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Old 10-13-2009, 12:00 AM
 
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Seattle and Portland both have a unique Pacific Northwest vibe that is more than the sum of their collective parts. However, they are very similar to each other in many ways, so I guess you could still say they aren't unique.

 
Old 10-13-2009, 12:09 AM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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Originally Posted by bchris02 View Post
Did you even think about this? Lets take a look at your list.

NYC - OK
Chicago - OK
L.A. - OK
San Diego - a mini LA/Phoenix - nothing really unique
San Francisco - OK
Seattle - nothing unique other than that needle. Mountains and scenery can be found in many places
Portland - might be a nice place but nothing unique
Salt Lake City - same as Portland
Phoenix - tries to be LA...its not...nothing unique
Las Vegas - OK
St. Louis - a typical midwestern city...nothing unique
Kansas City - same as St. Louis
Albuquerque - seriously?
Dallas - great city but very similar to Houston, Atlanta, etc, nothing really unique
Austin - you can find the same vibe in any college town of decent size in the US
Houston - same as Dallas
San Antonio - once again, nice place but nothing you can't find elsewhere
New Orleans - OK
Memphis - Has a nice bar district but it isn't that different from that in other cities
Louisville - Might be nice, but a very typical American city
Birmingham - what are you smokin?
Nashville - I almost want to give props to this one because of the country music attractions, but outside of that the city as a whole is a very typical American city
Atlanta - posterchild for post-WWII Americana, sprawl, subdivisions, strip malls...where can't you find that?
Miami - OK
Tampa - typical beach city, comparable to almost any other on the gulf coast
Orlando - Has a few theme parks but outside of that you find nothing more than a typical suburbia
Jacksonville - nothing unique
Charlotte - "
Raleigh - "
Richmond - "
Washington D.C. OK
Columbus - nothing unique
Indianapolis - "
Cincinnati - "
Cleveland - "
Detroit - unique but for urban decay and crime...not something you want to be known for
Milwaukee - has great beer, but you can find that in many other cities as well
Buffalo - nothing unique
Baltimore - "
Norfolk - "
Boston - OK
Philadelphia - OK
Pittsburgh - similar to detroit
San Jose - known for its tech sector, but others exist such as Austin, Raleigh-Durham, etc.

Milwaukee has great beer? Wow, not only are you narrow-minded, you also have really crappy taste in beer.

I agree that Portland would be unique if Seattle did not exist, but they are far too similar. Still, I have never felt a vibe like the Pacific Northwest in any other area of the nation. I have lived in Montana, Oregon, California, Arizona and Georgia, and have traveled all over the country. Nothing is like the Pacific Northwest.
 
Old 10-13-2009, 02:01 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Originally Posted by bchris02 View Post
Did you even think about this? Lets take a look at your list.

NYC - OK
Chicago - OK
L.A. - OK
San Diego - a mini LA/Phoenix - nothing really unique
San Francisco - OK
Seattle - nothing unique other than that needle. Mountains and scenery can be found in many places
Portland - might be a nice place but nothing unique
Salt Lake City - same as Portland
Phoenix - tries to be LA...its not...nothing unique
Las Vegas - OK
St. Louis - a typical midwestern city...nothing unique
Kansas City - same as St. Louis
Albuquerque - seriously?
Dallas - great city but very similar to Houston, Atlanta, etc, nothing really unique
Austin - you can find the same vibe in any college town of decent size in the US
Houston - same as Dallas
San Antonio - once again, nice place but nothing you can't find elsewhere
New Orleans - OK
Memphis - Has a nice bar district but it isn't that different from that in other cities
Louisville - Might be nice, but a very typical American city
Birmingham - what are you smokin?
Nashville - I almost want to give props to this one because of the country music attractions, but outside of that the city as a whole is a very typical American city
Atlanta - posterchild for post-WWII Americana, sprawl, subdivisions, strip malls...where can't you find that?
Miami - OK
Tampa - typical beach city, comparable to almost any other on the gulf coast
Orlando - Has a few theme parks but outside of that you find nothing more than a typical suburbia
Jacksonville - nothing unique
Charlotte - "
Raleigh - "
Richmond - "
Washington D.C. OK
Columbus - nothing unique
Indianapolis - "
Cincinnati - "
Cleveland - "
Detroit - unique but for urban decay and crime...not something you want to be known for
Milwaukee - has great beer, but you can find that in many other cities as well
Buffalo - nothing unique
Baltimore - "
Norfolk - "
Boston - OK
Philadelphia - OK
Pittsburgh - similar to detroit
San Jose - known for its tech sector, but others exist such as Austin, Raleigh-Durham, etc.
I GREATLY disagree with this post (and your originally one for that matter).

