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Old 01-02-2015, 01:00 PM
 
Location: On the "Left Coast", somewhere in "the Land of Fruits & Nuts"
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Regardless whether it's Bakersfield and Fresno, or Los Angeles and San Francisco, we all know of certain places here that have a "reputation", one way or another. So in your own experience, which 'reps' are deserved, and which aren't (and why)? And are there any cities, towns or attractions in particular that you feel are especially under-, or over-rated in some way?
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Old 01-02-2015, 02:52 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area, aka, Liberal Mecca/wherever DoD sends me to
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Overrated:

-Los Angeles: Third World city with first world prices.

-San Francisco: Overpriced for what's it offers, too many liberals, and too many bums.

Underrated:

-Sacramento: Friendliest people in California and not too many liberals there.
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Old 01-02-2015, 03:49 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Clearly, we need to set some criteria. The politics of a place is irrelevant regarding whether or not a city is world-class or has a lot of culture to offer, or whatever.

OP? Some guidelines please?
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Old 01-02-2015, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Overrated:

-Los Angeles: Third World city with first world prices.

-San Francisco: Overpriced for what's it offers, too many liberals, and too many bums.

Underrated:

-Sacramento: Friendliest people in California and not too many liberals there.
Sacramento to me is the biggest small town in the world. Has a nice feel in most neighborhoods.

For some reason, most of the people I have met who live in Bakersfield like it.

When I ask about Fresno, it seems the only good parts of town are within the city limits of Clovis.

Stockton is as bad as they say.
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Old 01-02-2015, 04:25 PM
 
Location: On the water.
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CD forum: overrated as a reliable resource for truth about the state.



Whoa.
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Old 01-02-2015, 04:44 PM
 
Location: where the good looking people are
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Overrated:

San Diego. San Diego is the midwest by the ocean. It has a very weak economy, yet prices are sky high. At least Orange County and LA have decent economies.

Bay Area. Probably the most overrated metro in the world.

Underrated:

LA

Sacramento
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Old 01-02-2015, 04:51 PM
 
Location: O.C.
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Overrated:

San Diego. San Diego is the midwest by the ocean. It has a very weak economy, yet prices are sky high. At least Orange County and LA have decent economies.

Bay Area. Probably the most overrated metro in the world.

Underrated:

LA

Sacramento
LA is just a bunch of illegals, drug addicts and dirty homeless people mixed with the ultra rich. Its pathetic. Highly overrated.

"Immigrants residing in Los Angeles County illegally make a median wage of $18,000 a year, compared with $47,000 for U.S.-born residents. Only 33% have health insurance, the researchers found.
Nearly half of the county’s unauthorized immigrants lack a high school diploma, and 60% do not speak English well, according to the study."


http://articles.latimes.com/2013/may...study-20130507

Underrated would be Sonoma County and the Temecula/Murrieta area.
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Old 01-02-2015, 05:05 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Bay Area. Probably the most overrated metro in the world.
No WAY!

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Old 01-02-2015, 05:16 PM
 
Location: On the "Left Coast", somewhere in "the Land of Fruits & Nuts"
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Clearly, we need to set some criteria. The politics of a place is irrelevant regarding whether or not a city is world-class or has a lot of culture to offer, or whatever.

OP? Some guidelines please?
Understood, but not talking about 'world class' or any other sort of "absolute" criteria here. Instead simply subjective opinions on how well places seem to stack up against their "reps" (or the lack thereof). And maybe even discover some places that are "under-appreciated".

For example it's no secret that I consider San Francisco way 'over-rated', compared to both the popular image for tourist consumption, and even it's own 'self-image'. And as anyone knows who's simply dealt with the traffic there these days, a bunch of "Gentle people with flowers in their hair" they ain't!

On the other hand by comparison, for all its chaos and fabled sprawl, traffic in the L.A. area moves surprisingly fast (much of the time), most folks are reasonably courteous and capable drivers, and the whole place just seems much more casual, less "snobby" and genuinely more tolerant of 'diversity', without needing to "wear it on their sleeve" all the time.

But obviously others' "mileage" may vary!
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Old 01-02-2015, 06:41 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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^^^ OK. In that vein, I can see how Sacramento would be underrated, if you don't mind hot, humid weather in the summer. It's not a vacation place, but a good, family town. LA? To sprawl-y, too many freeways, etc. Though there are definitely some neighborhoods that are nice, if you can afford them.
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