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View Poll Results: Which of these three more appeals to you
Erie PA 2 12.50%
Portland ME 5 31.25%
Duluth MN 9 56.25%
Voters: 16. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-29-2015, 10:27 AM
Location: NYC/CLE
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All 3 of these cities are major lake/ocean summer destinations and all have major cities feeding them, but are smaller cities themselves. Which of these three would you prefer?

Consider the following:
Education (k-12 and college)
Transportation (public, freeways and airports)
Things to do
Whatever else you want to compare them by

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Old 04-29-2015, 10:41 AM
Location: NYC/CLE
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Location: Erie; centrally located between 3 major cities

Food: Portland; for a small city, this has to be one of the top destinations in the country for foodies

Education: k-12; Portland, colleges: Erie

Transportation: Public; Portland; Freeways; Erie- Portland can get surprisingly congested at rush hour; Airports- Tie between Portland and Duluth

Nightlife: Tie between Erie and Portland

Things to do:Tie. All 3 are great summer getaway places, and all 3 have good skiing options nearby.

Architecture: Tie between Erie and Duluth

Sports: Erie. Both Erie and Portland have 3 minor league teams, but Erie is in a state known for its high school football, which gives them the edge

Overall: Portland, with Erie coming in a close second
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Old 04-30-2015, 06:43 PM
Location: Cleveland
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I've been to all 3 and Duluth gets my vote. Erie really doesn't have much going on, is somewhat economically depressed, and the winters are see the highest snowfall in the lower 48. Brutal. Portland definitely has an East coast vibe, including the bad (rudeness, and congestion), as well as the good (old brick, New England feel, lots of colleges, nice shopping and dining options). It is right by the ocean, as well as mountains, and a national park, which is a plus. The seafood is obviously fantastic as well. It seems like a nice town, but the winner for me is Duluth. It's got the toughness Great Lakes shipping town coupled with the pleasantness of Minnesota. It has a very nice downtown for a smaller city, with a lot of boutique type restaurants and shops, and really nice beaches and parks along the lakefront. The city is refrigerated by Lake Superior, so it rarely gets too hot in the city proper, and it can be 20 degrees cooder than surrounding areas in the summer, which keeps the (otherwise ravenous in Minnesota) mosquitos at bay (and slightly warmer than surrounding areas in the winter). It's an absolute Mecca for nature lovers. The North Shore of Lake Superior is one of the most wild and beautiful places in the country, and Duluth acts as the gateway to that area. Snowmobilers, skiiers, snow-shoers, and ice-fishermen, ice climbers flock there in the winter. Bikers, kayakers, sailers, hikers, and even rock climbers head there in the summer. Every winter there's a fantastic huge event called Book Across the Bay, in which thousands of people ski or snow shoe across a section of frozen Lake Superior, to Superior, WI followed by a North Country version of a hoedown. It's a great and memorable experience.

If you want a town with a little bit of grittiness, a little bit of Minnesota nice, a lot of history, and an adventurous spirit, Duluth is your place.
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