Looking to move to a new city.

  • Beckenbauer

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    May 04, 2011 1:59 AM GMT
    I'm about to finish up at school. I am hoping to move to a new city. I currently live in the LA area. While the weather is great, plenty of activities to keep me busy and a healthy dating pool of dudes, I'm counting down the days until I can leave. My top three choices include Portland, Seattle or San Diego. Anyone from there that can give their opinion of that city. Or if you have another city to suggest that would be great too.
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    May 04, 2011 2:34 AM GMT
    I'd go with San Diego. More sunshine and warmer weather. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 04, 2011 2:42 AM GMT
    san diego... its sunny.
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    May 04, 2011 2:42 AM GMT
    Seattle is my choice! Wonderful, diverse city with a climate much different than what you know in LA. Don't let the naysayers go on and on about the rain there. Rainy season is from October to April and it doesn't pour and pour all the time. Summers are comfortable there.

    Downtown Seattle just rocks. Awesome, creative restaurants and shopping and it's CLEAN! On a beautiful, perfect September day you can see the snow cap atop Mt. Ranier from downtown.

    You'll love it there!
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    May 04, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    Cleveland!

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    May 04, 2011 3:00 AM GMT
    Well, if you're in LA then certainly you've been to SD! You might as well stay where you are, you're not moving far there. NW is nice but from what I've seen and heard, you better take an umbrella and something warm. SF is nice but expensive. Mostly depends on what kind of weather you're looking for and what you plan to do after school.
  • SFGeoNinja

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    May 04, 2011 3:22 AM GMT
    turtleneckjock saidSeattle is my choice! Wonderful, diverse city with a climate much different than what you know in LA. Don't let the naysayers go on and on about the rain there. Rainy season is from October to April and it doesn't pour and pour all the time. Summers are comfortable there.

    Downtown Seattle just rocks. Awesome, creative restaurants and shopping and it's CLEAN! On a beautiful, perfect September day you can see the snow cap atop Mt. Ranier from downtown.

    You'll love it there!


    This is great advice! I'm from Seattle and I love it dearly. Not to say I haven't considered moving to sunnier climes icon_smile.gif

    As far as diversity, you won't find quite the same level of ethnic mix as you do in LA or SF. HOWEVER, you'll find a lot more mixed-race couples and in my opinion, a lot more interracial mixing than you would in CA where people are more established.

    Many people, myself included, will complain about the weather, but honestly it's nowhere near as bad as you hear. Temps are mild year-round, it rarely gets over 80 in the summertime, and snow is also rare. Where else can evergreen trees and palm trees be grown in the same place?

    Seattle has tons of diverse neighborhoods with real personality, lots of highly educated and creative people doing incredible things. If you're looking to stay in a major cosmopolitan center and get a different take on the West Coast, then Seattle might be just for you!
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    May 04, 2011 3:40 AM GMT
    I like San Diego. But it's not much of a change in environment. It's like living in South OC, but with more wind and more rich people.

    I say Seattle or Portland. But probably not a good choice if you don't like overcast weather 10 months out of the year. icon_lol.gif
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    May 04, 2011 6:43 AM GMT
    Go to Seattle. San Diego is practically a suburb of LA.
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    May 04, 2011 6:57 AM GMT
    icon_neutral.gif Haven't actually been in Sleazattle much lately, but I had to actually start wearing boots downtown because of all the used hypodermic needles on the sidewalks. Stepped on one barefoot once icon_eek.gif

    Coincidentally, if one were to buy a used sailboat instead of spending money on an apartment, one could go to any of those places, and just pull up anchor when it gets dull.
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    May 04, 2011 7:30 AM GMT
    davidp7 saidHOWEVER, you'll find a lot more mixed-race couples and in my opinion, a lot more interracial mixing than you would in CA where people are more established.

    Where else can evergreen trees and palm trees be grown in the same place?


    Interracial mixing in Seattle? Then I must be in the wrong place...I'll find out in a few weeks what's really good.

    Wow, evergreen and Palm trees in the same place? Sounds like back home in Florida icon_cool.gif

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    May 04, 2011 8:12 AM GMT
    Trollileo saidAlso, the rain isn't that bad if you're not a pussy. I love the cold and wind up here. It's very refreshing. During the summer it gets just as hot as California can get, anyway.


    I may need the rain. Since I've moved to Denver my skin has been going thru it! And I've been getting the most irritating 'dry cuts' in my nostrils that I used to only get in the winter time, here it is May and I'm still fighting it LOL
  • t0theheights

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    May 04, 2011 8:50 AM GMT
    Beckenbauer saidI'm about to finish up at school. I am hoping to move to a new city. I currently live in the LA area. While the weather is great, plenty of activities to keep me busy and a healthy dating pool of dudes, I'm counting down the days until I can leave. My top three choices include Portland, Seattle or San Diego. Anyone from there that can give their opinion of that city. Or if you have another city to suggest that would be great too.


