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Old 10-13-2008, 01:27 PM
 
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Probably San Francisco
Aside from the density in the city itself, I don't think they're similar at all.
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Old 10-13-2008, 02:24 PM
 
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Aside from the density in the city itself, I don't think they're similar at all.
There are many similarities when you consider certain North Side neighborhoods. And many differences too. But to say that density is the only similarity is pretty silly.
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Old 10-13-2008, 03:18 PM
 
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You have to wonder how or why it is that the world always manages to equalize life. You can have the amazing urban environment of NYC or Chicago but you have to take the weather... Or you can have the weather and the cache of someplace warm like Miami or Los Angeles but you get the overwhelmingly suburban, small-town atmosphere lacking all of the amenities of cold urban environments.

I guess San Francisco, which is cold and foggy no matter what anyone says, manages to equalize: a city environment but no one can afford it, and mild (often cold, I don't care what anyone says, SF is cold) weather but people have to live further inland and are away from it.
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Old 10-13-2008, 03:50 PM
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Need to define "warm" and "cold"....

Nearly all "warm" places outside coastal CA have unpleasant heat, humidity, insects, etc, making them about as indoors, climate-controlled, underground parking-based as Chic...besides, most humans who depend upon mass transit and outdoors existence in environment of heat/humidity (like NYC/Chic 4-6mos of yr) smell awful....basic physiology, no?

People often reflect the education, intelligence and wealth levels of the urban region in which they choose to live/work....much "self-selection" at play...and can vary dramatically intra-urban region....many upscale urban areas like GoldCoast or LkForest are replicated w/similar demographics in NYC/LA/SF regions....but can easily find economically and intellectually underachieving, intolerant areas in many parts of any urban region....

IMO, only real comparables for Chic are NYC, SF and LA.....sure, each is different....but the next tier lower of urban regions becomes dramatically more disappointing and amusing....would argue that the Dall/Hou/Atl tier is simply a back-office economy w/decentralized growth patterns, like LA and SF regions, but w/supposedly lower COL for the unwashed/less educated masses, much worse weather (vs SF/LA), uglier people (vs LA's Westside) and limited edible grub....
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Old 10-13-2008, 04:22 PM
 
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No. I grew up in Miami. It is the antithesis of Chicago in almost every way.
What was it like growing up in Miami? Are there any cities in Florida that you would recommend for someone looking to move from Chicago? Orlando, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale...etc? Are you happier here in Chicago.. if so, why? thanks!
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Old 10-13-2008, 04:23 PM
 
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I can't think of a warm place with a legitimate Chicago feel or I might be there now (along with tons of others from this board...)
Yes, I can second that..
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Old 10-13-2008, 04:53 PM
 
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I've always heard it quoted as "The coldest _winter_ I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco?". At least it sounds more Twain-like with that twist.
Yeah, that's it. I botched it as I was typing. Too late to edit now.
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Old 10-13-2008, 04:55 PM
 
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Who said NY was a warm weather city? I sure did NOT. Nor did the poster after me.
You brought it up in a thread about warm weather cities and stated it was warmer than Chicago. You're kind of implying it fits the description in the title of the thread, me thinks.
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Old 10-13-2008, 05:06 PM
 
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Calling New York a "warm weather city" is absolutely ridiculous, you have to admit. Marginally warmer than Chicago doesn't equal warm weather.

San Francisco has a great vibrant atmosphere, but is hardly a warm weather city. As Mark Twain once said, the coldest summer he had ever felt was a San Francisco summer. Personally, I love the SF climate, but I wouldn't call it warm.

DC is another city that's not QUITE a warm weather city, but it has a great urban atmosphere in at least a few neighborhoods. Specifically, I'm thinking of Georgetown, Dupont Circle, and the like. There are a couple of edgier artsier neighborhoods as well. The DC climate is pretty good, but you do need a jacket in the winter.
The weather in D.C. will be less harsh in winter than NYC, which is significantly less harsh than Chicago. Though neither East coast locale will be free of winter. San Francisco has a great deal of subclimates and it depends where in SF you live for its weather.
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Old 10-13-2008, 06:10 PM
 
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There are many similarities when you consider certain North Side neighborhoods. And many differences too. But to say that density is the only similarity is pretty silly.
Well, I've spent a fair amount of time in both places, and silly or not, that's how I see it based on my experience.
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