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View Poll Results: Which cities in different regions are the most similar to you?
NYC-Chicago 12 24.00%
Baltimore-St. Louis 28 56.00%
Detroit-Los Angeles 3 6.00%
Other (Please explain why in a post) 9 18.00%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 50. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-08-2016, 01:50 PM
Location: DMV Area
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They don't have to be exact carbon copies of each other, but I wanted to know your thoughts on cities that share similarities but are in totally different regions. These could range from the superficial to more nuanced comparisons. For example, the similarities between say, New York and Chicago due to their skylines, high-density living, and other factors. Obviously, Chicago is very different from NYC, but comparisons have been made.

Or Baltimore-St. Louis - Two independent cities with industrial/blue collar heritage and somewhat similar architecture in some areas, large areas of blight, but booming areas as well. One is in the Midwest, the other in the Mid-Atlantic. Even the county seats in the neighboring county (Clayton in STL; Towson in Maryland) have some superficial similarities to each other.

I've always thought Detroit and Los Angeles shared similarities in terms of their built environments, wide arterial roads, robust freeway networks, and a blue-collar/industrial heritage. Obviously, LA has a totally different topography, climate, etc., but I always thought the multipolar environment of each city and neighborhoods of detached single family homes shared some similarities because both cities had their initial booms around the same time.

Kansas City and Dallas-Ft. Worth have some superficial similarities due to their location on the plains and the sprawling nature of their development. Even the outdoor lifestyle centers are very similar to each other. I always thought Overland Park and Olathe were very similar to Plano and Frisco. The airports both have similar layouts, and there is the cowtown heritage that KC shares with Ft. Worth. Turtle Creek Blvd in Dallas is very similar to Ward Parkway in KC. I always thought Northpark Center was an architecturally significant shopping center, and Country Club Plaza in KC is noted for its architecture.

Any others that you could think of?

Old 08-08-2016, 09:48 PM
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
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MPLS and Seattle.
Old 08-08-2016, 09:59 PM
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Miami and LA
Old 08-08-2016, 10:10 PM
Location: On the Great South Bay
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I voted for New York and Chicago, obviously Chicago is a lot smaller. Chicago and Toronto is a better fit size wise.

Another one that no one mentioned is Boston and San Francisco. I tend to associate them with each other because they are both rather small in land area and both were built on peninsulas. Boston even has some small hills. Granted Boston has filled in a lot of the bays so its orginial peninsula position does not stand out as much anymore.
Old 08-09-2016, 08:40 AM
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Baltimore and Philadelphia.
Old 08-09-2016, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by BajanYankee View Post
Baltimore and Philadelphia.
Technically different regions, but hard to say as much for cities in neighboring states that are only 1.5 hours apart.
Old 08-09-2016, 08:55 AM
Location: Dayton
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Dayton, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky
Old 08-09-2016, 08:54 PM
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Originally Posted by MetroDaytonMan View Post
Dayton, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky
Disagree. Louisville is virtually nothing like Dayton and is much more vibrant as the largest city in its state. Also quite a bit bigger too.

Louisville is most similar to probably Salt Lake City or possibly Providence in a different region.
Old 08-09-2016, 09:17 PM
Location: Los Angeles,CA & Scottsdale, AZ
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Maybe New Orleans and Savanah or Charleston? Tuscon and El Paso?
On a side note what made you put LA-Detroit as an option..
Old 08-09-2016, 09:31 PM
Location: Tempe, AZ
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Originally Posted by i'm not a cookie View Post
Maybe New Orleans and Savanah or Charleston? Tuscon and El Paso?
On a side note what made you put LA-Detroit as an option..
Those are in the same regions...
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