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Old 03-06-2008, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Which city do you think has the most potential, yet consistently fails to reach it? Perhaps it's located in a beautiful setting that has been overly developed or too heavily industrialized. Perhaps it has an underutilized waterfront, or great older buildings that have been replaced by character-less modern structures.

Which city does less with more and why?
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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St. Louis, Baltimore
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:45 AM
 
Location: yeah
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this one right here
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Without a doubt Portland.... and they like it that way,
but is it wrong ?
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Old 03-06-2008, 12:45 PM
 
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cincinnati
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Old 03-06-2008, 01:12 PM
 
Location: The Rock!
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Baltimore. It could be such a beautiful city if it could be cleaned up. I'm afraid it might be too far gone at this point to maintain the integrity of much of city during a full scale cleanup though.
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Old 03-06-2008, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Chesterfield, MO
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St. Louis--so much potential and so many great people. Yet it's run by complete and utter morons.
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Old 03-06-2008, 01:35 PM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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Ya, I definitely agree with Baltimore although I have to admit that's 100% based on what I've heard. But seriously, what a location.
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Old 03-06-2008, 01:53 PM
 
Location: outer boroughs, NYC
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Which city do you think has the most potential, yet consistently fails to reach it? Perhaps it's located in a beautiful setting that has been overly developed or too heavily industrialized. Perhaps it has an underutilized waterfront, or great older buildings that have been replaced by character-less modern structures.

Which city does less with more and why?
I say Philadelphia. I think it has the most unrealized potential of any major American city (and its still pretty cool, IMO). There's fantastic architecture everywhere, a big downtown, lots of parks, cultural attractions, history, two rivers, hills, its close to NYC and DC....yet large swaths of it are burnt-out hellholes, and its very dirty. I still like it in spite of it all, but it really should be one of the nation's premier cities and it just isn't.
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Old 03-06-2008, 03:01 PM
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Richmond, VA.
Norfolk, VA.
Virginia Beach, VA.
No Virginia city will EVER be able to capitalize on its potential with VA's insane laws prohibiting cities from annexation.
The state is run by suburban and rural legislators who are intent on killing urban areas.
Any of the above cities should be a MAJOR player between D.C. and Charlotte/Atlanta.
Especially Richmond. It is on I-95. Has a sizable # (for its size) of fortune 500 companies based there, it is a Federal Reserve city (arguably the most underachieving Fed Reserve city), has a basically undeveloped and underutilized riverfront...I could go on.
Not saying it's all bad. Just a high degree of potential being squandered in VA cities.
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