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View Poll Results: Which of these northern US cities feels more like a Canadian city?
Seattle 33 35.87%
Portland 2 2.17%
Minneapolis 38 41.30%
Chicago 2 2.17%
Detroit 3 3.26%
Toledo 1 1.09%
Cleveland 1 1.09%
Buffalo 8 8.70%
New York City 1 1.09%
Boston 3 3.26%
Voters: 92. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-07-2012, 07:22 AM
 
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What major city in the US reminds you most of Canada?

From my observations, looking at northern US cities, this is what I'd say:

Seattle: Not really very Canadian in feel, quite different from Vancouver BC. It actually reminds me a bit of Buffalo, NY only a lot nicer. It feels pretty American, big business, busy freeways, art-deco skyscrapers. The accent sounds somewhat Canadian influenced in some words.

Portland: Feels more Canadian than Seattle, despite being further away from the border, and in some ways a similar culture, but it's not quite dense enough or hockey-loving to truly fit the bill. The accent, like Seattle has some similarities to Canadian.

Minneapolis: Haven't been there, but I imagine that it feels somewhat similar to Vancouver in some ways? The accent has some similarities to Canada and the people love hockey. The weather is also colder than much of Canada.

Chicago: People say it's similar to Toronto, but I just don't see it.

Detroit: Too decrepid to be a Canadian city, though obviously it shares a lot in common with Windsor, which is probably Canada's most American city.

Toledo: Basically a smaller Detroit.

Cleveland: Has pretty much nothing in common with Canada, aside from being cold.

Buffalo: Very strong ties to Canada, as it's literally on the border (like Detroit is), but it feels very different from the part of Ontario it borders.

NYC: Surprisingly similar to Canada in the sense it's very dense, vibrant and multicultural. But obviously it's American through and through.

Boston: A lot of similarities to Montreal and also to the Maritimes, quite liberal politics, but again, too quintessentially American to feel Canadian.
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:09 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Seattle: Not really very Canadian in feel, quite different from Vancouver BC. It actually reminds me a bit of Buffalo, NY only a lot nicer. It feels pretty American, big business, busy freeways, art-deco skyscrapers. The accent sounds somewhat Canadian influenced in some words.
Color me confused but New York City feels Canadian and Seattle doesn't? I don't see any parallels at all between Buffalo and Seattle other than they both straddle I-90. Other than that and cloudy skies they have very little if anything in common. Seattle is an economically vibrant city and Buffalo is a forgotten old rust belt city. And nothing in Canada holds a candle to NYC, and all Canadian cities are much cleaner than NYC with a lot more elbow room.

Though Seattle and Vancouver have many differences (Seattle more entrepreneurial and productive with a different city layout) they also have a ton in common. They are both Pacific Rim port cities, both have similar out skirting residential neighborhood styles in the urban/suburban woodlands, both have similar outdoor recreational pursuits (though Vancouver has more palpable winter sports), and both have that environmentally conscious earthy Pacific Northwest vibe about them.

It's hard to sum up an all Canadian vibe as there is much diversity within that country as well. No one city (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, nor Montreal) can really claim the quintessential all Canadian feeling as they are all quite different from each other. Therefore I think it's hard to label a most Canadian like city unless they are within a certain region like Seattle/Vancouver or Buffalo/Hamilton. Montreal & Quebec are in a league of their own with a few similarities to Boston and New England, though I think a better comparison would be Portland, Maine and Halifax, Nova Scotia. I guess Ottawa could be the most Canadian city but I can't think of any American cities like it.

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Old 07-07-2012, 04:14 PM
 
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Detroit and Minneapolis.

The people there both have the (although loosely) Canadian accents and both cities love their hockey.

Then of course snow and cold is simply a routine cultural phenomenon for Detroit and Minneapolis where as for most other places it's considered a nuisance and inconvenience.
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Old 07-07-2012, 04:18 PM
 
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Minneapolis, hands down.
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Detroit and Seattle.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:32 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Minneapolis. The PNW cities in terms of how the people are.
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Old 07-09-2012, 07:42 AM
 
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In at least one respect, that would have to be Denver. Canada's national obesity rate is 14%, and Colorado is the only US state with an obesity rate that low. Bouilder, Colorado, has the nation's lowest metro obesity rate, with a very Canada-like 12.1

Obesity rate might be a very valid composite of all the lifestyle metrics rolled into one.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:24 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Minneapolis/St. Paul without question.
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:36 PM
 
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Minneapolis
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:39 PM
 
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Minneapolis for me. I sometimes wish Minnesota was the eleventh province, our weather, politics, accent, sports and general passive-aggressive politeness fits perfectly into the Great White North.
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