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Old 03-26-2014, 10:28 PM
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I remember hearing something about Minneapolis - there were a few articles Alan posted on his site about poly peeps there, IIRC. Unless it was about what an anomaly poly is there - I don't know! Just thought I'd toss it out there for you or someone to look into!
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Old 03-27-2014, 05:25 PM
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Thanks guys.

For those just joining us: We are seeking to build a list of poly-friendly cities throughout the world. So far anecdote, reasonable guesswork, and word of mouth have had to suffice, but solid statistics based on polls and studies would be welcome too.

Here's the latest:

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"The suburbs of Syracuse, NY have a good number of poly peeps."
-- BrigidsDaughter, http://www.polyamory.com/forum/showt...159#post263159
And nycindie suggested looking into Minneapolis. I did so briefly, and it sounds like it (the Twin Cities in fact) could go on the list.

http://polyinthemedia.blogspot.com/search?q=Minneapolis
http://mnpoly.spruz.com/

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"City Pages, a Minneapolis/St. Paul alternative paper, not only wrote about polyamory -- they made it the cover story."
-- http://openingup.net/2012/11/01/poly...e-twin-cities/
And several cities mentioned in reddit sound promising:
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"Minneapolis/St.Paul MN is a great area for poly and for lgbt acceptance."
"Melbourne definitely wins best poly scene in Australia."
"London (UK) is pretty well catered for in terms of the poly scene."
"St. Louis, MO has a variety of different groups that are poly friendly."
"'Seattle is generally considered to be the poly capital of the world.' Discuss."
-- http://www.reddit.com/r/polyamory/co...t_poly_scenes/
Given all that, I suggest the list now be:
  • Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Austin, Texas
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Kansas City, Kansas/Missouri
  • London, England
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Portland, Oregon
  • San Francisco, California
  • Seattle, Washington
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Syracuse, New York (suburbs)
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Vancouver, B.C.
  • Victoria, B.C.
  • Washington, D.C.
Do you agree? Any cities I should add to (or remove from) the list? What have you heard/experienced? Sound off.
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Old 03-29-2014, 03:54 AM
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Thanks guys.

For those just joining us: We are seeking to build a list of poly-friendly cities throughout the world. So far anecdote, reasonable guesswork, and word of mouth have had to suffice, but solid statistics based on polls and studies would be welcome too.

Here's the latest:



And nycindie suggested looking into Minneapolis. I did so briefly, and it sounds like it (the Twin Cities in fact) could go on the list.

http://polyinthemedia.blogspot.com/search?q=Minneapolis
http://mnpoly.spruz.com/



And several cities mentioned in reddit sound promising:


Given all that, I suggest the list now be:
  • Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Austin, Texas
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Kansas City, Kansas/Missouri
  • London, England
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Portland, Oregon
  • San Francisco, California
  • Seattle, Washington
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Syracuse, New York (suburbs)
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Vancouver, B.C.
  • Victoria, B.C.
  • Washington, D.C.
Do you agree? Any cities I should add to (or remove from) the list? What have you heard/experienced? Sound off.
From inquiring from people on the larger poly groups on facebook, I have heard that Portland is a thriving poly community. I do not have any personal experience, but everyone seems to say it is a quality poly community.
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Old 03-29-2014, 11:54 PM
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Yeah I have met some poly folks from Portland, and heard it is quite a poly haven.
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The first time I went to a poly meetup in Portland, I was told that there's another poly person within a stone's throw at any given time no matter where you are in the city. From my experience, this is true. People will overhear poly conversations and stop to say hello or will recognize me from some work organizing poly events that I used to do and come introduce themselves. It's wonderful.
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Bristol and Manchester, in England, both have very active poly groups too.
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Old 03-31-2014, 05:40 PM
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Thanks RiverRose and AlwaysGrowing. I will be adding Bristol and Manchester to the master list.
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Thanks RiverRose and AlwaysGrowing. I will be adding Bristol and Manchester to the master list.
Question for you, since you seem very well-connected and in-tune with the poly world, what are the best places, online or in-person, to meet/chat/connect with poly people from the cities/places that in your top poly list?

Thanks.

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Old 04-06-2014, 03:47 AM
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Well, ahem, haha, I wish I was well-connected and in-tune, however I think I mostly just got lucky in starting up a thread that got people talking. That and my penchant for obsessively saving whatever I think could be useful information.

The one thing I can say, and I don't know if this'll answer your question, is that Portland and Seattle seem to have a way of standing out as "The Powerhouses" in "the world of poly cities." As mentioned earlier here, Seattle has been called (by whom?) "the poly capital of the world." At the same time, I've heard tons of rave reviews about Portland's poly scene, and so far no bets on which of the two cities would "win that contest."

But if you have the freedom to be sufficiently picky about what city you move to, and you really want to be in the center of a hotbed of poly activity, then I would suggest try Portland or Seattle, whichever of the two you think you'd like best.

Now, that's based on bits and snatches of info and I'm sure argument could be made for this or that other city being an equal contender with Portland and Seattle. (Some might say Victoria for example?) I'm just giving expression to the overall vibe I've gotten so far.

I want to add that I'm repeatedly thinking about adding Columbus (Ohio) and Santa Fe (New Mexico) to the list. I kind of want to hear some kind of testimonial from someone else before I do though; I can't decide if I've heard enough yet about those two cities to add them to the list.

But yeah, I'm pretty darn sure Portland and Seattle are particularly heavyweight poly powerhouses.
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Old 04-24-2014, 10:07 PM
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I suppose since it's been a few weeks it wouldn't hurt for me to show the updated list.
  • Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Austin, Texas
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Bristol, England
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Kansas City, Kansas/Missouri
  • London, England
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Manchester, England
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Portland, Oregon
  • San Diego, California
  • San Francisco (Bay Area), California
  • Seattle, Washington
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Syracuse (suburbs), New York
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Vancouver, B.C.
  • Victoria, B.C.
  • Washington, D.C.
I should add that a couple of cities were obtained from a few smaller forums: +Relationshapes+ and Polyamorous Percolations. Hope there's no objection to that cross-posting of this particular project.

So, how does it look so far? Any cities missing? Any cities wrongly included on the list? Share your personal observations/experiences about any particular city if you're willing.
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