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Old 01-03-2012, 05:49 PM
 
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That's a pretty good list

Kansas City: I seem to be under the impression that artists are flocking and thriving here, is that true? I've read about the new power and light district and nightlife downtown, seems to be making good strides. .
Actually the Crossroads district in downtown KC is where it's at, not the P&L district which is essentially for cruise ship type tourists. Is good for any downtown to have a touristy area for the hoi polloi but Xroads has about 60 galleries in an area very similar to Williamsburgh in Brooklyn. Many can actually make a full time living as an artist. Very cool street party every first friday in Xroads.

The theatre scene is also pretty strong with about 100 pro/union theatre companies and another 100 community/academic. When the local paper (KC Star) cut a lot of staff, they kept the theatre critic and dumped sports writers.
Theater 2012 | Weird comedies, dark dramas and musicals with a twist - KansasCity.com

And then there's this massively trippey company based in KC..
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KC won't become an Austin or Seattle (I hope not) but it will likely continue to thrive under the radar.

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Old 01-03-2012, 05:53 PM
 
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Oh, it'd be great for Salt Lake City to be the next trendy city, wouldn't it?

It would be wonderfully surprising, and actually doesn't seem so crazy. There's the wasatch back for ski bums as well as the sundance and slamdance film festivals. They also have an oddly great mass transit system.
Wouldn't surprise me at all. In fact, I think the biggest obstacle may be trying to get outsiders to let go of their stereotypes.
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Wouldn't surprise me at all. In fact, I think the biggest obstacle may be trying to get outsiders to let go of their stereotypes.
Other than mormons and polygamy what stereotypes are associated with SLC?
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:29 PM
 
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Other than mormons and polygamy what stereotypes are associated with SLC?
Mormons and extreme social conservatism were the stereotypes to which I was referring.

I would assume, or at least hope, that most people realize that polygamy is no longer an issue there.
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:00 PM
 
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I'm sorry but I have found Sacramento to be very bland, but I was there in 06, maybe some things have changed
It has changed significantly since then. There have been many blocks redeveloped with bars/restaurants that weren't there even three years ago.
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:11 PM
 
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It has changed significantly since then. There have been many blocks redeveloped with bars/restaurants that weren't there even three years ago.
Is it walkable, or a sprawl wasteland?
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:30 PM
 
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Very walkable considering that the vast majority of the rejuvenation has happened inside the grid, which is essentially downtown/midtown Sacramento.

Just off the top of my head, several major nightlife nodes have opened up since you left. K st and 10th, R st and 15th, K st and 21st. There are other major plans ahead. During Spring to Fall, Second Saturdays have the downtown area SWAMPED with people. This has only been a phenomenon of the past three years. I think 2008 was only the first time I went out on a Second Saturday and I was shocked by how huge the crowds were.

I moved up to Sac from SF in 2004, when I first arrived it was dead as a doorknob. But even I have been pleasantly surprised at how fast the nightlife here is catching up. I was in Napa the other day and I found it quite amusing when I was listening to two young men who were obviously Napa locals talking, and they were saying how much they prefered Sac's nightlife to San Francisco. In my mind, it just confirmed how much Sac has changed in the past few years.
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:32 PM
 
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Very walkable considering that the vast majority of the rejuvenation has happened inside the grid, which is essentially downtown/midtown Sacramento.

Just off the top of my head, several major nightlife nodes have opened up since you left. K st and 10th, R st and 15th, K st and 21st. There are other major plans ahead. During Spring to Fall, Second Saturdays have the downtown area SWAMPED with people. This has only been a phenomenon of the past three years. I think 2008 was only the first time I went out on a Second Saturday and I was shocked by how huge the crowds were.

I moved up to Sac from SF in 2004, when I first arrived it was dead as a doorknob. But even I have been pleasantly surprised at how fast the nightlife here is catching up. I was in Napa the other day and I found it quite amusing when I was listening to two young men who were obviously Napa locals talking, and they were saying how much they prefered Sac's nightlife to San Francisco. In my mind, it just confirmed how much Sac has changed in the past few years.
That is great. Increasingly cities, and even suburbs, are promoting smart growth. Ill have to check it out next time I am in California.
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Old 01-03-2012, 09:05 PM
 
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I would assume, or at least hope, that most people realize that polygamy is no longer an issue there.
Amen! Still, I am frequently left speechless by the number of people who just don't get that.
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Old 01-03-2012, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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Other than mormons and polygamy what stereotypes are associated with SLC?
Well, Mormons don't practice polygamy and haven't done for well over 100 years, so that issue should only be a stereotype in the minds of the uninformed. What should be defining Salt Lake City is the fact that you can be on the slopes of any one of seven world-class ski resorts within a half an hour or so after leaving your downtown hotel.
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