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View Poll Results: Most unoriginal City in America
ORLANDO 11 15.71%
AUSTIN 1 1.43%
CHARLOTTE 12 17.14%
MEMPHIS 0 0%
ATLANTA 7 10.00%
DALLAS 14 20.00%
NASHVILLE 1 1.43%
MIAMI 1 1.43%
LAS VAGAS 4 5.71%
NEW ORLEANS 0 0%
LOS ANGELES 1 1.43%
SAN ANTONIO 0 0%
PHOENIX 10 14.29%
HOUSTON 8 11.43%
Voters: 70. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-15-2017, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Phoenix and Las Vegas are new and not original IMO
Las Vegas' schtick is copying landmarks and styles from around the world. I don't think it counts cuz they do it for tourism reasons and its part of its identity. Phoenix on the other hand, is a different story. Its in a beautiful natural area but seems so bland.
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Old 04-15-2017, 07:37 PM
 
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Yea sadly a lot of DFW suburbia is McMansion hell. I don't see the appeal of McMansions. All look the same, ugly, blocky. There's never any big trees around them, either. Just tiny shrubs. Looks like a lawn desert around it. While I'm not a big fan of the one-storey Texas ranches, at least they're something that is homey to the area. Its a local style and has more charm and character than an ugly generic McMansion. Also neighbourhoods with smaller ranches tend to have lots of big trees.

I haven't seen McMansions in the Twin Cities though I'm sure they're there somewhere, but I love the housing style up there. A lot more two storey homes up there it seems.

This is what I think when I think of the "typical Texas house"

https://www.google.com/maps/@32.8526...8i6656!6m1!1e1

And this is what I think of when I think of "typical Minnesota house."

https://www.google.com/maps/@45.0026...8i6656!6m1!1e1

I prefer areas where the houses tend to be built higher as opposed to spread out. I also have a preference for stairs.
Very true of most of suburban DFW. The city of Dallas actually has some pretty good residential architecture along with neighborhoods with mature trees - M Streets, Lakewood, Oak Cliff (particularly Kessler & Bishop Arts area), East Dallas, Old East Dallas, Preston Hollow, etc. Sure you could argue that some of the new apartment complexes in the city are boxy and bland, but I find that to be the case in most cities with new apartments including Houston and Austin.
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Old 04-16-2017, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Yea sadly a lot of DFW suburbia is McMansion hell. I don't see the appeal of McMansions. All look the same, ugly, blocky. There's never any big trees around them, either. Just tiny shrubs. Looks like a lawn desert around it. While I'm not a big fan of the one-storey Texas ranches, at least they're something that is homey to the area. Its a local style and has more charm and character than an ugly generic McMansion. Also neighbourhoods with smaller ranches tend to have lots of big trees.

I haven't seen McMansions in the Twin Cities though I'm sure they're there somewhere, but I love the housing style up there. A lot more two storey homes up there it seems.

This is what I think when I think of the "typical Texas house"

https://www.google.com/maps/@32.8526...8i6656!6m1!1e1

And this is what I think of when I think of "typical Minnesota house."

https://www.google.com/maps/@45.0026...8i6656!6m1!1e1

I prefer areas where the houses tend to be built higher as opposed to spread out. I also have a preference for stairs.
Never thought of it that way. Well illustrated.
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Old 04-16-2017, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Cbus
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Some of the hipster areas of Brooklyn seem contrived but not because of the built environment. Upper middle class people paying a lot of money to do what middle/Southern Americans have done for years i.e. drink out of mason jars, smoked bbq, flannel etc.
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Old 04-17-2017, 12:34 PM
 
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I agree. As much as I hate much of Miami's suburban architecture, its certainly distinct. I hate stucco exteriors, but Miami's mix of Southwestern Mediterranean and New Orleans type colour palettes is pretty distinct. And then of course there's Art Deco which Miami has pretty much iconised. Any US city outside South Florida with Art Deco styles would be more of a copycat than the way around.
Eh, that's debatable. Miami's flavor of Art Deco is certainly unique to and dominated by it, but other cities' Art Deco definitely aren't copying its style by any means. There's a difference between Miami Beach's colorful, streamlined, smooth Art Deco and the magnificent, imposing Art Deco of the Empire State Building, the wildly decorative and commemorative Art Deco styles of the Midwest (think the Guardian Building in Detroit or Carbide & Carbon building in Chicago) or the homely streamlined forms along Route 66. Art Deco has many different flavors across the country and I would hesitate to say that Miami clearly dominates such great Art Deco cities like Detroit or Los Angeles.
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Old 04-17-2017, 03:50 PM
 
Location: South Padre Island, TX
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Does the Texas Triangle even have any unique architecture to borrow to begin with? Everything I see looks like something I could find elsewhere, stylewise (though, this isn't unique either to the region).
There is some housing being built in cities like Houston that is quite singular in terms of the extent used compared to other places:
https://www.google.com/maps/@29.7558...8i6656!6m1!1e1
Metal houses the hottest trend in Houston homes - Houston Chronicle
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Old 04-17-2017, 09:07 PM
 
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Charlotte was the first city I thought of after reading the post and before reading the options. I love Charlotte though.
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:27 AM
 
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I get the feeling that many do not walk or explore a place, and aren't actually familiar, personally, with the places they would judge. Dallas and Charlotte for example are nothing alike beyond some corporate presence in their CBDs, to aliken them in unoriginality is odd. To the OP, Memphis, N.O. and Austin (at a minimum) on this list show you to be seriously ignorant, and likely a troll.

Last edited by nowensone; 04-19-2017 at 08:28 AM.. Reason: typo
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:50 AM
 
Location: ATLANTA
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I get the feeling that many do not walk or explore a place, and aren't actually familiar, personally, with the places they would judge. Dallas and Charlotte for example are nothing alike beyond some corporate presence in their CBDs, to aliken them in unoriginality is odd. To the OP, Memphis, N.O. and Austin (at a minimum) on this list show you to be seriously ignorant, and likely a troll.
Just as an FYI, just for YOU, these are all Opinions and everyone has them. If you noticed i listed mainly Sunbelt Cities because they are typically newer and still building.. I didn't even list Boston, which some one mention before I even started the polling portion. Not that I have to justify but just letting you know where my head was at before you start calling Trolly, Trolly, or Ignorant. I don't think anyone should be insulted on these post for opinions or getting any one else's view's or opinions. Just so you know my personal opinion as well feel as though Memphis, N.O, should remain at zero and even Los Angeles on the Lower end. Don't know enough about Austin, only been there on a layover flight. I kinda even feel Miami should remain low but of course those are my opinions, others may disagree and the reason these Cities are listed on here Again,, they are Sun Belt...
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Old 04-19-2017, 09:18 AM
 
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First, a poll like this is an invitation to warfare, you've been a member long enough, and posted enough, to know this. Second, nothing constructive or objective about this as you've stated it, in fact, you've come out directly with an inflammatory negative question. Three, were I to believe your motives were innocent, then your criteria for sunbelt, and your list itself, is incomplete and inaccurate.
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