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Old 04-13-2016, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Cbus
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The Midwest is a huge region and like the south, west coast, northeast etc. it is far from monolithic. Some reasons why it gets looked down upon...

1. The winters range from average to bone-chilling cold and summers can be quite hot and humid depending on the location. Either way its weather is far from its best attribute.

2. "Rustbelt" persona. A lot of the urban centers declined as the nation's economy switched from manufacturing to service/technology. Even though this label doesn't apply to all of its cities and even the hardest hit (Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh) have made incredible progress the reputation still lingers.

3. Coastal elitism. Some people are under the delusion that between New York and Los Angeles there are nothing but farms.

4. Agriculture economy. Despite having several mid-sized to large metropolitan areas the Midwest still has a significant agricultural industry. This industry is less glamorous than the financial sector, federal politics, the film industry etc. that the large coastal cities are famous for.

5. Perceived lack of topographic diversity. While there are certainly beautiful areas and interesting sites of nature in the Midwest there is nothing as breathtaking as the Rockies, Atlantic beaches, cliffs on the pacific etc.

6. People are ignorant.
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Old 04-13-2016, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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The Midwest is hated?

Not in my experience.
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Old 04-14-2016, 08:05 AM
 
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To me the Midwest image is "homely", which isn't a bad thing. Family values, farming, etc....
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Old 04-14-2016, 08:14 AM
 
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To me the Midwest image is "homely", which isn't a bad thing. Family values, farming, etc....
Just so you know, though, most of us don't farm. Don't buy into that stereotype.
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Old 04-14-2016, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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Just so you know, though, most of us don't farm. Don't buy into that stereotype.

Exactly.
I wonder though if they really meant to write "homey"?
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Old 04-14-2016, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Cbus
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Exactly.
I wonder though if they really meant to write "homey"?
It's possible they were using them interchangeably.

NORTH AMERICAN
(of a person) unattractive in appearance.
synonyms: unattractive, plain, unprepossessing, unlovely, ill-favored, ugly; informal, not much to look at
"she's rather homely"

2.
BRITISH
(of a place or surroundings) simple but cozy and comfortable, as in one's own home.
"a modern hotel with a homely atmosphere"
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Old 04-14-2016, 10:01 AM
 
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Just so you know, though, most of us don't farm. Don't buy into that stereotype.
Not saying it's true. Just the stereotype. And I used to live in the Midwest. It's a good place to live.
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Old 04-14-2016, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I grew up in the KC area. It's just too boring, religious, conservative for me. And if you're not into "huntin' and fishin'", then there's really nothing to do outside the city. If you're into those things, it just might be your personal heaven. Not me!
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Old 04-14-2016, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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I grew up in the KC area. It's just too boring, religious, conservative for me. And if you're not into "huntin' and fishin'", then there's really nothing to do outside the city. If you're into those things, it just might be your personal heaven. Not me!
Kansas City is hardly representative of the Midwest as a whole. Much of Missouri is "Southern Lite" in culture (heavy Baptist church membership, southern accents, heavily conservative both politically and socially), especially compared to the Upper Midwest.
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Old 04-14-2016, 05:00 PM
 
Location: KCMO
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Kansas City is hardly representative of the Midwest as a whole. Much of Missouri is "Southern Lite" in culture (heavy Baptist church membership, southern accents, heavily conservative both politically and socially), especially compared to the Upper Midwest.
What areas are representative of the Midwest? Most people on the coasts can't tell you the difference between Minnesota and Nebraska, save for the Vikings.
No area represents the Midwest because its too diverse. What does Ohio have in common with North Dakota?
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