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New Hometown?

Where should I move? I'm finishing up grad school and searching for my first job. My intention has been (and is still) to settle in the Seattle area, but I'm curious about alternate suggestions, because it's good to have a Plan B. [more inside]
posted by sarabeth on Jan 27, 2009 - 21 answers


Do you know of any funky, progressive towns or cities?

Help me identify progressive, funky towns and small cities in this Good Ol' U S of A. [more inside]
posted by letahl on Jan 1, 2009 - 81 answers

Which website recommends neighborhoods in other cities based on your old neighborhood?

I once came across a website that recommends equivalent neighborhoods across cities. For example, if you asked for the San Francisco equivalent of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, it might recommend the Castro. Could someone point me to this website?
posted by espertus on Nov 15, 2008 - 3 answers

Exploring the "Dog Park" set.

Are "Dog Parks" a new indicator of urban gentrification? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms on Nov 13, 2008 - 13 answers

Relocating with an outdoor cat

What sortve cities/towns should I consider moving w/ my indoor/outdoor cat? A yard, trees, plants, and small animals to hunt required...and things for me to do as well. [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Aug 26, 2008 - 6 answers

Cities set to music

Searching for videos where there are city overviews set to music with vocals. [more inside]
posted by cashman on Jul 13, 2008 - 9 answers

Looking for novel-esque non-fiction books.

I love Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City. It's a non-fiction book about Chicago in 1893 which reads much like a novel. I'd like to read other books written in the same novel-esque style about some other cities or historic events. Know of any novel-like non-fiction reads?
posted by melodykramer on Jun 29, 2008 - 47 answers

Where can I get a comma or space-separated list of major U.S. cities?

Where can I get a comma or space-separated list of major U.S. cities? [more inside]
posted by bflora on Jun 28, 2008 - 5 answers

Urban areas flat as a pancake?

What are the flattest cities in the world? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Jun 16, 2008 - 42 answers

Simplicity: The big city - or the small town?

Simplicity means different things to different people. In general, do you think it is easier to live a simple life in the city - or the country? An urban environment - or a small town? Does anyone know of any studies done on how stress is raised - or lowered - by simple living in the city versus small town life?
posted by Gerard Sorme on Jun 10, 2008 - 12 answers

Smallish cities and ambition - can it happen?

Are there any small or medium sized cites that are producing a disproportionate number of famous, ambitious, or motivated people? [more inside]
posted by brandnew on May 29, 2008 - 53 answers

Help me find maps of the world's larger cities!

Help me find maps of the world's larger cities! [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on May 17, 2008 - 7 answers

Which books are most representative of each city?

What one book will allow others to gain the truest insight into the soul of each city or region [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 6, 2008 - 16 answers

They can't all be millionaires, right?

Something that's always confounded me about Manhattan and San Francisco in particular: Where do the middle-class families live? Suburbs, obviously, but surely there must be some that live in the city proper. But where?
posted by yalestar on May 5, 2008 - 31 answers

Tales of the (Asian) City?

Reading yesterday’s Tales of the City post, I got to wondering: are there any books set in Southeast Asian locations that “sell” their settings the way Tales of the City does for San Francisco, or The Number One Ladies Detective Agency does for Botswana? [more inside]
posted by micketymoc on May 4, 2008 - 7 answers

Where should I holiday?

I need a vacation spot. [more inside]
posted by BradNelson on Mar 19, 2008 - 7 answers

Cities built over older cities?

Where can I learn about cities that are built over older cities? I'm more interested in the older cities and what those ruins can teach us. [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe on Feb 26, 2008 - 15 answers

Steer me to your nearest "bad neighborhood"...

What is the "bad part of town" for your nearest metropolitan area... and what's the name of the most notoriously "bad" neighborhood(s) in that part of town? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Feb 14, 2008 - 173 answers

Self sustaining cities

What potential or existing strategies are there for developing large urban economies without relying on international investment, transnational corporations, etc.? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard on Jan 30, 2008 - 12 answers

Exploring alternatives to San Francisco?

I like living in San Francisco, but I'm considering a move in the next few years. Can the hive mind recommend smaller cities with a similar vibe for me to explore? [more inside]
posted by quadog on Jan 2, 2008 - 44 answers

Help me decide where to live, worldwide

If you could move to any place in the world where would you go to and why? [more inside]
posted by uk_giffo on Jan 2, 2008 - 42 answers

What are the names of some fictional cities?

I'll phrase this as succinctly as I can - I'm looking for fictional US cities featured in comic books. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Dec 28, 2007 - 41 answers

More like St. Smellmo

Do you know a derogatory nickname for a town or city? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Dec 17, 2007 - 198 answers

Urban & Farm-friendly

Looking for some cool cities with close proximity to agricultural work... [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Nov 29, 2007 - 19 answers

How will information & communication technologies change urban development?

Transportation systems have always dictated the form of cities and places. How does the advent of modern information & communication technology change this? [more inside]
posted by andrewmarc on Nov 11, 2007 - 7 answers

Limits to growth?

If cities (or the pressure on city services) grow faster than the wealth held by individuals grows, how does the bottom not fall out given that municipal growth is largely funded by taxes? [more inside]
posted by regicide is good for you on Oct 22, 2007 - 34 answers

Abandoned ferry visible from the NJ Turnpike?

Is that an old, abandoned ferry in the Arthur Kill? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Oct 8, 2007 - 12 answers

think globally, exchange ideas locally

What cities around the world are considered global crossroads where ideas are exchanged? [more inside]
posted by hazel on Jun 24, 2007 - 23 answers

Do people stick around?

"80% of people grow up to live within a 20 mile radius of where they were born." Is this true? [more inside]
posted by LakesideOrion on Jun 14, 2007 - 27 answers

Life in the Quad Cities?

