Where Should I MOVE to?

  • Neon_Dreams

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    Jan 11, 2010 6:30 PM GMT
    I would like to live somewhere different, exciting, and special in the future...

    Where would you live if you could move anywhere in the world???

    My career interests include film, television, and music. Also- social work, law, business, politics. I am experienced in many areas including hotel and restaurant management, stage production, journalism, etc.

    My ideal place would have the following characteristics:

    --sustainable agriculture (local farming, clean water source)
    --bicycle culture!
    --forrest areas, GREEN views icon_biggrin.gif
    --diversity!
    --health-centered people
    --medium/large population (minimum 1 Million people)
    --gay friendly, of course
    --art culture- theater, film, music


    ANY SUGGESTIONS?


    Joe
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    Jan 11, 2010 6:38 PM GMT
    theres only one place in the world that matches all your requirements(has a bit more than 3 million people though).

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    Gay Village:

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    Parc Jean Drapeau(green area)

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    The place youre looking for is Montreal the World's 2nd top city to party after Belgrade icon_twisted.gif

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  • Neon_Dreams

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    Jan 11, 2010 6:49 PM GMT
    WOW! MONTREAL is Beautiful!!!

    And, as some of you already know...

    I have some Canadian blood.

    Perhaps I can successfully apply for Dual Citizenship as I have some Canadian family AND my union, IATSE, works out of Canada.

    I need to get a plan together. Canada is definitely on my list of possible live/work destinations!!!

    Thanks,


    Joe
  • Timbales

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    Jan 11, 2010 6:54 PM GMT
    i was going to suggest Vancouver if you want to get into film and tv.
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    Jan 11, 2010 6:57 PM GMT
    I'd say New York!

    And London sounds good too as I hear from a friend of mine who lives there. icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 11, 2010 7:00 PM GMT
    not so sure about the sustainable agriculture. Bio products are trendy and there are many producers in the area, still huge chunks of prime agricultural land gets de-zoned for the profit of developers , large scale farming is very present : pigs, hens, corn etc.
    but you'll get that wherever you choose to go. It's a global situation.

    but it's true all the other aspects you'll find in Montreal, however jobs don't exaclty grow on trees here. :

    Vancouver was also a city i'd suggest , but i'd say Montreal is a tad more culturally exciting. But Van has other qualities that make me envious a bit.,lol
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    Jan 11, 2010 7:05 PM GMT
    charlitos saidtheres only one place in the world that matches all your requirements(has a bit more than 3 million people though).
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    What's the story behind those bicycles? Is that like a community/sharing thing? Is there a fee involved?
  • Neon_Dreams

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    Jan 11, 2010 7:14 PM GMT
    Canada, Argentina, and Hawaii are definitely on my Short List.

    Canada has the arts and culture I desire.

    Argentina would be cool to learn Spanish there.

    Hawaii is where I want to learn to farm, organically.


    Joe
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    Jan 11, 2010 7:16 PM GMT
    xrichx said
    charlitos saidtheres only one place in the world that matches all your requirements(has a bit more than 3 million people though).
    [...]

    What's the story behind those bicycles? Is that like a community/sharing thing? Is there a fee involved?


    http://montreal.bixi.com/home# icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 11, 2010 7:21 PM GMT
    Lukas4u said
    xrichx said
    charlitos saidtheres only one place in the world that matches all your requirements(has a bit more than 3 million people though).
    [...]

    What's the story behind those bicycles? Is that like a community/sharing thing? Is there a fee involved?


    http://montreal.bixi.com/home# icon_biggrin.gif

    Sweet. Thanks!
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    Jan 11, 2010 7:23 PM GMT
    I would recommend Portland Oregon for you. Awesome city that matches what your looking for. Very nice folks there.
    The PNW is the only area outside of the Southwest that I like as much. You can grow awesome plants there too-very mild!
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    Jan 11, 2010 7:31 PM GMT
    My husband filed for Proof of Canadian citizenship late last year. We were told it could take up to a year to get processed.

    Basically, if you had a parent who was born in Canada, then you are considered a Canadian citizen, and just need proof of citizenship. And it just cost $75. No applying for permanent residency or citizenship, no residency requirements, no interviews, no oaths. Just needed to fill out a 3-page application and have the appropriate documents (Birth Certificate, parent's birth certificate, parent's naturalization papers). Getting dual citizenship could be harder if one of your parents weren't citizens of Canada when you were born.

    The law was changed a couple of years ago to make it easier for children of former Canadian citizens to become Canadian. Even if your parent became an American citizen before you were born, you are still eligible for Canadian citizenship. Before, you could only claim citizenship only if you were born BEFORE your parent became an American citizen.



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    Jan 11, 2010 9:24 PM GMT
    Now why don't someone post some pictures of Montreal during the winter?

    does the temperature ever get to 50 F/10C during the winter?

    is the temp going to go past 35F/2C this week?

    there is a good reason why malls and lots of stuff are under ground you know. and it has nothing to do with a fear of a nuclear attack...
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    Jan 11, 2010 9:25 PM GMT
    winters in Montreal are shitty, although there are tons of activities to try to make you forget it.
    Fete des NEiges, Montreal en Lumieres, Nuits blanches, Igloofest etc.

