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Old 04-06-2018, 08:57 AM
Status: "Summer!" (set 16 days ago)
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Old 04-06-2018, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Tom Lennox 70 View Post
Chicago was mentioned a lot because it is where Obama established himself and is seen as a failed city.
"Failed city"? Certainly Chicago has its issues but a failed city it is not. But I get the impression that in your circles the biggest cities in the country are pretty much viewed as cesspools of liberalism and that's about it.
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Old 04-06-2018, 01:18 PM
Location: "The Dirty Irv" Irving, TX
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Originally Posted by BPt111 View Post
Boise, Idaho
Fargo, South Dakota
Billings, Montana
Scottsdale, Arizona
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Surprise, Arizona never knew it had almost 120k residents
Naperville, Illinois
Boise actually gets a lot of play considering that it's a metro under 700k and probably more than half of the people in this country don't even know where Idaho is. Anyone who watches College Football at least knows about the blue field, even if they think it's in Ohio or something. Furthermore, Boise is frequently on the "Best Places to Live" lists, has been for years and years. For it's size it's talked about frequently and has been one of the fastest growing areas for decades.

Fargo has a TV show and movie named after it. Also, It isn't a big city anyway.

Billings is a small city.

Scottsdale is basically a suburb of Phoenix.

Yes, this one I agree with, Tulsa is widely forgotten.

Surprise is a suburb of Phoenix.

Napperville is a Chicago Suburb, actually one of the better known ones.

IDK why you are so surprised people don't talk about large suburbs, DFW has like 12 suburbs over 100k people and no one would expect you to know all of them.
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Old 04-06-2018, 01:34 PM
Location: San Diego
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Originally Posted by Tom Lennox 70 View Post
I never hear about Milwaukee outside the context of beer.

Raleigh, NC is also not really mentioned much despite being in the Research Triangle.

I've only heard Seattle and Portland mentioned a lot in the past 5 years. Prior to that nobody really thought about the Northwest much, like its the forgotten corner. I think the rise of Amazon and Starbucks gave Seattle a higher profile along with people going on Alaska cruises which often depart from Seattle.

Des Moines is only mentioned during presidential primaries. Duluth, Minnesota is another place that's rarely mentioned. The cities of upstate NY are never mentioned aside from college sports like Syracuse and Rochester.
And if it wasn't for Nick Saban, no one would think about Alabama, like ever.
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Old 04-08-2018, 12:53 AM
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San Jose
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Old 04-08-2018, 06:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Katarina Witt View Post
Naperville is a suburb of Chicago. It has a population of about 150,000. I'd hardly expect anyone outside of the Chicago area, or Illinois/Southern Wisconsin anyway to have heard of it.

Milwaukee, yeah, beer and Germans.

Raleigh? It seems to get a lot of mention here on CD at any rate.

Seattle and Portland have been on hipsters' radar for decades, before such people in their 20s/30s were even called hipsters.

Maybe DesMoines doesn't have much going on. It has a population of a little over 200,000, with a metro of about 600,000. Duluth doesn't even have 100,000 people; its MSA is about 270K.

Thread title: "US cities you never hear about..."
Toronto is in Canada, not the US.
And, Summerfest, and Harley Davidson.
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Old 04-08-2018, 09:33 AM
Location: New Mexico
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Albuquerque was the setting of all the High School Musical movies. Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul are both set in Albuquerque as well.

I've heard "Albuquerque" in some other stuff before as a joke or plot device since the name sounds so weird.
There seems to be a lot of movies being made in and around Albuquerque at any given time. I'm always seeing the cryptic signs directing the film crews around town. We can thank the railroad for simplifying the city's name by dropping the 'r' after the first 'u' and the town, in its usual sleepy and passive way, didn't bother to correct it. Locals will still call the place Burque and themselves Burqueños sometimes with that missing 'r' mysteriously reappearing.
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Old 04-08-2018, 02:09 PM
Location: Atlanta metro (Cobb County)
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Evansville, IN seems to be rather obscure for a city with over 100,000 residents. It has a wide variety of industry and redevelopment along the Ohio River, but is a bit disconnected from other major cities in the state, and in fact is closer to Nashville than to Indianapolis. It isn't a particularly depressed Rust Belt city (e.g. Flint or Youngstown), nor much of a growth center either (e.g. Madison or Sioux Falls). Evansville does get recognized periodically when their local namesake private university makes it into the March Madness tournaments.

Contrary to one of the above posts, I would say Scottsdale, AZ is quite well known because it is the home to many resorts and a great deal of luxury retail and real estate. It is the richest of the large suburban cities in metro Phoenix, and generally features a very manicured desert environment.
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Old 04-08-2018, 02:12 PM
Location: DFW
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Midland, TX
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Old 04-08-2018, 05:26 PM
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Midland, TX
Outside of maybe being known for being in the Permian Basin, this is a good one.

I’d say that Springfield MO, Salem OR, Visalia and Bakersfield in CA and Greeley CO are some others that come to mind.
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