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Old 10-15-2008, 01:36 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee and Atlanta
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Originally Posted by STLCardsBlues1989 View Post
Looks like a warzone.

But that's not the only city you'll see decay in like that.
Yeah, there are many areas in many US cities that look like that. Off the top of my head, Bridgeport, CT; Hartford, CT; Buffalo, NY; Detroit, MI; Cleveland, OH--just to name a few....the list could go on and on--especially in the "rust belt."
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:15 PM
 
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Looks like a warzone.

But that's not the only city you'll see decay in like that.
you may hate me for this, lol, but were you thinking of your hometown? kidding
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Dorchester
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It is much safer and prettier. Can't say its completely unspoiled but not nearly as built up as LA.
That was nearly 15 years ago, Southern CA and especially San Diego is a lot different then. The early and mid 90's were a very bad time for Southern CA. I've never even heard of Chillers, must have gone out of business before 2001.
I know all the bars in Mission Beach and none of them are like that.
Unless you live in a small town that's the case in any large city.
No, us normal people just don't stick out like a sore thumb.


It's the Gaslamp and it's downtown, but even back in 1994 it wasn't nearly as good as it is today.
Good to hear things have changed!
I'll have to visit again.
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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St. Louis actually isn't my hometown. The STL part is more for the sports teams, though I do love the city.

There are parts of St. Louis that look like that, but it's not the norm. Most of the city is good, I think. East St. Louis is a slightly different story.
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:34 PM
 
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St. Louis actually isn't my hometown. The STL part is more for the sports teams, though I do love the city.

There are parts of St. Louis that look like that, but it's not the norm. Most of the city is good, I think. East St. Louis is a slightly different story.
oh ok, i seen the stl teams and made a gross assumption, especially with your name omitting the rams, who don't seem to be very popular in the city. i love st. louis too, and i encourage people to visit before they call st. louis the worst city in america, as many do. imo, there seems to be very little left standing on the missouri side, and all the blight is in st. louis proper at this point.
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:35 PM
 
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Yeah, there are many areas in many US cities that look like that. Off the top of my head, Bridgeport, CT; Hartford, CT; Buffalo, NY; Detroit, MI; Cleveland, OH--just to name a few....the list could go on and on--especially in the "rust belt."
i've gotta see this bridgeport...a lot of people seem to be letting that city have it pretty hard.
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Old 10-15-2008, 03:07 PM
 
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Well, I think there are multiple categories. One is composed of cities that have fallen on hard times but still have things to do. Detroit would fit in that category.

Then there are cities with absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever despite a decent economy. For that I would put Montgomery, Alabama, at the top of the list. I had a client that required me to spend two days each week in Montgomery for two years. During that time, I did my level best to find things to do. Aside from the Shakespeare Festival there (Which is quite good) there was nothing. The restaurants were terrible. The watering holes non-existent. The entire city is run by an insular crowd whose social life consists of hanging out at the country club. It is a hot, muggy armpit of a place. What's more, if the place weren't the site of the state capital, it would be nothing more than a wide spot in the road. It's what the entire world would be like if the Nazis had won World War II.

The shame of is that lots of mid-sized Southern towns have really blossomed over the past decade or so. Even places like Columbus, Georgia, Tupelo, Mississippi, and Dothan, Alabama, have decent places to eat and things to do. But Montgomery? Butkus.

The client asked me once, "What would it take to get you to move here?" To that, I said, "A gun to my head." I finally resigned the account, chiefly because I just couldn't take yet another night in a place where the big night out was going to Shogun.
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Old 10-15-2008, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Garland Texas
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Detroit needs to be rescued!

Detroit needs to be DEMOLISHED. So does Bridgeport CT. When I lived in CT, Bridgeport was considered the "armpit of Connecticut", WRONG, its the A**hole of CT.
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Old 10-15-2008, 03:23 PM
 
Location: moving again
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If Gentrified, it would be so pretty! Such potential! Beautiful if it were at it's former glory
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Old 10-15-2008, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Chariton, Iowa
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I thoroughly disliked Memphis, TN.

When we went, I was excited to see a new place but was very disappointed. It just seemed like a dirty, crime ridden area. The whole area around "Graceland" was a joke. Cheesy, neon, Elvis themed crappy motels in the midst of the ghetto. (No, I didn't go to Graceland, just drove by)

The only part I like was the "Peabody Hotel" downtown. Very nice.
The famous "duck walk" to and from the fountain was fun.
Good Lord, I hate Memphis.

My dad is a huge blues buff, so we all went down to see the famous Beale Street. It was awful. Scope-swilling vagrants everywhere, very dirty and dangerous seeming for a touristy area. Then we happened to get lost looking for the interstate, and whew...there are some bad neighborhoods around there.

That's just an opinion, based on the cities I've visited thus far. I've never been to Detroit or Camden yet, though. Didn't think Cincinnati was so bad, and loved Washington D.C.
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