I was trolling the internet, doing searches for best cities to live, or best creative towns, etc... and I stumbled here. I just joined this site in hopes of gaining some insight about places people end up after new york.
I have lived here in brooklyn for 8 years. I am an architect/designer, I am originally from new mexico, and also lived in portland oregon, and providence, RI.
I live in cobble hill and I love my neighborhood. I really love brooklyn actually. However, I know I am ready to move on. I am tired of high rent, not being able to save, cockroaches, stress, roommates, not being able to have a dog, apartment life, not having a garden, working for unsavory egomaniacs, noise, ambulances, did I say stress?
I have been ready to make a move for while now, with hopes for a better lifestyle and more affordable living but I am having such a hard time deciding where to move. My hopes are to find a midsize city that can sustain a design career and has affordable housing, and nice weather...
I don't know where this site will take me but i am hoping to hear some suggestions. My current shortlist is:
I know there are great things about these cities so I don't mean to come off sounding cynical. Moving used to be fairly easy for me, but I am at a stage where I want to really put down roots so it just feels like a lot of pressure. I also know that there are things about brooklyn that I will miss immensely - like walking around the neighborhood and doing all my errands, seeing people that live in the area. It's a simple pleasure, really.
Anyway, thanks for letting me ramble.