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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 04-19-2017, 10:03 AM
 
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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.
The appeals are that they are newer, more affordable, and tend to be closer to better schools. Or at least in DFW. Lastly, some people actually like their appearance.
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Old 04-19-2017, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Gotta go with Atlanta on this one... there's just nothing there that seems original to me.
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Old 04-19-2017, 02:23 PM
 
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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.
Exactly. Not every city has the same street layout, built form, demographics, terrain, or neighborhood set up either. Something newer doesn't necessarily mean unoriginal either. What does age have to do with it? You could build something new today that isn't found anywhere else. I haven't been to Charlotte, but I'm sure it has a few unique areas to visit. Pretty much every city has at least 1 unique quality to it.
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:42 AM
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Gotta go with Atlanta on this one... there's just nothing there that seems original to me.
I'm from ATL. Why do you feel that way? There are certain things about Atlanta that I may find unoriginal but certainly not on the whole. Atlanta certainly has originality though.

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Old 04-20-2017, 08:58 AM
 
Location: ATLANTA
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I'm from ATL. Why do you feel that way? There are certain things about Atlanta that I may find unoriginal but certainly not on the whole. Atlanta certainly has originality though.


5th runway bridge/ seems we copied that from a Tennessee City. Ferris Wheel thrown up downtown, think we received that from a Florida City and it's just kinda out of place. Under used Street Car System which was money wasted when this could have been going to a true light rail system, New Stadium's, "Foot Ball and Base Ball" when the Dome and Turner Field were not really that old and could be remodeled instead. Some cities have had their stadiums for many many years longer, N.O. for example and God knows that Dome has been through the Storm. All the while our streets and roads are falling apart daily, infrastructure is not up to par, out transit system is inadequate for the metros size and population growth. Many lights on our freeway system are off in many areas and many areas they are none existent. The latest Craze Metro Atlanta is trying to go after is the Casino's, SMH... Don't get me wrong, it's Nothing wrong with having nice things but when our basics are neglected and thing around the house start falling apart, lights not working right, sinks breaking etc. but we pull up with a New Huge Flat Screen TV and a Mercedes Benz in the Garage we start looking real Crazy... SMH
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Old 04-20-2017, 10:59 AM
 
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5th runway bridge/ seems we copied that from a Tennessee City. Ferris Wheel thrown up downtown, think we received that from a Florida City and it's just kinda out of place. Under used Street Car System which was money wasted when this could have been going to a true light rail system, New Stadium's, "Foot Ball and Base Ball" when the Dome and Turner Field were not really that old and could be remodeled instead. Some cities have had their stadiums for many many years longer, N.O. for example and God knows that Dome has been through the Storm. All the while our streets and roads are falling apart daily, infrastructure is not up to par, out transit system is inadequate for the metros size and population growth. Many lights on our freeway system are off in many areas and many areas they are none existent. The latest Craze Metro Atlanta is trying to go after is the Casino's, SMH... Don't get me wrong, it's Nothing wrong with having nice things but when our basics are neglected and thing around the house start falling apart, lights not working right, sinks breaking etc. but we pull up with a New Huge Flat Screen TV and a Mercedes Benz in the Garage we start looking real Crazy... SMH
Atlanta's street-grid is all over the place? Maybe that's original? It has a spider-web look one linear. The Ferris Wheel I though was a city planned thing like other cities. Seems like a thing worldwide since London has one. I think a Ferris Wheel was invented in Chicago and that city has its current one. On its huge Tourist have of Navy Pier.

I agree Atlanta's Ferris Wheel is out of place on a angled lot a private investor built (I think) not the city. I think it would have had a much better placement -----> if in Centennial Olympic Park across the street. Integrated with other things.

The difference in street-grids of cities more linear and planned.

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Old 04-20-2017, 11:19 AM
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5th runway bridge/ seems we copied that from a Tennessee City. Ferris Wheel thrown up downtown, think we received that from a Florida City and it's just kinda out of place. Under used Street Car System which was money wasted when this could have been going to a true light rail system, New Stadium's, "Foot Ball and Base Ball" when the Dome and Turner Field were not really that old and could be remodeled instead. Some cities have had their stadiums for many many years longer, N.O. for example and God knows that Dome has been through the Storm. All the while our streets and roads are falling apart daily, infrastructure is not up to par, out transit system is inadequate for the metros size and population growth. Many lights on our freeway system are off in many areas and many areas they are none existent. The latest Craze Metro Atlanta is trying to go after is the Casino's, SMH... Don't get me wrong, it's Nothing wrong with having nice things but when our basics are neglected and thing around the house start falling apart, lights not working right, sinks breaking etc. but we pull up with a New Huge Flat Screen TV and a Mercedes Benz in the Garage we start looking real Crazy... SMH
Lol, that's really not unoriginal though. That's just the area being wasteful and us residents being tired of it. I do get what you're saying though. Regarding the Falcon's stadium, I wished it would have a look that blended into the area because the stadium's appearance won't age well, imo. Everyone has their reason and I'm not gonna knock it. I kind of feel that ATL had this style before the Carolina and TN cities so that would make them more unoriginal than anything.
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:26 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Clearly another thread that gives a platform to Sunbelt bashers. No thank you.
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Lil Rhodey
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Boston!!
How is Boston unoriginal? It's one of the oldest cities in the country.
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:13 PM
 
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Clearly another thread that gives a platform to Sunbelt bashers. No thank you.
Yep. I suspect many on here aren't well traveled either. I've only been to Charlotte's airport, but can't comment on the city as a whole.
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