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Old 04-15-2009, 04:04 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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what are some of the attractions of these older cities? If someone were to vacation here what would they do?
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Old 04-15-2009, 04:33 PM
 
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I'm not really sure there's much to do in any of these cities. They're basically burnt out, industrial-age, rust belt has-beens with precipitously decreasing populations, w/ dying (or no evident) culture. I think time has passed them by and they have little future or fortune coming their way. I thought I saw a tumbleweed rolling down upper Wacker yesterday.

But, my City-Data brethren, I'll give it a shot. As a vacation destination, none of these cities is really on par with the White Plains, San Franciscos, Saginaws or NYCs of the world but I think they have their unique traits, very similar to the fate NYC had at the end of the original Planet of the Apes movie. Lets see...

Detroit
Has the grand Firestone Tire monument. Each year during winter they put giant chains on it and then remove them in late June. Then, they put them back on in early August. Number one employer in SE Michigan. If you drive east on I-94 (avoid the potholes!), just past Ypsilanti, look out the passenger side window and you won't miss it.

The Ford Mansion in Dearborn used to be cool but now it's a crack house.

Fairlane Mall has been downsized to a Mini-Mart.

Chicago
Since the spindle has been removed from the Berwyn shopping center, there really is no reason to visit Chicago, unless of course you have a fondness for wind and/or graft.

Additionally, Mayor Daley has privatized the entire city, i.e., strolling on Grainger-Michigan Avenue incurs one a toll for each 600 feet of walking, a glance at the Sears-Willis Tower is $.05 per minute ($.06 minute if you wear glasses), and drinking from Coca Cola public water fountain (controlled in Atlanta) is $.50 per drink for tourists, $.60 per drink for Chicago/Boeing/United/Ebony/Abbott Labs city residents. Public TV in Chicago is still free but all programming is about Milwaukee.

Pittsburgh
The Terry Bradshaw Hall of Fame Museum will be quite a site once it opens, or at least when one comes up with the idea to build it.

Cleveland
All residents have consolidated and moved into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so that's no longer a tourist option. Jacobs Field is now the suburbs. Strongsville-Brecksville is now considered center city.

(btw...Since you are grouping these, you may as well include Granada, Spain.)

Hope this helped.
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Old 04-16-2009, 12:16 AM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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anything else........anyone know of any attractions here or just the blight of the cities
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Old 04-16-2009, 08:29 AM
 
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anything else........anyone know of any attractions here or just the blight of the cities
desert sun... just having some fun.

Here's my quick take on the cities I know about:

Chicago: Nearly limitless options. Probably the top vacation destination in US in terms of (quality) things to do-- outside of NYC. You could spend months in Chicago and not run out of viable and interesting activities. I've been here for years and there are still new options.

Here are the biggies:
  • Art Institute
  • Architecture boat tour or walking tour
  • Field Museum
  • Science & Industry
  • Shedd Acquarium
  • Mich. Ave.
  • Blues and Jazz clubs
  • Theater
  • Pro sports
  • There are about 20 different neighboods worth at least a day
  • Pullman
  • CSO
  • Lyric
  • Steppenwolf
  • Lake
  • Millenium Park
  • Lincoln park Zoo
  • FLW tours
  • U of C
  • etc.,
Detroit: Many of the tourist activities are located in the suburbs (W and N):
  • Greenfield Village (Dearborn)
  • Detroit Institute of Arts (one of the top 5-10 art museums in US)
  • Ford Field, Tiger Stadium
  • Ann Arbor / UMich
  • Det. Inst. of Science
  • Auto baron Mansions. I think only the Ford Mansion is a crack house.
  • Lake St. Clair
Cleveland:
  • Rock and Roll HF
  • Cleveland Art Museum (ranks with DIA)
  • Cleveland Symphony (ranks with CSO in top 10 in world)
  • Cavaliers
  • Lake isn't a real option
Pittsburgh: I know very little about Pittsburgh except for steel, Heinz, Carnegie Mellon, three rivers and a nice skyline.
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Old 04-16-2009, 07:25 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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desert sun... just having some fun.

