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Old 10-06-2017, 11:01 AM
 
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For me, Los Angeles is the obvious choice. I donít think I expected it to seem so gritty and industrial, yet so completely different from the East Coast in its grittiness. In retrospect, a lot of movies that take place in LA really do depict the city as it is. It makes me wonder where I got the glitzy, polished vision of LA.

New Orleans, on the other hand is exactly what I expected it to be. I think my adoptive city, Pittsburgh surprises a lot of visitors.
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Old 10-06-2017, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Being on city data so much, I haven't been surprised by any city I've been to.

One thing that always is a culture shock for me is the lack of alcohol availability n any other city.
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Old 10-06-2017, 12:31 PM
 
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For me, Los Angeles is the obvious choice. I donít think I expected it to seem so gritty and industrial, yet so completely different from the East Coast in its grittiness. In retrospect, a lot of movies that take place in LA really do depict the city as it is. It makes me wonder where I got the glitzy, polished vision of LA.

New Orleans, on the other hand is exactly what I expected it to be. I think my adoptive city, Pittsburgh surprises a lot of visitors.
Everyone I went to LA with felt the same way. They thought it would be glamorous but LA had a run down look, even in the supposedly good places.
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Old 10-06-2017, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Big Bayou
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Everyone I went to LA with felt the same way. They thought it would be glamorous but LA had a run down look, even in the supposedly good places.
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.
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Old 10-06-2017, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Salt Lake City by far.

Very vibrant city with good sized nightlife. Huge infrastructure for a city of size with world-class hospitals, multiple universities in the metropolitan area and light/commuter rail.

Lots of very interesting neighborhoods. I love exurban areas but Salt Lake City is a neighborhood city, where each neighborhood is different.

Salt Lake City is a shockingly high-amenity city for a city of less than 200,000 people. In the middle of the city itself it seems so many times bigger than it is.

Some of the most exciting people and personalities I ever came across were in Salt Lake City. Some of the friendliest and unfriendliest people. Some of the healthiest people you could ever across and yet a city where many people have bad vice's

There seems to be so many events constantly going on Salt Lake City. It is one city I was glad to experience.

It is a super-liberal city in the middle of a very conservative state.

It has a very active city and seems so huge and vibrant compared to the population.

I don't think I ever had an unexciting moment in Salt Lake City. There is just so much to do there and the people are likely the most exciting of any city I have lived in.

The eastside of Salt Lake City is very active at night, with many places staying open well past midnight. Has a nightlife of a city several times it's size.

The number of hospitals, the amount of transit, really nice grocery stores and restaurants for the size of the place.
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Old 10-06-2017, 06:36 PM
 
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Salt Lake City by far.

Very vibrant city with good sized nightlife. Huge infrastructure for a city of size with world-class hospitals, multiple universities in the metropolitan area and light/commuter rail.

Lots of very interesting neighborhoods. I love exurban areas but Salt Lake City is a neighborhood city, where each neighborhood is different.

Salt Lake City is a shockingly high-amenity city for a city of less than 200,000 people. In the middle of the city itself it seems so many times bigger than it is.

Some of the most exciting people and personalities I ever came across were in Salt Lake City. Some of the friendliest and unfriendliest people. Some of the healthiest people you could ever across and yet a city where many people have bad vice's

There seems to be so many events constantly going on Salt Lake City. It is one city I was glad to experience.

It is a super-liberal city in the middle of a very conservative state.

It has a very active city and seems so huge and vibrant compared to the population.

I don't think I ever had an unexciting moment in Salt Lake City. There is just so much to do there and the people are likely the most exciting of any city I have lived in.

The eastside of Salt Lake City is very active at night, with many places staying open well past midnight. Has a nightlife of a city several times it's size.

The number of hospitals, the amount of transit, really nice grocery stores and restaurants for the size of the place.
I wonder if much of this is due to being a capital city that is the biggest in its state and for large geographical area.
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Old 10-06-2017, 08:56 PM
 
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San Antonio. It was more elegant than I expected.
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Old 10-07-2017, 05:45 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Rochester. Not a run down industrial Rust Belt town even though most residents think it is. From what natives had said I was expecting a pure ghetto. I almost cancelled the trip. Was I wrong. I guess you have to be an outsider from another Rust Belt city visiting to appreciate all Rochester offers. The downtown is new and clean. The city has a good music and art scene. The access to water sports is above par. It's the one inland city I have been to in the US that is closest to what life is like on the beach. Rochester is definitely a boat lovers paradise. The only two obstacles holding Rochester back from being a boom town are the weather and politics. I could see Amazon or another company moving their headquarters to Rochester because there is so much potential, especially with RIT at the outside of the city.

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Old 10-07-2017, 06:41 AM
 
Location: The middle of nowhere
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Kansas City. I was expecting a larger version of Oklahoma City but there really isn't any comparison at all. I was blown away by the soul, character, and vibrancy of KC.
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Old 10-07-2017, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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Philadelphia. It seems to always be portrayed in movies and on TV as being dirty, completely impoverished, and very dangerous. We avoided it as a destination when our kids were little for many years because it had such a bad reputation. When we finally visited for the first time, I was completely charmed! Not only does much of the downtown/Center City/Historic District feel completely safe, but it is quite lovely too. I would go back at least once a year and spend some time there if I had the time. I could walk around Philly all day.

Orlando. Disney spends a fortune convincing families that Orlando is the fun capital of the world when in reality, outside of the Disney compound itself which is completely manufactured, Orlando is just a hot, sprawling, congested, unimpressive city with a higher than average crime rate and some of the worst traffic that I've ever encountered, even in comparison to cities like LA and Atlanta. I cannot understand what would possess anyone to live there, but to each their own.
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