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Old 12-04-2014, 02:41 PM
Location: Philadelphia
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Honolulu really has no similarities...I mean, Miami comes closest, but only in climate, and even that climate is quite different from Honolulu's (more heat and humidity in summer, more thunderstorms, cooler in winter with chances of extreme cold).
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Old 12-04-2014, 04:13 PM
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Originally Posted by Dawn.Davenport View Post
I never knew how to pronounce the name of that damn city, and still don't. Whursta, whoosta, werst-ahh...I have no idea.

Anyway, all the cities that I drew connections between have more differences than similarities. They just stood out in my mind because they have some strong similarities.

According to Wikipedia, Worcester is home to Holy Cross, Worcester Polytectic Institute, Clark University, Assumption College, UMass Med School, Becker College, Worcester State, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, and Quinsigamond Community College. Not bad for a city of 180,000. I think that's enough to qualify it as a college town.

The only connections that I think are strong are between Spokane and Syracuse; Eugene and Burlington; and Seattle and Minneapolis (despite radically different climates and geographies).
Those are all really small colleges in Worcester with each of those schools having a student body ranging between 1000 (MCP) to 5500 (WSU) to 8,000 (QCC), total student body of all colleges in the city tallies in at less than 25,000, amounting to less than the CSU student body of 31,000 in Fort Collins. For the size of Worcester as a city it does have a good number of higher learning institutions but they are more along the lines of small specialty schools and branch campuses.

What I'm getting at and probably should have mentioned in my first post is Worcester doesn't feel at all like a quintessential college town the way Fort Collins sort of does. It just doesn't have that kind of atmosphere, just more of a workaday blue collar city. In Massachusetts, outside of Boston you'll find that kind of element in Amherst or Northampton. Worcester is the second largest city in New England but its a bit of an afterthought compared to Providence, Portland, New Haven or Burlington.

One thing I will say that both Seattle and Minneapolis share is being the home cities of their state's largest primary university campuses (UW & UMN).

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Old 12-23-2014, 09:04 PM
Location: Midwest
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Agree with other posters…
Seattle= Minneapolis…Hip, sophisticated…
Tucson= Louisville… Liberal city in a conservative state, big college town, fun bars, sprawing yet bike-friendly…
Colorado Springs= Hampton Roads, VA…Military, sprawl…
Boise= Knoxville, TN…Conservative, mountains…
Boulder= Charlottesville, VA - Posh college towns…
Eugene= Burlington, VT…Hippies, hemp stuff, trees…

My own take…
Phoenix= Atlanta…Sprawl, population boom, economically important…
Denver= Indianapolis…Moderate sized, state capitals, slow and homey, nice small downtowns…
Portland= Asheville, NC…Liberal, beer towns, great outdoor recreation, “weird”…
Las Vegas= New Orleans…Party towns …
Oklahoma City= Des Moines…Conservative, underrated, in the middle of nowhere…
Honolulu= Miami…Subtropical, tourism, beaches…
Kansas City= Memphis…Moderate sized cities with powerful and diverse economies, known for BBQ…
Salt Lake City= Raleigh, NC…Low stress, near outdoor recreation, state capitals, diverse and booming economies…
Provo= Madison, WI…great for families, college towns, good economies, near outdoor recreation…
Fort Collins= Ann Arbor, MI…college towns, beautiful towns, an hour outside of large metro areas…
Tulsa= Grand Rapids, MI…underrated arts and culture cities…
Anchorage= Providence…contain most of state population, located on water, blue collar history
Omaha= Pittsburgh…. moderate sized, mini economic powers, nice downtown areas…
Wichita= Huntsville, AL…built by railroads, currently based on aerospace industry…
Reno= Atlantic City…2nd tier gambling cities…
Lincoln= Charleston, WV…State capitals, home to state flagship research university….
Salem= Harrisburg, PA…state capitals, government largest employers, similar topography….
Albuquerque=Dayton, OH…economies built on research and military…
Ogden= Birmingham, AL…regional transportation hubs, religious, historical towns…
Spokane= Albany, NY…economically fragile, rich Native American history, outdoor recreation….
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Old 12-25-2014, 07:50 AM
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Cincinnati is a more conservative version of Portland.

Minneapolis is sort of like Denver w/o the mountains and more humidity
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