I have resided in Washington DC, New York, and Boston.
I prefer Washington.
Toronto, and Heifei.
Boston, New York, Philly!
San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Boise and Tokyo (exchange student during high school).
Rockford, Il. Born there.
Champaign, Il. College.
Chicago, Il. What the hell, why not? Great town.
Boulder, Co. Grad School. Fun.
Milwaukee, Wi. No explanation.
Seattle, Wa. Weirdest place I've ever lived.
Vancouver, BC. For work. Lovely, but also kind of weird.
LA. For work. Weird, but you want it that way.
Palm Springs. Sun, fun and good friends.
They were all terrific in different ways, but DC is my favorite overall.
I love Portland.
New York (born), Boston, Honolulu, Cleveland, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Bloomfield Hills.
Loved them all, but yearning for NYC again
LOL at "Bloomfield Hills" rather than "Detroit"!
Poughkeepsie, Toledo, Des Moines, Athens OH, Columbus OH, Austin TX, Providence, Ann Arbor, Washington DC, and now Charlottesville.
Austin and DC were my faves. Toledo was the pits.
R11, Bloomfield Hills is a city...I did not live anywhere near Detroit.
Glad you had a chuckle.
Bumfuck Egypt...a lot of us live here.
London is the most impressive. Philly is my favorite (nutty/friendly people, less difficulties). NYC is great, but you need to make more than 200k to enjoy it.
[quote]Champaign, Il. College.
I used to live about an hour away from there...it's a real shithole.
Chicago; Boston; Camden, Maine; Paris; Galway, Ireland; New York City; London.
When I was an active lush I moved a LOT.
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Forgot to mention: Boston is an extremely, extremely depressing city. Sense of humor challenged and overpriced. My least favorite city by FAR. Chicago was much better, which surprised me.
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You really lived in Camden? Were you born there?
R21 May I ask how you had the money to move around like that?
Chicago is a great city...if you don't get shot.
[quote]Forgot to mention: Boston is an extremely, extremely depressing city. Sense of humor challenged and overpriced. My least favorite city by FAR. Chicago was much better, which surprised me.
I'm from Chicago, and I completely disagree. Chicago is a real crime ridden shithole and the people are not nice at all. OTOH, Boston was very clean overall and the people were fine. I think the people there simply keep to themselves more and that's why it seems like they have no sense of humor. I'll agree it's overpriced though. Almost as expensive as NYC.
Hey, Chicago is no more crime ridden then anywhere else. It has a gang problem, always has had that problem but other then that...well yes, you will probably be mugged or...nevermind. Anyway, it's a great city!
[quote]Bloomfield Hills is a city [bold]located in the heart of Metro Detroit's affluent northern suburbs[/bold] in Oakland County in the US state of Michigan
[quote]Hey, Chicago is no more crime ridden then anywhere else.
Are you joking? It had over 500 murders last year - almost 100 more than New York even though NYC is over twice the size. And they're predicting this year will be even worse. It's a scary, rundown shithole.
It's no more run down then any other American City. Other than the gang problem, it really is no more crime ridden. Yes, pretty much everyone, becomes a victim if they live there but isn't that the way all of America is...in any city or town. When you have 300 million guns and a huge difference between the rich and poor, there's going to be crime.
I've never lived in a big city-- only the suburbs of San Francisco (East Bay), Washington (Northern VA) and Los Angeles (San Gabriel Valley.)
I'm trying to figure out how someone living an hour away from Champaign thinks IT'S a shithole.
And, R29? No one 20-ish miles outside of NYC feels an obligation to say that they're categorically "from NYC."
I mean, they might say "NYC suburbs," but will often specify their county or town.
R32, which was your favorite? Would you like to live in a city?
OK, your an actor. Actors live all over the world.
Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, London (UK), Halifax (NS)
I could never live east of Denver ever, ever again.
I would rather not live in Texas ever again but would before having to move East.
Las Vegas, NV
Chicago (4 different times), Indianapolis (twice), New Jersey, NYC (twice), Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Paris, New Orleans, Shreveport, Austin
I could have done without a lot of these moves.
Syracuse and Utica are two of the most depressing places known to man!
Oceanside, CA (Camp Pendelton)
Las Vegas again
Crystal Bay NV (Lake Tahoe)
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
London, Tokyo ( for work) Melbourne, Sydney, Los Angeles, San Francisco (briefly in the '80s) Christchurch (for work) , Belfast and New York.
Las Vegas - Love/Hate relationship with that place.
San Diego - Boring as fuck after a year.
