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View Poll Results: America, What does your city smell like?
Grass 4 16.67%
the Ocean 4 16.67%
Flowers & Roses 1 4.17%
Factories and Oil Refineries 2 8.33%
Smog 3 12.50%
a Lake 3 12.50%
Fast food or Restaurants 3 12.50%
Burning brush 0 0%
Dead-thing 1 4.17%
Other (if you chose 'other' please describe in your post) 3 12.50%
Voters: 24. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-06-2014, 12:55 PM
 
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Howdy folks. !

When you walked outside today, what was the first thing
you smelled?

I'm curious to know if your city smells good, or has a distinct smell;
ie: flowers, lake-water, the ocean, oil factories, Mexican food (people in hispanic areas in the U.S.)
etc...

No one ever talks about the smell they experience(d) in their city,
or cities they have visited.

Thanks alot. And don't forget to smell the roses.
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Old 07-06-2014, 05:55 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Fir and Cedar trees. Our small city of 50,000 is on a plateau between a lake and a valley, and is heavily wooded. We have several 80-100' tall trees in our yard, so we rarely smell anything else.
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Old 07-06-2014, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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napalm
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Old 07-06-2014, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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My neighborhood smells like grass every morning. That's when most of the sprinkler systems here in suburbia go off to water our lawns - those green squares in front of and behind so many homes in the US.
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Old 07-06-2014, 07:04 PM
 
Location: StlNoco Mo
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If the wind is blowing just right,you can smell the landfill and the sewer treatment plant, if not...it can smell bloody awful.
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Old 07-06-2014, 07:09 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I live in the desert so usually nothing since so many scents are borne by humidity. However, in fall the smell of roasting chile and in winter, the smell of woodsmoke, usually elm, but sometimes pine fill the air. When it does rain, the smell makes me nostalgic for the east.
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Old 07-06-2014, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Grass, flowers, roses, & pine.
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Baghdad by the Bay (San Francisco, California)
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Snarks will say it smells like urine.

The truth is, after a warm day, it smells like eucalyptus--exotic and sweet, with notes of salt from the Pacific on the air. On foggy evenings in summer, the sweetness is more concentrated. It's heavy and a little more salty.

I also smell smoldering wood from the brakes on the cable car, and the oily line itself, burning off its excess lubricant as it makes its way up a hill.

The smell of cooked garlic is prevalent in North Beach. The salty-sweet aroma of the Bay is also always present.

Fresh bread, crabs, and garlic are prevalent in the Fisherman's Wharf area. Patchouli and weed is the smell of the Haight, with a slight undertone of evergreen from the park nearby.

On my block, the aroma of truffle oil hits me every evening, as I walk home past the restaurants on my block.

Salt air and redwoods are also on the list of aromas of San Francisco, no matter where you go in the City.
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Long Island/NYC
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Sweat, and when it isn't humid it smells like nothing. And there's the occasional scent of grass or fire.
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:30 AM
 
Location: New York NY
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I voted other. Go to many parts of NYC on a bright hot summer day and you will be be greeted by that only-in-New York smell, the pungent aroma of weed, grabage, and **** wafting through the streets.

It ain't that bad everywhere of course. But it is sort of a signature smell of some areas.
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