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Old 12-31-2018, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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My image of New Jersey would be Jersey City, Newark, Union City or Camden plus maybe Elizabeth.

A freeway running past massive industrial complexes and shipyards on one side and a run-down ghetto on the other, plus tollbooths.
That's sad, but darkly poetic.

Those places are not representative of the majority of New Jersey, but they still do exist. Old, once-thriving cities now run down with high poverty and crime rates. Jersey City, of course, has now gentrified large swaths of what were abandoned warehouses when I worked in lower Manhattan in the '80s. Now the J.C. waterfront is being touted as the Sixth Borough, more affordable plus than NYC but with views of the Manhattan skyline across the river and housing fetching a nice penny.
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Old 01-01-2019, 01:25 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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That's sad, but darkly poetic.

Those places are not representative of the majority of New Jersey, but they still do exist. Old, once-thriving cities now run down with high poverty and crime rates. Jersey City, of course, has now gentrified large swaths of what were abandoned warehouses when I worked in lower Manhattan in the '80s. Now the J.C. waterfront is being touted as the Sixth Borough, more affordable plus than NYC but with views of the Manhattan skyline across the river and housing fetching a nice penny.
Many of New Jersey's cities have a rough reputation and NJ is known for being industrial. Interesting that at once it was a Rust Belt reputation with a lot of closed industries yet STILL has an industrial reputation. There are many large industrial corridors here in Louisiana too (I think we refine more oil around Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lake Charles than northern NJ does) but people don't think of this when they think Louisiana.

Their first image is usually a bayou with alligators and cypress trees with Spanish moss hanging on them dotted with towns where people speak Cajun French (which quite honestly you hardly hear anymore), and then the French Quarter (not even other nicer parts of NO like Uptown, Garden District, etc).

I also used to live in West Virginia for several years and Logan or Williamson in the southern coalfields would be people's image of West Virginia. These are both small, economically depressed communities in the mountains with a lot of hollers around. WV is a beautiful state with wonderful people. Most people wouldn't even know there's a Charleston in WV even though its the state capitol.
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Old 01-01-2019, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon (in Transition)
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I agree. I would never think Macon for GA or Vail for CO. Minneapolis St Paul would be MN. Chicago for IL. Missouri and Tennessee might be debatable.
As someone said before (and I agree with them), St Cloud is probably the best representation of the stereotype. MSP is the least representative of the stereotype.
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Old 01-01-2019, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Many of New Jersey's cities have a rough reputation and NJ is known for being industrial. Interesting that at once it was a Rust Belt reputation with a lot of closed industries yet STILL has an industrial reputation.
New Jersey is severely underrated by people not familiar with it, or those that have only passed through on the Turnpike or flown into Newark.

There are absolutely beautiful areas of the State, the Northwestern area around Netcong being my favorite. I've also never seen another seaside town anywhere that could rival the gorgeous Victorian gem of Cape May.

New Jersey is a mixed bag of just about everything, and I totally understand the attraction.
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Old 01-01-2019, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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New Jersey is severely underrated by people not familiar with it, or those that have only passed through on the Turnpike or flown into Newark.

There are absolutely beautiful areas of the State, the Northwestern area around Netcong being my favorite. I've also never seen another seaside town anywhere that could rival the gorgeous Victorian gem of Cape May.

New Jersey is a mixed bag of just about everything, and I totally understand the attraction.
Then there is Picatinny Arsenal's Superfund site: https://cumulis.epa.gov/supercpad/Si...env&id=0201168
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Old 01-01-2019, 05:18 PM
 
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California: LA for most people because it's the beaches and the entertainment industry. For those more in the tech world, SF. But for everyone else it's LA.
I suppose if you are using a single defining feature (e.g. Hollywood, tech,etc.), one would revert to LA or SF.
But I think that's only scratching at the surface of what California is. Ultimately the average outsider will only use basic stereotypes, so LA and SF are easy answers mainly because they are very famous.

Personally I think San Diego is the most California city because it best balances the key characteristics that define our state:
- Beaches/Ocean
- Warm weather/sunshine
- Good Mexican food
- Demographics/diversity (that mirrors California more than LA or SF)
- Tech scene (SD is second to SF in patents/capita)
- Farming (SD County has more farms than any county in the nation, 10th highest agricultural value)
- Topography/terrain (mountains, deserts, coastline, forests)
- Ecology (palm trees, pines, etc.)
- Politics (a bit more balanced and representative of all of California, as opposed to super liberal SF or LA)
- Sprawl/auto-centric
- Theme parks/zoos
San Diego is also the birthplace of [Alta] California
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Old 01-01-2019, 05:20 PM
 
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For ND, probably Bismarck is what people would think of as most representative. I largely agree with that too, although the eastern one-third of the state (esp. Grand Forks and Fargo, but even Jamestown and Devil's Lake to some extent) are different from this conception.
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Old 01-01-2019, 05:23 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I think a lot of people's image of Florida comes from Miami and South Florida and don't think much about the Panhandle or Jacksonville
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Old 01-04-2019, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Hmmmm. . . not sure, maybe Hell or Paradise. . . . Christmas perhaps, or Colon. what city do people think of when they think of Michigan?
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Old 01-04-2019, 06:30 AM
 
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Hmmmm. . . not sure, maybe Hell or Paradise. . . . Christmas perhaps, or Colon. what city do people think of when they think of Michigan?
I'd say 90% plus people immediately think of Detroit and Flint for Michigan.
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