R9 I don't know of this "Detroit" that R14 speaks of........
R49, my post really put R11 into a tailspin...even researched Wikipedia.
Georgia, California, Nice, the isle of Greece, at sea, Monte Carlo.
I was born on a farm in a rural area, and I still own that farm, but for work I have lived for short periods of time in cities. Houston, Dallas, Little Rock, Memphis, Lafayette and Fort Wayne, Indiana, Hayward, California. I lived in Houston for 11 years, but traveled back to the farm often.
I have lived in NYC all of my life and really have never found a reason to leave. I feel that I would always compare that city to mine and be dissatisfied. There is nowhere on earth to compare, so why go looking for inferior locations?
9 I live in Bloomfield Hills.
No, Stupid PPSM. ^^^
R39, how do you like Tampa, and where are you there?
Born in Scranton.
NYC since 1979; Chelsea since 1981.
Thinking of moving to Tampa area.
Pittsburgh, Seattle, Columbus, OH and Boca Raton, FL.
Sun Valley Idaho, Bellevue and Seattle Wash., Alta Utah.
Springfield, MA (born), Gill, MA, Washington, DC; New Haven, CT; Houston, TX; New York, NY; Miami, FL.
Washington and New Haven were my favorites.
I lived in Bangor, Maine for two years ... not recommended.
Dallas, Atlanta, DC, Los Angeles, Tampa, Albuquerque.
I loved Dc. Dallas is home now, and my favorite. I hated Tampa. Fucking shithole
DC, LA, NY, Phoenix and London. London is my favorite. DC and LA are my least favorite.
R64 - I agree with R71 , Tampa is a shithole. A shithole with great beaches nearby, but a shithole nonetheless. It's a sizable metro area (about 3 million ppl), but functions as a much smaller metro area due to all the mid-sized cities around there (St. Petersburg, Clearwater, etc.), so there's no focal point. St. Pete had the best downtown area of the three cities, located right on Tampa Bay. Ybor City has a good concentration of clubs and is very gay-friendly nowadays. The metro area has a very small town mentality - in spite of the diversity of the area, it was not very cosmopolitan. Orlando felt more cosmopolitan and "faster" to me even if it was a smaller city and metro area and even more suburban in character than the Tampa Bay Area.
Lots of trashy trailer parks and slummy areas too - even thr nicer areas were catty-corner to nasty slums. Unimpressive housing stock and a lot of it is older and expensive, especially over in Pinellas County (where St. Pete and Clearwater are). Lots of uneducated trashy ass people (trailer AND ghetto trash at that) and all the Florida weirdness. , And don't forget the bugs, heat and humidity.
R71 - How did you like Dallas compared to Atlanta? In considering a move to Dallas. I like Atlanta, but the economy is shitty, and there are many aspects to the city that are overrated. Due to my demographic, this city is supposed to be the be all and end all for me, but I find a lot of scandalous, messy queens trying to get over in someone or think they're about to be the next Derek J or Miss Laurence.
Christ, PPSM is back. Just like a plague, except less welcome.
r9, how did you like living/working in Honolulu? My partner and I are mulling a move there for work.
NYC, DC, Baltimore, Philly
R75, I liked it a lot, had a great time island hopping and appreciating the beauty of the islands and their different characteristics.
I stayed there for 2.5 years and then wanted to come home and off the "rock" and back to the real world. Made some nice friends who I still keep in touch with.
I would definitely recommend you try it for the experience.
By the time I left Washington DC after 5.5 years there, I thought of it as an abhorrent shithole hellhole.
What do I win?
Phildadelphia; Ft. Lauderdale; New York; Gainesville, Florida; Washington, DC; Chicago; Cochabamba, Bolivia; Sao Paulo.
Sampa, Cidade da Garoa
Berkeley, San Francisco, Sausalito, a semester in Paris, and San Jose. SJO is horrible.
Chicago (grew up there and lived there until age 29)
DC (been here 4 years)
Love them both for different reasons. Definitely need to be in a big, gay-friendly city. I came out in Boystown!
US Virgin Islands
I loved each place for different reasons, but my favorite, by a mile, was Los Angeles. I will never understand why it gets a bad rap.
Petersburg (VA, not Saint)
Providence, New Orleans, Cleveland, Tucson, Boston
Born in suburban NJ
I've never heard of anyone's having such a strong reaction to DC, R78. Did you have one of those experiences like in The Firm, or what?
I liked Atlanta a lot. The city is beautiful. It seemed to me however that the metro area was caught a bit off guard by the growth, and it fell behind keeping up.
