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New York vs. LA vs. Chicago: Which One Is America’s Best Big City? [Infographic]

By John Egan   April 10, 2014

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The Big Apple seems to have everything you’d ever want, from bagels to Broadway to the Bronx Zoo. In the City of Angels, you’ll find beaches and sunshine and stars. The Windy City offers deep dish pizza and Michigan Avenue and Wrigley Field.

Of course, the best qualities of each city go beyond these. But if you were considering a move to either New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago, how would you choose which of America’s three biggest cities to call home? This infographic may help answer that question.

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Infographic: 8 Shockingly Expensive Homes and Apartments in San Francisco

By John Egan   March 17, 2014

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Ah, San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge. Fisherman’s Wharf. Union Square. Alcatraz. Chinatown. The City by the Bay sure is alluring and pretty.

However, housing costs in San Francisco are repelling and ugly. These days, a one-bedroom apartment in the city easily fetches $2,800 a month. Meanwhile, the median home price in San Francisco now exceeds $1 million. Ouch!

If you think those figures are eye-popping, check out this infographic. It shows eight astronomically priced apartments and homes in San Francisco. These pads certainly are alluring and pretty, but they’re also outrageously expensive. More than $16,000 a month for an apartment??!! Welcome to some of the most expensive homes and apartments in San Francisco.

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Infographic: Portland vs. Austin — Which One Is the Weirdest?

By John Egan   March 14, 2014

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It’s not a Hatfields-and-McCoys feud. It’s more like a friendly rivalry. The good people of Portland, OR, and Austin, TX–and in cities elsewhere–regularly debate which city qualifies as the weirdest. It’s almost a badge of honor, as each place strives to “keep it weird.”

Well, we decided to settle this debate once and for all. Here are our unbiased results (even though we live in Austin).

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Infographic: 8 Up-and-Coming Tech Hubs in the U.S.

By John Egan   March 6, 2014

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Since SpareFoot is a proud member of Austin’s tech community, it’s safe to say that we think Silicon Hills is the best tech hub in the country. That’s our not-so-unbiased opinion. Yet we’d be foolish to shrug off the other major tech hubs in the U.S. like Silicon Valley, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle and Raleigh, NC.

Along those lines, we also can’t ignore America’s emerging tech hubs–the aspiring Silicon Valleys. In this infographic, SpareFoot shines the spotlight on eight up-and-coming tech hubs. Do any of the places in our roundup surprise you? → Keep Reading

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Infographic: Which Chicago Site Might Host Obama’s Presidential Library?

By John Egan   March 4, 2014

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An Obama library in Chicago? It’s likely to happen. But where in the Windy City might President Obama’s presidential library and museum go? At this point, it’s anyone’s guess. So far, six Chicago locales are duking it out for the honor. In this infographic, SpareFoot takes a look at the contenders.

By the way, if want to store your library- or museum-worthy belongings–or anything else–in the Windy City, check out SpareFoot’s listing of storage units in Chicago. → Keep Reading

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