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Old 05-04-2013, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati, OH
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I have to rep Cincinnati on this one. Have lived here for 8 years and really have seen it start taking off since then. The city itself is cradled beautifully by the Ohio River and surrounding hills. Everyone who lives here or that has spent time here will talk about how the river and hills really make the town what it is - from the river really transitioning the city between its Ohio and more southern-style Kentucky areas, and the hills truly making the city on both sides of the river a "city of neighborhoods".

In the downtown core, there is an enormous amount of investment and redevelopment going on, and a buzz surrounding this that is becoming palpable. Two years ago the largest skyscraper was completed just shortly after the end of the recession, which won a finalist award for one of the best designed skyscrapers in the world for the year. There is an enormous multi use live-work-play development underway (Phase 1 completed and packed with people regularly) between the city's two pro sports stadiums on the river, which will finish off with one of the largest urban river parks in the nation. A couple months ago a new high end casino was just finished, and currently there are several high rises currently under construction or in planning. Redevelopment of the neighborhoods just north of downtown is continuing feverishly and is becoming one of the hottest areas to go out or live in. Also, construction of a street car light rail system is underway connecting downtown with some of the north neighborhoods. They are using the very successful Portland street car as a model for this.

The economy is strong, and has avoided much of the rusting that many of the other Midwestern manufacturing cities have experienced. Cincinnati is home to very large world headquarters, and is one (maybe in top 3? Id have to check sources again) of the cities in the US with the most Fortune 1000 headquarters per capita...companies such as Procter & Gamble (largest consumer goods company in the world), Macy's (one of largest department stores), and Kroger (largest grocery store company in the US). Other significant companies with world or regional HQ's are GE Aviation, Fifth Third Bank, Scripps (Owner of HGTV, Food Network), Fidelity Investments, Toyota, Kao, etc. The economy is assisted by a solid collegiate base, with University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Miami University and Northern Kentucky University. There is also a recent big push for investment into start-ups and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Culture includes the Reds and Bengals pro sports teams, Bearcats and Musketeers college sports, Cyclones hockey, as well as soccer, indoor football, etc. It will be hosting the 2015 MLB All Stars Game. If sports isnt a big deal to you, not a problem at all. Cincinnati is home to the largest Oktoberfest outside of Munich, one of largest street festivals in the US (Taste of Cincinnati), one of most popular marathons (Flying Pig), several annual blues and jazz festivals, massive labor day celebration, very solid symphony orchestra, opera, and ballet, and a community of artists supported by several museums.

Overall I love the place and it'll always be home to me (even though I have my eyes potentially set on a warmer climate - Cincinnati does unfortunately fall victim to the bleak Midwestern winters). I'm starting to see more people pay attention, and am glad to see it and hope it continues.

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Old 05-05-2013, 12:52 AM
 
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St.Pete FL is underrated. Even though St.Pete(like Tampa) is characterized by it's bland Florida-style sprawl, St.Pete has done a good job at neighborhood and urban preservation. A GREAT portion of neighborhoods in St.Pete look like this:

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=st.pe...278.25,,0,1.48

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=st.pe...12,274.99,,0,0

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=st.pe...cbp=12,55,,0,0

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=st.pe...12,358.54,,0,0

Than there's it's Bayshore area and DT with the Museum of Fine Art, and the Salvador Dali museum(with the largest collection of Salvador Dali art in America):

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=st.pe...12,331.92,,0,0

.https://maps.google.com/maps?q=st.pe...,299.02,,0,0.2
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:33 PM
 
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Philly, Philly and Philly. This is a world class city that takes candle any. No other cities can take candle to Philly.
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Philly, Philly and Philly. This is a world class city that takes candle any. No other cities can take candle to Philly.
If Philadelphia was a world class city, it wouldn't be underrated.
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:46 PM
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Location: Fort Worth
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Philly, Philly and Philly. This is a world class city that takes candle any. No other cities can take candle to Philly.
Oh great, another one of you guys...
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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I don't think Philly is underrated, at least on these boards. It gets plenty of attention and praise. The only thing I will say about it is it sometimes gets overshadowed by NYC.
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:51 AM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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Pick any "Midlands" city: Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, Wichita.
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Hollywood, CA
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Milwaukee. This city has a lot going on for a midsized large city. It's way overshadowed by Chicago most of the time. But it's amendities hold on its own.
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:37 PM
 
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If Philadelphia was a world class city, it wouldn't be underrated.
It's so world class and no city can take candle to Philly. You have New York City to the north, which is the wrong city to focus. Philly has the best core anywhere, period. Not even New York City can take candle to Philly. I recently visited both cities. New York, while energetic and fun, is very overrated.
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:47 PM
 
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If Philadelphia was a world class city, it wouldn't be underrated.
I can't say I necessarily agree. I just think that Philly was last in its region to emerge from a period of urban disinvestment compared to DC to the south and NYC to the north, so it hasn't yet shaken all of the stigma relative to that. I think coming in last in some respects among the big cities of the Bos-Wash corridor still makes it a big winner overall. It's only underrated because it sometimes gets overshadowed by the neighboring powerhouses.
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