8/25/09

A Few Minutes of Sanity by Tod

People have been asking how we came to this decision. We have been looking at places to move to since last year. It wasn't as much of a snap decision as I made out to be in the previous blog post. We looked at ME,Boston area, Western MA, Upstate NY, NC, Alabama, KY, TX, Santa Fe, Taos area, Sedona, CA, Seattle, considered parts of Canada. Portland seems to have the best blend of climate, population density, artist community/market. NYC, Chicago, San Francisco and Santa Fe are the best art markets for selling, but we don't want to live in or near them.

There are other smaller places with possibly better communities, but they are further from a major gallery markets and somewhat isolated. Most of these communities have big compromises that people seem to overlook. Paducah KY, which is often mentioned, happens to be the home of the largest uranium enrichment plant in the world (I don't know the process, but it does sit on a river, so I assume water is used. It would also be a good tactical target, since it would take years to build another one). Santa Fe looked like a possibility even with the high rents until we found out it sits at 7,200 ft! I'm sure there are places we missed, but we want to be in an area with at least 2+ million people that doesn't feel like a dense city. Seattle is high on the list and this way we have access to both since it is only a 3hr. drive between the two. I did spent a month in Seattle earlier this year and loved it. If Portland doesn't work out, our backup plan is to continue up to the Seattle area.

And yes, we realize that this is a tremendous risk. We feel it is more of a risk to the long term quality of our lives to stay here and whither. Besides, the unemployment rate is only 12%! Much better than Detroit (which made our top 5).

4 comments:

Karen said...

I wish you the best with this move! Portland might just do the trick for you both. Even though Seattle has so much more rain I always liked it for its people and its artists. All I know about Portland was from the highway and traffic....not a good basis for an opinion! I lived in Oregon for some time. In Eugene area and a wonderful little town on the coast south of Coos Bay called Gold Beach. Beautiful!

self taught artist said...

i've been to seattle about 9 times in the last 25 years... and as tod said he spent a month there this spring...we keep hearing compared to portland it is a bit more 'snooty' and higher cost of living. i think you are right...better for artists, portland i know is going to be more base for lack of better word artwise. can't do college towns..eugene is OUT.

Mikel O'Brien said...

Thanks for the explanation. I was immensely curious! As far as I know, you only get one life, so go for it and be happy! :)

Karen said...

Understand the college town thing. Its fantastic when your in your twenties...a bit odd when your closer to er..older...