looking for, I'm hoping people here can give more ideas for places we should consider. [more inside]
posted by bananana on Aug 6, 2015 - 18 answers

Can you help me find a cheap, happy place to escape to for August?

I currently live in Brooklyn, but I'm headed to Vancouver for grad school in the fall. I have a few part-time freelance writing gigs that I can take with me, so I thought I could leave my higher-paying job in NYC, satisfy my wanderlust, and get out of the city for August. I could go anywhere, with relatively cheap flights/rent and wifi-access. But where should I go? [more inside]
posted by lightgray on Jul 12, 2015 - 13 answers

Least sprawling cities

Where in the US would you live if you wanted to live in an urban environment while maximizing your access to rural or wilderness areas? [more inside]
posted by enn on Jul 12, 2015 - 33 answers

What are some audio resources on gentrification and new urbanism?

I'm interesting in better understanding the roots of gentrification (on both a historical level and a systemic level) and what some of the ways that new urbanists, activists, community groups and city planners are working to make cities and small towns more equitable. I know its much more complex than "rich people move in and push the poor out." [more inside]
posted by minicloud on Apr 2, 2015 - 9 answers

Tech friendly cities?

What are some cities / metro areas in the U.S. with a fair amount of software and tech companies besides the Bay Area, Seattle, and NYC? I'm looking more for lesser known hubs or places where there is a growing presence, cities that I may have not considered. Where are the jobs in 2015 and where will they be in ten years? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Feb 27, 2015 - 34 answers

Where to live next?

65, need to find home. Where to live next? [more inside]
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Jan 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Name that patch of ground I took a picture of!

I took these pictures last winter during two commercial airline flights -- one from Boston to Detroit, and the other from Phoenix to Detroit. There are a lot of landscapes I'd like to identify geographically. Can you help me fill in the blanks more specifically?
posted by not_on_display on Dec 19, 2014 - 15 answers

What is this website about lesser-known cities?

I remember recently reading a website that highlighted smaller/lesser-known American cities and talked about why they were great places to live, as an alternative to trendy cities like Austin, Asheville, etc. The article I remember reading was about a town in Texas that had beautiful architecture, complete with lots of photos. I thought it was called something like "you should live here" or "you should move here", but those aren't turning up any Google hits. Does anyone know what this might have been?
posted by capricorn on Oct 14, 2014 - 9 answers

Help us choose a Colorado home

We are moving to Colorado, primarily for extended family closeness reasons. Tell us about your favorite Colorado towns and cities! [more inside]
posted by donnagirl on Oct 14, 2014 - 11 answers

Big city vs. smaller city

I currently live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and I'm considering moving to a larger city, most likely Chicago. What are the differences between living in a smaller city and a larger city? [more inside]
posted by rikhei on Oct 3, 2014 - 10 answers

Black people killed by black cops?

Where can I find statistics of black officers who have used lethal force against black people.
posted by CollectiveMind on Aug 20, 2014 - 4 answers

What are the best cities in the world for walking, arting, and eating?

My husband and I have realized that our ideal form of travel is to get an apartment in another city for a week or two and spend the entire time walking around the city, eating, and visiting museums. What are the best cities in the world we can do this in where we can also get around speaking English, Spanish, or German? [more inside]
posted by EmilyFlew on Aug 19, 2014 - 74 answers

What are some examples of cities that were founded in illogical places?

I know that most cities have a reason for being where they are(near a river, natural harbor etc) but I'm curious about cities that are actually in poorly chosen locations or make no sense at all. I'm sure several of the southwest cities may meet this bill but also curious about global cities too.
posted by aleatorictelevision on Jul 27, 2014 - 30 answers

Finding other Somervilles in North America

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 - 24 answers

Looking for an old, charming expat city in (maybe) Europe.

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 - 22 answers

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


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

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