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Old 07-15-2011, 08:39 AM
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Originally Posted by Ebck120 View Post
I never said it's a "bad" city, I just said there isn't much the city offers that you can't do in numerous other cities.
It's not the reason why Atlantans and especially Houston get defensive. It's the discredit that these cities receive for any positive accolades. Like they need to hear people from other cities to put them in their place. Even people from other small older cities. It gets old and that's why the defensiveness comes out. Regarding Houston, they have a chip on their soldier. For example, how many times with people ignore its successful port that handles far more than oil. Or its simply changing before our eyes.
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:06 AM
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Being born and raised in New York City, this is how most conversations go when my origin is revealed.

American: So, Where ya from?

Me: Well, I'm from New York.

American: Where in New York? The city?

Me: Yes, I was-

American: So you think your so great then, huh?

Me: Well I-

American: Let me tell you, New York City isn't so great, it's polluted, and crowded, and noisy, and the projects are teeming with cannibals!!! <gets all frothy about the mouth>

Me: I just... It's not so bad. There are nice museums and res-

American: Yeah, whatever, city boy. You think you are SOOOOOOO great. You know the world doesn't revolve around New York City.

Me: I admit there are a lot of episodes of Law & Order: SVU floating around. <sigh>


Honestly, there are a lot of arrogant New Yorkers and usually they are very provincial, too, not knowing about much that occurs outside their own borders, much like Americans are perceived around the world on a smaller scale. The worst New Yorkers are often the one's who have never traveled about and have a very narrow view of the country and the world at large.

However, if New Yorkers are considered defensive, it may have something to do with the immediate and unrelenting barrage of attacks on their hometown that you get from many people from other parts of America which may, if I may be so bold to suggest it, indicate their own insecurity.
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:01 PM
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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I have to add Lexington, Kentucky to the list. I grew up there. I moved away after I graduated high school. Every time I go home to visit relatives and old friends seem to overly point out how great it is in Lexington and how they would never want to live anywhere else. It always amuses me b/c I for the most part never say anything negative about the city, just sometimes I say I don't care for colder weather. They freak out when I say that and go on and on about how great of a place it is.
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Old 11-15-2011, 06:01 PM
Location: Chicago, IL SouthWest Suburbs
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