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Old 05-30-2017, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Cannes
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Los Angeles, NYC, Miami are all names that people throw around when it comes to the US. But what city sums up the real american way of life...Freedom, pride, capitalism, sports, family...
In my opinion it would be Houston...Texas has pretty laid back laws, housing is still affordable, you don't need that much $$ to have a good living, plenty of sports, jobs, freeways, skyscrapers, pride...it is just written american all over it.
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Old 05-30-2017, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Naples Island
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Los Angeles, NYC, Miami are all names that people throw around when it comes to the US. But what city sums up the real american way of life...Freedom, pride, capitalism, sports, family...
In my opinion it would be Houston...Texas has pretty laid back laws, housing is still affordable, you don't need that much $$ to have a good living, plenty of sports, jobs, freeways, skyscrapers, pride...it is just written american all over it.
The United States is and always has been a predominately non-Hispanic white country. Last I checked, Houston city proper is home to fewer non-Hispanic whites than Los Angeles city proper -- and that's really saying something.

Perhaps if your American worldview revolves around California, Texas and Florida, then maybe Houston is the epitome of America; however, for the country at large, cities like Des Moines, Omaha and Wichita fit the bill much more so than Houston.
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Old 05-30-2017, 07:01 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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I've long considered Chicago the Great American City. After all, it's the city that invented skyscrapers! And its got ethnic diversity, sports, freeways, subways, civic pride, an amazing history, four-season weather, first-class restaurants and entertainment, a huge business community, both high and popular culture, bungalows with little lawns and skyscrapers with penthouses, great wealth, great poverty--and yes, even a sizable middle-class--all without the high cost-of-living, intensity, and occasional smugness of the great coastal cities. Yes it's got problems, but every city does. It's just that Chicago has a lot more good stuff to go along with its issues than most other places. Which is, in its way, very much like the U.S. Problems for sure, but the good outweighs the bad.

On the other hand New York is the Great World City in the U.S. It's as American as anywhere else, and in some ways even more so. But by virtue of its size and history, New York operates on a whole different level than anywhere else in the country.
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Old 05-30-2017, 07:13 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I think Cincinnati is pretty representative.

-It is democrat in the city, but the suburbs are staunchly republican;

-It has history, but was once on the frontier, it is not part of the colonial coastal states;

-It is reasonably diverse, on the underground railroad/post Civil war black migrations, strong Jewish history, Dixie Highway migrations, etc., but still very Anglo-German middle American;

-It is the center of its region's industry, corporate, and agricultural economy, representing the major sectors of the economy;

-It has strong Catholic and Protestant communities, but is not extreme bible belt;

-It is Midwest, but has significant influence from the east coast and the South;

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Old 05-30-2017, 07:22 PM
 
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Los Angeles, NYC, Miami are all names that people throw around when it comes to the US. But what city sums up the real american way of life...Freedom, pride, capitalism, sports, family...
In my opinion it would be Houston...Texas has pretty laid back laws, housing is still affordable, you don't need that much $$ to have a good living, plenty of sports, jobs, freeways, skyscrapers, pride...it is just written american all over it.
I would agree Houston Texas is very "American" feeling.
I'm actually typing this from Houston right now.

It's a great city too. Lots of diversity, affordable housing, vast suburbs, freeway network that is as impressive as LAs. People are proud to be from here, guns are pretty "in your face" here as well. Lots of people from all different walks of life. Represents everything America is about.
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Old 05-30-2017, 07:24 PM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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But what city sums up the real american way of life...Freedom, pride, capitalism, sports, family...
I'd say that is a description of one of many American ways of life - definitely not THE description of the "real" American way of life. America consists of a lot of people who value various things and several things in your list may not make others' lists.

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Old 05-30-2017, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN, Cincinnati, OH
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Detroit and Cleveland are my choices
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Old 05-30-2017, 07:32 PM
 
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Dennis the Menace is set in Wichita KS
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Old 05-30-2017, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I live in Houston and was raised here, and honestly, when I initially read your post, the cities that immediately jumped to mind were primarily Midwestern and Rust Belt- St. Louis, Pittsburg, Chicago, Cincinnati (to name a few).

But then I re-read the thread title and the last three words jumped out at me "America of today" and I can see why you mentioned Houston. It's large, diverse, exciting and filled with people from all different backgrounds that mesh together well based on principles that Americans tend to value.
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Old 05-30-2017, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Kent, UK/ Rhode Island, US
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Why not NYC or LA? Thats how a very large portion of America lives. Why are they always dismissed as not being real Americans?
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