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Old 04-10-2018, 09:17 PM
 
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I didn't know flat was thought of as a bad thing?!

one of my favorite somewhat overlooked aspects of Chicago is that it's so flat.
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Old 04-10-2018, 11:57 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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No mud slides
That is true and it is funny you said that because I saw a house today on Long Island that is perched on the top of a steep hill and the back yard falls steeply into a valley. Now that hill has probably been there for a long time but I am glad I do not live there LOL.

Still I much prefer areas that have some hills then areas that are completely flat. Completely flat is boring imo.
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Old 04-11-2018, 02:02 AM
 
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Old 04-11-2018, 02:07 AM
 
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MrJester: In defense of Sacramento, while it isn't the most scenic city, I think it could certainly do worse...

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.5793...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.5822...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.5781...7i13312!8i6656

Dry, I suppose, but hardly ugly. And the fact that it is dry means that temperatures that are hot don't feel excessive even in summer, and it cools down at night. I would guess most people, if they experienced it, would rank Sacramento's year round climate among the Top 10 in the country. I don't have a dog in the fight, but I have never been able to fathom how people dog that city so much. Super underrated, especially when you consider what people have at their disposal within two hours or so.
Good on ya Mate about Sacramento.

Sacramento gets a bad rap from SoCal and the Bay Area, it always has. We call them Coastal Snobs,

Sacramento is consistently rated one of the top fittest cities in the nation.

Sacramento gets 3 times the rain as many parts of SoCal. Sacramento is not barren, it is full of trees, more tress than any spot anywhere in SoCal. The Valley Oak is a beautiful 100foot tall tree with 100 foot canopy and it is Native to the Sacramento Valley.

Sacramento has a Mediterranean Climate, as does Spain, the South of France, Israel, well, the entire Mediterranean.

Sacramento is an excellent biking town, we have the American River Bike trail that is on both sides of the river linking Sac with Folsom Lake, which has plenty of big hills, its a 20 mile gradual uphill climb to about 500 feet. Sacramento has a lot more fresh water recreation than SoCal or Denver.

From Sacramento, I can be at a Pacific Ocean Beach, surfing, in under 2 hours, better yet, I can raft down Sacramento's American River in the heart of Sacramento, or in 1 hour I can be in a Mountain Forest at 6000 feet at one of hundreds of Alpine Lakes in the Sierra Nevada Mts, or the biggest, Lake Tahoe in less than 2. In Winter, Tahoe as world-class ski resorts, the closest ski resort to my Sacramento home 1hr, 20mins.
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Old 04-11-2018, 05:50 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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I didn't know flat was thought of as a bad thing?!

one of my favorite somewhat overlooked aspects of Chicago is that it's so flat.
If you go to Montana it is. Anything flat is ugly and desolate.
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Old 04-11-2018, 07:32 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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If you go to Montana it is. Anything flat is ugly and desolate.
I can think of a lot of flat areas in the US that I find mesmerizing.

Cape Cod area
Chesapeake Bay area
Outer Banks of NC
SC and GA Low Country and Barrier Islands
Okefenokee Swamp
FL's Biscayne Bay, Keys, Southwest Coast, Emerald Coast
LA Bayou Country

Many of the flat areas in the country compensate with beautiful water features.
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Old 04-11-2018, 08:00 AM
 
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Flat can be beautiful....tall grasses waving in the wind, as far as the eye can see, is one of my favorite views in the world. I love both, and there are advantages to both, whether people will admit it, or not.
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Old 04-11-2018, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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In my hilly city, a large percentage of streets, etc., allow views down to water, plus hills and mountains. Try doing that from a few blocks inland in Chicago unless you're in a building.
Oh, wow! That's so impressive!!!!


Let us know when your "hilly city" is 1/1000th as important or globally known like Chicago is.
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Old 04-11-2018, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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Whether you prefer flat terrain, or hills or mountains is entirely subjective. I don't think either is truly better than the others it's just a matter of opinion. And each has pros and cons when it comes to engineering and lifestyle as well.

For me, flat land is awful in an urban setting. I think it shines best when in a large open area with little to no forest density where you can see for a long distance in all directions. However, I am not as fond of urban settings anyhow, so that stands to reason.

One thing I can say for flat/low rolling cities that I do like is how, given the correct level of forestry or building clutter, their skyline can really stand out at night from a short distance.

Approaching Baton Rouge from the west over the Huey Long bridge at night is gorgeous. Lots of lights.

... don't stop though. North Baton Rouge is not a safe place to gawk at night.
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Old 04-11-2018, 02:15 PM
 
Location: 352
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I think people, mainly on here, go on too much about flatness. I don't mind flatness, but I want some features with it like water or rivers. Charleston, Miami, Savannah are flat, but that doesn't take away from their appeal at all. Chicago seems flat, but who cares, Chicago is cool and Lake Michigan is a great asset. I think cities in flat basins surrounded by mountains are cool too. LA, Denver, and Phoenix for example.

Drove through Kansas last week and it was just flatness and wide open-ness for hours. That's the type of flatness I don't care for. I'd like some kind of geographic features, though it's not the end of the world.
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