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Old 01-10-2011, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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knew it was coming

check your stats the crime rate in Detroit is down from the 70s/80s
But it ain't great.
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Old 01-10-2011, 08:24 PM
 
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For us I think Chicago 60614 described it pretty well, I'm not scared (I'm from a city) but have been living in smaller cities and the hectic-ness and quick decisions gets to me. That, and in a big city, its not always clear where to "avoid" and I'm sure I lack that certain "city attitude" that I used to have so feel we act pretty "green" and feel more vulnerable.

Once we stayed at a hotel in a really small town. Went walking around, checking out the stores and at "woolworth" variety kind of store this older saleslady literally followed us everywhere we looked, even the candy racks. No questions about helping us find something...and the steathiness made it pretty clear she thought we were shoplifters though we were nicely dressed and the kids well behaved.

In small towns it just feels awkward because we feel very much like outsiders. Like we're being rude/overly familar by being too chatty (which is pretty much our usual way.)

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Old 01-10-2011, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Detroit's eastside, downtown Detroit in near future!
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But it ain't great.
nobody said it was. and neither are plenty of other cities but I don't see you using them as an example smh
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Old 01-11-2011, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Re: big cities

We're mostly scared of your cost of living, taxes and regulations.

Too many people in too little space. It's just a big petrie dish of disease.

We're scared of the zombies who walk on the street without making eye contact unless they are some buggy eyed guy yelling lewd things at you and who gets in your face.

We're scared of the soup nazi.
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:02 AM
 
Location: South Chicagoland
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The majority of people who live in LA don't live in Compton.
Actually, NO ONE who lives in LA lives in Compton, California because Compton, California is a suburb of LA.

Compton is a city in LA County and LA is another city in LA County.
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Old 01-11-2011, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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nobody said it was. and neither are plenty of other cities but I don't see you using them as an example smh
I have only just joined this conversation. XD

But I was in Detroit not but a couple of years ago. And it was still hellish.

For your amusement I also dislike the following cities:

Memphis
New Orleans
St. Louis
Jackson (Mississippi)
Los Angeles
Baltimore
Washington DC
Anything in Florida
Baton Rouge
Shreveport
Bossier city
Buffalo
San Antonio

However I DO like these cities:

Nashville
Knoxville
Rochester (NY)
Syracuse (NY)
Cleveland (Ohio)
Cincinnati
Chattanooga
Lafayette (Louisiana)

So there. Plenty O' comparisons I guess.
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Old 01-11-2011, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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Re: big cities

We're mostly scared of your cost of living, taxes and regulations.

Too many people in too little space. It's just a big petrie dish of disease.

We're scared of the zombies who walk on the street without making eye contact unless they are some buggy eyed guy yelling lewd things at you and who gets in your face.

We're scared of the soup nazi.
I agree. As well as the crime in some cases.

...

SOUP NAZI!? XD
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Old 01-11-2011, 01:02 PM
 
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I think people are afraid of whatever they are not exposed too. They avoid the City and the only exposure they get to it is in the form of news which always seems to focus on the negative. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy. We fear what we don't understand. It's just as silly for City folks to say they fear the woods.
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Old 01-11-2011, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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I think people are afraid of whatever they are not exposed too. They avoid the City and the only exposure they get to it is in the form of news which always seems to focus on the negative. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy. We fear what we don't understand. It's just as silly for City folks to say they fear the woods.
Exactly. We're not all toothless hicks. And I suppose city folk ain't all muggers and drug dealers.
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Old 01-13-2011, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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knew it was coming

check your stats the crime rate in Detroit is down from the 70s/80s
According to Wikipedia's list of the American cities by crime rates, Detroit had the second highest crime rate of any city in the country with a population of at least a quarter million people in 2009. A year or two ago, it was in the lead. Unless the crime rate has dropped dramatically in the last year, it's a pretty good example.

Also, the crime rates across the country have declined since the 70s and 80s so it's very possible that they did in Detroit just following the national trend.
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