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Old 08-20-2009, 05:52 PM
 
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I've been reading these forums for a long time. I've traveled all over the US, not everywhere but quite a decent amount....

I've read a lot of different forums on here, and notice that a lot of cities want to hype up about their uniqueness, what sets them apart, what makes them so great... and thats cool. I've done that myself in regards to my own city (Kansas City).

But the more I think about it... the more I feel honestly, there are only a few REALLY unique cities in the US, set apart from others by their history and their current standing and location.

If I had to name off the top of my head these cities I would say:


Los Angeles
Las Vegas
Chicago
New York
Boston
New Orleans
Denver (mostly because of its location)

and thats basically it.... maybe historically speaking an argument for Philadelphia, possibly an argument for Orlando cuz of Disney World being theme park capital of the world but who knows...

If you are coming from outside the US and visit any of the above cities you will see unique things that make that city stand out. Don't get me wrong, I love my own city and I know people love theres, and I know people can make a list of things that you find in your city that you won't find in others, or possibly other reasons your city is unique (comparitive cost of living, transit, etc...) but really.... from the outsider most cities look the same. They have the same downtown, same skyscrapers (yes some look more unique then others but its not like OMGZZZ!#@$)... same burbs, same big box stores, same theme parks, water parks, etc...

I started to think maybe the argument for uniqueness would be found in smaller quaint cities... but the more I looked up on those, the more I found .. suprise suprise.. they are all over the fricken place. There are tons of smaller towns with mom and pop shops that are cute quaint and have an older walkable look to them.

I just think it's funny I see these city vs city threads and it's like eh.... if its not a city with one of those things that really sets it apart... then the only comparisons really break down to cost of living and location/weather.

If you are bored in Milwuakee, your gonna probably be bored in Kansas City, Cleveland, Dallas, etc...

There are plenty of reasons to debate the merits one city has over another (in regards to weather/location/cost of living), but when the topic turns to the recreation one city has, for the most part they all have the same.


That said.. my city is still better then yours

 
Old 08-20-2009, 07:28 PM
 
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Originally Posted by skrizzle View Post
I've been reading these forums for a long time. I've traveled all over the US, not everywhere but quite a decent amount....

I've read a lot of different forums on here, and notice that a lot of cities want to hype up about their uniqueness, what sets them apart, what makes them so great... and thats cool. I've done that myself in regards to my own city (Kansas City).

But the more I think about it... the more I feel honestly, there are only a few REALLY unique cities in the US, set apart from others by their history and their current standing and location.

If I had to name off the top of my head these cities I would say:


Los Angeles
Las Vegas
Chicago
New York
Boston
New Orleans
Denver (mostly because of its location)

and thats basically it.... maybe historically speaking an argument for Philadelphia, possibly an argument for Orlando cuz of Disney World being theme park capital of the world but who knows...

If you are coming from outside the US and visit any of the above cities you will see unique things that make that city stand out. Don't get me wrong, I love my own city and I know people love theres, and I know people can make a list of things that you find in your city that you won't find in others, or possibly other reasons your city is unique (comparitive cost of living, transit, etc...) but really.... from the outsider most cities look the same. They have the same downtown, same skyscrapers (yes some look more unique then others but its not like OMGZZZ!#@$)... same burbs, same big box stores, same theme parks, water parks, etc...

I started to think maybe the argument for uniqueness would be found in smaller quaint cities... but the more I looked up on those, the more I found .. suprise suprise.. they are all over the fricken place. There are tons of smaller towns with mom and pop shops that are cute quaint and have an older walkable look to them.

I just think it's funny I see these city vs city threads and it's like eh.... if its not a city with one of those things that really sets it apart... then the only comparisons really break down to cost of living and location/weather.

If you are bored in Milwuakee, your gonna probably be bored in Kansas City, Cleveland, Dallas, etc...

There are plenty of reasons to debate the merits one city has over another (in regards to weather/location/cost of living), but when the topic turns to the recreation one city has, for the most part they all have the same.


That said.. my city is still better then yours
I think you can say the same thing about many smaller cities like Charleston SC, Savannah, St. Augustine FL, Wilmington NC and Atlantic City, among others.

I think there are differences, but they are usually subtle or there are similarities with cities in a regional sense too. So, Providence and Hartford is probably going to have some similarities to Boston, but in a smaller scale, for example.
 
Old 08-20-2009, 08:06 PM
 
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Originally Posted by skrizzle View Post
I've been reading these forums for a long time. I've traveled all over the US, not everywhere but quite a decent amount....

I've read a lot of different forums on here, and notice that a lot of cities want to hype up about their uniqueness, what sets them apart, what makes them so great... and thats cool. I've done that myself in regards to my own city (Kansas City).

But the more I think about it... the more I feel honestly, there are only a few REALLY unique cities in the US, set apart from others by their history and their current standing and location.

If I had to name off the top of my head these cities I would say:


Los Angeles
Las Vegas
Chicago
New York
Boston
New Orleans
Denver (mostly because of its location)

and thats basically it.... maybe historically speaking an argument for Philadelphia, possibly an argument for Orlando cuz of Disney World being theme park capital of the world but who knows...

If you are coming from outside the US and visit any of the above cities you will see unique things that make that city stand out. Don't get me wrong, I love my own city and I know people love theres, and I know people can make a list of things that you find in your city that you won't find in others, or possibly other reasons your city is unique (comparitive cost of living, transit, etc...) but really.... from the outsider most cities look the same. They have the same downtown, same skyscrapers (yes some look more unique then others but its not like OMGZZZ!#@$)... same burbs, same big box stores, same theme parks, water parks, etc...

