I am a New Yorker who is looking to leave the States for a spell; at this point, I'd like to try out different places, and am not entirely certain where to start. I know I'd like to live somewhere reasonably urban, where I wouldn't need a car (I do not drive). I am a musician who loves to cook, so a reasonably well-developed creative community would be wonderful.
Does your city fit the bill? Can you recommend one that might?
And if so, do you have any suggestions for how I might go about finding accommodation?