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Old 05-14-2014, 02:25 PM
 
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So what is the most Midwestern like city in culture and feel that's not on the Midwest? I'm considering the whole region from Ohio to Kansas.
Buffalo NY
Salt Lake City UT
Spokane WA
Boise ID
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Old 05-14-2014, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Brew City
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I got a slight hint of a Midwestern vibe from Billings, MT. It's the only city in Montana that feels that way.
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Old 05-14-2014, 05:27 PM
 
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Cincinnati, KY
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Old 05-17-2014, 01:07 AM
 
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Great Falls, Montana and Fort Collins, Colorado.
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Old 05-17-2014, 01:08 AM
 
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Portland is full of Midwesterners and has a built form similar to western Midwest cities like Minneapolis, Kansas City and Madison - streetcar suburbia with mixed apartments and single family houses, lots of trees. Hawthorne Blvd for example could be straight out of a Midwestern city.

It is worth noting that most the settlement of the West was of the same vintage as Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Plains. In general I think the Pacific Northwest has a lot more in common with the Midwest than people perceive, it is a case of the stereotypes being farther apart than the reality.
I agree. I think Oregon and Washington feel a lot more like the Midwest than they do like California, in terms of the landscape, culture, ancestry, and so on.
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Old 05-17-2014, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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...and Long Beach, CA was considered "Iowa by the Sea" by the significant amount of Midwestern migrants to the city...
Huh? Long Beach definitely does not feel like any midwestern city that i've ever visited. Maybe during the war with its influx of midwesterners an Okies. But LBC is now a very hip, international city.
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Old 05-20-2014, 07:19 AM
 
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Maybe Denver.
Sorry. Living near Denver I can state with certainty that it is far more Mountain culture than Midwest. Since most people don't know Mountain culture, it is still far more West Coast than Midwest.
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Old 05-20-2014, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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No, Pittsburgh is not midwestern the same way that Chicago is midwestern. There's no grid; the roads follow old cowpaths. Pittsburgh identifies far more with the eastern cities than the midwestern ones. The architecture is not particularly "midwestern", whatever that is to begin with.
Why does every Midwestern city have to be Chicago? Cincinnati and St Louis are much more similar to Pittsburgh than they are Chicago.

And to add to the thread (one year later), Louisville also feels very Midwestern, which is not surprising since it borders Indiana.
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Old 05-20-2014, 09:08 AM
 
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Definitely Louisville, especially given it's Auto-centric economy.
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Old 05-20-2014, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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Bakersfield and Fresno, CA. Very agrarian, with a number of Midwestern transplants.
Rochester and Buffalo, NY. Could easily be part of Michigan.
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