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post #31 of 50
There's actualy a great nice old zoo in Barcelona...
post #32 of 50
Yeah Pittsburgh at #49...its funny we dont see Philly on there....

Eh, not really...Philly, though its proximity to major US cities is amazing, is actually the dirtiest city I have ever been to (I've lived in the city for 3 years). Some of the suburbs are nice though, I will give it that...but apparently its no Pittsburgh.
post #33 of 50
PhillippeR,

I'm sure they have a lovely zoo in Barcelona. I was joking about Bern's bear pit. Nearly every non-Swiss I've spoke to, who has been to Bern, thinks their little sunken concrete pit is a cruel home for the living emblem of the city. It's pathetic, disgusting, and, to many North Americans, shocking, at least to those whom I knew in the Zürich expat community when I spent time there.

And how Bern can always rate so highly in such reports is beyond me. It is indeed clean, though.
post #34 of 50
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post
i lived in Seattle for 5 years, and agree the Northwest is a grand place. that being said, we're happy that you would rather rust that tan as CO is getting a bit crowded.

Mike
Haha - well, there are oncologists in my family. Showing up with a George Hamilton tan is about as welcome as showing up with cigarettes.

Philly isn't on the list, and neither is Dallas. Both exclusions seem right to me.
post #35 of 50
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PhillippeR,

I'm sure they have a lovely zoo in Barcelona. I was joking about Bern's bear pit. Nearly every non-Swiss I've spoke to, who has been to Bern, thinks their little sunken concrete pit is a cruel home for the living emblem of the city. It's pathetic, disgusting, and, to many North Americans, shocking, at least to those whom I knew in the Zürich expat community when I spent time there.

And how Bern can always rate so highly in such reports is beyond me. It is indeed clean, though.
Ahem, I've sort of missed the pun...
Maybe I should spend more time in Bern. Or maybe not...
post #36 of 50
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I disagree with Colorado Springs.
That is pure insanity - unless you are a fervent evangelical "new Christian" could you ever really feel welcome?
I'm an atheist, I've lived in Colorado Springs for 16 years, my direct supervisor at work attends New Life Church, half my neighborhood are Army families, and I've never had any problems whatsoever.

On the other hand, I worked with some people who moved here from Minneapolis and couldn't stand it; they were offended by the merest possibility of disagreement with their political opinions, as far as I could tell.

I guess it depends on your level of tolerance, mostly. There's something to be said for nice weather and nearby mountains.

Doesn't it rain way too much in Vancouver? Yuck.
post #37 of 50
Having spent a fair amount of time in the top three cites I can say state that both Vancouver and Geneva have some well dressed, great looking gals who are excellent skiers.

Zurich has always left me a bit cold, though it does have a great lingerie shop...
post #38 of 50
Like someone before said, its funny that those are all major cities. I wouldn't step foot in any of them- they're just too crowded for my tastes. Personally, I'd prefer to live in a small town in the mountains, like Crested Butte or Aspen.
post #39 of 50
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I noticed that these are all large cities. I wouldn't want to live in any of them unless I had to
Yup.
post #40 of 50
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Originally Posted by faber View Post
PhillippeR,

I'm sure they have a lovely zoo in Barcelona. I was joking about Bern's bear pit. Nearly every non-Swiss I've spoke to, who has been to Bern, thinks their little sunken concrete pit is a cruel home for the living emblem of the city. It's pathetic, disgusting, and, to many North Americans, shocking, at least to those whom I knew in the Zürich expat community when I spent time there.

And how Bern can always rate so highly in such reports is beyond me. It is indeed clean, though.
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Ino not defending the Bear Pits but there is a plan to make one side of embankment down to the river a new bear park. I,ll try to find the plan.
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post #42 of 50
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I cant think of a witty 1000th post so I post this message,

Trust me when i say this that parts of pittsburgh(the northeasten area) screw the burgh ranking into the positive quite a bit. Pittsburgh is the most racist city I have ever been in to, casual rampant rascism. Among white people small talking the Nword is frequently used. I have called people out before.

There is alot of pluses to living here but this is the thing that pisses me off most about living in Jagoff city.

I wish Borat would of came here to show the true color of the average pittsburgh person. Not what they hide behind.
I see you've never been to Texas.
There truly are plenty of really great folks here, but I have a feeling you'd return home thinking Pittsburgh is the height of racial harmony.
post #43 of 50
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Originally Posted by flaviaman View Post
Having spent a fair amount of time in the top three cites I can say state that both Vancouver and Geneva have some well dressed, great looking gals who are excellent skiers.

