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Old 10-10-2017, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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The first day I arrived in San Diego it was actually pretty chilly and rainy. Didn't expect that at all (Especially in the middle of August). It warmed up a lot the next few days though. Another thing I didn't expect was how beautiful it was. I don't really think it gets the same credit for it's natural beauty as Seattle or SF do.
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Reno, NV
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Houston was a lot denser (at least in the central neighborhoods, like Montrose), more energetic, and more vibrant than I'd pictured it. I thought it'd be like a giant, unending outer suburb without any plant life in sight.
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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Milwaukee. I had a negative idea of what the city was until we had a job opportunity there and actually began to research it. I was sold after I visited in person. Great location on Lake Michigan, nice down town, lots to do, and who can complain about all the beer? We're moving there in a month.


Denver and San Antonio were let downs for me.
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Old 10-11-2017, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Omaha, nothing too surprising about the city itself but I figured it would have been located 50 to 100 miles further upstream of where it is now but it could have been washed further on downstream from where it originally was over time.
What???
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Old 10-11-2017, 12:52 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Nashville, TN - I found it to have a veneer of sophistication that I didn't expect from a mid-tier Sunbelt city. Really a lovely place.

Birmingham, AL - really grew on me over time; has been able to shake off some of its grimy, industrial image over time and has some lovely neighborhoods on the Southside. The fact that downtown sat moribund for so long affords it a nice inventory of older and interesting buildings and great potential for future development. The hilly, green topography gives it a lot of appeal as well; driving out of its flat downtown and into the rolling hills of the Southside neighborhoods somewhat reminded me of Los Angeles. Plus, Birmingham's dining scene was a pleasant surprise.

Orlando, FL - The presence of tourist attractions isn't nearly as overwhelming as one might surmise, and it has one of the most immaculate downtowns of any metro of that size that I've visited. The multitude of lakes and massive oaks give it a serene, park-like feel; I was also surprised by the wonderful street life I witnessed in its close-in neighborhoods, complete with outdoor cafes and watering holes. Very Parisienne.

Philadephia, PA - Always seems to get lost in the BosWash shuffle, but I found it to have a very distinct character relative to other Northeastern cities. I love the sense of history that it has, and the residential neighborhoods there are some of the prettiest in the U.S.

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Old 10-11-2017, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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Pittsburgh: Blew me away on a four day trip. Didn't expect that. Very, very, very vibrant, gorgeous, great architecture. Every hood has a unique characteristic. Awesome people, lots of activity. I was very impressed, the views of the surrounding hills and mountains are astounding. Feels larger than I would have thought, downtown is very popping...

Pittsburgh for me illustrated the diverse impressions one can have from multiple visits. The first time I went there, I drove into it via the suburb of Wilkinsburg. I didn't know it at the time, but this is one of the poorest and most dysfunctional towns in PA. I was thinking, "so this is the city that wins all those livability awards. How can this be?"


On a second visit a year later, I went on business, was put up in a nice hotel downtown, walked around the city, experienced some nightlife and met some people. My impression was completely different, overwhelmingly positive.
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Old 10-11-2017, 01:18 PM
 
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Pittsburgh for me illustrated the diverse impressions one can have from multiple visits. The first time I went there, I drove into it via the suburb of Wilkinsburg. I didn't know it at the time, but this is one of the poorest and most dysfunctional towns in PA. I was thinking, "so this is the city that wins all those livability awards. How can this be?"


On a second visit a year later, I went on business, was put up in a nice hotel downtown, walked around the city, experienced some nightlife and met some people. My impression was completely different, overwhelmingly positive.
I live in the East End of Pittsburgh, and whenever East Coast family and friends drive to visit, they come through Wilkinsburg and have the same impression. It isn't obvious that when you get off the highway, you aren't actually in Pittsburgh.
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Old 10-11-2017, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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New York: very dirty, especially, roads, sidewalks (should also have better street lamps and paving for a city with supposedly so much wealth) and subway. Most of all, not the 24 hours activity center people claim it to be. Times square was dead after the ball drop on New Years. Nasty people with nasty attitudes met my expectations though. I will give it credit for the incredible canyon of towers.

Atlanta: was mostly neutral on it but exceeded any expectations especially after more research, much larger city than I expected, has a subway that runs well and cheap, great airport with MARTA right to it. Stunning new architecture, clean, friendly people/southern hospitality, low cost of living, a lot of retail and headquarters/ regional offices didnt expect to be there. They get things done faster than the north considering "the south is suppose to be slow". Common sense prevails in Atlanta unlike the north. Blends urbanity and nature/trees very well. The city is a lot more urban than people give it credit for (especially downtown) and the traffic is not as bad as D.C.

Las Vegas: everything people say it is and more, large crowds of people still on the streets at 4am. I didnt expect it to be so cold in the mornings, but it heats up pretty quicky. Guess with no trees there are extreme changes in temperature. I call it the bee hive with the way the casinos behave.

Miami: Didnt expect the City of Miami to be so decaying, dead and desolate, South beach has nice beaches but not the active night life I expected. Cost of living is high for a place with no jobs and mostly a bunch of condo towers. Miami airport really sucks. I actually like Tampa's night life better.
Agree on that... worst airport I've ever flown with.
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Old 10-11-2017, 04:28 PM
 
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Sacramento! Landed at the airport, which is out near agricultural fields and cookie-cutter subdivisions being built. Was so surprised to actually get downtown and see all the Victorian buildings and shady tree-lined streets. Just not what I expected in California.
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Old 10-11-2017, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Austin. Very underwhelming to me.

Las Vegas. Didn't expect it to be so cold! Was rainy the first time I was there for a layover but I didn't leave the airport. Second time I actually left the airport and walked around the city. Weather was in the 30s, just as it was in Portland where I flew from.
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