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    Quote Originally Posted by southernbelle View Post
    I am partial to Houston because I grew up there. Depending on which school district you live in, there are excellent public schools. The cost of living is very low compared to other large U.S. cities, and there's a lot to do. The food in Houston is excellent, too.
    Now, THAT was one nice thing about Houston: the cost of living is extremely low compared to other Texas cities.

    Quote Originally Posted by hustle4alivin View Post
    Not an unpopular opinion at all, quite common actually. I found out that if people avoid the whole Park Cities/Uptown/Preston Road corridor, there are friendly people to be found in Dallas.

    One thing I've observed is that for the most part Houstonians and Dallasites get along like oil and water or the bloods and crips Makes the Melbourne-Sydney rivalry and the one-sided San Francisco-Los Angeles rivalry (most Angelenos couldn't give a shit what San Franciscans think of them) look like child's play in comparison.
    Now when I lived in Dallas, I found everyone I met to be welcoming and friendly and I lived and worked in the Park Cities/Uptown/Preston Road area. *shrugs*

    And oh yeah. True about the MAJOR rivalry between Houston and Dallas.

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    Washington, D.C.- My birthplace
    San Francisco- Love everything except the fog :-/
    Beaufort, SC- More specifically a little island called Fripp Island
    Santa Margherita and Portofino, Italy- great food, gorgeous coastlines
    Florence is a close 2nd behind those.
    Munich- Love me a German beer haus!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebonnet View Post
    Now, THAT was one nice thing about Houston: the cost of living is extremely low compared to other Texas cities.



    Now when I lived in Dallas, I found everyone I met to be welcoming and friendly and I lived and worked in the Park Cities/Uptown/Preston Road area. *shrugs*

    And oh yeah. True about the MAJOR rivalry between Houston and Dallas.
    Park Cities is old money, so I could see them being friendlier than the noveau-riche West Plano crowd because they have nothing to prove.

    What about Preston Hollow? Is that old money or new money there? The Bushes are in PH, not the Park Cities, right? Uptown Dallas reminded me too much of the whole douchebag scene in Buckhead here in Atlanta. There used to be a huge nightlife scene in Buckhead but too much riff-raff showed up and ruined the party and the wealthy residents in Buckhead were not having that. They tore down a lot of the nightclubs.

    Regarding the rivalry, it's funny how these two cities will build things to one-up each other. Houston has a Galleria, so Dallas had to have one too (Northpark is better to me), Dallas built a light-rail, so all of a sudden, Houston "needs" one. I will say that Houston's museums are far superior to what Dallas has to offer (The Nasher Sculpture Garden is cute though), and I agree that the best museums in the Metroplex are over in Fort Worth.

    I've seriously debated whether or not to move to Texas in the next few years, but I moved to Atlanta at the end of the boom years, and have the feeling that my day-late-and-a-dollar short ass would finally get the chance to move to Texas right as the boom is ending.

    Washington DC - I have debated whether or not if I want to move there. Love the urban environment, cultural amenities, location, and whatnot, but I hate the congestion, obscene cost-of-living, and a lot of the people there can get pretty damn snotty ("What's your GS-level?" "What Ivy league did you matriculate from?" "You sure have an accent!" "What do you do?"). I have family and lots of friends in the area, so I've got to know the DC area quite well over the years. It's still one of my favorite cities and I'm always doing something new or discovering something cool whenever I go there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hustle4alivin View Post
    Washington DC - I have debated whether or not if I want to move there. Love the urban environment, cultural amenities, location, and whatnot, but I hate the congestion, obscene cost-of-living, and a lot of the people there can get pretty damn snotty ("What's your GS-level?" "What Ivy league did you matriculate from?" "You sure have an accent!" "What do you do?"). I have family and lots of friends in the area, so I've got to know the DC area quite well over the years. It's still one of my favorite cities and I'm always doing something new or discovering something cool whenever I go there.
    I always got the impression that the Dupont Circle area would be an awesome place to live if you are gay or lesbian. I'm sure it's pretty expensive, though. The snotty part is probably true, too. Lots of policy wonks with ivy league degrees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    I always got the impression that the Dupont Circle area would be an awesome place to live if you are gay or lesbian. I'm sure it's pretty expensive, though. The snotty part is probably true, too. Lots of policy wonks with ivy league degrees.
    Oh yeah, Dupont Circle is the center of LGBT life in DC from what I've seen.

