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Places If you HAD to relocate ...

gonzo

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...anywhere in the world, which cities would be at the top of your list?

For the purpose of this thread, please don't factor-in:
-Whether you know anyone in the city
-Any language barriers
-Any racial preferences (just in case)

Please list 10 cities (or as many as you like)....thanks.


Mine:
-Paris
-Tokyo
-New York
-Sydney
-Rio
-Milan
-Madrid
-Cape Town
-San Francisco
-Singapore
 

CJC

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Mine:

New York
Boston
Paris
Barcelona
Buenos Aires
Vancouver
London
Fortaleza, Brazil
Hong Kong
Kyoto
 

The One

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Hmmm.....

Victoria BC
Inverness
Curitiba Brazil
Maputo Moz.
Singapore
Lisbon
San Francisco
Hobart
Dublin
Casablanca
 

Richmond Jake

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Santa Barbara CA
Carmel CA
Pacific Grove CA
Sausalito CA
Tiburon CA
Belvedere CA
Bolinas CA
Mill Valley CA
St. Helena CA
Calistoga CA
 

dandy_warhol

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1. London
2. NYC
3. Cannes
4. Venice
5. Tokyo
6. Cape Town
7. Sydney
8. Grundlsee, Austria
9. Copenhagen
10. NOLA
 

Tide

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  1. Hamburg, Germany
  2. Portland, OR
  3. Seattle, WA
  4. Columbus, OH
  5. Vancouver, BC
  6. Georgetown, D.C.
  7. Savanna, GA
  8. San Fransisco, CA
  9. Maui, HI
  10. Back to NJ
 

cch

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In no particular order:

Madison, WI
Savanna, GA
Charleston, SC
Portland, OR
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA
Chicago, IL
Boulder, CO
Jackson Hole, WY
Seattle, WA
Honolulu, HI
 

hilldweller

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1. Amsterdam
2. Berlin
3. Boston
4. NYC
5. SF
6. Chicago
7. DC
8. Philadelphia
9. Toronto
10. Providence, RI
 

luckless pedestrian

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RJ, a little homesick are we? ;-)

my list, though they aren't strictly cities:

San Francisco
Medocino, California
St. Paul, MN (no, really, I love it there)
Montreal, near McGill
London, in the neighborhood near the botanic garden
Bath, England
any town in the Cotswolds, England
Kyoto, Japan
Florence, Italy, near Lake Como
here, in Bar Harbor, but on the western bay
 

Gedunker

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Copenhagen
Oslo
Stockholm
St. Petersburg
Riga
Glasgow
Dublin
Barcelona
Edinburgh
Portland
 

Mud Princess

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I can't limit this to cities, either... and my international travel experiences have been extremely limited! That said, I came up with:

Portland, ME
Seattle, WA
Bar Harbor, ME
Burlington, VT
Keene Valley, NY
Ullapool, Scotland

In the past, we actively considered relocating to some of these places... but we're staying put for now.
 

Bubba

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Off the top of my head:

Savannah, GA (historic downtown)
Charleston, SC (The Battery)
Dublin
London
NYC
Somewhere along the Cote d’Azur
Somewhere in Japan


Realistic choices, given work and family constraints:

Savannah, Charleston, St. Augustine, Chattanooga
 

jmello

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Palma, Spain
Barcelona
Lisbon
Nice
Marseilles
Sevilla
Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
Vitoria, Brazil
Recife, Brazil

This is only if money/employment were of no concern.

+++

  1. Back to NJ

Already? That was quick.
 
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kjel

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Portland, OR Metro Area
Greenville, SC
Greenwood, SC
Dillard, GA
Norman, OK
Pune, India
Pleasanton, CA
North Shore, Oahu, HI
Lake Mary, FL
 

zman

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Moab, UT
Tucson, AZ
Sandpoint, ID
Bozeman, MT
Boulder, CO
Newport, OR
Some island community in Puget Sound

onto something larger...

Denver, CO (I would for sure go back.. if I didn't have to drive)
Vancouver, BC
Montreal, PQ
Twin Cities, MN
Portland, OR
Memphis, TN

Something foreign:

San Pedro, Belize
Quepos, Costa Rica
Prague, CZ
Budapest,
 

Mercer

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NYC
Chicago
San Francisco
Salulita, Mexico
Madrid
Sydney
Vancouver, BC
Couer d' Alene, ID
Missoula, MT
The Playboy Mansion


I see that quite a few of you chose Seattle... Let me tell you, it is terrible living here, you don't want to come, stay away! ;-)
 

jresta

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top ten in the world in no particular order:

Barcelona
Milan
San Francisco
Santiago de Campostella (Spain)
Buenos Aires
any big city in the Netherlands or Belgium
Tokyo
Saigon
Melbourne
Copenhagen

honorable mentions:
Vancouver
Toronto
Montreal

top ten domestic in this order:
San Francisco
Chicago
Boston
Hoboken/Jersey City
Portland
Asbury Park, NJ
Pittsburgh
Baltimore
Seattle
Denver

That's really it. Those are the only places i'd leave Philly for and only temporarily. You could only get me to sell my house for 5 or 6 of them.
 

