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Old 01-08-2012, 10:33 AM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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I have been to all these cities.
Minneapolis, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh were good for a day trip. Portland is good for a couple of days.
Fort Lauderdale is a nice beach town, not a bad place to spend the winter.
I have no use for Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, Providence, or Sacramento
except that I had to visit each of them to find that out.
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Old 01-08-2012, 03:15 PM
 
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houston may be underrated as a city in general, but it is not underrated as a travel destination. it doesnt have the tourism draw that other cities have for a reason (it is somewhat lacking compared even cities that are smaller than it). but come and live here and u'll be able to find ways to stay entertained (with some bucks in the bank to spare).
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Old 01-08-2012, 04:32 PM
 
Location: NYC
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I have been to all these cities.
Minneapolis, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh were good for a day trip. Portland is good for a couple of days.
Fort Lauderdale is a nice beach town, not a bad place to spend the winter.
I have no use for Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, Providence, or Sacramento
except that I had to visit each of them to find that out.
This seems like an accurate perspective.
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Old 01-08-2012, 04:56 PM
 
Location: NYC
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I think that there is a good case for making Baltimore the No 1 underrated city. A lot of folks who haven't been there think of the place only in the grimmest of terms, thanks to shows like Homicide: Life On The Street or The Wire. And no mistake about it, much of Baltimore is indeed grim.

But the Harbor, Fells Point, the sports stadiums, always some live music or theatre, more than a few good restaurants, museums, and day-tripping to the shore, DC or Annapolis all add up to make for a unexpectedly delightful place that I think more people should turn out to see.
What about neighborhoods like Mt Vernon, Bolton Hill, Federal Hill? I haven't been to Baltimore but from looking around on Google these areas look highly impressive. I am definitely planning to make a stop next time I am driving through.
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Old 01-08-2012, 04:57 PM
 
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This seems like an accurate perspective.
Well it's subjective not accurate. Accurate would imply there is only one absolute single perpective.
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Old 01-08-2012, 05:08 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Well it's subjective not accurate. Accurate would imply there is only one absolute single perpective.
Yes of course its subjective just like my assessment is subjective. But not everything that is subjective is incapable of being accurate. If someone says that Paris is a beautiful city that is also subjective. And accurate. This is not science, so "accurate" is not meant in the strictest sense here.
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:54 PM
 
Location: surrounded by reality
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Risking the wrath of the c-d forumers, I will state that I do think that Portland is underrated. It is certainly arguable whether it's underrated from the perspective of urban aficionados. I'll leave that one alone. But as a tourist destination, Portland most certainly is underrated. It's nowhere close to the top 10 most visited (in fact even SF, surprisingly, doesn't make the Forbes list). It's not even among WSJ's top 25 list. I seriously believe that Portland's unique blend of nature, urban experience, food and general quirkiness deserves to be appreciated by many more visitors.
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh PA
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What about neighborhoods like Mt Vernon, Bolton Hill, Federal Hill? I haven't been to Baltimore but from looking around on Google these areas look highly impressive. I am definitely planning to make a stop next time I am driving through.
Those are beautiful areas and did not even think twice about safety while walking through them at night. They offer beautiful architecture, Federal Hill offers GREAT views of the city and the Harbor as well as a well maintained park. I would recommend visiting those places whenever you go. I honestly felt completely safe whenever I was in Baltimore (although there are friends of mine who have been there and claimed to fear for their lives )
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:37 PM
 
Location: where u wish u lived
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I have been to all these cities.
Minneapolis, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh were good for a day trip. Portland is good for a couple of days.
Fort Lauderdale is a nice beach town, not a bad place to spend the winter.
I have no use for Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, Providence, or Sacramento
except that I had to visit each of them to find that out.
Just came back from Portland Oregon, I was truly amazed at the architecture of the homes and the setup of the city streets, I was very impressed, definitely underrated IMO, much more urban than I had thought it was going to be, would love to go back and visit again.
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:19 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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How can a city be underrated when its most common use in a sentence is, "OMFG, I F-ING LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE PORTLAND IT IS THE GREATEST AND BEER, AND CYCLING, AND SUSTAINABLE, AND GREENBELT, AND EVEEEEERRRRRRRYYYYTTTHHHIIIINNGGG ABOUT IIIIIIIIIIIIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And that is the people who are kind of wishy-washy about it.
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