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Old 10-12-2017, 12:11 PM
 
Location: "The Dirty Irv" Irving, TX
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KC, much more urban than I expected with several really cool neighborhoods.
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Old 10-12-2017, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Minneapolis - No idea what I was expecting. Upon arriving, I saw lots of greenery/trees, parks, people out biking/jogging, cool neighborhoods. It's one of my favorite cities in the country.
I researched the Twin Cities a lot before visiting and moving up here so that stuff about Minneapolis didn't surprise me. I am however, surprised about how rude and confrontational the homeless people here are! Also, I saw a bum in Saint Paul who was wheeping his willow... if you catch my drift. What has been seen cannot be unseen!
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Old 10-12-2017, 09:00 PM
 
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Lol damn, a ton of people dropping Denver here. It's one of those cities I'd like to visit and have heard nothing but great things about. This is interesting...
I really liked Denver- much better downtown vibe than Seattle and Portland, OR (two cities it often seems to be compared to). I like all three from a regional standpoint. But Portland itself wasn't close to being what it has cracked up to be and downtown Seattle was shockingly no more alive than say, Hartford, CT after dark.
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Old 10-13-2017, 12:23 AM
 
Location: 352
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Baltimore. I was supposed to go with a friend, but she backed out last minute because her friends told her we'd be mugged or something. I also have another friend who has family in the area and she'd always be on her horse going on about how awful it is. Literally trying to make me afraid of it.

I decided to visit for myself and I'm glad I did. Baltimore has a huge abundance of brick, which I think I like more than I know. I saw a lot of great adaptive reuse and it was surprisingly busy, especially for a Sunday afternoon. What was probably most surprising was the number of young people and couples walking dogs, going on runs, lounging around, etc. I didn't expect that demographic. Everyone makes it seem like one giant ghetto with an aquarium.

Federal Hill Park is a great, relaxing park and the view is spectacular, and the Federal Hill neighborhood was impressive with it's walkablity and food. Inner Harbor is a tourist trap, but it was still impressive compared to the plenty other traps I've seen. I ventured down Boston Ave and was impressed with Fells Point, Harbor East, Canton etc. I've visited a few times and it's definitely underrated to me.

I know the city still has it's issues and I hope it works them out (I saw a bike with both tires and the seat stolen), but calling the city one giant ghetto hellhole is just untrue and unfair. The ones who criticize cities the hardest are the ones who never visit anyway unless it's to a pro game.

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Old 10-13-2017, 01:34 AM
 
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Baltimore. I was supposed to go with a friend, but she backed out last minute because her friends told her we'd be mugged or something. I also have another friend who has family in the area and she'd always be on her horse going on about how awful it is. Literally trying to make me afraid of it.

I decided to visit for myself and I'm glad I did. Baltimore has a huge abundance of brick, which I think I like more than I know. I saw a lot of great adaptive reuse and it was surprisingly busy, especially for a Sunday afternoon. What was probably most surprising was the number of young people and couples walking dogs, going on runs, lounging around, etc. I didn't expect that demographic. Everyone makes it seem like one giant ghetto with an aquarium.

Federal Hill Park is a great, relaxing park and the view is spectacular, and the Federal Hill neighborhood was impressive with it's walkablity and food. Inner Harbor is a tourist trap, but it was still impressive compared to the plenty other traps I've seen. I ventured down Boston Ave and was impressed with Fells Point, Harbor East, Canton etc. I've visited a few times and it's definitely underrated to me.

I know the city still has it's issues and I hope it works them out (I saw a bike with both tires and the seat stolen), but calling the city one giant ghetto hellhole is just untrue and unfair. The ones who criticize cities the hardest are the ones who never visit anyway unless it's to a pro game.
Yeah you really have to take suburbanites' opinions with a grain of salt when they say things like that
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Old 10-13-2017, 03:19 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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I don't understand where people get that idea either. There is no place in the mountains that could support a 3 million metro. I guess the Broncos play in the mountains too, and all our stadiums are tucked away in a nice little mountain setting..
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I always thought Denver seemed to be presented as being in the mountains. Not sure why, but that was always the impression I got.
Maybe because of this?
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Old 10-13-2017, 04:38 AM
 
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San Francisco (and parts of LA) being hilly was not a surprise (and it won't be when I explore Pittsburgh and Seattle), but it has been a surprise for other cities I've visited. Atlanta, Richmond VA, Burlington VT, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Jefferson City MO, Tallahassee, parts of San Diego, Columbia SC, and Nashville were unexpectedly so.

Tallahassee was a particular surprise given it's in Florida.
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Old 10-13-2017, 04:51 AM
 
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This^^. LA away from the beaches is very underwhelming. It just isn't a well built environment. The natural environment is all that LA has going for it, and even that is really polluted. The LA area beach cities are really great though.
Yup. LA has some world class museums, attractions, and cuisine plus some really nice beaches. It's also smoggy, dirty, unbelievably sprawling, and visually/architecturally lacking distinction. Was surprised to find the city as unappealing as I did.
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Old 10-13-2017, 06:10 AM
 
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Maybe because of this?
I don't think Denver surprised me; I knew always it was at the foot of the Rockies, and by no means in the Rockies. However, I was shocked the first time I drove there coming from Kansas, how little the whole eastern one/third (no itty bitty slither mind you) of the state reminds me of Colorado. Its just a continuation of Kansas.
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Old 10-13-2017, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Maybe because of this?
Yeah, I was going to post something like that too. All the camera shots get the snow capped mountains (and happen to miss the grass clump plains ). Even being a CO Springs native moving to Denver, it shocked me how far away the mountains are, because I had assumed a front range city would have them as close by.

Denver definitely is overrated. Back in the day, it was the one place where you could get a big city, a good job, a big airport, and access to the mountains. Now, a lot of other Rocky Mountain West cities are catching up. Denver continues to get better (better buildings, bike paths, events...) but getting more expensive and congested a lot faster than it is getting better.

My initial impression of it was 5/10 after moving. That's still my impression. It is a very liveable place that makes daily life nice, but there's just no big charm or draw in the neighbourhoods that makes me want to actually buy a house here. The neighbourhoods are either unaffordable or not attractive (with the majority being the latter).


For Los Angeles I was impressed by how cool and down to earth and friendly the people were, but the built environment seemed cheap and run down.

I echo thoughts on Minneapolis being clean and active. Most all of the big buildings downtown were neatly architected.

Washington DC really wowed me when I visited. Everything was so pretty and the whole core city felt like it was put together on purpose. It was more than just a building here or a garden there, it was the experience and history of everything together in one spot. Thanks people who live there (and Uncle Sam ) for spending the money to make it nice!
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