10 Cities That Creatives Should Move to That Are Not NYC or L.A.
With lush areas, that cater to rich people and a happening downtown attracting young adults in groves, you’d never imagine it, but Tucson, Ariz. is becoming a great place for up-and-coming creatives to live.
Home to one of the country’s most fun party schools, that is paradoxically studious– The University of Arizona has been attracting the best and the brightest creatives to Tucson for years. Artists of all types who are catering to younger crowds are flourishing. But the city is also slick with wild wild west, cowboy, gunslingin’ desert history perfect for the budding mystery novelist. While the sun is down and the co-eds are at play, the thriving downtown music scene wherein artists like Calexico were born offers cheap amenities to up-and-coming bands plus primo weather for open-air shows and lugging gear back-and-forth as you please.
Located so close to L.A., San Diego, Las Vegas and Phoenix, Tucson has become a must-stop destination for all the big name musicians traveling through. Imagine seeing your favorite artist or DJ in an intimate venue with your closest friends? A luxury, a small, big city like Tucson can afford.
Tucson is quickly establishing itself in the technology world
Collaborative work spaces, trendy internet cafes, hole in the wall gems decorate the thriving, growing downtown area where you’ll find artist studios, galleries and performance venues. The magic of building community is a blossoming value to be discovered. There’s a reason they say Tucson is a small town in a big city.
Ramshackle mid-century hotels line the downtown streets and create an air of playful adventure. The historic, local favorite, Hotel Congress comes packaged with a story about being John Dillinger’s hide-out, a venue, and diner vibes near the trendy 4th Avenue.
Just imagine that Phoenix is like Dallas and Tucson is like Austin, only in a much cooler area, because, hello? Road trip to SoCal, and Las Vegas!
Complex.com’s list of the 10 Cities That Creatives Should Move to that aren’t LA or NYC:
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- New Bedford, Mass.
- Providence, R.I.
- Tucson, Ariz.
- Athens, GA
- Hartford, Conn.
- Santa Cruz, Calif.
- Santa Fe, New Mex.
- Louisville, KY
- Big Sur, Calif.