I have read Jane Jacobs, but what I'm looking for is a lot more detail... every time I travel, I wonder: how does this city work? What do people do? How do they organize themselves? I'm looking for books which answer these questions (an example of a book that is closer is City of Quartz, though still fairly high level). My holy grail is the unpublished book Lagos: How it Works. I realize this is fairly specific so anything coming close is certainly welcome...
So I've got this round the world ticket. And I've got a little over 3 weeks to use it. So I want to see as much as I can in the time. But I don't want to blow through places that clearly deserve more time to see. I did that in Vienna and regretted it. So what are the best cities in the world to see for just limited times. As in, VERY worth seeing but spending MORE than two days seems excessive.
Help me find unusual and sublime experiences that others might not think of as 'things to do'. [more inside]
I've lived in New York City for many years and am ready to move somewhere else. I haven't traveled that widely within the US though, so I suspect I'm unfamiliar with a lot of cities that might be wonderful places to live but not obvious vacation destinations. I'd love to hear from people - particularly people who have liked living in NYC - who are happy where they live and why! [more inside]
What cities should I be considering for my job search/living in as an LGB tech geek considering my other criteria inside? [more inside]
I'm interviewing for a new job that's based in Columbus, OH and I things work out I'd have to move ASAP. What are some affordable, vibrant neighborhoods to move to? Details inside. [more inside]
Boyfriend and I have been together nearly a year, living together for 7 months. He has a fantastic job opportunity in a small town on the other side of the state and has asked me to move with him. I'm not totally opposed to the idea but not completely on board and excited either. Help me figure out the best way to approach this! [more inside]
I'm looking for writing that envisions cities designed from the ground up, for the modern day, ignoring all the urban planning assumptions that have persisted for centuries. [more inside]
I'd like to get your recommendations for literature, research, etc.- academic and otherwise- on behavioral change. [more inside]
What, if any, Canadian (or easily moveable-to, for a Canadian citizen) cities/towns/communities meet the following criteria? [more inside]
Back when I worked at a college bookstore, I was lucky enough to pick up the first collection of Fruits postcards, depicting amazingly eclectic and inspiring street fashion in Japan. Shoichi Aoki's photos have been above my living-room couch for the past 10 years. The question: Are there any other street-fashion or similar world-culture postcard sets like this you'd recommend? [more inside]
We are looking for a small city without cold winters that has a large body of water - no inland towns for us- and is vibrant, cultured and intelligent. We have lived in LA, NY and Miami and are now in Durham, Nc - finding it too woodsy and land locked and way to hot in the summer here. We both work and are in our early sixties.
I want to move to a warmer (or even hot) city in USA. I tried living in Austin Tx, but it was chilly sometimes in the winter. Help me find a city that suits my snowflake details inside. [more inside]
What USA cities are not being gentrified? Or is this a nationwide/worldwide thing and thus a nonsensical question? If it is nonsensical, when can we say this idea was rendered such?
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
As a 40-year old New Yorker looking to relocate, which would be best: Nashville, Raleigh, Charleston, Athens, Savannah...? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
65, need to find home. Where to live next? [more inside]
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?
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?
We are moving to Colorado, primarily for extended family closeness reasons. Tell us about your favorite Colorado towns and cities! [more inside]
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]
Where can I find statistics of black officers who have used lethal force against black people.
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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!
Please help me find a new love now that I have to move on- love of place. [more inside]
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]
Looking for a home in a gay marriage state. [more inside]
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!
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.
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]
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?
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.
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]
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]