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Old 03-22-2015, 12:46 PM
 
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What cities are traditional but liberal. I am talking Democrat but not the weird Seattle liberal who would ride a unicycle to work and focuses their time on their social justice warrior tumblr.
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Old 03-22-2015, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Columbia, MD
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I'm sure you realize that these ultra-liberal (and oftentimes there not even liberal) odd balls and "social justice warriors" often make up a small, but vocal minority in really any cities population. It's just that places such as Austin, Portland, San Francisco, etc. are the media darlings for these often well to do mostly white liberal clientele.

So allow me think for a brief moment. Other "liberal" cities that are not quite as "weird" as the aforementioned ones. I guess I would include the following: Miami, Phila., Pittsburgh, D.C., Albuquerque, Denver, etc. Actually almost any major central city over 250,000 not named Austin, Portland, or even San Francisco.
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Old 03-22-2015, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I'm sure you realize that these ultra-liberal (and oftentimes there not even liberal) odd balls and "social justice warriors" often make up a small, but vocal minority in really any cities population. It's just that places such as Austin, Portland, San Francisco, etc. are the media darlings for these often well to do mostly white liberal clientele.

So allow me think for a brief moment. Other "liberal" cities that are not quite as "weird" as the aforementioned ones. I guess I would include the following: Miami, Phila., Pittsburgh, D.C., Albuquerque, Denver, etc. Actually almost any major central city over 250,000 not named Austin, Portland, or even San Francisco.
So true about Portland which at one time was quite unique but now is not weird just conformist to the idea of "liberal weird." And that's only in some neighborhoods. Media darling to be sure but if you scratch that surface you will find some quite ordinary and nice people. You might have to scratch hard these days though.
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Old 03-22-2015, 03:30 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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You call Portland, Seattle and San Francisco weird? It's the non-liberal cities that are weird.
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Old 03-22-2015, 04:01 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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What cities are traditional but liberal. I am talking Democrat but not the weird Seattle liberal who would ride a unicycle to work and focuses their time on their social justice warrior tumblr.
I've worked in Seattle for a long time, but have yet to see anyone ride a unicycle to work. I suspect people would notice if someone did. We do however, have a member of the Socialist Party on the City Council. Good luck finding what you are looking for, traditional and liberal are mutually exclusive in 2015.
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Old 03-22-2015, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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I've worked in Seattle for a long time, but have yet to see anyone ride a unicycle to work. I suspect people would notice if someone did. We do however, have a member of the Socialist Party on the City Council. Good luck finding what you are looking for, traditional and liberal are mutually exclusive in 2015.
Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Rochester, Buffalo, and Albany, New York
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
the entire state of Rhode Island
Duluth, Minnesota
Portland, Maine
New Castle County, Delaware
San Antonio, Texas

All these places seem to be both liberal and traditional to me. Though, it's not clear how the OP is defining these terms.

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Old 03-22-2015, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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I've worked in Seattle for a long time, but have yet to see anyone ride a unicycle to work.
I actually laughed when I read OP's post because I know an MPR employee who rides his fat tire unicycle in the summer months to his office in downtown St. Paul. Totally not even kidding.
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Old 03-22-2015, 06:46 PM
 
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All urban areas (not incorporated cities, but actual urban areas) are somewhat liberal. What you're talking about is cities that haven't been uber gentrified and are crawling with transplant hipsters.

Look for non-sun belt cities where the vast majority of inhabitants are "home grown". My experience in the hell that is Portland is that the weirdos here are not from here, they're from Bumblescum, Alabama and are rebelling against their upbringing by being freaks.

I'm from Chicago, the "hipsters" and yuppies are always from some BME location.

Find a city that doesn't get a lot of transplants, or find a neighborhood in a city that is mostly natives and not likely to be gentrified (this means it's family oriented, unimpressive housing, and a far ways from downtown or nightclub areas).
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Old 03-22-2015, 09:20 PM
 
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You call Portland, Seattle and San Francisco weird? It's the non-liberal cities that are weird.
Yet an (un?)official, probably universally known slogan for Portland is "Keep Portland Weird."

New York, for sure, OP. Ignore the stupid transplants (*cough* posers) who are super hippy-like and hipster, the New York natives, especially outer borough ones (minus Staten Island which is mostly Republican) are blue collar and Democratic. Also very pro-union. Firemen and ironworkers, especially. They have been New Yorkers for generations, their fathers, uncles, grandfathers, brothers are likely also in the same unionized careers, and they are pretty traditional, blue collar, and Democratic. They also have possibly the strongest New York accents you will ever hear.
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Old 03-22-2015, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Yet an (un?)official, probably universally known slogan for Portland is "Keep Portland Weird."

New York, for sure, OP. Ignore the stupid transplants (*cough* posers) who are super hippy-like and hipster, the New York natives, especially outer borough ones (minus Staten Island which is mostly Republican) are blue collar and Democratic. Also very pro-union. Firemen and ironworkers, especially. They have been New Yorkers for generations, their fathers, uncles, grandfathers, brothers are likely also in the same unionized careers, and they are pretty traditional, blue collar, and Democratic. They also have possibly the strongest New York accents you will ever hear.
Which was taken by a guy who first saw it in Austin Texas ("Keep Austin Weird") a few decades ago and used as an advertisement for a music store he had just opened in Portland to draw attention to his store. He had bumper stickers made so people would remember where they got them. A very slick advertising ploy that certainly paid off if someone all the way in New Jersey can quote it after all these years.
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