    Are you in Howard County by any chance (you're closer to B-more, right?) I've never been to the Baltimore Inner Harbor, but I've flown into BWI, and been to Annapolis (awesome town), but I do want to spend more time in Baltimore next time I go up there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hustle4alivin View Post
    Oh yeah, Dupont Circle is the center of LGBT life in DC from what I've seen.

    Are you in Howard County by any chance (you're closer to B-more, right?) I've never been to the Baltimore Inner Harbor, but I've flown into BWI, and been to Annapolis (awesome town), but I do want to spend more time in Baltimore next time I go up there.
    Yup, I am there - great county. Definitely closer to Baltimore, but you can get to both DC/Balt very easily from where I am. I forgot about Anne Arundel - great along the waterfront, but there are a lot of Honey Booboo areas, too, so watch out!

    Inner Harbor is definitely okay. National Aquarium is there. Maryland Science Center. Hard Rock cafe. Convention Center. First Mariner's Arena (lots of performances there). Camden Yards (Oriole's) is there. Ravens stadium (forget what it's name is). ALL within walking distance. Tons of nice bars and restaurants.

    And it has hospitals up the wazoo. If you get on someone's nerves and get shot or stabbed, you are literally within six blocks of University of Maryland Medical Systems (one of the best shock-trauma centers in the US), Johns Hopkins Hospital, Mercy Hospital, St. Agnes Hospital, Bon Secours Hospital, Union Memorial Hospital, and University of Maryland at Baltimore Health Sciences Facility. I don't know how all these places stay in business, but I'm thinking that Baltimoreans are very accident prone or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisNine View Post
    I'm another one that can find something great about most any place. Except Vegas. Hate it. . . .
    totally with you on this. i am hard pressed to list cities i really dislike, except for vegas. HATE

    the OC is not my fave place but i can handle it for the short visits i do several times a year.

    love chicago (not during the summer or mid-winter, of course), NYC, seattle, DC, and tons of other cities. LOVE SF and lots of towns in the bay area. there are so many little towns here that are off the beaten path but are great to visit.

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    agree about brussels. love paris and most of the other places in the EU i've visited. didn't love the smells of venice (ew) but it was fun hanging out with locals.

    and bitter, don't agree with you about tokyo. love it there, kind of like being on another planet. so much fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hustle4alivin View Post
    Oh yeah, Dupont Circle is the center of LGBT life in DC from what I've seen.

    Are you in Howard County by any chance (you're closer to B-more, right?) I've never been to the Baltimore Inner Harbor, but I've flown into BWI, and been to Annapolis (awesome town), but I do want to spend more time in Baltimore next time I go up there.
    Baltimore is great. It's a bit more relaxed than DC, but tons of great bars and restaurants. It's a pretty little city, too. Fells Point is great for visiting and Little Italy had wonderful restaurants. Sabatino's is my all time favorite Annapolis is my hometown and it's a great little place, but DC definitely has more to offer as far as excitement. Annapolis is quaint, quiet and a great place to live.

    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    Yup, I am there - great county. Definitely closer to Baltimore, but you can get to both DC/Balt very easily from where I am. I forgot about Anne Arundel - great along the waterfront, but there are a lot of Honey Booboo areas, too, so watch out!

    Inner Harbor is definitely okay. National Aquarium is there. Maryland Science Center. Hard Rock cafe. Convention Center. First Mariner's Arena (lots of performances there). Camden Yards (Oriole's) is there. Ravens stadium (forget what it's name is). ALL within walking distance. Tons of nice bars and restaurants.

    And it has hospitals up the wazoo. If you get on someone's nerves and get shot or stabbed, you are literally within six blocks of University of Maryland Medical Systems (one of the best shock-trauma centers in the US), Johns Hopkins Hospital, Mercy Hospital, St. Agnes Hospital, Bon Secours Hospital, Union Memorial Hospital, and University of Maryland at Baltimore Health Sciences Facility. I don't know how all these places stay in business, but I'm thinking that Baltimoreans are very accident prone or something.
    Anne Arundel County!!! Wooo Hooo! Love it and miss it. How can you not miss Glen Burnie Seriously, I would go back in a second. It was great growing up there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisNine View Post
    Anne Arundel County!!! Wooo Hooo! Love it and miss it. How can you not miss Glen Burnie Seriously, I would go back in a second. It was great growing up there.
    LOL, it's where I'm sitting right now. Just in case you were curious, Cancun Cantina is still filled with bikers after 6 pm.

