Virginia Exodus. Where would you go?

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    Mar 24, 2010 12:46 PM GMT
    So here is the question for all you guys out there. I have been living in Pat Robertson's backyard pretty much my entire life and with the recent dysfunctional b.s. the the State's AG is pulling I am wondering where is the best place to consider a move too? VA is all I really know. So I want to hear from you and why you think you live in a great place.

    My ideal place:

    1) Progressive politics focusing on equality, technological advancements, forward thinking societal views and education.

    2) Great climate for getting out and doing things... biking, running, flying, paintball, parks...etc. (A place that has a mix between green space and city space)

    3) Good community.. not so small everyone knows everyones business but not so large that you are swallowed by the masses. A place to settle down, life life and build a home.


    So, my ideal place may not exist but I am open to suggestions.
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    Mar 24, 2010 1:29 PM GMT
    Come in France ;-)
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    Mar 24, 2010 1:35 PM GMT
    Sounds like Austin, Denver, or Portland would be perfect matches for you.
  • hotboy813

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    Mar 24, 2010 1:41 PM GMT
    i agree portland would be good for you im from florida we have the weather and everything but i went to portland in the summer and i wanted to move there my self lol
  • calibro

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    Mar 24, 2010 2:50 PM GMT
    Austin, though i wouldn't complain if you came to missoula
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    Mar 24, 2010 2:53 PM GMT
    Philadelphia
  • coolarmydude

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    Mar 24, 2010 5:04 PM GMT
    Fort Collins, Colorado.
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    Mar 24, 2010 5:14 PM GMT
    Bay area...live in Berkeley, and go out to San Fran...I loved it there.
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    Mar 24, 2010 5:22 PM GMT
    I know a lot of Virginians have issue with different regions of the state, but I think you'd find a very different atmosphere in NoVa. If the Commonwealth is home, there's no reason to leave.

    Cuccinelli is CLEARLY setting himself up for a run for the Governor's Mansion. Even if he were to get elected, take solace in VA's 2-year, limited term of office!
  • danisnotstr8

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    Mar 24, 2010 5:26 PM GMT
    NNJfitandbi saidPhiladelphia


    The nation's best kept secret.
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    Mar 24, 2010 5:52 PM GMT
    Virginia Exodus. Where would you go?

    Most of the "great climate" places are Red states that are as bad or worse than Virginia, so I'd take them off your list: all of the South, including Texas and Florida (though southern Florida is locally gay friendly). California is problematic for other non-gay reasons: earthquakes, fires, floods, mudslides, practically every natural disaster known, it's like Armageddon. Plus horrible traffic & congestion in many of the places that meet your other criteria.

    Portland is good, and Seattle, where I lived for years. Not as much rain as claimed, but enough, the locals just learning to ignore it (you buy a Columbia parka, never an umbrella). Seattle is especially gay friendly, big gay population, although sometimes the police get out of line towards gays. It still has local neighborhoods that seem small-town, or else you can live in the suburbs as I did.

    Much of New England is good, though obviously colder. Among our friends is a gay couple legally married in New Hampshire, with a second residence here in Florida. Vermont and Massachusetts are also beautiful and friendly (though I'm not a big fan of Boston, especially its drivers), but again, Vermont winters are rough, and not much hi-tech & education there except in Burlington.
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    Mar 24, 2010 8:00 PM GMT
    I hear you. I live in Northern Virginia. My top places are DC, suburban MD, Wilmington Delaware, Flagstaff AZ, New Orleans, Seattle, Portland, or Vancouver.

    Virginia sucks. I went to a Cuccinelli protest at my University's Law School yesterday.
  • creature

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    Mar 25, 2010 5:15 AM GMT
    If you still want to be in the general area, you should check out Howard County, Maryland. It's like Montgomery County, but not as cramped. And how can you argue against a motto like "Choose Civility."

    http://www.choosecivility.org/

    If I don't leave the state of Maryland, I'll likely end up living there.
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    Mar 25, 2010 5:29 AM GMT
    anywhere in uganda......so awesum itll blow ur mind away
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    Mar 25, 2010 12:20 PM GMT
    I love the suggestions!!! But I would have to say Uganda is off my list. lol. Places I have thought about so far have been RTP area of NC, DC, Massachusetts, and Colorado. But my list is growing.
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    Mar 25, 2010 12:21 PM GMT
    clearly the city of brotherly love!
  • beaujangle

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    Mar 25, 2010 12:46 PM GMT
    COJock1974 saidI know a lot of Virginians have issue with different regions of the state, but I think you'd find a very different atmosphere in NoVa. If the Commonwealth is home, there's no reason to leave.

    Cuccinelli is CLEARLY setting himself up for a run for the Governor's Mansion. Even if he were to get elected, take solace in VA's 2-year, limited term of office!




    where's NoVA?
  • a2507

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    Mar 25, 2010 1:26 PM GMT
    coolarmydude saidFort Collins, Colorado.


    I've been spending a bit of time in FTC the last few years and I'd second this. Lots of sun, front range, college town (that's a mixed blessing....cute guys but can get juvenile and everyone who goes to school there wants to stay, so jobs can be an issue), great beer (3 local breweries, including New Belgium...Fat Tire) and access to Denver for big city stuff and last but not least, proximity to great Colorado skiing.

    Oh, and it's an incredibly bike friendly town.....every street seems to have dedicated bike lanes.....
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    Mar 25, 2010 1:31 PM GMT
    Atlanta, I don't know anyone that doesn't love it here
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    Mar 25, 2010 1:46 PM GMT
    I moved to Providence, RI last August and I'm loving it here. Boston isn't too far away, the ocean is close by. If you want city, you can get it. If you want open country, it is only s short drive away. Sure it snows, but so far it's been mild. The people are really nice, but tremendously stupid when it comes to traffic laws.

    Good luck on your search!
  • outlaw82

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    Mar 25, 2010 5:22 PM GMT
    i am in the same boat and am seriously considering North Carolina or another place on the easter coastline somewhere... one piece of advice, stay away from NM... it really sucks! nothing to do here, they want you to "think" its gay friendly but it is very much not. Just nothing like other places i have been...

    any thoughts on CHarlotte or its surrounding areas? what about Raliegh-Durham?
  • metta

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    Mar 25, 2010 5:55 PM GMT
    Santa Barbara (UCSB)
    Santa Cruz (UCSC)
    Claremont (edge of LA County, Claremont Colleges)
    Sierra Madre (LA County so you are in a metropolitan area but still has a small town feel.)
    Stanford (Stanford University)
    Berkeley (UCB)

    There are too many cities to list that fit your requirements. A good approach may be to look at cities with a good university/college and/or art district.
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    Mar 25, 2010 6:10 PM GMT
    hotfratguy22 saidAtlanta, I don't know anyone that doesn't love it here
    True, except you'll miss the water. I'm from Pat's 'hood, too (Va. Beach) and have been here 15 years now. Probably won't retire here, but it's been great for the career.