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In 2007, she and her artist husband Jeremy Boyle (whose program to make elementary-school-age children comfortable with electric circuitry is profiled here) were living in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he had a faculty appointment at a nearby university.
When it was time to leave there, they knew they would need to find a city that offered both affordable living space and affordable studio space.
Thompson’s case in a nutshell: He writes about a study that looks into which cities in the United States still offer some opportunity to pursue the American Dream—those having a magical combination of social mobility and affordability.
And, Doyle noted, the city has a new mayor committed to making the city more walkable and bikeable.And here's a comment that struck me, in part because it's so in synch with the point Andrews and Bricker emphasized: “If you have a passion you want to pursue, it’s easy to do it here.” As we’ll see, that’s something I heard frequently.Wendy Downs is the founder of Moop, a handmade bag company that I profiled here recently.Doyle and I knew each other through social networks only, so when I was in Pittsburgh in September I asked him to meet me for a beer.We met up at the Industry Public House, a trendy bar/restaurant on Butler Street in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. She also works as a freelancer (she’s a classical musician and a journalist.) But they found they didn’t like Boston (it “felt aloof and pricey”), they had no ties there, and its only redeeming feature was that it’s “close to laid-back Maine.”So, they decided to leave Boston. To answer that question, they went on a long road trip across the United States to try to figure out what city they wanted to live in next.
Doyle described their journey in an engaging piece he wrote for magazine. They liked it: “The city was clean, friendly, and full of a surprising amount of history.