Saturday, May 31, 2008

The 5 friendliest cities in America

May 28: TODAY contributor Barbara Corcoran looks at the five friendliest cities in America: San Antonio; Denver; Davis, Calif.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Madison, Wis.
What makes a city friendly? We looked for certain standards like safety, diversity, pedestrian and bike friendliness, as well as the presence of parks and public spaces. Then we looked for something unique, like a place that always has big, fun public events or someplace with a lot of farmers markets. Most importantly, we talked to brokers to get their personal stories of friendliness. (Did you know that people in Nashville will strike up a conversation with you while waiting at a red light?) And finally, we took a look at statistics that help make a place friendly, such as enough hotel rooms to welcome visitors, enough bars to have a robust happy hour, enough tourists willing to visit and, of course, budget-friendly home prices.
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