    Why only comments about the West Coast on here? Having lived both west and east, I'm sorry, but NYC kicks any west coast city's ass--by far! A much younger and more vibrant scene, and something interesting going on any and every night of the week--not something I can say about SF, Boston, LA, or anywhere else I've been. You should come check it out. The weather (and the going-out scene) suck from SF northward, and the people are just shallow and boring in LA and below (also ruining the nightlife). It's definitely harder to "make it" on the east coast, but well worth the effort if you do--WELL worth it. I'd never go back to Cali.
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    May 04, 2011 9:19 AM GMT
    Come to the East Coast..BOSTON,NEW YORK,WASHINGTON D.C. ATLANTA,CHARLESTON,WEST PALM ,FORT LAUDERDALE,KEY WEST.. BETTER YET MIAMI..Hot summers and awesome mild cool Winters..MIami just made the list for the best place to meet single men..
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    May 04, 2011 3:02 PM GMT
    As a person also in the process of relocating here are my thoughts, feel free to discount them based on your own experiences --

    Seattle
    Pros: Mariners/Seahawks! Pyramid Brewery! Arts/culture! Museums!
    Cons: Washington is a lot like Pennsylvania - the one big city is awesome, but the rest of the state is basically Southern shotgun wielding rednecks. Also not a ton of "successful young single people" it seems more like an age 30-40s married couple haven from people too boring to raise their kids in LA or San Francisco. Also UW students are more obnoxious than Ivy League kids - congrats on accomplishing the impossible children!

    Portland
    Pros: Outdoorsy. College town. Reed students are really nice, good dating material. Lots of fun restaurants. The river! The nature just outside the city like Mount Hood! People are super-friendly, like in the stop-and-ask-for-directions way.
    Cons: The biggest building downtown is Kaiser Permanente. The downtown area is sort of small. The town is sort of small. Not a skyscraper city. It seems like a place you can "grow out of" within a very short time, especially if you are ambitious and more oriented to "big city living" like LA, NYC, or London.

    San Diego
    Pros: La Jolla. Mr. Taco. Coronado.
    Cons: Everything else.

    San Francisco
    Pros: mucho
    Cons: mucho minus one
    Since that is where I have probably chosen to relocate I want to hear what others have to say about it first icon_twisted.gif
  • Beckenbauer

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    May 05, 2011 1:21 AM GMT
    All this input is awesome! Thanks. I guess if it helps, future job will be in the field of science, specifically plants.

    Some of East Coast cities would be interesting but the weather over there is too scary for this Southern California native. Blizzards? Think again. Hurricanes? Nope. Rain during summer months? Oh hell no!





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    May 05, 2011 1:38 AM GMT
    Vancouver

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    May 05, 2011 1:40 AM GMT
    BomDiaBen saidCleveland!

    icon_biggrin.gif Delicious food, Great Healthcare, Professional Sports, All Seasons, Midwest Hospitality icon_cool.gif


    If you're there, I'll move back to Ohio icon_smile.gif.
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    May 05, 2011 1:43 AM GMT
    One vote for Washington, D.C. icon_smile.gif You can either live in DC or in the suburbs of Northern Virginia or Maryland. I myself grew up in Northern Virginia, so I consider the entire metro area home.

    While there's certainly a lot the area has to offer, by far my favorite thing about living here is having all four seasons. I particularly love the colors of the trees during autumn and the blooming of the cherry blossoms in early spring.

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    May 05, 2011 1:53 AM GMT
    t0theheights said
    Beckenbauer saidI'm about to finish up at school. I am hoping to move to a new city. I currently live in the LA area. While the weather is great, plenty of activities to keep me busy and a healthy dating pool of dudes, I'm counting down the days until I can leave. My top three choices include Portland, Seattle or San Diego. Anyone from there that can give their opinion of that city. Or if you have another city to suggest that would be great too.


    Why only comments about the West Coast on here? Having lived both west and east, I'm sorry, but NYC kicks any west coast city's ass--by far! A much younger and more vibrant scene, and something interesting going on any and every night of the week--not something I can say about SF, Boston, LA, or anywhere else I've been. You should come check it out. The weather (and the going-out scene) suck from SF northward, and the people are just shallow and boring in LA and below (also ruining the nightlife). It's definitely harder to "make it" on the east coast, but well worth the effort if you do--WELL worth it. I'd never go back to Cali.

