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Old 11-03-2012, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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IMHO Portland OR was great in the 80's and into part of the 90's. Today they cling to the lame motto "Keep Portland Weird." But back then it really was weird. Or I would say "unique." I like to compare it to the tv show "Northern Exposure" which was populated with off beat individuals and characters. So was Portland for real.

It wasn't so gentrified, yuppified, pretentious and full of itself as it is today. You didn't have the great restaurants of today but you did have great and varied affordable music and other entertainment and very inexpensive courses offered by the community college and park districts offered to adults. Fun stuff like harmonica classes and murder mystery appreciation. In fact, anything anyone wanted to teach they could teach in the park district classes.

Lots of interesting stuff in this town very unique and undiscovered. But then someone discovered it. Now it's just like every other gentrified and yuppified city that thinks it's very different from every other gentrified and yuppified city.

But that is what is popular today. It is what people want and like and that is fine for them. The question is about changes and it's just a typical sign of the times. It's what people are happy with because that's what they have come to expect as "cool" or "trendy" or whatever makes them happy.

The appearance of the city has really changed a great deal too. Much more crowded.
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Old 11-03-2012, 01:09 AM
 
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St.Louis was less vibrant, more crime filled, with a smaller downtown, despite having 70,000 or so more people back then. St.Louis in general now days is much more vibrant and has a larger downtown.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Suburbs of Cleveland
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Cleveland then:
http://calvinalbion.files.wordpress....it-ghetto2.jpg



Cleveland now:
http://calvinalbion.files.wordpress....it-ghetto2.jpg

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Old 11-04-2012, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Those two people walking down the street didn't get very far in a decade.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:57 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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In 1990, Raleigh was about half the size it is today. Since 1990, Raleigh's county (Wake) has more than doubled in population. The five tallest buildings in the city didn't exist in 1990 and its DT core was pretty much just the state government. While Raleigh has been a highly educated city for decades now, it has only become more so in the subsequent 22 years. It's also become more politically progressive, more densely populated and more International.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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In the early 90's the tallest building in Austin was the Frost Bank Building. There were no high rise condos or hip highrises. SoCo was delapidated, the East side was a ghetto nobody wanted to enter. Austin was a booming high tech college town that had one of the highest qualities of life in the nation, but hardly anybody knew about it. Nightlife revolved around the college scene and 6th Street. SxSW was a small regional festival with two parts the music and the combined movie/multimedia. ACL Music Fest didn't exist nor did an F1 racing track.

Now Austin is putting up skyscrapers like mushrooms go up after a rain. SoCo is a hip and funky neighborhood that most are priced out. The East side is the hipster hangout and is now a desireable place not a scary one. We still are a booming high tech college town. SxSW is one of the most important music, film, and interactive festivals in the world. ACL Fest is among one of the best music festivals in the country, on par with New Orleans Jazz Fest, Milwaukee Summerfest, and other great festivals. We have just built an F1 track and our first race is later this month.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Ohio, USA
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Pretty much the same, but there was an arcade in the 90's.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:31 AM
 
Location: The City
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late 80s and early 90s were the bottom for Philly IMHO


Center City District- 20 Years of Downtown Transformation - YouTube
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:47 AM
 
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late 80s and early 90s were the bottom for Philly IMHO


Center City District- 20 Years of Downtown Transformation - YouTube

Is that really from 1991? It looks so 80s lol
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:10 AM
 
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Is that really from 1991? It looks so 80s lol
There isn't a drastic change in fashion or culture in 2 years. 01' still looked like 99', 11' still looked like 09'. I'm sure the 90's didn't culturally start til 92'.
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