Zurich has always left me a bit cold, though it does have a great lingerie shop...
Greatest looking women: Montreal
Sexiest, coolest, most stylish, and most self-assured women: Montreal

Also many who are excellent skiers.
post #44 of 50
I grew up in Seattle and visit Vancouver often. My last visit there was after Christmas last year. Great city. I love it. But wow is there a hideous problem with drug use and homeless youth (and older people, too I guess). I have to believe that whoever drew up this list is not familiar with anything east of downtown Vancouver. Walk two blocks in the wrong direction from your chic hotel and you're climbing over passed-out kids with needles sticking out of their arms. I presume they don't find the quality of life all that great.
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I grew up in Seattle and visit Vancouver often. My last visit there was after Christmas last year. Great city. I love it. But wow is there a hideous problem with drug use and homeless youth (and older people, too I guess). I have to believe that whoever drew up this list is not familiar with anything east of downtown Vancouver. Walk two blocks in the wrong direction from your chic hotel and you're climbing over passed-out kids with needles sticking out of their arms. I presume they don't find the quality of life all that great.
I agree there's a problem with drug use, and it is terrible...but it is confined to a very small area - a few blocks. -- and to the city's credit they're working on it progressively, rather than using the failed "WAR ON DRUGS!" approach.

As for homeless youth, that's a problem everywhere. If you don't see it in a big city that only means they've been driven elsewhere (or further 'underground'), not that the problem has been 'solved'.

EXRACER: Quality of life in Calgary tops Montreal? Well, in terms of wilderness and physical activity. But no city in North America comes close to the social life in Montreal. And as far as cultural experience goes only NYC and Toronto can compete (within North America).
I really like Calgary - and one thing that can be said is that is somehow just FEELS good there (special ions in the air? ) - but if you want a city that will give you one very different experience after another, that's Montreal.

JRBD: Maybe I'm being too hard on Colorado Springs. The mission of the New Lifers and others is just disturbing to me.
Vancouver does rain during the winter, but after living in London it was no sweat. Quite a fine rain a lot of the time (unlike London).
But the rain isn't the problem - it's the darkness of the winter months because of the constantly overcast sky...thankfully there are some great anti-depressants nearby: Whistler, Grouse, Cypress, etc.
post #46 of 50
OK, there is one other downside of Colorado Springs: the military sometimes jams your garage door opener.
http://www.gazette.com/display.php?id=1327164&secid=1
http://www.libertypost.org/cgi-bin/r...=25025&Disp=15

And OldSchool, I've never been proselytized by New Life or Focus on the Family, but there were a couple of Mormons biking around my neighborhood last week. I guess we're too close to Utah.
post #47 of 50
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Yeah, I spent the first 50-some years of my life in the NYC and Philly metro areas. I am thrilled to live in the sticks where you keep seeing your neighbor in the grocery store and if you dial a wrong number you probably know the person you dialed anyway (it's happened to us twice).
Best for whom? I agree 100%. For me and my wife a town of 10,000 is too large. We live near a town of 5000 that has good culture, restaurants and plenty of outdoor stuff like hiking biking and skiing. BTW this is coming from a guy who was born and raised in San Francisco. Don't get me wrong, from what I hear many people regard the City as being second only to Paris in appeal. Be that as it may, while I may agree to a degree you couldn't pay me enough to live in SF. Urban areas do not appeal to me.
post #48 of 50
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato View Post
Based upon ski preferences, I used to fantasize about Salt Lake City as the ideal spot in the world to live.

Then I lived there. For us, it didn't work at all - based upon non-ski issues.

Now, it appears we could end up in Colorado, north of Denver. I'm interested to see how this works out!
"For us", what, you only have one wife!
Oh, lookout now, I better duck!
Wouldn't be so bad if all you did was ski.
post #49 of 50
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Originally Posted by jrbd View Post
I'm an atheist, I've lived in Colorado Springs for 16 years, my direct supervisor at work attends New Life Church, half my neighborhood are Army families, and I've never had any problems whatsoever.

On the other hand, I worked with some people who moved here from Minneapolis and couldn't stand it; they were offended by the merest possibility of disagreement with their political opinions, as far as I could tell.

I guess it depends on your level of tolerance, mostly. There's something to be said for nice weather and nearby mountains.

Doesn't it rain way too much in Vancouver? Yuck.
Rain is relative, it keeps the air clean and the trees green. It either bothers you or it doesn't. More rain in the lowlands just means more snow in the mountains (most of the time) that's why Baker already has 125 inch base!! I kid you not.
post #50 of 50
Zurich is definitely better than Geneva, but it is not a place I would choose to live. The Swiss are a bit boring but they look after number one - which is a good thing in my view. They would never let themselves get overwhelmed with asylum seekers, or illegal immigrants, or Muslims instructing them how to behave (as stanton will be well aware).

I also prefer Canadian cities to American ones, but I would not choose to live in North America.

Australasia is too far from my nearest and dearest and, unlike some on this board, I am not the sort to up sticks and move 1000s of miles.

I could never live in Japan.

I am quite happy with 'old' Europe.

Lots of lovely cities do not feature in the list - Porto, Krakow etc. They are probably not on the rich list.

As regards languages, I could make myself understood in French and the lifestyle and political set up have strong appeal - but I would never choose Paris.

There is probably a town like La Rochelle, that has a reasonable climate and is not too big, or too small and is not plagued by rioters that would suit me down to the ground. That is the theory. I have not actually been to La Rochelle. I do not yet know France well enough to pick one spot -but it would not be a ski resort.
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