We are semi-retired and live (and grew up) in Chicago. I went to college in a little river town along the Mississippi in Iowa and we're now thinking about moving to the Quad Cities as we are sick of the density, smog and crime in Chicago and long for slower, more peaceful days. There are some great running trails and fantastic old homes in Iowa in the Historic District, near the River, which appeal to us very much, but I'm worried about the lack of top notch hospitals/doctors and the fact that Iowa taxes both out of state pensions and Social Security. Any thoughts on the benefits or lack of same of the Quads? My husband and I both have some health problems but not immediate ones . Our specialists are in Chicago but I hate to think that we will not be able to enjoy the rest of our lives (we are 63 and 64) waiting for the Grim Reaper or trip to the ER. Thanks for any help.
posted by Tullyogallaghan on Jun 13, 2007 - 10 answers

offbeat ipod walking tours

I know there's "walking tour" audio you can buy for your ipod for major cities, but there must be quirky audio tourguides for offbeat neighborhood tours (that are free). I'm thinking, like in NYC, a guide to scenes from Woody Allen movies. What's the word for these walking guide audios, and where are some good ones for NYC, Philly, and Baltimore/DC?
posted by luser on Apr 4, 2007 - 9 answers

MeFi US Tour '07

MixCDFilter: I need songs that have names of american cities or states in the title. Would prefer cities though. [more inside]
posted by ShawnString on Mar 15, 2007 - 90 answers

Help me find a pedestrian friendly home!

Is there a city with an awesome public transportation system that won't break the bank? [more inside]
posted by english lit.ter bug on Mar 4, 2007 - 40 answers

sister cities?

What is the point of "sister cities"? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Jan 29, 2007 - 17 answers

How do I find my best place to live?

Help me figure out how find my perfect place to live: someplace temperate to warm, with a low cost of living and a growing population and economy [more inside]
posted by objdoc on Dec 12, 2006 - 35 answers

Info on Mass car insurance rates by town?

When I moved from one town in Mass to another 4 years ago the rate DOUBLED. I can't move back there (commuting) but I'm looking for a town by town comparison. Googled it, Groups too, maybe too deep down, maybe queries were weak. Where if anywhere can I find this info? [more inside]
posted by Grand Wahzoo on Nov 3, 2006 - 10 answers

List of cities by country?

I am looking for a comprehensive list of cities by country, that can be uploaded to a database. The list needs to show the local name for the city, and if it showed the English version too that would be good, but not essential. I am able to pay if required, though obviously would prefer not to. [more inside]
posted by chill on Oct 10, 2006 - 5 answers

Huge Chinese industrial cities: which to visit to get a feel for Chinese urban life?

I live in Beijing. I want to take a 3-day solo trip to another Chinese city to get a feel for how the majority of urban Chinese live--outside of Beijing/Shanghai/Shenzhen. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by jbb7 on Oct 9, 2006 - 16 answers

Never a city so real?

Which video games have the most realistic depictions of real-life environments? [more inside]
posted by Gortuk on Sep 10, 2006 - 16 answers

Words for where you're from

LanguageFilter: Cypriot. Cairene. Dubliner. These are beautiful, and I'd like more. Name some favourite or exotic words denoting city of origin or residence. And what is the word for this type of word? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard on Aug 8, 2006 - 76 answers

Don't Follow Me; I'm Lost

What is the most independent-minded city in the US? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Jun 23, 2006 - 37 answers

It's a small, small world...

If you had $1600 USD/mo in after-tax income, absolutely no debt, $15K (US) in savings, and a job that allowed you to work from anywhere in the world with a net connection, where would you live? [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean on Jun 17, 2006 - 54 answers

Help us leave Texas behind

Help my wife and I find a city to live in. We have an opportunity to spend three or four days in another city to get the feel of it and would like recommendations on where we should go. [more inside]
posted by yangwar on Apr 27, 2006 - 24 answers

Why is it more expensive to live in a city?

Why is it more expensive to live in a city? Is it simply supply and demand? Bonus points for relevant references and data.
posted by koenie on Apr 26, 2006 - 19 answers

Is living in NYC environmentally superior to the suburbs?

Is living in New York City more environmentally sensitive than living in the suburbs? [more inside]
posted by logovisual on Apr 24, 2006 - 18 answers

Understanding Hong Kong

Resources on cultural ideas/identities/images of Hong Kong. Not for travel, for a kind of research. What City of Quartz does for LA, what Maximum City does for Mumbai. What does that for HK? [more inside]
posted by cloudscratcher on Mar 19, 2006 - 1 answer

Comfy Climates: Relocation for an Eczema Sufferer

I have had eczema all my life, but it has never been as bad as when I’ve lived in Boston, where I live now. I’m appealing to a small subgroup of people on this site, but I’m hoping I can appeal to people with sensitive skin and eczema who live in some of the places where I’m considering moving [more inside]
posted by abbyladybug on Mar 13, 2006 - 27 answers

Cleaning up the dirty city

Why are some cities dirtier than others? What tactics can a dirty city learn from clean cities, to keep their streets free of litter? [more inside]
posted by edverb on Mar 5, 2006 - 14 answers

Life in Houston.

A dear friend of mine (female, single, Italian, outgoing, mid-30's) has been offered an excellent job in Houston. She has only visited the city twice, for business, and she's wondering if she'll adapt well. More inside.
posted by matteo on Mar 3, 2006 - 40 answers

How long do the rails in a subway last?

TrainFilter: How long do subway rails last? Given the heavy pounding and near constant use that subway rails undergo, how long do they last? Are they simply replaced when I'm not looking? [more inside]
posted by generichuman on Jan 3, 2006 - 19 answers

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