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View Poll Results: The Midwest is more...
Like the West 16 19.28%
Like the Northeast 67 80.72%
Voters: 83. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-01-2014, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Nothing in the Midwest looks remotely like anything out west. Chicago, Cleveland, and Indianapolis feel culturally and architecturally closer to northern/southern cities than say Denver, Phoenix, or Los Angeles.
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Old 08-01-2014, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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It depends what part of the Midwest youre talking about. Ohio is considered the Midwest, and is more similar to the NE than the west. However, states like Iowa and the Dakotas are often lumped into the Midwest, and are nothing like the NE states... wide open, treeless plains dotted with cacti are NOTHING like the NE.

And to the OP: if you think the West has mild, sunny weather "from the Rockies westward", youre smoking something hardcore! From the Rockies west you have more sun for the most part, but only in selective areas (ie southern AZ, southern NM, southern UT, southern NV, SoCal)... as for "mild"? Many states west of the Rockies (ID, MT, WY) have mild summers, but extremely harsh winter temps. And if youre looking for sun, NorCal, OR, and WA are the least-sunny places in the USA.
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Old 08-01-2014, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Nothing in the Midwest looks remotely like anything out west. Chicago, Cleveland, and Indianapolis feel culturally and architecturally closer to northern/southern cities than say Denver, Phoenix, or Los Angeles.
So the Badlands of South Dakota look nothing like the West? Dodge City, Kansas isnt Western?

I think youre stereotyping the west to look like Colorado or something. There are plenty of areas of the West that can resemble areas of the plains, etc. Look at Colorado's eastern portion, looks not much different than Kansas or the Dakotas. Then there are parts of South Dakota that could pass for New Mexico.
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Old 08-01-2014, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I'm from the Midwest, lived in the Northeast (PA). My wife is from Pittsburgh. I've been to upstate NY. I've lived in the West for over 20 years. The Midwest has its own unique flavor and is very different from both places IMO. Even though the proximity to the Northeast is closer, there still is enough of a distinction to make the two regions as different as the Midwest and West are.
LOL! I'm from the NE (Pittsburgh), lived in the midwest, also upstate NY. (Our paths must have crossed at some time.) I've lived in the west for over 30 years. Agree the midwest is the midwest.

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Exactly. Minneapolis felt more like the PNW to me, minus the mountains and ocean, than anything on the East coast.
LOL, minus the mountains and the ocean. Minus the mountains and the ocean, Mpls looks like itself.
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Old 08-01-2014, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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LOL, minus the mountains and the ocean. Minus the mountains and the ocean, Mpls looks like itself.
Oh Christ, not this again. Read my first post in this thread.
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Old 02-17-2015, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Great lakes states are like the east coast a bit, but the plains states are western. Kansas is more like Texas than it is like Ohio, in terms of geography.
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Old 02-18-2015, 05:15 PM
 
Location: IN
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Great lakes states are like the east coast a bit, but the plains states are western. Kansas is more like Texas than it is like Ohio, in terms of geography.
Unfortunately, this is exactly true for Kansas when it comes to its politics as well Read up on the current scenario with Brownback there.
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