May I make a suggestion? If you are going to start a thread asking for opinions of cities which offer a unique culture that you won't find in any other city (without including attractions), please cite examples why you believe the cities you posted in your initial post fit that bill and what exactly makes them unique. You included Las Vegas, which while unique is BECAUSE of its attractions. Outside of that, what makes it any more unique than Phoenix, which btw has probably less in common with cities in the NE that have more in common with each other?
 
Old 10-13-2009, 03:23 AM
 
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I go to school in San Jose and I will be the first to say there is nothing unique about it. It's a really nice city with great weather in a good location in the South Bay but I wouldn't call it unique at all...it's kinda like a giant suburb. Its in Silicon Valley but Silicon Valley runs all the way from Fremont (North of SJ) to all the up to Redwood City/Foster City (near SF)so it's not like everything in Silicon Valley is happening in SJ.
 
Old 10-13-2009, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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- Dallas looks like a bigger Waco

- Houston looks like a bigger Beaumont or Port Arthur or my favorite, a bigger Metairie,LA.

- Atlanta looks like a bigger Birmingham
 
Old 10-13-2009, 08:40 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island and Atlanta, GA
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- Dallas looks like a bigger Waco

- Houston looks like a bigger Beaumont or Port Arthur or my favorite, a bigger Metairie,LA.

- Atlanta looks like a bigger Birmingham
Pretty close...my take on it:

My DH refers to Dallas as Oklahoma City on steroids.

Houston definitely has some of the 'bayou' feel of other Gulf Coast cities ie NOLA, Biloxi, Mobile and the ones you mentioned. You can see it in the architecture of some of its' older neighborhoods.

I think of Atlanta as what you would get if Charlotte and Los Angeles had a love child.
 
Old 10-13-2009, 08:48 AM
 
Location: 75025 (previously 75254, 90505, 90010, and 60614)
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Originally Posted by LovinDecatur View Post
Pretty close...my take on it:

My DH refers to Dallas as Oklahoma City on steroids.

Houston definitely has some of the 'bayou' feel of other Gulf Coast cities ie NOLA, Biloxi, Mobile and the ones you mentioned. You can see it in the architecture of some of its' older neighborhoods.

I think of Atlanta as what you would get if Charlotte and Los Angeles had a love child.
I always used to say that Los Angeles was created because Mexico City, Manila, and Seoul had a three-way!
 
Old 10-13-2009, 09:03 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island and Atlanta, GA
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I always used to say that Los Angeles was created because Mexico City, Manila, and Seoul had a three-way!
LOL...perfect!
 
Old 10-13-2009, 12:24 PM
 
Location: ITP - City of Atlanta Proper
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I think of Atlanta as what you would get if Charlotte and Los Angeles had a love child.
HAHAHAH!

and I would add that it was then filled with expats from NYC, Jersey, and Ted Turner
 
Old 10-13-2009, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Originally Posted by LovinDecatur View Post
Pretty close...my take on it:

My DH refers to Dallas as Oklahoma City on steroids.

Houston definitely has some of the 'bayou' feel of other Gulf Coast cities ie NOLA, Biloxi, Mobile and the ones you mentioned. You can see it in the architecture of some of its' older neighborhoods.

I think of Atlanta as what you would get if Charlotte and Los Angeles had a love child.
People say Houston is a cross between Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Atlanta.
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