Who's Your City?, by Richard Florida
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I need a new home!

I need to find a new home- city/country.  I now live in Washington, D.C. where I was caring for my mom.  She just passed a few days ago and I realize I no longer have any dreams for my life.  I am a sculptor/painter, self taught, raised overseas… like to live among my animals.   My health has become a problem, but i found this book—Serendipity!

Any ideas, anyone ? Happy New Year to all !

Sent by Margarite from Washington, D.C.

10 Responses to “I need a new home!”

  1. King William Says:

    Try San Antonio… weather is perfect and is still the best kept secret in US.

  2. Jack Cone Says:

    Margarite, from D.C., I feel for you with the loss of your mom. My dad passed in `05 and that is a trial, just with the logistics, but the emotions are so rough. Let me give you a bright note; Portland, OR is an excellent locale for an artist. Not only will the flora and fauna juice up your muse, the vistas excite you, but you’ll find a vast community of art sensitive types here, too. Maybe too many, since selling locally presents a real competition. However, it’s a great place to live, work and ply your wares on the internet. As chronicled in Rise of the Creative Class, this is a community that is big on tolerance, welcoming of diverse thought and has quite a few of he other traits of success Richard said come with creative shmoes like us. Sincerely, Jack

  3. Jonathan Says:

    Try Hong Kong. It really needs some creativity.

  4. nancoo Says:

    Dear Margarite: My condolences on the passing of your Mother. May I add that I think you will find that the love of parents for their children, and vice versa, can never be lost. In the coming days, I hope you find peace and fond memories replacing the current sadness you feel.

    If you are an artist, you will flourish in New Mexico…Taos or Albuquerque will sooth your soul and delight your eyes with its natural beauty, golden daylight and fellow artists.

    But…wait at least 3 months before you make any major decisions (financial as well). Sometimes grief can cloud good decision-making…

    My best to you…be well.

  5. Phil Says:

    As others have said, first and foremost my condolences.

    I lived the majority of my life in Washington, DC and its environs. I pulled stakes and immigrated to Canada 7 years ago and made my home in Toronto. It has a lively creative sector and arts scene, although you can’t just pick up and move. There is a good bit of paperwork and it takes a couple of years. Still, it’s worth it once you get here. Lovely people, these Canadians.

  6. Margarite d'Arsinoe Says:

    thanks so much, everybody !!! still in D.C. BUT! xxxx Margarite

  7. Michael VanDerHerberg Says:


    You’re welcome to pass through Peterborough and let me know what you think. We are a creative economy, rich in arts, food, and culture. It’s not a perfect community, but we don’t sweep the dust under the rug either.


  8. Basil Akers Says:

    You may want to look at Roanoke, VA. It is close to DC but world’s away in traffic and congestion. A Greenway without comparison and a clean source of fresh water with the innovative Taubman Museum leading the renaissance of the downtown

  9. Retiree Says:

    Take a look at Dumaguete, Philippines. It is cheap and has a good environment for expats and retirees. It has been featured at Islands Magazine as One of the Best Islands to Live in 2007: http://asianjournalusa.com/negros-oriental-among-top-best-places-to-live-p3336-60.htm. Learn more about Dumaguete through this article: http://retirephilippines.com/negros-oriental/dumaguetenegros-oriental-philippines-a-good-place-to-retire/.

    If you want to interact with expats/retirees/locals, you can do so at http://www.dumagueteinfo.com.

    The City of Dumaguete also places emphasis on arts and culture, being a university town. There are art galleries and exhibition halls, and venues for the performing arts in the city.

  10. Peter Says:

    If you want a small city with something of a big city cultural and education vibe, look at Burlington, Vermont. We moved here from DC over 10 years ago and love it.

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