    I think you've got some real great advice here. NYC is the best in every respect, hands down, nothing else compares in any way. Everyone stuck in LA is miserable, wishing they could be in NYC. But LA residents don't measure up, so it is not possible. But if NYC is not attainable, then as a second choice, go to Hartford, then as a third choice, either Cleveland or Detroit would be good.
  • Chunner

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    May 05, 2011 2:13 AM GMT
    Portland is nice because it is a decent size and not too big. Traffic is good and you still have the comforts of a big city
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    May 05, 2011 2:18 AM GMT
    Speaking as a California (Bay Area) native who moved to Seattle recently...if you absolutely cannot stand any type of overcast/cloudy weather whatsoever, I HIGHLY recommend not coming up here. Seattle rain isn't bad; it's very light rain most of the time, but the city is overcast pretty much from mid September to May/June (with an odd day/week of sunshine scattered here and there).

    And if you do decide to come up here, a few things to keep in mind:

    -Go to Costco and buy the biggest tub of vitamin D supplements you can find, and pop those pills like a drug addict.

    -Beware the "Seattle Freeze" The following is from urbandictionary.com's entry for Seattle Freeze...

    "It's not that people here are unfriendly, they will hold the door for you and wave you into traffic and stuff like that, it's that everything is maddeningly impersonal. The attitude is "have a nice day, somewhere else". It's easy to get along but making friends is almost impossible. People will say they want to hang out with you sometime and look at you like a freak when you actually suggest something. People enthusiastically say they are coming to a party then don't show up. People are flaky and hard to pin down. Girls lead you on for weeks and snub you with no explanation. People are insincere. Norms of social interaction don't apply here. Most people don't like or dislike you, they're totally indifferent. Every interaction will be maddeningly superficial."


    Other than that, it's a lovely city with plenty to see and do. The hardest part for you will be acclimatizing to dreary pacific northwest weather and making sincere friends.
  • SFGeoNinja

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    May 06, 2011 7:07 AM GMT
    spaghettimonster saidAs a person also in the process of relocating here are my thoughts, feel free to discount them based on your own experiences --

    Seattle
    Pros: Mariners/Seahawks! Pyramid Brewery! Arts/culture! Museums!
    Cons: Washington is a lot like Pennsylvania - the one big city is awesome, but the rest of the state is basically Southern shotgun wielding rednecks. Also not a ton of "successful young single people" it seems more like an age 30-40s married couple haven from people too boring to raise their kids in LA or San Francisco. Also UW students are more obnoxious than Ivy League kids - congrats on accomplishing the impossible children!

    Portland
    Pros: Outdoorsy. College town. Reed students are really nice, good dating material. Lots of fun restaurants. The river! The nature just outside the city like Mount Hood! People are super-friendly, like in the stop-and-ask-for-directions way.
    Cons: The biggest building downtown is Kaiser Permanente. The downtown area is sort of small. The town is sort of small. Not a skyscraper city. It seems like a place you can "grow out of" within a very short time, especially if you are ambitious and more oriented to "big city living" like LA, NYC, or London.

    San Diego
    Pros: La Jolla. Mr. Taco. Coronado.
    Cons: Everything else.

    San Francisco
    Pros: mucho
    Cons: mucho minus one
    Since that is where I have probably chosen to relocate I want to hear what others have to say about it first icon_twisted.gif


    Well stated, except for the UW stab - booooo (Husky here) - but everything else you said was right on!
  • SFGeoNinja

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    May 06, 2011 7:11 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidicon_neutral.gif Haven't actually been in Sleazattle much lately, but I had to actually start wearing boots downtown because of all the used hypodermic needles on the sidewalks. Stepped on one barefoot once icon_eek.gif

    Coincidentally, if one were to buy a used sailboat instead of spending money on an apartment, one could go to any of those places, and just pull up anchor when it gets dull.


    What were you doing walking around barefoot (in any major city)? Yikes! That sucks. There is definitely a big homelessness problem in all three cities the OP mentioned. I'd have to say SF has it by far the worst, tho. The last time I was there I witnessed two bums cracked out on meth throwing punches at each other in broad daylight in the middle of Market Street and shoving each other inches away from passing cars. no bueno...
  • SFGeoNinja

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    May 06, 2011 7:18 AM GMT
    Fit4FitnDenver said
    davidp7 saidHOWEVER, you'll find a lot more mixed-race couples and in my opinion, a lot more interracial mixing than you would in CA where people are more established.

    Where else can evergreen trees and palm trees be grown in the same place?


    Interracial mixing in Seattle? Then I must be in the wrong place...I'll find out in a few weeks what's really good.

    Wow, evergreen and Palm trees in the same place? Sounds like back home in Florida icon_cool.gif



    It's an interesting dynamic here - Seattle is still very VERY white, I think the 2nd or 3rd whitest big city in the US. I think you see a lot more mixed-race couples here simply out of necessity since some of the communities, like Samoan or Kenyan are pretty small. There are a lot of different groups, so the non-white ppl we do have are probably some of the most diverse you'll find anywere, though the suburbs are getting to the point where they're more diverse than the city proper (weird). It's also a lot safer, you also don't have the same poverty of your LA or NYC, nothing even close to equivalent to the Bronx or South Central. It's definitely interesting if not for everyone.