Saturday, June 14, 2008


I think that might be my most commented upon blog post. I should have just thrown the topic out to y'all when I was pouring over the millions of top ten lists out there when it comes to the bestest towns ever.

I have some of the same concerns that alot of you brought up about Mass. We're completely spoiled in this part of the country. My BIL lives in Jamaica Plains MA and we helped him apartment hunt when he first moved there. I almost fainted at the rental prices. One month would have almost paid for my first apartment for 6 months. But we are still going to check out the area there and in Northampton MA. We visited NoHo a few years ago but it seemed too "small town" at the time. Now that we're looking for a smaller community we're going to visit again. We're also checking out Brattleboro and Burlington VT. Any other suggestions for what we should visit in the area?

We've always liked Providence RI...well and most of the towns we love are university towns. I love the idea of a town center and the community that a university provides. I guess that is what we're looking for in co-housing too. A stronger sense of community. We were bummed when we realized we'll miss the co-housing conference as the first part of our three week trip is spending time with Grandma & Grampa in Chicago -which we're also considering.


Elsa said...

I'm in VT :) I think Burlington and/or Brattleboro are great choices. If you are going up to Burlington, you should stop off in Montpelier on your way. VT is pretty white, but also very accepting, ime. Burlington has the most racial diversity in the state, I'd say.

And VT is *way* more affordable than MA. There is a new cohousing community in Burlington (called Burlington Cohousing, I believe!) and a much more established one in Hartland (near White River Junction). I can look up the name of that one if you want me too.

fostermama said...

Burlington VT voted as a city to keep Whole Foods out of downtown because they knew the city could only support one major grocery store and they wanted to keep their Food Coop.

Our good friends who settled here (and thus recruited us here) were seriously considering Burlington.

For coho info:

Anonymous said...

Have you thought about the DC area? As a whole, there's a fair amount of racial/economic/glbt diversity, though many neighborhoods are still quite segregated. Cost of living is high, but not really any worse than the Boston or Chicago areas. I don't know much about having a disability here, but it doesn't snow often (if mobility in winter weather is a concern), public transit is good, and Gallaudet is in DC and there's a strong Deaf community.

Other places: the Twin Cities (surprisingly diverse, or at least I was surprised), Houston (fairly conservative but cheap and diverse--and big enough to find like-minded folks), Austin, Portland.