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View Poll Results: Do you think New England feels claustrophobic?
Yes 35 29.17%
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Old 06-18-2017, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Olympia, Washington
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Washington is a lot like New England, actually. I had a visitor from Seattle last year who was on a six-state tour of New England (I've had three different friends who did that tour) and made that same observation. By the way, you and I agree on all your observations on those other places, except that I've never been to Oregon or Hawaii. We're not so different, you and me! You also hate Trump, right? We should have lunch or something.
I grew up and lived in New England for 18 years and now live in Washington. What are these similarities apart from both being blue politically? I only ask cause I don't see any.
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Old 06-18-2017, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I grew up and lived in New England for 18 years and now live in Washington. What are these similarities apart from both being blue politically? I only ask cause I don't see any.
I have spent many years living in New England. I have also lived in Bremerton Washington. I am not aware of many similarities.
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Old 06-20-2017, 06:19 PM
 
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I grew up and lived in New England for 18 years and now live in Washington. What are these similarities apart from both being blue politically? I only ask cause I don't see any.
Same sort of heavily forested environment, coastal in a colder-weather environment (Washington obviously being warmer on average, but its climate is more comparable to New England than it is to, say, Virginia). If you look at the map of tree coverage I posted earlier in this thread, you'll see that only the Pacific Northwest really outdoes New England. Possibly owing to the weather, some of the small-town oceanfront built environment is similar. With the sole possible exception of the Old Westy font on the "EST. 1908" sign, this photo could easily be New England, but it's Washington (and I found it in about two seconds after searching for coastal Washington towns):



Also, the guy who made that comment to me thought that Seattle and Boston were somewhat similar in scale.
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Old 06-20-2017, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Olympia, Washington
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Same sort of heavily forested environment, coastal in a colder-weather environment (Washington obviously being warmer on average, but its climate is more comparable to New England than it is to, say, Virginia). If you look at the map of tree coverage I posted earlier in this thread, you'll see that only the Pacific Northwest really outdoes New England. Possibly owing to the weather, some of the small-town oceanfront built environment is similar. With the sole possible exception of the Old Westy font on the "EST. 1908" sign, this photo could easily be New England, but it's Washington (and I found it in about two seconds after searching for coastal Washington towns):



Also, the guy who made that comment to me thought that Seattle and Boston were somewhat similar in scale.
I mean yeah they are heavily forested with the PNW being more forested but the forests are very different (rainforests here for instance). The trees here are much taller and when you enter a forest it is much darker under the canopy. Much more mountainous here as well (obviously). The climate here is Mediterranean while New England is humid subtropical...I would say New England is much more similar to Virginia than here in terms of climate and the coasts are very different. Much more rugged here and far less developed than New England. New England is very populated along the coast (except parts of Maine probably) which is not the case here. It is all very small towns with nothing much in the way of jobs. Coastal waters here are much colder and there is no beach culture here like in New England. The coast here is very windy and much cooler and gets hammered with rain outside summer months. True about Boston and Seattle being similar size though Seattle eclipsed Boston recently in COL.
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Old 06-21-2017, 12:34 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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If you want to find differences between two places, its easy. I can describe a pair of twins and make them sound like two different species.

I think the comparison between coastal New England and the coastal PNW (because let's face it 80% of interior Washington has more in common with Utah than the aforementioned regions) is based on characteristics they have in common, forest ecology and geology notwithstanding, that they do not share with the deep South, Texas, the Midwest, southern California, etc.
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