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Old 10-02-2013, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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My favorite small town has got to be Columbus, INDIANA. It's an amazing little place. The American Institute of Architects ranks Columbus, IN as the 6th most architecturally significant city in the country (right between Boston and Washington DC) because this little town of 40,000 people has the most impressive collection of internationally acclaimed buildings per capita in the world.

Harry Weese, Eliel Saarinen, Kevin Roche, John Carl Warnecke, Eero Saarinen, Dan Kiley, Myron Goldsmith of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, I. M. Pei, Romaldo Giurgola, César Pelli, Gunnar Birkerts, Robert Venturi, the list goes on and on.

Essentially, J Irwin Miller (the former head of Cummins Corp) had very high standards and ran under the notion that "mediocrity is expensive." He wanted the town to be anything but mediocre. His solution was to create a list of great Architects. If any building in the city was designed by that Architect, Cummins would pay the architect's fee. This essentially made building great buildings in the city cheaper than building average ones. His legacy has continued on.

In addition, the buildings have forced a particular interest in the arts in the city and public art, sculpture, and landscaping is all top notch, often hiring notable designers using private donations. Raffaello Romanelli, Henry Moore, Jean Tinguely, Dessa Kirk and more are all represented.
Fascinating! I've never heard of this before.
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Old 10-03-2013, 05:09 AM
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Jerome, AZ. Just kind of an interesting vibe. The hotel is a former hospital, sits high on a hill--supposed to be haunted. Some good food places, winding roads, fun place to visit.
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Old 10-11-2013, 03:54 AM
 
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Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Lake George, New York
Durango, Colorado
Moab, Utah
Whitefish, Montana
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Brew City
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Grand Junction, Colorado. Never spent much time there myself, but everyone I've ever met who had live there said it was the greatest place in the world.

Bluefield, Virginia/West Virginia, was probably the friendliest place I've ever been to as a stranger.

Honoraboe Mentions: Pittsfield, Massachusetts and Escanaba, Upper Michigan.

I just got back form a two week trip to Escanaba. I'm curious what you find so desireable about it. There's nothing original about it and it's slightly rundown. It's nice in the "there's nothing going on so you don't have to worry about the kids" sense but other than that I wasn't impressed. I did think the city did a great job with Ludington Park and the houses along Lake Shore Dr were nice but that is a small slice of the town overall. Oh, and the smell from the paper mill? Gag me. We may be moving there soon though .

I found Marquette, MI much nicer. Of course I love Traverse City, MI as well.
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Old 10-15-2013, 02:19 PM
 
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I love all of the PA cities, so I'd say really any city in PA not named Philadelphia or Pittsburgh is in my list haha

Wilmington, DE as well

Vineland, NJ is pretty cool the way it's such a community for Hispanic/Latin American people.
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:06 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Are you talking about the village in metro Atlanta?
Basically suburban Atlanta.
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Between a rock and a hard place
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St. George, Utah is pretty incredible.
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:49 PM
 
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Plattsburgh, New York had a weird old charm to it...
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:25 PM
 
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Speaking of obscure cities, Ex-Ithican and Evergrey have some great picture threads on skyscraperpage of many different smaller and obscure cities.

Robert Pence (RIP) posted quite a few as well, with his own style that I really appreciated.
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:36 PM
 
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Knoxville, TN
Asheville, NC
Little Rock, AR
Trinidad, CO
Santa Fe, NM
Flagstaff, AZ
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