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Old 12-05-2012, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I moved to Chicago about 18 months ago and one of the things that struck me about the city, before moving, was how important neighborhoods are. They are things that have specific names, with specific boundaries, that people know where they are geographically.

So my question is: Where are the cities that neighborhoods are not important, or completely overlooked by their residents?

I came from Indianapolis and I could only name maybe five "neighborhoods" from all my years living there (two of which aren't neighborhoods, but separate cities inside city limits). It wasn't until I found this map: Naplab’s Indianapolis Neighborhood Map | Urban Indy that I realized that the city had "official" neighborhoods.

So what cities, and subsequent citizens, don't have a strong identification with neighborhoods?

Also: Suburbs and subdivisions don't count as "neighborhoods".
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Not a single other city has weak or nonexistent neighborhood boundaries/identification?

Do all(most) the people in Phoenix, Jacksonville, Houston, Omaha, Cincinnati know what neighborhood they live in? Do they know multiple neighborhoods exist?

Des Moines? Charlotte? Salt Lake City? Minneapolis/St. Paul?

Or is Indianapolis the only city in America that neighborhoods aren't really a "thing"?
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Minneapolis has distinct neighborhoods, and people from the city usually identify where they live by their neighborhood.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:31 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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Your noticing neighborhoods now could possibly be partly a function of your age and your being a transplant. When you're younger, especially teens or early 20s, you probably don't have a large enough social sphere outside your immediate neighborhood for you to really have to clued in on these things. As a transplant, you will probably be looking for places to move to and in that search you start noticing and learning about the difference in neighborhoods.
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:40 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I think it is a lot less important on the west coast.
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