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Old 07-30-2009, 05:10 PM
 
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There are misconceptions of Philadelphia as well. Philly is often viewed as a ghetto city with horrible looking neighborhoods but in reality, Philly is a very big city and has many beautiful neighborhoods. Northeast Philly is the largest section of the city and it is relatively safe and middle-class with some areas even better. That is already 40% of the city's land area that is NOT ghetto and dangerous. Northwest Philly is another section of the city that has beautiful and safe neighborhoods. South Philly has a fair share of safe neighborhoods as well. Center City Philly is home to another 100,000 people and it is easily one of the best DTs in America.

If I were to approximate how much of the land area in Philly is ghetto, I would say around 30-35% of the city looks sketchy. The other 30-35% are ok, and the last 30-35% are beautiful middle-class neighborhoods.

The reason why people say Philly has the worst hoods I've ever seen is largely due to the fact that the ghetto areas are highly visible. When you drive on I-95, you see a lot of sketchy neighborhoods unfortunately. But drive on I-76 towards Center City, Philly is absolutely gorgeous. Many people pass through I-95 and see Philly with its visible ghettos along the highway, but the reality is, you have not seen the vast majority of the city and all its beautiful neighborhoods.

Drive on I-95, you see Philly as ghetto...drive on I-76, you see Philly as beautiful. Both highways give you different experiences.
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Old 07-30-2009, 05:42 PM
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Location: San Francisco
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San Jose: outside of Silicon Valley what else is there?
You have two misconceptions here and you don't even realize it

There is plenty to do in San Jose, it's a city of 1 million people. And Silicon Valley is not "in" San Jose, but rather San Jose is in Silicon Valley. "Silicon Valley" Stretches almost from SF all the way down to and including SJ.

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This is very true, and they're usually the transplants, not the native New Yorkers.
yeah, it's the same way for SF. Transplants move here to be part of "the san francisco lifestyle" (what ever that is), which they believe is so much superior to anything else. They're the ones who give SF that smug self-satisfied reputation that South Park famously capitalized on . Natives are 99% not at all like this.
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Old 07-30-2009, 05:54 PM
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For Syracuse:

It does not snow for half of the year and some years we are below average when it comes to snow.

Some people from the NYC area think that it is some hick or redneck town, but it is not and it is a diverse city with an underrated and strong arts scene, actually.

It is not a college town, but more of a city with a major university(Syracuse University) and we have another smaller college in the city as well(LeMoyne College).

Some people from outside of the city of Syracuse think it is completely crime ridden, but it is actually relatively safe in comparison to other US cities of a bigger or similar size and still has plenty of nice neighborhoods.
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Old 07-30-2009, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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You have two misconceptions here and you don't even realize it

There is plenty to do in San Jose, it's a city of 1 million people. And Silicon Valley is not "in" San Jose, but rather San Jose is in Silicon Valley. "Silicon Valley" Stretches almost from SF all the way down to and including SJ.



yeah, it's the same way for SF. Transplants move here to be part of "the san francisco lifestyle" (what ever that is), which they believe is so much superior to anything else. They're the ones who give SF that smug self-satisfied reputation that South Park famously capitalized on . Natives are 99% not at all like this.
But how many people are actually from SF? As far as cities in the Western US are concerned (Seattle, Portland, Boise, SF, LA, SD, Phoenix, Las Vegas, SLC, Denver, Albuquerque) it seems like the transplants far outnumber the natives.
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Old 07-30-2009, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
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Whenever I host family and/or friends who have never been to Oakland-they are always stunned at how much nicer it is than they thought it would be.

Oakland is one of the most sophisticated cities I know of-and I missed it so much I moved back from Tiburon, one of the swankiest burbs of San Francisco. Too boring and I missed black people.
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:56 PM
rah
 
Location: San Francisco
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But how many people are actually from SF? As far as cities in the Western US are concerned (Seattle, Portland, Boise, SF, LA, SD, Phoenix, Las Vegas, SLC, Denver, Albuquerque) it seems like the transplants far outnumber the natives.
Yeah, only 30% of SF is even born in CA let alone SF its self...but it's not like all transplants are the smug "sf lifestyle" transplants. It's just that people who are like that do tend to be transplants.
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Old 07-31-2009, 08:29 AM
 
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A misconception of New Mexico in general is that it's as hot as Phoenix in the summer just because it's in the Southwest.
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Old 07-31-2009, 08:35 AM
 
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For Syracuse:

It does not snow for half of the year and some years we are below average when it comes to snow.

Some people from the NYC area think that it is some hick or redneck town, but it is not and it is a diverse city with an underrated and strong arts scene, actually.

It is not a college town, but more of a city with a major university(Syracuse University) and we have another smaller college in the city as well(LeMoyne College).

Some people from outside of the city of Syracuse think it is completely crime ridden, but it is actually relatively safe in comparison to other US cities of a bigger or similar size and still has plenty of nice neighborhoods.

You know every city that has snow, has years where it below the average.

I had a friend who was transferred to a GE facility in Syracuse for a year and on day one his local Syracuse manager took him in his office and told him that if it were up to him there would be not one n***er working there, and if it were not for government contracts faces like his would not set foot in this plant. Basically telling him to do his job and stay out of sight.

My experiences in Syracuse were not as bad as his, but there are plenty of old school western NY racist there. A lot of NYC people hear that western NY is racist when their friends go to college there and share their experiences about the local hicks.

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Old 07-31-2009, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Lansing Metro
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Nashville - a one-horse hick town where everyone wears cowboy hats


If that's NOT the case, I'm going to be sorely disappointed when I visit.
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Old 07-31-2009, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Lansing Metro
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A big misconception about Detroit is that it is declining, largely abandoned, depressing, gritty, and rust-belty.

Oh... wait... what does misconception mean again?
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