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Old 08-24-2016, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Old 08-25-2016, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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"Biggest park" is one. Before the internets were popular I worked for a park advocacy group and talked to a lot of park departments and advocates around NA to tally stats. Claims about biggest parks or third-biggest came up again and again. I think I ruined more than one person's day when I told them their 500- or 1,000-acre park was well down the list. Chambers of commerce and reporters are particularly bad at this sort of thing...they hear a stat and completely misunderstand and misquote it, then all the locals pick it up...

Theater districts and quality-of-theater are another. Houston, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Chicago, and others make claims about being second to Broadway. There's probably a shred of evidence behind each one. Like they'll count seats in a geographic area defined to make themselves look best. Or they'll look at a stack of magazine surveys and pick the one from two years ago that put them #2, or whatever.
Seattle never boasts like that, right? If I see another thread about how great Seattle is I'm going to be eating my own barf for lunch.
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Old 08-25-2016, 09:13 AM
 
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Used to be a lot nicer, but drugs/gangs/etc from Other City are ruining everything for everybody.

You'll never meet kinder-hearted, more honest people, though.
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Old 08-25-2016, 11:13 AM
 
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"Biggest park" is one. Before the internets were popular I worked for a park advocacy group and talked to a lot of park departments and advocates around NA to tally stats. Claims about biggest parks or third-biggest came up again and again. I think I ruined more than one person's day when I told them their 500- or 1,000-acre park was well down the list. Chambers of commerce and reporters are particularly bad at this sort of thing...they hear a stat and completely misunderstand and misquote it, then all the locals pick it up...

Theater districts and quality-of-theater are another. Houston, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Chicago, and others make claims about being second to Broadway. There's probably a shred of evidence behind each one. Like they'll count seats in a geographic area defined to make themselves look best. Or they'll look at a stack of magazine surveys and pick the one from two years ago that put them #2, or whatever.
Agreed. Best orchestra, best art museum, best zoo. The zoo thing is my favorite for comparing cities. Like your once a year trip to the free zoo is the straw that breaks a camel's back.
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Old 08-25-2016, 11:28 AM
 
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I would say Oklahoma is the true buckle of the Bible Belt when you look at the culture and the fact that its conservatism and fundamentalism is pretty universal throughout the state. Every county voted for Romney in 2012 and every county voted for McCain in 2008. No other state can make that claim, so that alone gives Oklahoma special status as "buckle of the Bible belt." The other thing is the fact that Oklahoma's metro areas are conservative when almost every urban area in the country outside of Oklahoma leans left. In fact, only small pockets of Norman and Tulsa are progressive at all and the rest of the state is solid red.

Tennessee cannot make that claim as Nashville and Memphis are somewhat progressive. Arkansas has Little Rock, Fayetteville, and Eureka Springs that lean left. Texas has Austin, which is VERY liberal and its major cities Houston and Dallas also lean left. I don't believe Indiana is the buckle of the Bible Belt, but they do have First Baptist Church of Hammond which is hugely influential nationwide. However, and influential conservative church doesn't make an area the buckle of the Bible Belt unless the entire culture embraces that church, which doesn't happen in northwest Indiana.

I would say Oklahoma City meets all the criteria to be the buckle of the Bible Belt. The conservatism, the traditionalism, the fundamentalism, the blue laws and strong support for them by the people, and the lack of a real opposing liberal voice in the city makes it the true buckle. Nowhere else is going to feel as culturally right-wing and "churchy" as OKC.


Haha don't try and go out for lunch on Sunday in Nashville right after church has let out. Progressive or not it's still pretty heavy with residents who are religious.


You have this personal bias toward Oklahoma City we get it. You need to tone down your rhetoric, and look objectively at your own thought process. This is the 3rd thread today I have read where you have used hyperboles and blown out stereotypes to describe the city. I'm not sure where your resentment comes from, but I know more than a couple good guys from OKC who are gay and not hiding under ground in fear of hate crimes. There is not this insidious hate filled culture, that has somehow been magically kept a secret from the rest of the country. These statements are your personal resentment and biases, and they borderline at best. Please be more careful in not misrepresenting a place.
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Old 08-25-2016, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma City
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^ That's all his posts of OKC ever consist of: hyperboles and blown out stereotypes.

"In fact, only small pockets of Norman and Tulsa are progressive at all and the rest of the state is solid red."

So the whole inner side of OKC is going to be disregarded? (Latest map data I could find from 2008)


Tulsa


Also, in 2012, 36% of Tulsa County voted for Obama while 42% of Oklahoma County did.
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Old 08-25-2016, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Haha don't try and go out for lunch on Sunday in Nashville right after church has let out. Progressive or not it's still pretty heavy with residents who are religious.


You have this personal bias toward Oklahoma City we get it. You need to tone down your rhetoric, and look objectively at your own thought process. This is the 3rd thread today I have read where you have used hyperboles and blown out stereotypes to describe the city. I'm not sure where your resentment comes from, but I know more than a couple good guys from OKC who are gay and not hiding under ground in fear of hate crimes. There is not this insidious hate filled culture, that has somehow been magically kept a secret from the rest of the country. These statements are your personal resentment and biases, and they borderline at best. Please be more careful in not misrepresenting a place.
We on the Oklahoma thread kind of see BawacChris as our young malcontent. As you said, generally I agree with him but not to the extent that he presents his criticisms.

But since that is off topic let me put out another one that I have heard several places in the country.

(Insert name of bar/city) sells/drinks more beer per capita than any other bar/city in the country.


In Oklahoma, Stillwater tries to make this claim quite often.
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Old 08-25-2016, 07:00 PM
 
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Old 08-25-2016, 07:12 PM
 
Location: SW Pennsylvania
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I think people complain about other city's drivers. "Drivers here are bad." "They don't use turn signals here." "So much speeding and tailgating here." It's especially prevalent in cities with lots of transplants. It always seems it's the natives who are the worst drivers and the transplants are the ones who know how to drive.


I think it's universal to complain about other drivers. I do it too.
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Old 08-25-2016, 07:19 PM
 
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Non-Confederate states claiming they are in the South
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