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View Poll Results: Best Cities in the Midwest for Living
Akron, OH 6 3.53%
Chicago, IL 57 33.53%
Cincinnati, OH 21 12.35%
Cleveland, OH 24 14.12%
Columbus, OH 22 12.94%
Des Moines, IA 26 15.29%
Detroit, MI 16 9.41%
Fort Wayne, IN 5 2.94%
Grand Rapids, MI 14 8.24%
Indianapolis, IN 23 13.53%
Kansas City, KS-MO 23 13.53%
Lincoln, NE 12 7.06%
Madison, WI 36 21.18%
Milwaukee, WI 24 14.12%
Minneapolis, MN 62 36.47%
Omaha, NE 22 12.94%
St. Louis, MO 34 20.00%
St. Paul, MN 24 14.12%
Toledo, OH 8 4.71%
Wichita, KS 7 4.12%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 170. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-14-2012, 10:28 AM
 
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Who voted for Akron and Fort Wayne?

Bucolic bastions of great renown, no doubt...
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:55 AM
 
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And you seem to be missing mine as well.
For instance, if one is interested in world-class art, one is not going to find what Chicago has just in the Art Institute anywhere else in the Midwest.
We seem to be speaking of 2 different things here.
I disagree.

The quality of art you could find in Minneapolis, Cleveland, or Detroit, certainly....maybe some others like Milwaukee or Cincinnati.

You will not find as large of collections, however, as you would in Chicago (volume; quantity =/= quality).
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:59 AM
 
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Wow, I finally voted in the pole. Minneapolis and St. Paul have 28 votes altogether....over twice as many as Chicago???

I thought Chicago would run away with it....but I guess there is something to be said for MSP being much lower hassle and less expensive than Chicago...
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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I disagree.

The quality of art you could find in Minneapolis, Cleveland, or Detroit, certainly....maybe some others like Milwaukee or Cincinnati.

You will not find as large of collections, however, as you would in Chicago (volume; quantity =/= quality).
I take it you have never been to the Art Institute.
Everything in there is world class, and you wont find collections of that stature, nor touring exhibits of that stature in any of the cities you mentioned.
I've been to the museums in the aforementioned cities, and they just dont have the collections that the Art Institute offers.
I may not be an expert on a lot of things, but this I know about.
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Wow, I finally voted in the pole. Minneapolis and St. Paul have 28 votes altogether....over twice as many as Chicago???

I thought Chicago would run away with it....but I guess there is something to be said for MSP being much lower hassle and less expensive than Chicago...
Well I think some of us were leaving Chicago out and then voting...
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Bigger is usually considered better on urban focused forums but in the real world it often isn't. Chicago has a lot of positives but it also has a lot of negatives.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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Bigger is usually considered better on urban focused forums but in the real world it often isn't. Chicago has a lot of positives but it also has a lot of negatives.
Nasty corruption comes to mind instantly as a negative.
for 90 years Chicago has been the corruption pit of the nation.
Don't see that changing.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:35 PM
 
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Wow, I finally voted in the pole. Minneapolis and St. Paul have 28 votes altogether....over twice as many as Chicago???

I thought Chicago would run away with it....but I guess there is something to be said for MSP being much lower hassle and less expensive than Chicago...
It's probably because a lot of people who voted for Minneapolis probably voted for St. Paul too. It really should have been one option, but it's not my thread.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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It's probably because a lot of people who voted for Minneapolis probably voted for St. Paul too. It really should have been one option, but it's not my thread.

Ehh, Minneapolis and St. Paul are almost always referred to as one city. It is not like the OP is the first person to do this.

I think Minneapolis is a great city, and I always thought of it to be one of the more underrated cities in the US. I was pretty surprised to see it beat Chicago, simply because everyone spouts off about how wonderful it is.

Chicago is a great city, don't get me wrong.. but it (and along with some other cities) is not the best thing since sliced bread.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Tampa - St. Louis
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I'm surprised St. Louis is doing so well. It really is something unique in this part of the country. Only Chicago and Cincinnati have comparable architecture and tale of two cities ambiance in the Midwest.
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