The One

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Oh Yeah.....

Newport Rhode Island ROCKS! I would add that to my short list of USA cities.....

I didn't realize such small places were allowed to be considered....here are some of mine:

Burkittsville MD
Waterford VA
Tangier Island VA
Williamsburg VA
Harpers Ferry WV
Taos NM
Durango CO
Jackson WY
Flagstaff AZ
Glenwood Springs CO
Walden CO (just to get Zman to look at his map:-o:r:;))
 

jmello

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Newport Rhode Island ROCKS! I would add that to my short list of USA cities...

I was born and raised there. Probably one of the best places to grow up in the USA. Too bad it's nothing but a playground for yuppies from NY, CT and Boston now. My old neighborhood is full of nothing but weekly booze rentals now. :-(
 

Hceux

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Wow, if I HAD to relocate, then where would I want to live?

In no particular order:

- the Thousands Islands Parkway area, especially the area between Ivy Lea and Brockville, Ontario, Canada
- the old town of Edinburgh, Scotland
- old town of Galway, Ireland
- Slanthill, Ireland, somewhere by the sanddunes and the coastlines
- English Bay of Vancouver, BC, Canada
- Bloor Street West Village in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Brighton, England, by the pier
- the islands of Lake Champlain, VT, USA
- Chester and Liverpool, NS, Canada

Wow, I can't even come up with a tenth city on the list. Am I that picky? Or have I not travelled enough?

Anyways, I admit that this thread has me really thinking... what makes a place so special, desirable, and attractive to live?

Recently, I came across the "Best places to live in Canada" list and I'm not attracted to many of the top 50 cities that I've visited or been through. http://www.canadianbusiness.com/rankings/bestplacestolive/list.jsp
 

njm

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... I don't see why so many people are picking Copenhagen over Stockholm & Oslo. If you're going for gray, you may as well pick an interesting city ;)

In somewhat particular order:

Portland, OR
Minneapolis/St. Paul
Chicago
Toronto
Gothenburg (Göteborg), Sweden
Stockholm
Oslo
New York City
San Francisco

Honorable mentions (tied for 10th):
Milwaukee
Ottawa
Trondheim, Norway

Yes, I'm genetically related to polar bears.
 

ofos

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In no special order other than:

10 where I've lived/been:
Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Munich
Stuttgart
Innsbruck
Salzburg
Ann Arbor
Savannah
Boulder
Albuquerque
Chapel Hill

10 more where I might like to live:
Christchurch
Vienna
Adelaide
Rome
Edinburgh
Austin
Ft. Worth
Charleston
Portland
Seattle
 

WSU MUP Student

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Palma, Spain...

I'll pick Palma as well, but only if I can spend all of my time at the Daiquiri Palace.

Otherwise:
Montreal
Wilmington, NC
Washington D.C.
Portland, OR
Portland, ME
Chicago
Somewhere on the beach in Costa Rica
San Francisco
Austin, TX
San Diego
 
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TOFB

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Cost of living no object, right?

Breckenridge, CO
Moab, UT
Boulder, CO
Astonfield, England
Palm Springs, CA
Sedona, AZ
Madison, WI
Oxford, England
Chicago
Manhattan

Oh, a place in St. Thomas wouldn't be bad. . .
 

Bear Up North

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In no particular order.....

Chicago
Marquette, MI
Calumet, MI
Apostle Islands, WI
South Bass Island, OH
Asheville, NC
Riviera, FRANCE
Sydney
Toronto
Portland, OR
Curtis, MI
Golden, CO
St. Ignace, MI
Seattle
Club Paradise (Land Of Lakes, FL)
Boston
San Francisco
Rio

Bear
 

Masswich

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OK I'm in

1. Toronto, ON
2. Montreal, PQ
3. Burlington, VT
4. Northampton, MA
5. Chicago, IL
6. Most any medium-sized city in England (Durham and Cambridge come to mind)
7. Phila, PA
8. San Francisco, CA
9. Portland, OR
10. Portland, ME
 

illinoisplanner

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Excluding cities in Northern Illinois, and in no particular order:

Grand Rapids, MI
Milwaukee, WI
Naples, FL
St. Petersburg, FL
Dallas, TX
Minneapolis, MN
Oklahoma City, OK
Denver, CO
Phoenix, AZ
Cedar Rapids, IA
 

Planning Fool

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Hmmm? Let me see...