Dallas has vast infrastructure (second most freeway miles per capita in the US), and the city is booming. It's easy to make friends here, and the city and county are strongly democratic.
But, it's Texas, and the state is currently run by the tea party. That is due to change, but it could be 8 years. Texas is a place you either love or hate. It's been the home of my family since before the days of the Texas Republic, so I am bias.
How bias are you, R90?
Panama City fl
Prefer Philly over them all.
Why do you prefer Philly?
Philly is livable, rather inexpensive, highly walkable, close to the shore, the mountains and bigger cities like New York. The history and cityscape are beautiful in Center City. It has a friendly vibe and yet a grittiness that makes it much more down-to-earth than most eastern US cities. The thing I truly love about Philly is that other people talk to each other. It isn’t called the city of brotherly love for nothing. Sure it’s got its crazies and crime isn’t exactly low, but there’s nowhere else I would rather live. I’ve only been here 12 years so maybe I’ll grow tired of it, but for me it’s great.
I've never lived in Phila., but I have friends there whom I've visited extensively, and I really like it. The part of West Philadelphia near Penn is one of those People's Republic places, like Berkeley or Santa Monica or the Upper West Side, and since Penn has a veterinary school, it seems more people have dogs than not. All in all, a cool place to live, I think.
Atlanta, San Francisco, San jose, Sacramento and Houston.
I've never lived in Philly but have visited Center City a few times. I absolutely love it. But I also love LA. And Chicago. So, I'm sure my POV is useless here.
Riseholme and Tilling. I prefer Tilling, although I miss Daisy next door sometimes and Olga is there, too, when not touring.
Santa Barbara (for six months)
back in LA again
St. Petersburg (Russia)
My favorite city is Paris. Second is St. Petersburg. And the only place I could live in Southern CA is Santa Monica, where you can walk and not use your car unless you're going somewhere else in the LA area.
NYC - born and bred.
LA - 3-year field trip.
NYC - the eastern seaboard is in my blood. and this is the *only* city to live in given that, IMHO .
NYC is a totally fabulous city, and I can understand all the adulation. However, surely it never hurts to visit/experience other cities, if for no other reason than to appreciate your home town. I love London, but am soooo glad that I have experienced living in/ visiting Rekjavik, Vancouver, Helsinki, Paris, Venice, Ojai, Melbourne, Edinburgh, Monaco, Bergen, Fiji and Munich. Among many others.
Some I wouldn't visit again, others, I love and revisit often
San Francisco - great for walking, sucks for parking, too cold in summer
Chicago - great walking city, expensive to park, too cold in winter
Los Angeles - sucks for walking, great for parking, perfect in winter
How is LA great for parking?
You don't have to pay most of the time. On the other hand, there aren't enough spaces and the spaces are all too narrow. And sometimes you do have to pay because you go to a place that uses valets.
New York City
Chapel Hill (College)
Finally, back home to New York City
In this order: Chicago (North Side), Toledo OH, Indianapolis (Downtown), Portland (Pearl District)
kingsport, asheville, deland, washington, new haven, new york, pittsburgh, barcelona, raleigh, charlottesville, georgetown
R107, In L.A. I can park for free at grocery stores, restaurants, businesses, mall parking garages for $1-3 for an afternoon, plus there's free street parking in various parts of the city and Valley that have NO meters. It was a nice change from Chicago where parking is at a premium. Most parking garages I'd have to valet and or pay an hourly rate at then about $12/hr.
Boston (least favorite)
I'm surprised so many people have lived in so many different cities.
Me: Minneapolis & Los Angeles
Minneapolis, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Los Angeles....
Been in Los Angeles 19 years since.
Don't wish for winters on anyone else. Spent too many good years snowed in.
Funny, R116. I'm moving from LA back to Minneapolis in a month.
New York, Chicago and Paris - I'd never go back to Chicago, I'm tired of New York - and even if I had millions, I don't think I'd want to stay here forever - why? Climate sucks, and though lots of stuff happens here, you can spend money better just about everywhere else.
Also, the city isn't nearly as raunchy as it once was, so that's an item for the con list.
Paris - there was nothing not to love there - food, fucking, fashion, fun - I mean, just a daily joy in being alive and living. You don't really even need a fortune to live there, if you know the score.
If you need to make a living, though, it can be so hard to do that.
Williston, ND (raised there)
Helena, MT (College)
Palo Alto, CA (College)
This is the first time in my life I have ever heard anyone say LA is good for parking.
Mumbai, Allentown, Boston, Pittsburgh, Princeton and Tampa.