The other day we got on the old "best places to live" debate, and I rattled off my top choices. Anyway, I thought I might bring the debate to the blog by posting them here.
There maybe isn't too much science to my choices, but I do give big points to density. It's no coincidence that my top two choices (S.F. and New York) are the two most densely populated cities in the U.S.
I also require at least two hip-hop stations, a decent symphony and opera and good public transit. S.F., New York, Chicago and Los Angeles all fit that bill (well, L.A. may be pushing it on the density and transit, but I believe it has three hip-hop stations, so we'll give it a break).
Weather is also a deciding factor — espeically heat and humitidy. The summers anywhere on the East Coast — other than Maine or Cape Cod — are pretty much intolerable. (New York at least has other redeeming qualities.)
Top 20 Cities
1. San Francisco
2. New York
4. Los Angeles
8. San Diego
9. Washington, D.C.
10. Portland, Oregon
15. St. Louis