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Old 02-27-2010, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Searching n Atlanta
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Hope Mills NC-We call it Hopeless Mills
Spring Lake NC- No lake by that name in the city
Fuquay-Varina NC- suburb of the RTP
College Park GA-No college
Ballground GA
LoveJoy GA
Sunnyside GA
Experiment GA
Cuba Landing TN
Amarillo TX- to me it more Cafe' LOL
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Old 02-27-2010, 07:50 PM
 
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Not a city but a road in the Twin Cities, Shady Oak Road. Miles and miles of light industrial, generic low-rise office complexes, and cookie-cutter condos.
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Boise
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Garden City, Idaho, It used to be pretty and was named for the Chinese gardens, It was basically Boise's Chinatown, but in the 40's it was bought up and paved over, and now not a garden is in sight. Just trailers, porno shops, pawn shops, and lots of the like.
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Old 03-01-2010, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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How about the inverse? Dicey sounding names that are actually very nice areas....

The tops on that list is Boca Raton, FL, which if one isn't well versed in Spanish sounds nice enough. But if you are, you know it means Rat's Mouth.

The toniest area of Atlanta is known as Buckhead. Not excactly a term that conjures up beautiful mansions in a gorgeous urban forest. Unless you are from there and know what Buckhead represents of course.
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Old 03-01-2010, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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Hope Mills NC-We call it Hopeless Mills
Spring Lake NC- No lake by that name in the city
Fuquay-Varina NC- suburb of the RTP
College Park GA-No college
Ballground GA
LoveJoy GA
Sunnyside GA
Experiment GA
Cuba Landing TN
Amarillo TX- to me it more Cafe' LOL
College Park was originally called Manchester, changed its name in 1896 a year after Cox College relocated there. Georgia Military Academy was also in the town, later changed to Woodward Academy which is still in College Park.

Cox College - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ball Ground, GA is named for a field where the Cherokees would gather to play a stick ball game similar to Lacrosse.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ball_Ground,_GA

Experiment, GA is named for the University of Georgia's agricultural experiment station which is located there. An apt name for what it is.

As the OP was to find descriptive sounding place names that don't fit, these names do fit, especially if one researches the history of the name.
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:18 PM
 
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Sometimes both the name of a place and its outward appearance can be deceiving. I'm thinking of two very well known small towns with pleasant names, generally viewed as easygoing, friendly places, but which have their darker side.

First, Mayberry. On the surface it looks great. Nice tree-shaded residential streets, the quanitness of an old-fashioned barber shop that doubles as the men's local social center, and, thanks to a folksy, but smart and capable, sheriff, crime is almost non-existent.

But take a closer look, and you realize the town has its problems. The downtown's main street is dry and dusty, and the downtown buildings are drab and faded. The sheriff seems like an easygoing, caring steward of the community, yet his right-hand man is a martinet of a deputy who will ticket anyone for anyting, even hauling little old ladies into jail for the heinous crime of jaywalking--even when there's no traffic on the street! This bully of a deputy also practices judo, and is ready to use it on anyone who gets pushy with him. Yet there is obvious favoritism on the part of local law enforcement. Despite the deputy's hard line with the public at large, there is an old drunk who's free to stagger around the downtown streets making a nuisance of himself, even to let himself into and out of the local jail whenever he wants to sleep one off, just because he's the sheriff's pal.

And on top of this, the town is really dull. Local citizens go to a nearby larger town for all their real entertainment, because a wild night in Mayberry amounts to nothing more than two hours at the pi'ture show. Mostly the way people there spend their time is to work all day, hang out at the local diner during lunch breaks, and loaf around the barber shop on weekends. No, definitely not a garden spot despite the pleasing name.

And then there's Bedford Falls. Looks like a nice, pretty, all-American town if you take a stroll through downtown when the snow is softly falling, but don't be fooled by this facade. There's desperation lurking in the side streets of this poser of a bucolic paradise. The townsfolk bend beneath the heavy hand of an economic tyrant who controls all the community's finances, and half the town was thrown out of work when the old tool and machine works closed down.

The men in town are basically bums, who spend most of their time loitering downtown, casting lustful stares whenever a girl named Violet, an admitted sl_t who sees nothing wrong with her way of life ("You like every boy." "What's wrong with that?") goes sashaying down the main drag. Either that, or they hang out pounding down the drinks at a local bar run by a guy with about eighteen milk-suckers at home who even has a goat living in his house.

Even the town's most beloved citizen, the man everyone views as the nicest guy in town, is such an ill-tempered sort that he once sucker-punched a local cop, even though the cop was one of his best friends. Once when this most solid citizen had the rare privilege of being visited by an angel straight from heaven, he was terribly rude to that angel, except when he took the angel to the goat guy's bar and tried to get him drunk.

So, watch your step and don't be fooled. There is much deception and duplicity in the world. Even the most seemingly idyllic towns have their seamy underside. These are just two examples. Be careful out there.

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Old 03-02-2010, 05:23 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Phoenix, Arizona, I havn't been there so mabey im underestimating it but it seems like it takes all the negative aspects of LA and dosn't add much and DEFINANTLY DOSN't live up to having such a cool name
Laguna Nigel,CA its just a suburb though the name is super pretty
i conquer with Garden Grove
Kankakee just a country town pretty name
Hell, Michigan their primary export Kitsch
Laguna Niguel is actually pretty nice as far as suburbs go. It is true that there is nothing there it really distinguish it from the surrounding burbs.

Garden Grove is a hole. although the west side isn't that bad
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:04 AM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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Hillside, NJ- It's not so bad, but parts of it don't deserve the name "Hillside".
Elizabeth, NJ- Sounds like a beautiful place, despite all the refineries.
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