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Old 11-29-2014, 06:41 PM
Location: Arvada, CO
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Wichita, or similar.
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Old 11-29-2014, 08:42 PM
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Originally Posted by PapaJohnathan. View Post
Imagine someone only had the opportunity to visit America ONCE and were only able to go to ONE city. However, they want to experience Americana 'to the max'. Which city would you suggest typifies the United States the best?
I guess it would depend on what you think of as Americana. Small town, apple pie, baseball, and county fairs? Big City, Broadway shows, Vegas, Hollywood?
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Old 11-29-2014, 09:16 PM
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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The key word is 'Americana', not 'typical'.

I would say an Ohio city like Cincinnati. And best to visit over the July 4th holiday. It doesn't get more Americana than during the national holiday.
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Old 11-30-2014, 01:40 AM
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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St Louis.

Yea this, the Mississippi river valley is Americas heart and soul. Maybe even Memphis, but that is more Americana with a Dixie flare. Saint Louis is more general America I suppose.
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Old 11-30-2014, 03:43 PM
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Indianapolis is about as close to "typical Americana" as it gets.
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Old 11-30-2014, 04:11 PM
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"Americana" is a myth more than anything. Every region has always had its own culture, established by the people that settled there to get away from rival cultures. Corporate America gives the country whatever superficial "shared vision" it may have. So I would say if you don't send them to multiple cities in multiple regions, you are not showing them all of America.

If you want the stereotypical media version of "inoffensive" or "red-blooded" America, any midwestern city is fine.

Besides, most aliens prefer the sticks from what I've gathered. They tend to avoid heavy concentrations of humans. Who can blame them?
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Old 11-30-2014, 06:59 PM
Location: Chicago
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Chicago. In New York you hear a bunch of different languages being shout and different types of people it just feels like the center of the world with all the races mish mashed together, which is cool but it doesn't represent real Americana culture. LA is pretty superficial and really glitzy, not real Americana either. IMO Chicago is the biggest city that displays a good amount of Americana culture. lots of comfort food, slower paced, hard working, passionate and beautiful . there are many other cities that display Americana culture but i believe that Chicago is the biggest all american city.
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Old 11-30-2014, 10:11 PM
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Originally Posted by nightlysparrow View Post
It would depend on where you're coming from. If it was, say, Bermuda, then Florida might not be a big thrill, but Colorado would. If you were from Switzerland, Colorado might not be a thrill. If from Tokyo, New York City might not...etc.
I think this guy has the right idea.

But to answer the OP's question -- I'd say Cleveland, Columbus, or Cincinnati.

Ohio cities are often used as test markets for chain restaurants. The assumption is that Ohio is Americana in the most classic sense, so if the restaurant is successful in appealing to the pallets of Ohioans, it'll most likely appeal to the American population at large.

Ohio is a pretty good benchmark in this regard, too -- it's primarily Midwestern, which is often thought of as the closest approximation of General American culture; however, it has enough Northeastern and Southern influences and undertones to make it distinct among other Midwestern states.

Of course, there's no Western influence in Ohio, but people in the West -- aside from those in the major Sun Belt "boom-towns" like Phoenix and Vegas, which, ironically, are home to tons and tons of Midwestern transplants, including lots and lots of ex-Ohioans -- don't really eat at chain restaurants, for the most part. That's definitely more of a thing in the Midwest and South, at least in my experience.
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