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Old 12-03-2014, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Since most populated cities are the in the East and California/Texas...
What are the Eastern equavalents of these 300k+ non-Californian/Texan Western metro's?

Phoenix
Seattle
Denver
Portland
Kansas City
Las Vegas
Oklahoma City
Salt Lake City
Tucson
Honolulu
Tulsa
Albuquerque
Omaha
Colorado Springs
Boise
Wichita
Ogden
Provo
Spokane
Reno
Salem
Anchorage
Eugene
Fort Collins
Lincoln
Boulder
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Old 12-03-2014, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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Phoenix - Charlotte, NC - Sprawl, little culture, high growth

Seattle - Minneapolis, MN - Hip, sophisticated

Portland - Rochester, NY - Artsy yet blue-collar, similar skylines

Las Vegas - Gulf Coast, MS - Casinos, sprawl

Oklahoma City - Indianapolis, IN - Conservative, fun, underrated

Tucson - Louisville, KY - 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

Spokane - Syracuse, NY - Same size, skyline is a mix of art deco and crap from the 70s, lots of guys who look like Eminem, lots of girls who look like Courtney Love, big private university

Eugene - Burlington, VT - Hippies, hemp stuff, trees

Fort Collins - Worchester, MA - Mediocre college town an hour from a big city

Lincoln - Manchester, NH - Similar size, good quality of life, low crime

Boulder - Charlottesville, VA - Posh college towns

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Old 12-03-2014, 03:42 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I'd pair Kansas City with St. Louis.
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Old 12-03-2014, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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Western cities and Eastern cities are so different that I really can't think of any two that are closely similar, except perhaps for Seattle-Minneapolis, which I've found to share a lot of similarities, actually. Of all the cities listed here, these were the only ones I could find even the most remote similarities, and even these are a bit of a stretch.

Phoenix - Tampa
Seattle - Minneapolis (if Minneapolis can even be considered "Eastern")
Las Vegas - Atlantic City
Oklahoma City - Jacksonville
Tulsa - Birmingham
Spokane - Harrisburg, PA
Eugene - Burlington, VT

Admittedly there are a few cities in the list I have never been to and know little about, so perhaps I overlooked something.
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Old 12-03-2014, 06:14 PM
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Location: Boston
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Worchester, MA - Mediocre college town an hour from a big city
So much

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Old 12-03-2014, 06:42 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Albuquerque
I live here and I'm from back east. Eastern counter part to Albuquerque???? Yeah, I got nothing. Phoenix is a desert city that has neighborhoods that are landscaped and look like parts of Florida. ABQ is just straight up high desert, and doesn't look like or remotely resemble anything back east.
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Old 12-03-2014, 06:45 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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So much

Are you questioning his spelling of Wusstah? Or how it compares to Fort Collins?

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Old 12-03-2014, 09:01 PM
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Location: Boston
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Are you questioning his spelling of Wusstah? Or how it compares to Fort Collins?
Both.

For one thing there's no "ch" in either the spelling or the pronunciation of Worcester.

And I normally don't think if Worcester as a college town. I guess WPI is around there, but...

Unless there's some town in MA called Worchester that I just don't know about...
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Old 12-03-2014, 09:24 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Both.

For one thing there's no "ch" in either the spelling or the pronunciation of Worcester.

And I normally don't think if Worcester as a college town. I guess WPI is around there, but...

Unless there's some town in MA called Worchester that I just don't know about...
Yeah Worcester also has Holy Cross, but I agree there really isn't anything college town like about Worcester. Fort Collins has a few cute eclectic blocks and it feels like a small college city with the same trendy elements one would expect to find in a Front Range city in Colorado. However most of the city is just suburban and fairly mediocre compared to what's down the road.

Worcester is mediocre as well, but its mostly just a blue collar mill town with old three deckers on the hillsides and not a lot of gentrification happening in spite of some attempts. Most people from out of state pronounce it incorrectly (like the way DD spelled it) and many people in Mass pronounce it in a way that everyone else doesn't really comprehend (Wusstah). Nonetheless, there really isn't much in common between these two cities.

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Old 12-04-2014, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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Yeah Worcester also has Holy Cross, but I agree there really isn't anything college town like about Worcester. Fort Collins has a few cute eclectic blocks and it feels like a small college city with the same trendy elements one would expect to find in a Front Range city in Colorado. However most of the city is just suburban and fairly mediocre compared to what's down the road.

Worcester is mediocre as well, but its mostly just a blue collar mill town with old three deckers on the hillsides and not a lot of gentrification happening in spite of some attempts. Most people from out of state pronounce it incorrectly (like the way DD spelled it) and many people in Mass pronounce it in a way that everyone else doesn't really comprehend (Wusstah). Nonetheless, there really isn't much in common between these two cities.
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).
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