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  •  The Story Gave the Reason... (4.00)
    ...at the beginning.

    Economics.

    It costs a lot of money to be a liberal or an 'artiste' these days. Those funky old places you used to be able to rent for next-to-nothing have been torn down and replaced by externally attractive buildings available only to businesses and individuals with spotless credit ratings.

    The places with cheap rent tend to be in the 'red' areas. In the 'blue' areas, you don't have the luxury of working for the love of it. Gotta make what you do commercial in order to pay the rent.

    "Dictators would be better off if they zoom zoomed now and then" - Ira Gershwin

    by jabney on Sun Apr 24, 2005 at 02:58:01 PM PDT

    •  Chicago or Pittsburgh? (none)
      A move to Chicago would nicely decrease rents, and nobody could complain that it is "further from reality".   A blue city between Hyde-bound suburbs and Indiana.  You got industry, politics, universities, perhaps only the think tanks are missing (I would not miss them).

      Pittsburgh is a nice city with good value for money.

      A radical move toward reality would be to Springfield (any Springfield).

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