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Old 10-11-2018, 10:02 AM
 
Location: God's Country
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E.g., Baltimore's posts are overwhelmingly gloomy because of crime, corrupt pols, aging infrastructure, and traffic. There are a few "neutral" posts but only a rare optimistic or upbeat post. Come to think of it, just about all the cities I have read contain more pessimism rather than the opposite, even if they're not as bad as Balto.


Any refreshing exceptions?
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Old 10-11-2018, 12:51 PM
 
Location: BMORE!
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E.g., Baltimore's posts are overwhelmingly gloomy because of crime, corrupt pols, aging infrastructure, and traffic. There are a few "neutral" posts but only a rare optimistic or upbeat post. Come to think of it, just about all the cities I have read contain more pessimism rather than the opposite, even if they're not as bad as Balto.


Any refreshing exceptions?
Baltimore is BY FAR the most negatively spoken about in City Data history. Even cities with high crime/murder rates than Baltimore aren't as glommy.

The Baltimore sub-forum is even worse.
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Old 10-11-2018, 01:16 PM
 
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Baltimore is BY FAR the most negatively spoken about in City Data history. Even cities with high crime/murder rates than Baltimore aren't as glommy.

The Baltimore sub-forum is even worse.
I feel like Indy and Memphis might have Baltimore beat in that category. They seem to lose polls no matter what city they are being compared to. As a neutral outsider I see Baltimore on the slightly negative to neutral scale in terms of how it's discussed.

I feel like the typical cliche cities get the most upbeat posts, Seattle, San Francisco, New York, DC, Boston, Portland, Austin, Denver ect... There are a few posters who start a few threads every week just comparing the same large cities over and over.
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Old 10-11-2018, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Probably cities that are doing well, but haven't hit gotten on the gentrification rocket ship to attract negative Nellies from that side. Think Raleigh.
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Old 10-11-2018, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Texas cities, minus Austin.
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Old 10-11-2018, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Boston
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Boston
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Old 10-11-2018, 07:01 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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Portland, Maine
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Old 10-12-2018, 05:30 AM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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I feel like Indy and Memphis might have Baltimore beat in that category. They seem to lose polls no matter what city they are being compared to. As a neutral outsider I see Baltimore on the slightly negative to neutral scale in terms of how it's discussed.
The Pittsburgh board is a joke, and what makes it even worse is that it didn't used to be that way.

From 2010-2012, it was rich in data and discussion, both positive and negative, but the schism occurred during 2013-2014, driven primarily by a local resident (nearby county) with deep-seated mental problems who hates the city and insults the intelligence of everybody who likes it. His antics during that period of time chased away multiple high-value contributors to discussion on the board, and he was eventually banned in 2014.

Since then, he's created multiple dozens of sock puppet accounts because there's no way to do an IP ban on this website, so the moderator has to waste time playing whack-a-mole with most of the new accounts that turn up. In fact, there's at least one new sock puppet account currently active on the board.

It's reached the point where nobody who's left there trusts anybody who's new, which has likely chased away a few legitimate newcomers in the process. It used to be that you could find a treasure trove of information about Pittsburgh on that board, but these days there's no guarantee that you'll even get worthwhile advice if you plan to visit or move to the city.

Of all the city-specific message boards on this website, the Pittsburgh board has to have had the biggest, hardest fall from grace.

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Old 10-12-2018, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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I feel like the typical cliche cities get the most upbeat posts, Seattle, San Francisco, New York, DC, Boston, Portland, Austin, Denver ect... There are a few posters who start a few threads every week just comparing the same large cities over and over.
Not in their local forums they don't. At least for NYC, even the threads about new developments are all doom and gloom. Locals know the concrete problems and issues a lot more than outsiders.
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Old 10-12-2018, 09:53 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Boston
Minneapolis
Salt Lake City

Any city that has its share of boosters is going to get pushback, though. A lot of people on here simply can't tolerate success outside their own city.
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