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Old 07-11-2007, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland area
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Detroit, Michigan and Livonia, Michigan.

Literally across the street from each other, one city has a large black population, while the other has a large white population.

What year is this again?
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Old 07-11-2007, 07:05 PM
 
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very good!

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Minneapolis
White Collar
Western
Uppity Liberal
Newer
Organized Streets
Faster
Saint Paul
Blue Collar
Eastern
Older
"Drunken Irishmen" streets (Thanks Ventura)
New Deal Liberal
Slower
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Old 07-11-2007, 08:28 PM
 
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Buffalo -- very blue collar, "meat and pototoes"-type town

Rochester -- more white collar, small art/culture scene, very different vibe from Buffalo
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Old 07-11-2007, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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San Francisco and Sacramento. I wouldn't even know where to start to describe the differences. Architecture, transportation, suburban orientation, politics, downtown presence, shopping areas and residences to name a few for starters.
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Old 07-12-2007, 03:20 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Well, maybe not totally close (about 45 minute drive apart), but totally different: Sun City, AZ and Tempe, AZ. It's Oldpeoplesville vs. College/Youngpeoplestown. Interestingly, people have an impression of Phoenix that it is mainly old people (including me before I moved here) when the average age here is actually YOUNGER than the national average. The old people are concentrated in a few retirement communities on the edges of town, notably the Sun Cities in the far west valley, Apache Junction in the far east, and Sun Lakes south of Chandler. Tempe is actually a better example of what Phoenix is like in general than Sun City, even though the latter is probably more well known outside of the area.
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Old 07-12-2007, 12:23 PM
 
Location: In exile, plotting my coup
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Garden City and Hempstead on Long Island. One is full of palatial million dollar homes and high-end shopping and the other is basically like a rough rundown inner city neighborhood transported into the suburb. The cities are no more than two miles apart, maybe 5-10 minutes from the center of one to the center of the other, and I may be mistaken but I think they actually border one another. The contrast is freaky.

In general, one thing I've noticed about a lot of cities in the Northeast and Midwest, especially suburbs of the larger cities, is how often contrasts like this exist, where literally, a few blocks seems like you're in a different world. I'm not sure why that is. In much of the rest of the country, you'll see a gradual decline in an area as you drive whereas in many cities in the Northeast and Midwest, it just seems to come out of nowhere.
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Old 07-12-2007, 12:27 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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St. Louis and Kansas City come to mind. While they do have a lot in common, both being Midwestern, Kansas City feels more like a western city, as opposed to St. Louis which feels more like an Eastern one. There is also Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. I've always felt that those cities were very distinct from one another in certain ways despite all being Midwestern.
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Old 07-12-2007, 12:27 PM
 
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Indianapolis and Bloomington, IN.

The main difference, Bloomington has culture and a unique identity.
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Old 07-12-2007, 12:54 PM
 
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Cheyenne and Laramie Wyoming.

Cheyenne is a heavily Republican, down-to-earth, government and farming town out on the plains.

Laramie is a fun-loving, college town with a very slight liberal edge near the Snowy Mountains.
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Old 07-12-2007, 01:12 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Indianapolis and Bloomington, IN.

The main difference, Bloomington has culture and a unique identity.
Let me further expand on that note. Indianapolis and Louisville. It's amazing how different they are from each other despite being only a mere 100 miles apart. And there is also Louisville and Cincinnati only 90 miles from one another. Louisville despite being so much closer to these two other Midwestern cities than other Southern cities has more in common with Nashville located about 150 miles to the south.
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