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Old 07-09-2017, 09:08 PM
 
Location: The Pacific Northwest
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I understand this may be controversial but my impression is that the liberal arts majors are who make a city cool. The artists, philosophers, linguists, social scientists, fine arts performers, etc.

Tech has a tendency to nerdify and sterilize a place. San Francisco is the perfect example. It's nothing against tech, but the creativity that the field has isn't manifested in a way that can be meaningfully appreciated apart from on a general level (wow, I love this new app! Wow, this is a cool new feature!)

What cities haven't been subjected to an overwhelming tech presence, or alternatively, what cities have not let their character be subjugated by the tech industry?
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Old 07-10-2017, 05:21 AM
 
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There are a number thankfully as unlike a few of the tech hubs other cities have managed to maintain a more diverse population not as "group think" oriented as what you're accustomed to. The list could go on and on but the larger examples are NYC, Boston, DC, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Minneapolis-St Paul and Atlanta where one can see/feel a pronounced diversity of non-tech backgrounds. Throw in major college towns as well and there alone you could be well into dozens of options.
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Old 07-10-2017, 05:31 AM
 
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"Rust Belt" cities with a visible higher education presence would likely have what you are referring to.
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