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Old 02-13-2013, 08:56 AM
 
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My husband wants to know of these cities St. Louis, Louisville, Cincinnati, Lexington KY

Which is the most attractive? (buildings, skyline, streets)


Which has the most salt of the earth midwestern folks?


Which has the best surrounding, accessible nature /beauty?


Which has the most free/inexpensive things to do?


Which has the best vibe/energy?


Which has the most culture? (arts, etc)


If you were to retire to one, which one would have a condo under 100k in a nice safe area?


We are empty nesters. Thank you for any and all input.
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:30 PM
 
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st. louis is the largest out of all them, so it naturally has more to offer in terms of abundance. the rest is entirely subjective.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:15 PM
 
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My husband wants to know of these cities St. Louis, Louisville, Cincinnati, Lexington KY

Which is the most attractive? (buildings, skyline, streets)

IMO Louisville

Which has the most salt of the earth midwestern folks?

Louisville or Cincinnati

Which has the best surrounding, accessible nature /beauty?

Lexington


Which has the most free/inexpensive things to do?

Saint Louis


Which has the best vibe/energy?

Louisville and with the exception of possibly Lexington, it has the best economy and strongest growth of the 4 cities

Which has the most culture? (arts, etc)

Saint Louis/Cincinnati. Louisville a close second

If you were to retire to one, which one would have a condo under 100k in a nice safe area?

Louisville or Lexington...much cheaper homes in KY and a bit warmer weather.


Lexington is the outlier among the cities...it is much much smaller and essentially a college town. STL and Cincy are similar, although STL is a larger metro. Louisville is sort of a happy medium and IMO my favorite of the bunch by far. I especially love fourth st, Main st, Market st, bardstown rd and frankfort ave. Waterfront Park and Cherokee park are 2 of my favorite parks anywhere. Louisville arguably has better restaurants than Cincy or STL and is getting national press for it. STL and Cincy have a bit more shopping in terms of having Nordstrom and Saks, yet Louisville has some cute and wonderful upscale boutiques. I would rate the arts in all 3 cities as very similar, with each city having its strengths and weaknesses. Certainly the free museums in Forest Park in STL are world class though, clearly outclassing anything in Louisville or Cincinnati.

Forest Park in STL is a real gem but for me the increased traffic and crime in STL do not make it any better than Louisville unless you feel the need for the pro sports teams.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:58 PM
 
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st. louis is the largest out of all them, so it naturally has more to offer in terms of abundance. the rest is entirely subjective.
Yes its the biggest but the worst out of all of them, who wants to move to a city full of crime...ranked number 1 in crime thats a big deal slengel(st. louis booster)
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:04 PM
 
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Yes its the biggest but the worst out of all of them, who wants to move to a city full of crime...ranked number 1 in crime thats a big deal slengel(st. louis booster)
Hey there young, ignorant Cincy booster... Honestly, you shame your city to the level of a certain Indy booster, I understand why the Cincy group apologizes for you. Btw, 3rd response in the thread... sure doesn't take long for the negativity and BS around here... sad.
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:10 PM
 
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Hey there young, ignorant Cincy booster... Honestly, you shame your city to the level of a certain Indy booster, I understand why the Cincy group apologizes for you. Btw, 3rd response in the thread... sure doesn't take long for the negativity and BS around here... sad.
Please this will end now, i have more reputation then you and i am more experienced, second i am not a Cincy booster, i am more of a fact booster in general, also i wanted slengel to know that his city is number 1 in crime, slengel always puts my city down in a ignorant fashion i am here to tell him the truth.
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:23 PM
 
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I think the OP will find most everything of what she/they are looking for in Cincinnati or St. Louis. They're far larger and offer many more amenities, attractions, cultural institutions, restaurants, etc. than Lexington or Louisville. Both Cincy and St. Louis win in the energy/vibe and culture criteria you mentioned.
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:24 PM
 
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My husband wants to know of these cities St. Louis, Louisville, Cincinnati, Lexington KY

Which is the most attractive? (buildings, skyline, streets)

I haven't been to Lexington (going in May though), but in my opinion it's St. Louis and Cincy here. Residential I give a slight nod to STL, downtown views a slight nod to Cincy (some great vantage points), with the arch in STL also thrown in and some of my personal preferences I give the nod to STL, but both are on the higher end of architecture in the US.


Which has the most salt of the earth midwestern folks?

Uh... well, only STL and Cincy are actually in the midwest, but can you elaborate? I have a hunch, but I don't want to assume...


Which has the best surrounding, accessible nature /beauty?

Pretty open here depending on what you want I suppose. Cincy has those hills right there, St. Louis County runs up to the Ozark mountains, KY hills, etc. Prob Cincy though, but it depends what you prefer.


Which has the most free/inexpensive things to do?

St. Louis wins this one by far, it's attracted a bit of attention for all of it's very, very high quality free attractions.


Which has the best vibe/energy?

Depends on what kind of vibe/energy you want. You listed Midwest and Southern cities, cities with quite a bit of size difference, etc. Lexington was mentioned above for a college town vibe, St. Louis is the largest, most urban, and liberal, what do you mean by "best"?

Which has the most culture? (arts, etc)

Def St. Louis for high culture and museums, I'd half to check more in May for more underground art scene comparisons though.


If you were to retire to one, which one would have a condo under 100k in a nice safe area?

Hmm, none of these cities are too expensive, but I would imagine STL and Cincy are a bit more than the other two.

We are empty nesters. Thank you for any and all input.

See above for your specific criteria/questions, overall for me though it's:

St. Louis
Cincy
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Louisville
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Lexington (Assumed/biased ranking mostly due to size, we'll see in May though)

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Old 02-13-2013, 02:31 PM
 
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Please this will end now, i have more reputation then you and i am more experienced, second i am not a Cincy booster, i am more of a fact booster in general, also i wanted slengel to know that his city is number 1 in crime, slengel always puts my city down in a ignorant fashion i am here to tell him the truth.
More experienced??? Please come back to reality, your posting on an internet forum means nothing for experience. Seriously, how old are you to even think something so stupid? You know nothing about my personal experiences, and the same goes for me knowing yours; so much for your emphasis on facts huh... You are a Cincy booster, and I've called you out a few times when you've misspoke about St. Louis, both cities have a lot of strengths and some big weaknesses, but you continue to demonstrate that you don't really know much about St. Louis and continue to want to jump on it. Why the hate? The cities are pretty similar in quite a few regards, it's interesting that some can honestly claim one is so great and the other is so terrible...

To the bolded... ugh... to be a bit more credible, why don't you explain what metric/year ("STL" was second in the 2012 joke known as Forbes actually, but continue) you're even using? I know the facts behind this, do you? Why don't you mention the metro ranking?

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Old 02-13-2013, 02:35 PM
 
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Please this will end now, i have more reputation then you and i am more experienced, second i am not a Cincy booster, i am more of a fact booster in general, also i wanted slengel to know that his city is number 1 in crime, slengel always puts my city down in a ignorant fashion i am here to tell him the truth.
i'll refrain from rebutting and just let your post embarrass you on its own.
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