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Old 07-10-2017, 02:45 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I'll take gritty, cultural, and historic over sterile any day, but one problem that many second and third tier gritty cities have is an overly insular population.

I hate it when a city is taken over by transplants, but some stirring of the waters helps prevent stagnation and uber-cliquishness you sometimes find. The presence of a large university is often a blessing to such places as it brings in new blood.
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Old 07-10-2017, 02:47 PM
 
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It's all about balance. However, I'll take a "sterile" place with good economic and population growth over a stagnant, more historic area. The human dynamic means more to me than the physical environment.
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