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Old 04-04-2016, 07:47 AM
 
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Minneapolis. Before people visit - 'it's too cold!!!! Cow town. Is it in Michigan? How do you live with the cold? You talk funny!'

Honestly I meet 2 types of people when I travel and tell them where I live...the reaction above or a sincere admiration for the area if they've ever visited.
It's a lovely city, but it is too cold for a lot of people. I grew up in NYC, and had been living for Chicago for three years, the first time I visited Minneapolis in the winter, so I thought I was a cold-tolerance tough-guy. I was FLOORED at how cold it was. Granted, it may have been a historic cold spell, but I was not prepared for that cold.
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Old 04-04-2016, 07:51 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Basically everywhere.
This.

In the larger cities and metro areas, many people don't even know a lot of things about their own.
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Old 04-04-2016, 09:22 AM
 
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Philadelphia, negative before the visit or experience the city, generally positive afterwards.
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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This is city-data people have an opinion about everywhere without being there.
It's not only CD though. When I lived in Portland and told people I was from Chicago, I got all sorts of opinions of Chicago from people who had never been there. When I told people in Portland I was moving to Cleveland, I got lots of opinions about Cleveland from those who had never been there. Now that I am in Cleveland, often when I tell people I have just moved from Portland I get opinions from people about Portland who have never been there.

These second hand opinions come from Social Media, TV and the news from any source. It never ceases to amaze me how much people are willing to believe through hearsay. They rattle on chapter and verse as if it were first hand knowledge. The first thing I ask someone who starts telling me about a place is, "When were you there?"

If they can't answer, I tell them I'm not listening.
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Old 04-04-2016, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles,CA & Scottsdale, AZ
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Phoenix. PHOENIX.PHOENIX and then Phoenix.
I also think Miami, Houston, Kansas City, and basically any rustbelt city.
Portland is a city that seems to loose a lot of debates on here, and it's not as talked about. It's an extremely urban and walkable city, but it doesn't have an international name like SF and Seattle. Makes me think a lot of posters haven't been there before.
Austin, and Denver are cities that people praise on here...and I don't think many have even been.
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Old 04-04-2016, 11:22 AM
 
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Phoenix. PHOENIX.PHOENIX and then Phoenix.
I also think Miami, Houston, Kansas City, and basically any rustbelt city.
Portland is a city that seems to loose a lot of debates on here, and it's not as talked about. It's an extremely urban and walkable city, but it doesn't have an international name like SF and Seattle. Makes me think a lot of posters haven't been there before.
Austin, and Denver are cities that people praise on here...and I don't think many have even been.

I agree,


I'd say any of the rising cities in the south that weren't megacities during the industrial revolution, tend to have the most opinion based rhetoric pushed about them. Not at all coincidental the largest detractors tend to be from the elitist cities that aren't growing as fast. You'd think they were all void of urbanity suburban wastelands, where you hit the nearest drive thru for fine dining, and all the residents can't hold back tears of eminent joy when they see pictures of Jesus.


The hyperbole is mind numbing.
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Old 04-04-2016, 11:47 AM
 
Location: The middle of nowhere
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Phoenix. PHOENIX.PHOENIX and then Phoenix.
I also think Miami, Houston, Kansas City, and basically any rustbelt city.
Portland is a city that seems to loose a lot of debates on here, and it's not as talked about. It's an extremely urban and walkable city, but it doesn't have an international name like SF and Seattle. Makes me think a lot of posters haven't been there before.
Austin, and Denver are cities that people praise on here...and I don't think many have even been.
Portland is one of the most beloved cities on City-Data. It's hardly underrated in my opinion. Of course it loses to Seattle and San Francisco, but it usually wins against Austin and Denver. San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Denver, and Austin all belong to the same family of hip and sexy cities.

One thing that is true is certain cities have the stereotypes and perceptions for a reason. On City-Data, many times these become exaggerated but a lot of time there is at least some truth to the perception. This definitely applies to cities like Phoenix, Detroit, Kansas City, OKC, Memphis, etc that have negative perceptions.
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Old 04-04-2016, 11:50 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Portland is a city that seems to loose a lot of debates on here, and it's not as talked about. It's an extremely urban and walkable city, but it doesn't have an international name like SF and Seattle. Makes me think a lot of posters haven't been there before.
I have not been to Portland, but extremely urban and walkable? Like Pittsburgh or something?

I'd like to see that.
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Old 04-04-2016, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles,CA & Scottsdale, AZ
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I have not been to Portland, but extremely urban and walkable? Like Pittsburgh or something?

I'd like to see that.
yeah I would venture to say it's even more urban/walkable than Pittsburgh as a whole.

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https://goo.gl/maps/BDek5qkSmsH2
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Old 04-04-2016, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Florida. It gets endlessly dissed on C-D without people comparing it to other Southern states, which are often in far worse shape than Florida.
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