New York, New York
Brasilia, Brazil
London, England
San Francisco, CA
Barcelona, Spain
Milan, Italy
Raleigh, NC
Chicago, IL
Philadephia, PA
Tokyo, Japan
 

PennPlanner

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Wellington, NZ
Christchurch, NZ
Auckland, NZ
Dunedin, NZ
London, UK
Geneva, Switzerland
Rome, Italy
Moab, UT
Durango, CO
Charleston, SC
 

CJC

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Really? Have you been there? The only people who live there are those that are forced to by the government. Even they abandon the city every weekend for Rio and SP.

Agreed re: Brasilia! A very cool place to look at from the air, but wow, as a pedestrian - not so much.
 

ricohockey

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Ya I hear Brasilia was a nightmare of LeCorbusierian proportions. Huge buildings, wide avenues, nothing to look at!

My cities in no particular order:

London, ON, CA
Hamburg, Germany
Portland, OR, USA
Montpelier, VT, USA
Waterloo, ON, CA
Bangor, ME, USA
Barrie, ON, CA
Petrolia, ON, CA
Biel, Switzerland
Fredericton, NB, CA

I know, weird collection....different reasons for all of 'em.
 

DetroitPlanner

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My cities in no particular order:

London, ON, CA
Petrolia, ON, CA

I know, weird collection....different reasons for all of 'em.

Looks like someone is looking into Western.....

Petrolia?? Thats like Sarnia without all the glitz and Glamour of Midland!
 

mendelman

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I don't know...I'm pretty happy here in Chicagoland.

but I really like:

Granada, Spain
Fiesole, Italy (in the foothills above Florence)
My grandparents' old property in Hubbard Lake, MI
 

TOFB

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Excluding cities in Northern Illinois, and in no particular order:

Grand Rapids, MI
Milwaukee, WI
Naples, FL
St. Petersburg, FL
Dallas, TX
Minneapolis, MN
Oklahoma City, OK
Denver, CO
Phoenix, AZ
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids? City of Five Smells? Eeeeewwwwww.
 

ricohockey

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Looks like someone is looking into Western.....

Petrolia?? Thats like Sarnia without all the glitz and Glamour of Midland!

Haha, good call....I just have a personal affection for it because for the last three years I've made a trip to have some real Canadian Tim Horton's and see a Squires game.

They play in the Ontario Senior Hockey Association; a few of the guys in the league used to play pro in the CoHL/UHL.

But there was no real reason for picking Petrolia, other then it being closer to my hometown than Mt. Pleasant, and my urge to see real Canadian hockey!
 

Dan

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For the purpose of this thread, please don't factor-in:
-Whether you know anyone in the city
-Any language barriers
-Any racial preferences (just in case)

What about whether I could afford to live in the place with a typical urban planner's salary? Sure, I'd say San Francisco and London like everyone else, but there's no way I can afford to pay ₤2,000 a month for a basement studio apartment in a neighborhood where I wpuld get assaulted by chavs the moment I stepped outside.
 
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In no discernible order

the proper London
Chicago, US
Toronto, Canada
Montreal, Canada
Prague, Czech Republic
Vilnius, Lithuania
Sheffield, UK
Krakow, Poland
Koh Tao, Thailand (not a city, but let me live my fantasy)
Portland, US
 

Tresmo

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New York, NY
Washington D.C.
Charlottesville, VA
Ann Arbor, MI
Savannah, GA
San Antonio, TX
Chicago, IL
Vancouver, BC
St. George, UT
Madison, WI
 

Rickyrab

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1. New York and New Jersey. My birthplace, and where I grew up, respectively.
2. London. In Europe (which I haven't seen nearly enough of) and said to be culturally rather like New York.
3. Tokyo, very big city, bound to be pretty interesting.
4. Los Angeles. Large city, sunny part of the world, brand-new rail system worth studying, in California.
5. San Francisco. (Of course.)
6. Washington, DC, lots of museums, very nice.
7. Hong Kong. One of the world's densest cities with a high income, so an exciting skyline and close to many services.
8. Berlin, Germany. It was a divided city for several decades, so looking at how its division and reunification affected the city would be nice to do.
9. Honolulu, on account of having always been partial to Hawaii, since I was a kid. Only problem is, Hawaii doesn't have too many railroads.
10. Amsterdam. Sexy, associated with Anne Frank, and bicycle friendly.

If one throws language and nationality into the mix, California rises up past the European cities, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, and so does Washington, DC, although language is a reason why London's up there (although a relatively small reason). Most of the areas are dense and transit friendly; I might make an exception for Honolulu (which is dense enough and hasn't really gotten a good transit culture together, I don't think) and LA (ditto, kinda), but I generally like transit-friendly places (well, when I'm not driving, anyhow). There are also various New Jerseyan places out there, too... :)

If one also includes ethnicity, then, yeah, Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv would be invited into this crowd (and Hong Kong and Tokyo would suffer some demotion in the ranks as being a tad "gaijin", admittedly, although they'd still be places I'd like to visit). And there's also the temptation to head down to New Orleans to see how it's bouncing back from the hurricane.
 
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