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Old 06-27-2008, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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No, you're in the silent majority about this...I love Dallas, Houston and (my hometown) Atlanta. However, the miserable, self-loathing rustbelters on this forum work overtime (since they're otherwise unemployed due to abysmal economic conditions in their own hometowns) to convey the very false impression that these are the three most reviled cities in the US.
So, say it loud, say it proud.
Speaking of miserable, self-loathing people. Its people like you who make statements like that, that bring down the fire. Keep talking....

There are MANY rustbelt cities that are doing well, many are turning around. Some small towns have fallen through the cracks, but I can drive down south and find the same thing, all over the place. If you want to compare, say, Atlanta or Dallas to Chicago, Im up for the challenge. Are you? Youll be getting the Standing 8 count before you know it.
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Old 06-27-2008, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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AHHHHH!!! Not another "Chicago vs. EVERYONE" war! We all know how that went with Omaha.
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Old 06-27-2008, 09:24 AM
 
Location: suburbia
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I like Newport, Oregon and Holland, Michigan. They are both great cities.

Oh yeah, and Ludington, Michigan, too!
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Old 06-27-2008, 09:41 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Speaking of miserable, self-loathing people. Its people like you who make statements like that, that bring down the fire. Keep talking....

There are MANY rustbelt cities that are doing well, many are turning around. Some small towns have fallen through the cracks, but I can drive down south and find the same thing, all over the place. If you want to compare, say, Atlanta or Dallas to Chicago, Im up for the challenge. Are you? Youll be getting the Standing 8 count before you know it.
When did I say anything about any rust belt cities?...I have no problem with them at all. What I was addressing was the people on this forum that have made a cottage industry out of trashing the three 'Stars of the Sunbelt'...an inordinate # of them seem to come from the rust belt region.
Chicago is a great town...I've said so ad infinitum in this forum.
So you can stop foaming at the mouth now...
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Old 06-27-2008, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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When did I say anything about any rust belt cities?...I have no problem with them at all. What I was addressing was the people on this forum that have made a cottage industry out of trashing the three 'Stars of the Sunbelt'...an inordinate # of them seem to come from the rust belt region.
Chicago is a great town...I've said so ad infinitum in this forum.
So you can stop foaming at the mouth now...
You said they are "miserable, self-loathing and unemployed", etc. Would you like me to say something like "yeah, Texans are miserable, toothless, pickup driving, inbred rednecks who work at cattle farms"? Didnt think so. So while Chicago is not a rust-belt city, its close to several, and those rustbelters that you make fun of are my neighbors, and I pity them for their current situations and will stand up for them. So please, consider the situation theyre in and pray that one day you dont end up like many of them.
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Old 06-27-2008, 10:11 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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So please, consider the situation theyre in and pray that one day you dont end up like many of them.
OK, the 'unemployed' remark was uncalled for, and I regret it. But that's all I'll concede.
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Old 06-27-2008, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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San Francisco. Besides the high cost of living, SF does everything better.
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Old 06-27-2008, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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You said they are "miserable, self-loathing and unemployed", etc. Would you like me to say something like "yeah, Texans are miserable, toothless, pickup driving, inbred rednecks who work at cattle farms"? Didnt think so. So while Chicago is not a rust-belt city, its close to several, and those rustbelters that you make fun of are my neighbors, and I pity them for their current situations and will stand up for them. So please, consider the situation theyre in and pray that one day you dont end up like many of them.
I thought the Rust Belt included Chicago and Milwaukee. Especially since Gary and most if not all of the LP is considered part of the Rust Belt.
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Old 06-27-2008, 11:46 AM
 
Location: ♥State of the heart♥
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San Francisco. Besides the high cost of living, SF does everything better.
DITTO! Love S.F!!

Also adding (some cities, some just big towns, really):
Burlington, Vermont - Appleton, Wisconsin - Naples, Florida - Doylestown, Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (still love Philly despite it's many problems) - Charlottesville, Virginia - Rome, Italy...oops! Ignore that one.
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Old 06-27-2008, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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I thought the Rust Belt included Chicago and Milwaukee. Especially since Gary and most if not all of the LP is considered part of the Rust Belt.
Not so much Chicago. Chicago did have many factories close down in the 70s/80s, but there has been a resurgence in job growth in other sectors, often placing Chicago at the top of the list when it comes to jobs. In fact, Chicago has the most diverse economy in the states, the most corporate relocation/expansion projects, and is constantly evolving to keep with the times.
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