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Old 10-25-2017, 01:10 PM
 
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I understand that it's subjective, but these places, have a certain polished feeling. Some like it, some don't, politics aside. Where else in the USA has a similar feeling?
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Old 10-25-2017, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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I understand that it's subjective, but these places, have a certain polished feeling. Some like it, some don't, politics aside. Where else in the USA has a similar feeling?
Have you ever been to DC, SF and Boston? Just curious.
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Old 10-25-2017, 01:31 PM
 
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I understand that it's subjective, but these places, have a certain polished feeling. Some like it, some don't, politics aside. Where else in the USA has a similar feeling?
Are you using "polished" as a euphemism for "very few black people"? Portland is kinda gritty.
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Old 10-25-2017, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Yeah help me understand what polished is exactly.

Based on your post, I'm thinking you mean lots of new construction in the historic/urban core areas. If so, Charlotte and Indy come to mind as well. Columbus too but I've never been.
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Old 10-25-2017, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Yeah help me understand what polished is exactly.

Based on your post, I'm thinking you mean lots of new construction in the historic/urban core areas. If so, Charlotte and Indy come to mind as well. Columbus too but I've never been.
Yeah a little context would be nice.

To me polished means urbane, sophisticated, educated, traveled, cultured etc.
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Old 10-25-2017, 02:29 PM
 
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Minneapolis, San Diego, Austin, Salt Lake City, and Madison (WI).

I don't know what you mean by polished as that can open up to a large avenue of very different things. However, I'm using polished in an aesthetic sense, as in which cities look almost as sterilized as hospital rooms where you wont find nary a spot or grimey "been to hell and back" type of aesthetic elements to them.

As cities, each one will have gritty sections, as all cities do to some capacity or another, but for the most part that grittiness will be greatly subdued in these places.
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Old 10-25-2017, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Yeah a little context would be nice.

To me polished means urbane, sophisticated, educated, traveled, cultured etc.
To me that's how I would interpret a population that is polished. When I think of the city itself I'm thinking of the physical appearance. I agree with FKR that most cities will have some very polished areas and some very unpolished, so for me these are the places where much of the urban core is strikingly clean, new and sterile in a sense. I also happen to agree with most of FKR's list as well.

Another one I just thought of but haven't seen for myself is Greenville, SC.
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Old 10-25-2017, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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To me that's how I would interpret a population that is polished. When I think of the city itself I'm thinking of the physical appearance. I agree with FKR that most cities will have some very polished areas and some very unpolished, so for me these are the places where much of the urban core is strikingly clean, new and sterile in a sense. I also happen to agree with most of FKR's list as well.

Another one I just thought of but haven't seen for myself is Greenville, SC.
I get that but clean and neat is one thing, 'polished' suggests refinement and class to me.

But I can see how your definition makes sense as well.
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Old 10-25-2017, 04:27 PM
 
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Yeah help me understand what polished is exactly.
https://www.google.com/maps/@45.5124...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@45.5134...7i13312!8i6656

Portland near PSU and downtown. That area looks as clean and neat as Disney World before the gates open. The bus stops in the area have flat screen video monitors that work and are clean. I saw a municipal worker literally polishing a statue. There are dedicated bus, rail, skateboard, and bike lanes. The roads and sidewalks are neat, clean, and perfectly maintained. It almost doesn't seem real, like a movie set, especially in comparison to nearly every other city. In the second image if you scroll around there are even people on Segways.
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Old 10-25-2017, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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I also had a question of what "polished" means. I would personally define it as buildings, either new or old that have been well taken care of. In that case most major metros, (not all), do a pretty decent job as being "polished". (Perhaps NYC, especially Manhattan due to the high property values would rank #1 here).

If you define it more narrowly, then the newer growing cities would rank high, and the OP would be correct with Seattle, Denver, Portland definitely in the mix. Would add Dallas, Atlanta, Phoenix, as larger cities, and countless other smaller cities.
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