Who's Your City?, by Richard Florida
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Seeking a Multi-faceted City


Okay, I don’t know how to ask this question. I’m having trouble finding my ideal city, and this economy is a big part of the problem.

Here’s my ideal city–> very diverse, full of artists, musicians, writers, actors, creative types, very progressive politically, very friendly and open, down-to-earth people, lots of highly intelligent people, lots of hippies & eccentric, nonconformist, “out of the box” thinkers (I really wish I could transport myself to the 60s!) Yet with all this I need to be able to find a job and an affordable place to live–but this could be worked out somehow I suppose if I found the ideal place. (Why is it that the artsy, creative cities become prohibitively too expensive for artists like me to live in them?)

Also I’d prefer to live in a major city to which lots of people move from other places. Currently, I live in the midwest & it seems everyone is “from here,” is white and middle class. Everything & everyone looks and feels the same. Even the food all tastes the same. I feel like the raving eccentric from Cali… But, then again, I am–used to live in Cali, had to leave due to the economy.

Anybody have any suggestions? BTW, I’m a filmmaker, writer, actor, musician, very creative and love being around other artists & living in places where there are people from other parts of the world. Sadly, like many artists, I’m struggling financially and having trouble finding a place where there are lots of creatives like me, but where one doesn’t need to be rich to live there and where artists are supportive of each other. Perhaps this just doesn’t exist in the U.S. anymore?

Sent by Mindy from “Mindyapolis”

8 Responses to “Seeking a Multi-faceted City”

  1. John Murray Says:

    Hi Mindy
    Look into our city…Oklahoma City. I think you will be surprised. My friend, Cacki Poarch is the director of DeadCenter Film Festival and she is on Face Book. We have one of the 10 largest Arts Festivals in the US staged every year. OKC is coming of age and is dynamic, energetic, with a can do work ethic yet is affordable (check out this information on OKC’s Chamber of Commerce site). People here are friendly and there is a diverse creative community. Check us out.

  2. John Murray Says:

    Check out the site http://www.stateofcreativity.com

  3. Libby Says:

    Have you considered D.C. and its suburbs? While the area isn’t inexpensive, there are definitely creative enclaves in the area that seem like they might be right for you.

  4. Nathan Marion Says:

    I’d say come check out Seattle!

  5. Leo Says:

    I know it’s not in the US, but maybe Montreal?

  6. Mike Says:

    Come to Nashville – not too far from where you are. You will probably enjoy the creative, more diverse scene of East Nashville, Woodbine or 12 South. You will rarely meet someone ‘from here.’

  7. Rachael Says:

    Oklahoma City? Are you kidding? Stay far, far away. Expect if you are a hippie or anyone different other than right wing Christian, you will be looked down upon. It’s a land full of strip corporate chains next to bad roads and run down buildings.

  8. Mimi Routh Says:

    You might re-think the Bay Area. I certainly am. Hey, if it’s on a BART line, it’s remotely doable. I left there June 2002. Can’t go back to 1972 but the same vibes might be in a nearby community. Doesn’t everyone want organic veggies? I think I’d be willing to commute from a foggy, “iffy” neighborhood. All the best to you, Mindy!

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