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Old 11-01-2018, 12:01 AM
 
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This may come as some surprise to you, but most cities have those attributes.
Transportation is almost universally poor in the US. Some places aren't as bad. That's the best we can say.
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Old 11-01-2018, 12:19 AM
 
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100%. If the country was as well run as Massachusetts, we'd all be a hell of a lot better off. If the cities were more like Boston, we'd all be much better off. It's not perfect, but it's just about as good as it gets in the US. I say this as a *very* well traveled person domestically, and globally.

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I haven't been to Boston, but it seems to be a smaller, Americanised version of London and I would love to visit it one day. I doubt that it will be better, but it seems to tick most of the boxes I've listed that makes high-quality world-class cities.
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Old 11-01-2018, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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FWIW, the phrase is "the gold standard", not "the golden standard." That's something most native English speakers know.
Sorry about that. Typo.
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Old 11-01-2018, 12:54 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I mean your condescending tone aside, no, it doesn’t. I travel quite extensively actually.
I apologize. I'd still like to know what makes MPLS the gold standard. I mean, the DFL, which runs the show there, is as corrupt as all the rest. "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely".
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Old 11-01-2018, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Mars City
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What might work great in one location, largely won't in another. Different regions have different needs. Large city, medium, small. Coastal, non-coastal. Northern/southern. High-density, low-density. Train/bus-oriented vs. car-oriented. Etc.

Have one, single "gold standard" for a city - to be applied everywhere - is a bit nonsensical.
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Old 11-02-2018, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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What might work great in one location, largely won't in another. Different regions have different needs. Large city, medium, small. Coastal, non-coastal. Northern/southern. High-density, low-density. Train/bus-oriented vs. car-oriented. Etc.

Have one, single "gold standard" for a city - to be applied everywhere - is a bit nonsensical.
100% agree.
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Old 11-02-2018, 01:56 PM
 
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What might work great in one location, largely won't in another. Different regions have different needs. Large city, medium, small. Coastal, non-coastal. Northern/southern. High-density, low-density. Train/bus-oriented vs. car-oriented. Etc.

Have one, single "gold standard" for a city - to be applied everywhere - is a bit nonsensical.
It's true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Different people will want different things. Some might be chubby-chasers while some might prefer average homebodies. But you'd be kidding yourself if you don't believe there is a general consensus of what constitutes as the supermodel of cities. Regardless of their regional differentiation, most people will agree that living in Paris is much better than living in Dhaka. Or that living in Seattle is much better than living in Flint, MI.
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Old 11-03-2018, 01:04 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I live in the exurbs of Baton Rouge and while I don't think this place is the "gold standard", I do think that a visit here would give a Northeast or West Coast resident or a international visitor a taste of the real America that New York City and California can't offer.

The suburbs of Columbus and Nashville are also a good taste of mainstream real America.
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Old 11-03-2018, 01:24 PM
 
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I live in the exurbs of Baton Rouge and while I don't think this place is the "gold standard", I do think that a visit here would give a Northeast or West Coast resident or a international visitor a taste of the real America that New York City and California can't offer.

The suburbs of Columbus and Nashville are also a good taste of mainstream real America.
The exurbs of just about any sizable metro area are going to provide you with a "taste of mainstream real America"--NYC and California metros included.
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Old 11-04-2018, 09:50 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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The exurbs of just about any sizable metro area are going to provide you with a "taste of mainstream real America"--NYC and California metros included.
I wouldn't describe Santa Monica, Compton, Long Island or Westchester as mainstream America.....
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