    Did you leave the area before Arundel Mills (and the giant casino) opened?

    Quote Originally Posted by KrisNine View Post
    Baltimore is great. It's a bit more relaxed than DC, but tons of great bars and restaurants. It's a pretty little city, too. Fells Point is great for visiting and Little Italy had wonderful restaurants. Sabatino's is my all time favorite Annapolis is my hometown and it's a great little place, but DC definitely has more to offer as far as excitement. Annapolis is quaint, quiet and a great place to live.


    How about Chiaparelli's? That was the main restaurant I ate at in Little Italy. I have no other frame of reference....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    LOL, it's where I'm sitting right now. Just in case you were curious, Cancun Cantina is still filled with bikers after 6 pm.

    Did you leave the area before Arundel Mills (and the giant casino) opened?



    How about Chiaparelli's? That was the main restaurant I ate at in Little Italy. I have no other frame of reference....
    Cancun Cantina, is that by the old airport? The old executive airport (backside of BWI, sort of).

    I Maryland in 99 and the DC area in '02. So, Arundel Mills is where I go with my family when we go to the movies.

    Chiaparelli's has amazing food, too. There's another restaurant there that I love and can't think of the name.

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    I am mad for Hong Kong; I've been three times, but I doubt if I could live there. It's too pricey and the buildings are built into the hills. Rainy season brings landslides too.
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    Getting in here with some DC love.

    Of all the cities I've lived in, DC was my fave. Always something fun to do, great public transport, and I loved being surrounded by young people who were ambitious and going somewhere in life.

    Most of my friends work for non-profits, so there were constantly parties, happy hours, book readings, meet and greets, etc. Love the weather, love the smell of politics in the air. I lived in Dupont Circle and it was awesome.

    I also spent some time in Columbia, MD - another awesome place to live.

    Second favorite city - San Diego. Lovely weather, so much to do. Hub and I bought annual passes to the zoo, wild animal park and sea world. We spent nearly every weekend walking around the zoo or wild animal park -- we'd pack snacks and just go to get in some exercise. It was pretty awesome.

    We live in Austin now. I like it, great place to raise a family, low crime, friendly folks, and the cost of living makes home ownership affordable. We're not really party people, but the live music is fun to take in here and there. We love to go downtown and hit up the trails near the lakes. I'd recommend Austin for anyone looking to relocate. The only part is dislike is the weather, but that's the trade-off.

    I'd move to DC in a heartbeat if we could have the same quality of life there.

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    HK used to be great but the air pollution is horrendous. It's a permanent, dirty yellow low smog over the Peak and you often can't see the tops of tall buildings. It got so bad that my friends packed up and came back to some clean air in Oz. However, the shopping is still the best in the world so it's well worth a visit. Much of the "old" HK has gone too with lovely colonial buildings replaced by glass and concrete boxes and you hardly see any little sampans bobbing about in the harbour now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    HK used to be great but the air pollution is horrendous. It's a permanent, dirty yellow low smog over the Peak and you often can't see the tops of tall buildings. It got so bad that my friends packed up and came back to some clean air in Oz. However, the shopping is still the best in the world so it's well worth a visit. Much of the "old" HK has gone too with lovely colonial buildings replaced by glass and concrete boxes and you hardly see any little sampans bobbing about in the harbour now.
    The old colonial parts are what I liked about it the most. And the restaurants were great. But like Tokyo, it's easy to suffer from sensory overload with the crowds, smells and bright lights at night. Twenty minutes in the marketplace and I was ready to cut somebody.
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    I love Glasgow, Moniaive (SW Scotland) pretty much all of North Yorkshire, and the Isle of Man. I don't think that there is anywhere that I particularly dislike but I wasn't impressed with London. It was dirty, noisy and I don't think I'll ever be going there for any longer than a flying visit again.
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