I started to think maybe the argument for uniqueness would be found in smaller quaint cities... but the more I looked up on those, the more I found .. suprise suprise.. they are all over the fricken place. There are tons of smaller towns with mom and pop shops that are cute quaint and have an older walkable look to them.

I just think it's funny I see these city vs city threads and it's like eh.... if its not a city with one of those things that really sets it apart... then the only comparisons really break down to cost of living and location/weather.

If you are bored in Milwuakee, your gonna probably be bored in Kansas City, Cleveland, Dallas, etc...

There are plenty of reasons to debate the merits one city has over another (in regards to weather/location/cost of living), but when the topic turns to the recreation one city has, for the most part they all have the same.


That said.. my city is still better then yours
Salt Lake City and Washington DC should also be on your list of truly unique cities.
 
Old 08-20-2009, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Originally Posted by skrizzle View Post
I've been reading these forums for a long time. I've traveled all over the US, not everywhere but quite a decent amount....

I've read a lot of different forums on here, and notice that a lot of cities want to hype up about their uniqueness, what sets them apart, what makes them so great... and thats cool. I've done that myself in regards to my own city (Kansas City).

But the more I think about it... the more I feel honestly, there are only a few REALLY unique cities in the US, set apart from others by their history and their current standing and location.

If I had to name off the top of my head these cities I would say:


Los Angeles
Las Vegas
Chicago
New York
Boston
New Orleans
Denver (mostly because of its location)

and thats basically it.... maybe historically speaking an argument for Philadelphia, possibly an argument for Orlando cuz of Disney World being theme park capital of the world but who knows...

If you are coming from outside the US and visit any of the above cities you will see unique things that make that city stand out. Don't get me wrong, I love my own city and I know people love theres, and I know people can make a list of things that you find in your city that you won't find in others, or possibly other reasons your city is unique (comparitive cost of living, transit, etc...) but really.... from the outsider most cities look the same. They have the same downtown, same skyscrapers (yes some look more unique then others but its not like OMGZZZ!#@$)... same burbs, same big box stores, same theme parks, water parks, etc...

I started to think maybe the argument for uniqueness would be found in smaller quaint cities... but the more I looked up on those, the more I found .. suprise suprise.. they are all over the fricken place. There are tons of smaller towns with mom and pop shops that are cute quaint and have an older walkable look to them.

I just think it's funny I see these city vs city threads and it's like eh.... if its not a city with one of those things that really sets it apart... then the only comparisons really break down to cost of living and location/weather.

If you are bored in Milwuakee, your gonna probably be bored in Kansas City, Cleveland, Dallas, etc...

There are plenty of reasons to debate the merits one city has over another (in regards to weather/location/cost of living), but when the topic turns to the recreation one city has, for the most part they all have the same.


That said.. my city is still better then yours
I wouldn't call Boston, Chicago, or Denver unique. I guess NYC is unique for an American city, but that's about it. I'd say San Francisco and Miami are unique.
 
Old 08-20-2009, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
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I wouldn't call Boston, Chicago, or Denver unique.


Why not?
 
Old 08-20-2009, 10:35 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I think all cities are unique. I think with a lot of the bigger cities the difference are more pronounced, with smaller cities they are more subtle. I will concede that there are cities that have more unique character than others, but ultimately every city is still unique.
 
Old 08-20-2009, 10:37 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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Originally Posted by skrizzle View Post
I've been reading these forums for a long time. I've traveled all over the US, not everywhere but quite a decent amount....

I've read a lot of different forums on here, and notice that a lot of cities want to hype up about their uniqueness, what sets them apart, what makes them so great... and thats cool. I've done that myself in regards to my own city (Kansas City).

But the more I think about it... the more I feel honestly, there are only a few REALLY unique cities in the US, set apart from others by their history and their current standing and location.

If I had to name off the top of my head these cities I would say:


Los Angeles
Las Vegas
Chicago
New York
Boston
New Orleans
Denver (mostly because of its location)

and thats basically it.... maybe historically speaking an argument for Philadelphia, possibly an argument for Orlando cuz of Disney World being theme park capital of the world but who knows...

If you are coming from outside the US and visit any of the above cities you will see unique things that make that city stand out. Don't get me wrong, I love my own city and I know people love theres, and I know people can make a list of things that you find in your city that you won't find in others, or possibly other reasons your city is unique (comparitive cost of living, transit, etc...) but really.... from the outsider most cities look the same. They have the same downtown, same skyscrapers (yes some look more unique then others but its not like OMGZZZ!#@$)... same burbs, same big box stores, same theme parks, water parks, etc...

I started to think maybe the argument for uniqueness would be found in smaller quaint cities... but the more I looked up on those, the more I found .. suprise suprise.. they are all over the fricken place. There are tons of smaller towns with mom and pop shops that are cute quaint and have an older walkable look to them.

I just think it's funny I see these city vs city threads and it's like eh.... if its not a city with one of those things that really sets it apart... then the only comparisons really break down to cost of living and location/weather.

If you are bored in Milwuakee, your gonna probably be bored in Kansas City, Cleveland, Dallas, etc...

There are plenty of reasons to debate the merits one city has over another (in regards to weather/location/cost of living), but when the topic turns to the recreation one city has, for the most part they all have the same.


That said.. my city is still better then yours


so you dont think Santa Fe is unique? there aint another city in the country like it
 
Old 08-20-2009, 10:44 PM
 
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Why not?
I just don't really see how they are unique. Denver especially.
 
Old 08-20-2009, 10:52 PM
 
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Yes, Denver doesn't strike me as unique in anyway or form. I guess it is somewhat different in that it is a high altitude city, but beyond that, not so much.
 
Old 08-20-2009, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
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I just don't really see how they are unique. Denver especially.
But Boston and Chicago definitely strike me as unique places.
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