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Old 01-17-2017, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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As has been discussed in numerous threads on this site, both Charleston and Savannah punch WAY WAY WAY above their weight for the size they are. That both cities are routinely ranked among the Top 10 cities in America (and by some rankings, the world) is truly remarkable.
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Old 01-17-2017, 11:15 PM
 
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Pittsburgh spent the better part of the 20th century trailing only New York and Chicago in some key wealth indicators, so I'm going with Pittsburgh. Legitimate big city amenities without hyping themselves as a big city that surpass those of the places that are hyping themselves (Columbus, Houston, Phoenix, etc).

Pittsburgh has pretty much defined "punching above your weight" for over a century now.
No need to name drop random cities as hype just big up Pittsburgh.
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Old 01-18-2017, 07:15 AM
 
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Richmond VA, besides not having a major sports franchise the food scene, museums and urban infrastructure of RVA is one of a city bigger than 200,000
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Old 01-18-2017, 08:32 AM
 
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Richmond VA, besides not having a major sports franchise the food scene, museums and urban infrastructure of RVA is one of a city bigger than 200,000
And Richmond also has a LOT of F500 company headquarters for its size (8 at last count). In the South, it has more than any other metro except Houston, DFW, and Atlanta.
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Old 01-18-2017, 09:34 AM
 
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Wow, I thought RVA only had 6 or 7 F500 companies thanks for the info
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Old 01-19-2017, 09:25 AM
 
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Nashville
Tampa Bay
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Old 01-19-2017, 10:29 PM
 
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Reno, NV.
The metro is only 500,000 but feels much better with the big casinos and amount of tourists.
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Old 01-20-2017, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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Richmond definitely punches above its weight culturally. At ~220k city, sub-1.3 million metro population, it's very clear that Richmond carries the weight of cities 500-700k larger. Only people with a bias against Richmond would attempt to refute that. The only "drawback", if one can be named, is the lack of big league sports. Not a big deal to me, and I'm a HUGE sports guy. I just go to DC if I want to see a game...

Richmond has the arts, Museums, dining, recreation bars, clubs, urbanity, all of the things that play into a city's culture, is found at a high level in Rich. We also have a university (VCU) that is fast becoming one of the top schools in The Commonwealth. RIC is the busiest airport in the state outside of the DC airports in Nova, recently surpassing ORF last year by over 300k passengers. I love this city. There is way more to love than to hate and it definitely fits this thread!
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Old 01-20-2017, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and wherever planes fly
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Richmond VA, besides not having a major sports franchise the food scene, museums and urban infrastructure of RVA is one of a city bigger than 200,000

Richmonds is another case of a city that used to be larger and has all the building blocks still in place.
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Old 01-20-2017, 03:37 PM
 
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I met some tourists from Connecticut here in Savannah a couple of weeks ago. They said the cities / urban areas of Connecticut are horrible. "If not for the suburbs of NYC, Connecticut would be one of the worst states in the country."

I'm not making this up.
I don't know how to say this without sounding like a horrible person but, here we go... The small square mileage of the cities in CT has lead to a concentration of all in low income families and individuals in a handful of cities. Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport are all less than 20 sq. mi. So basically you have downtown and some tough neighborhoods. Then you have city limits and more often than not you're in a middle class suburb.

So Savannah would be different because it's a tourist destination, but instead of Savannah being 100 sq mi, make it just downtown and 15 sq mi of roughest parts of town. While taking all the middle class areas and making them separate suburban towns.

I've never been to Michigan but from what I've read on this board the cities in CT seem to have a similar relationship with their suburbs as Detroit and its suburbs.
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