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Old 11-02-2014, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Do people see Chicago linked to the northeast corridor and the pacific coast? I'm trying (desperately) to avoid the offensive term "flyover country", but two areas of the nation, the northeast corridor from Boston to DC and the Pacific Coastal zone, particularly LA/Bay area and arguably on up to Seattle have been linked by their blue politics, culturally transcending the US in their more global orientation.

Chicago, being the global city of the nation's interior has so much in common with the commonalities that the northeast and the Pacific coast share, may be seen in a different light.

Do Americans in different parts of the nation see Chicago linked with the northeast and Pacific coast and thus not really that (ugh! I hate this term) "flyover country"?

note: I am totally opposed to looking at this as better than/worse than. I make no assertion that the coasts are better than the interior. nor am i at all suggesting that Chicago isn't comfortable with its midwestern roots and rightfully so. I'm just asking how places align and if Chicago is seen in alignment with the northeast and the west coast.
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Old 11-02-2014, 12:02 PM
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Location: West Michigan
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No, not at all. At least, from someone within 3 hours driving distance, I think of it as distinctly midwestern.
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Old 11-02-2014, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Mid-Michigan by way of Northern New Hampshire
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Chicago is substantially closer to the Northeast corridor but I can't think of ANYONE who would think that Chicago was at all aligned with either coast.
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Old 11-02-2014, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Chicago is substantially closer to the Northeast corridor but I can't think of ANYONE who would think that Chicago was at all aligned with either coast.
as the OP, I actually do think the alignment is real. and i didn't suggest that it was aligned separately with either the northeast or the pacific coast. What I did say is that the things that seem to join those two regions together apply to Chicago which, IMHO, seems to operate in very much like them.

again, it is only an opinion, but I do think one can make an argument for it.
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Old 11-02-2014, 01:52 PM
 
Location: One of the 13 original colonies.
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I don't see it aligned with either coast. It is the Midwest and its own city.
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Old 11-02-2014, 09:49 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I view Chicago, like its blue regions on both coasts, as the most enlightened region of the Midwest. I don't know where in the hell this "flyover" nonsense came from.

All three of these regions of the country have in common that they are the most enlightened parts of the entire country. That's the link.
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Old 11-02-2014, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I see Chicago as the Midwest, and not the Pacific and the Northeast. That's just ridiculous, in my opinion. According to the definition of "flyover country", Illinois does meet the criteria. I don't personally see it as a "flyover" state.
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Old 11-03-2014, 12:35 AM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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"Flyover" is a bull**** term.
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Old 11-03-2014, 01:53 AM
 
Location: Austin
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Do people see Chicago linked to the northeast corridor and the pacific coast? I'm trying (desperately) to avoid the offensive term "flyover country", but two areas of the nation, the northeast corridor from Boston to DC and the Pacific Coastal zone, particularly LA/Bay area and arguably on up to Seattle have been linked by their blue politics, culturally transcending the US in their more global orientation.

Chicago, being the global city of the nation's interior has so much in common with the commonalities that the northeast and the Pacific coast share, may be seen in a different light.

Do Americans in different parts of the nation see Chicago linked with the northeast and Pacific coast and thus not really that (ugh! I hate this term) "flyover country"?

note: I am totally opposed to looking at this as better than/worse than. I make no assertion that the coasts are better than the interior. nor am i at all suggesting that Chicago isn't comfortable with its midwestern roots and rightfully so. I'm just asking how places align and if Chicago is seen in alignment with the northeast and the west coast.
And yet, you keep using the term.

As to your question, no, Chicago is part of the midwest. The midwest is great. There is no reason to try and attach Chicago to the east or west.
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Old 11-03-2014, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Chicago is very much Midwestern.
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