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Old 04-09-2018, 08:28 PM
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Originally Posted by cjseliga View Post
I think it's one of those things on how literal you take the definition of "coast", are you talking about a town/city/metro area that is within say 10 miles of the actual coast? Or are you using "coast" in a broader/general sense when referencing a place relative to some other place. It also has to do with perspective.

Like Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Philadelphia, D.C., etc. are on the "East Coast", generally speaking, as compared to say Dallas or Denver or Chicago. Or Portland, Reno, Sacramento, Las Vegas etc. are on the "West Coast", generally speaking, as compared to say Denver or Dallas or Salt Lake City.

I'm not really a nitpicky person and definitely use "East Coast" and "West Coast" in a more general term when talking about cities, and for me the place doesn't have to literally be on the coast or within 10 miles of the coast line, but that's just me!

Heck, having lived in Arizona, some people there think they live on the "West Coast", it's all about perspective.
Definitely true .... but the definition allows for a large lake having a coast or coastline....

Coast - https://www.collinsdictionary.com/di.../english/coast and https://www.thefreedictionary.com/coast

- (physical geography) the line or zone the land meets the sea or some other LARGE expanse of water.

Coastline - https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coastline

- line that forms the boundary between the land and the ocean or a lake

- Coast -- A coastline or a seashore is the area where land meets the sea or ocean, or a line that forms the boundary between the land and the ocean or a lake.

But in common usage in Chicago and probably the whole Great Lakes region is.... use of the term the SHORE. Chicago has a expressway along its 26-mile city limits along Lake Michigan. It is named .... Lake Shore Drive.

The Coastline or Shoreline of Chicago as many see landing at O'Hare. Clearly, one can say it's a Coastline despite 1000-miles inland from the ocean.

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Old 04-09-2018, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by MrJones17 View Post
Never heard Cleveland referred to as any of those nicknames.
I grew up on the west side of the Pittsburgh area, had family in Cleveland, never heard of that. Also lived in IL and never heard Chicago referred to that way.
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Old 04-11-2018, 07:40 PM
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Cleveland and Northern Ohio are commonly referred to as the North Coast. Local weather stations would even use this moniker to describe the area, like “coming up at six, the North Coasts’s 7 day forecast”. My alma mater Cleveland State just sent out a quarterly alumni newsletter where the front cover was a drawing of Terminal Tower and in quotes said “Explore America’s North Coast.” Now, ibagree that most outside of Cleveland would never refer to Lake Erie as The North Coast, but while I lived there, I heard that term frequently.
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