    And you're always only like 45 minutes away from ski slopes, tons of them.
    But still, the humidity, the wind, the cold, the slush, snow, ice ..ouash.
    come April though and you see the city waking up and then it's a great city.
    It has a massive park, the Mont Royal designed by Holmsted , the same who designed Central Park.
    There is a law prohibiting skyscrapers to be higher than the peak of Mont-Royal. Wiki has a good summary of the mountain history.

    And Quebec surprised the whole financial world by being practically unaffected by the recession. Partly because there already wasn't much going on, and real estate is nowhere nearly as expensive as in the rest of Canada.

    If i were to move from here, i'd go to Van for sure. Toronto has a lot going on, but there is something that doesn't click with me. I lived there for a year as a student, and, i don't know that it is, it's like there is tons of stuff going on and nobody cares.

    I lived in London 3 years and loved it. IF you can afford it, it's a great city.


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    Jan 11, 2010 9:44 PM GMT
    Chicago - Boystown

    Keywest

    Mykonos, Greece
  • Fusion98102

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    Jan 11, 2010 9:55 PM GMT
    I would suggest Seattle.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seattle

    Your list:

    My ideal place would have the following characteristics:

    --sustainable agriculture (local farming, clean water source)

    Plenty of fertile ground in WA...
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    --bicycle culture!

    Seattle is one of the most bicycle friendly cities in North America...
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    --forrest areas, GREEN views

    They don't call it the "evergreen state" for nothing...
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    --diversity!

    Seattle is a melting pot of various cultures...
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    --health-centered people

    Seattlites are known as "granola" because of their health conscious ways...
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    --medium/large population (minimum 1 Million people)

    Seattle is 3.45M people including the suburbs.

    --gay friendly, of course

    Seattle leads the way for gay rights in WA...
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    --art culture- theater, film, music

    Follow the link. Too much to list/show:
    http://www.visitseattle.org/cultural/

    Wherever you choose to go, may you have the winds at your back! Good luck and make the best out of your new home!
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    Jan 11, 2010 9:59 PM GMT
    RYALITY saidChicago - Boystown

    Keywest

    Mykonos, Greece


    Chicago? The smell in that city is enough to turn your stomach. I don't know how people put up with that smell there.--smells like raw sewage.
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    Jan 11, 2010 10:02 PM GMT
    Blackguy4you saidNow why don't someone post some pictures of Montreal during the winter?

    does the temperature ever get to 50 F/10C during the winter?

    is the temp going to go past 35F/2C this week?

    there is a good reason why malls and lots of stuff are under ground you know. and it has nothing to do with a fear of a nuclear attack...


    dude not sure if you read what the guys prerequisites are but he seems to be looking for : "somewhere different, exciting, and special "....
    --sustainable agriculture (local farming, clean water source)
    --bicycle culture!
    --forrest areas, GREEN views
    --diversity!
    --health-centered people
    --medium/large population (minimum 1 Million people)
    --gay friendly, of course
    --art culture- theater, film, music

    ... hmmm nowhere on his list does he seem to mention anything about +35C or a " white sandy beach " LOL
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    Jan 11, 2010 10:12 PM GMT
    Despite the fact that Chicago is corrupt, it's basically all Illinois has going for it.

    So...scratch Illinois off your list.

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    Jan 11, 2010 10:16 PM GMT
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  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 11, 2010 10:38 PM GMT
    I think Chicago is a great city for you to relocate. I agree that Montreal is another classy, exciting city. Here is another great Canadian city for you to check out, Toronto. It is Canada's largest city and its leading economic, financial, cultural, and educational hub. It has tremendous ethnic diversity, a large and politically active gay community and a fantastic downtown district with an awesome modern skyline. There is always a lot to see and do in Toronto and the city is forever changing and reinventing itself. Check out Toronto and see for yourself.
  • Neon_Dreams

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    Jan 12, 2010 4:24 AM GMT
    Vaalie505 saidI would recommend Portland Oregon for you. Awesome city that matches what your looking for. Very nice folks there.
    The PNW is the only area outside of the Southwest that I like as much. You can grow awesome plants there too-very mild!


    I have friends in Portland actually. And, several of them are always telling me to move there! I plan to live there for a few months- maybe work on a creative project, make a little money too. Good call on Portland.


    Joe
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    Jan 12, 2010 4:27 AM GMT
    Portland is nice. Could use more sun.

    I'd move anywhere to be near Joecoolnv, though (unless it was some sort of Gay Mecca)!
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    Jan 12, 2010 4:44 AM GMT
    Blackguy4you saidNow why don't someone post some pictures of Montreal during the winter?

    does the temperature ever get to 50 F/10C during the winter?

    is the temp going to go past 35F/2C this week?

    there is a good reason why malls and lots of stuff are under ground you know. and it has nothing to do with a fear of a nuclear attack...


    Montreal is pretty cold during the winter...like any other place in Canada. Yes have half the buildings in downtown area go underground like not many places in Canada. Sorry whats your point again?
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    Jan 12, 2010 4:45 AM GMT
    charlitos saidtheres only one place in the world that matches all your requirements(has a bit more than 3 million people though).

    downtown-montreal.jpg

    bixi-montreal-2.jpg

    Gay Village:

    2792511601_634a6f6e27.jpg

    Parc Jean Drapeau(green area)

    preview.jpg

    tq_003189_g.jpg

    The place youre looking for is Montreal the World's 2nd top city to party after Belgrade icon_twisted.gif

    tq-008918_g.jpg



    WOW it looks nice there,but don't the majority of the people there speak french?