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Old 07-23-2010, 11:53 AM
 
Location: The Lakes
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I'm just curious if there are any cities of 100,000 or above that still value traditions of the old days a-la mid 1900s "stereotypical" America. A place that the majority of people still believe in making things, buying local, being self-reliant but always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need... A place where people aren't obsessed with living as fast as possible, where an ideal childhood is unstructured, unprotected, political correctness not rampant, drugs and alcohol not invading the lives of middle schoolers and crime not rampant? A place that's a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, in essence, but none of that new buzzsaw crap.
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Old 07-23-2010, 02:38 PM
 
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Maybe Evansville IN?
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Old 07-23-2010, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I think that our culture has been so poisoned that I'm not sure there's even a small town where you can be pure, unrefined Americana anymore. I've lived in small midwestern towns that are as corrupted as any big city.

That said, there most certainly are some big cities that are better than others. Some more traditional values, family-friendly, wholesome metro area are:

Salt Lake City
Denver
Columbus
Indianapolis
Minneapolis
Boise
Kansas City
St. Louis
Nashville
Charlotte
Raleigh
Oklahoma City
Omaha
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Old 07-23-2010, 05:02 PM
 
Location: The Lakes
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I think that our culture has been so poisoned that I'm not sure there's even a small town where you can be pure, unrefined Americana anymore.

That's exactly what worries me.
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Old 07-23-2010, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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I think that our culture has been so poisoned that I'm not sure there's even a small town where you can be pure, unrefined Americana anymore. I've lived in small midwestern towns that are as corrupted as any big city.

That said, there most certainly are some big cities that are better than others. Some more traditional values, family-friendly, wholesome metro area are:

Salt Lake City
Denver
Columbus
Indianapolis
Minneapolis
Boise
Kansas City
St. Louis
Nashville
Charlotte
Raleigh
Oklahoma City
Omaha
This is great! I'll use this list if I ever need to consider moving for a job or something!
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:50 PM
 
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I'm just curious if there are any cities of 100,000 or above that still value traditions of the old days a-la mid 1900s "stereotypical" America. A place that the majority of people still believe in making things, buying local, being self-reliant but always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need... A place where people aren't obsessed with living as fast as possible, where an ideal childhood is unstructured, unprotected, political correctness not rampant, drugs and alcohol not invading the lives of middle schoolers and crime not rampant? A place that's a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, in essence, but none of that new buzzsaw crap.
When you find it let me know.

I'm afraid if you want those things you will have to start looking at your smaller towns. Of course, the more Conservative the place, the more you will find those values.
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Old 07-23-2010, 09:19 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I'm just curious if there are any cities of 100,000 or above that still value traditions of the old days a-la mid 1900s "stereotypical" America. A place that the majority of people still believe in making things, buying local, being self-reliant but always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need... A place where people aren't obsessed with living as fast as possible, where an ideal childhood is unstructured, unprotected, political correctness not rampant, drugs and alcohol not invading the lives of middle schoolers and crime not rampant? A place that's a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, in essence, but none of that new buzzsaw crap.
I'm not sure anyplace has ever entirely fit all that. The mid-20th c. cities tended to have a fair amount of drunkenness at least.

Maybe Provo, Utah would come close. It's fairly Mormon so likely low on alcohol, lots of people traditional in values, and the crime rate looks low. Sioux City, Iowa might be a bit small for what you mean but one thing on its thread described it as "stuck in the past" and they're in a fairly conservative part of Iowa. Sioux City's murder rate in 2008 was a bit high, but their overall crime rate looks to be generally low. Clarksville, Tennessee I think is in a fairly conservative county and has a high percentage that's family households. The crime rate might be worse than you want, but the murder rate in most years doesn't look too bad.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Provo-Utah.html
http://www.city-data.com/city/Sioux-City-Iowa.html
http://www.city-data.com/city/Clarks...Tennessee.html

You might be better to look for a suburb or small-town.
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Old 07-24-2010, 12:42 AM
 
Location: The Lakes
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I'm not saying drunkenness is bad. I'm talking underaged drunkenness AKA 14 year olds aren't Lil Wayne obsessed know-it-alls having house parties when their parents are out of town on the weekend, getting their older brothers/pot dealers to supply alcohol for them. I'm not necessarily asking for conservative either. I don't care how a place votes, but more a place where a kid can still have an innocent childhood. I'm talking a place where people still raise their children with values, work ethic, freedom, but still teach them to make good choices, and where good choices are the norm.
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Old 07-24-2010, 09:20 AM
 
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You mean a place where the kids still have fathers who would whoop their behinds if they see their pants sagging beneath it? Or where mothers still teach their daughters that if they dress and act like a **** they will be treated like one?
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Old 07-24-2010, 09:39 AM
 
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That's a big part of it, yep.
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