Here's my quick take on the cities I know about:

Chicago: Nearly limitless options. Probably the top vacation destination in US in terms of (quality) things to do-- outside of NYC. You could spend months in Chicago and not run out of viable and interesting activities. I've been here for years and there are still new options.


Here are the biggies:
  • Art Institute
  • Architecture boat tour or walking tour
  • Field Museum
  • Science & Industry
  • Shedd Acquarium
  • Mich. Ave.
  • Blues and Jazz clubs
  • Theater
  • Pro sports
  • There are about 20 different neighboods worth at least a day
  • Pullman
  • CSO
  • Lyric
  • Steppenwolf
  • Lake
  • Millenium Park
  • Lincoln park Zoo
  • FLW tours
  • U of C
  • etc.,
Detroit: Many of the tourist activities are located in the suburbs (W and N):
  • Greenfield Village (Dearborn)
  • Detroit Institute of Arts (one of the top 5-10 art museums in US)
  • Ford Field, Tiger Stadium
  • Ann Arbor / UMich
  • Det. Inst. of Science
  • Auto baron Mansions. I think only the Ford Mansion is a crack house.
  • Lake St. Clair
Cleveland:
  • Rock and Roll HF
  • Cleveland Art Museum (ranks with DIA)
  • Cleveland Symphony (ranks with CSO in top 10 in world)
  • Cavaliers
  • Lake isn't a real option
Pittsburgh: I know very little about Pittsburgh except for steel, Heinz, Carnegie Mellon, three rivers and a nice skyline.


thanks for the info, I checked on the rock n roll hall of fame and I cant believe its 20 bucks to get into, thats crazy, I guess Im glad we dont have pro sports and the cheesecake factory here in ABQ, that stuff could make you go broke.
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Old 04-16-2009, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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Cleveland:
Rock n Roll Hall of Fame
Cedar Point (#1 amusement Park in the country)
Beaches (yes we do have them)
Boating
Cavs Game
Indians Game
Browns Game
Playhouse Square Center (plays, etc.)
Cleveland Orchestra (top 5 in the US)
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Cleveland Museum of Art
Museum of Contemporary Art
Great Lakes Science Center
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
GoodTime III
Skiing (winter)
Westside Market
Cleveland International Film Festival
Many Parades and Festivals
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Exploring Neighborhoods/Cities (Downtown, The Flats, Ohio City, University Circle, Shaker Hts., Lakewood, etc.)
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Old 04-16-2009, 11:07 PM
 
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Chicago

Giordanos
Gino's East
Pizzano's
Lou Malnatti's
Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co
Aurelios
Art of Pizza

sorry cleveland, u can't claim sandusky...
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Old 04-17-2009, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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Chicago

Giordanos
Gino's East
Pizzano's
Lou Malnatti's
Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co
Aurelios
Art of Pizza

sorry cleveland, u can't claim sandusky...
Its 1 hour away. If anybodys going to claim it, its going to be us (looking at you Toledo). Lorain County is in the Cleveland area, and its bordering Erie County (Sandusky). Cuyahoga County is right next to Lorain County, so Sandusky is only 2 counties away from Cleveland itself.

Plus at any given time, like 1/2 of the people at Cedar Point are from the Cleveland area.
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Old 04-17-2009, 03:11 PM
 
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Cleveland:
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GoodTime III
....
what is GoodTime III and does it involve JJ Walker?

Also, not sure I'd include "skiing" as a tourist attraction for Cleveland. Most urban centers have skiing nearby. You might as well just include checkers or yahtzee.


desert sun... if you're a Springsteen fan, the RRHOF might be a destination for you in the next year, regardless of cost. And, if you're not, you should be.
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Old 04-17-2009, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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what is GoodTime III and does it involve JJ Walker?

Also, not sure I'd include "skiing" as an urban tourist attraction.

desert sun... if you're a Springsteen fan, the RRHOF might be a destination for you in the next year, regardless of cost. And, if you're not, you should be.
https://www.goodtimeiii.com/default2.htm (broken link)

Sadly no JJ Walker.
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