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Old 05-25-2013, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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San Francisco trying too hard to be the next NYC or European city
The idea is to upgrade, not downgrade. Hello?

Why would SF aspire to be places that overall are less desirable than itself?

 
Old 05-25-2013, 01:09 AM
 
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Cali in general. From the moment I log in until the moment I log out.... The song never stops playing


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Old 05-25-2013, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Cali in general. From the moment I log in until the moment I log out.... The song never stops playing


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I always felt this was the song that never stopped playing on CD.




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Old 05-25-2013, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Milky Way Galaxy
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Most of Paris is a dump. The truth.
And that's the reason folks why rest of the world thinks most Americans are stupid....

Bashing a world class city because it hurt your Merican pride. When I grow up I wanna be just like you...
 
Old 05-25-2013, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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Detroit - as a viable, cool, safe city instead of the hellhole that it truly is
 
Old 05-25-2013, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Milky Way Galaxy
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The idea is to upgrade, not downgrade. Hello?

Why would SF aspire to be places that overall are less desirable than itself?
Did you know the idea for Bizzaro Superman came after the creators met some people from SF for the first time?
 
Old 05-25-2013, 10:39 AM
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Location: Fort Worth
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And that's the reason folks why rest of the world thinks most Americans are stupid....

Bashing a world class city because it hurt your Merican pride. When I grow up I wanna be just like you...


Maybe he actually went to Paris and looked around.

Just because it's a world class city, it does NOT make it a perfect one. Hell, just look at NYC and how many of us view it...
 
Old 05-25-2013, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Milwaukee trying to be Chicago.
Chicago likes beer and fat women?

Maybe the beer. Then again... it gets cold during the winter in Chicago, so, maybe they do like fat women too.






On a serious note: Louisiana is the only state in the Union that operates under civil law and that state has a number of things--linguistically as well--that marks its contrast with the rest of the United States.

Chicago is home to the skyscraper (which many say it birthed) and the "Chicago school of economics." The former dictator of Chile sent a number of his people from to his country to Chicago to study economics. Seems to have worked with some success.

One might say most cities of the United States--whenever they build steel and glass skyscrapers--are trying to imitate Chicago. Likewise New York City with its Wall Street the rest of America tries to emulate if it does not cast capitalism to the wind and take up Chinese, Russian, or Cuban socialism.

Then you have regions within the United States that have historically been strategically tied together for industries. During the 19th Century and most of the 20th Century that meant being located geographically close to one another. It was no accident the economies of the industrial Midwest were... well... industrial and interconnected with one another. This need for businesses to be physically located close to one another is one logical reason "downtowns" sprouted up in different cities.

Basically, its a lot less cities trying to be like other cities (excepted learning from their successes and failures) than it is the fact the United States while a continental sized country is a lot more culturally homogenous than India or Continental Africa.

There is probably little difference--for all intents and purposes--between Houston, Chicago, and New York City. Business in Houston is not going to be conducted in Swahili with men wearing dashikis in the boardroom, and then in French in Chicago with workers taking long breaks like their Parisian peers, and then in New York City in German where orderliness and cleanliness becomes an obsession.

Anyone raised in the cornfields of Iowa has been prepared in a U.S. university for corporate work in Detroit or Wall Street or an acting career in L.A.
 
Old 05-25-2013, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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Portland, Austin and a lot of smaller college towns like Boulder & Madison.
 
Old 05-25-2013, 01:13 PM
 
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And judging by the typically arrogant "And that's the reason folks why rest of the world thinks most Americans are stupid", comment, the complete lack of understanding in differing opinions, the mentioning of MY hometown without me even bringing it up, and this quote up here, obviously you're just trolling or looking for an argument. Then again a thread titled "Cities that are trying too hard" usually brings 'em out, so I guess I shouldn't be shocked.

Anyway, I wont be wasting anymore time responding to you. Good day.
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