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Old 06-28-2008, 08:58 AM
Location: Omaha
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Originally Posted by JMT View Post
Good. Grief. You admit that Omaha doesn't fit the OP's requirements yet you're pushing it anyway. What is it with people from Omaha??
Oh give me a break!!! The only requirement it doesn't meet is populous which shouldn't be all that important seeing as the surroundings are obviously the point here. It is a great fit and I stand by it.

This isn't over promoting. I looked at the criteira and saw, Omaha is almost an exact match. If you expect me to keep quiet when I see such a prime opportunity to chime in than you're crazy.
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Old 07-12-2008, 02:20 PM
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Originally Posted by txgal78 View Post
Absolutely Chattanooga, TN - it's actually a pretty perfect description of its location on the bluffs of the Tennessee River - downtown on one side, suburbs on the other. It's slightly larger than you mention, but not much.
I ridiculously did not realize that there were three pages of posts on my topic! I thought they ended on page one with Charleston. I'm not even new to the internet!

I totally agree with Chattanooga, TN. I think it's near-perfect!
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Old 07-12-2008, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by RangerDuke08 View Post
Spokane, WA comes pretty close
I had no idea Spokane was so picturesque!

Originally Posted by ogre View Post
I'm wondering about the size city you specified, especially since you're saying that Louisville seems to fit. Louisville is a substantially larger city than the population range you listed. I'm also curious about how "European" the architecture needs to look. When I think of classic European urban architecture, I picture old stone churches, narrow streets closely lined with densely-packed tall narrow houses with steep slate roofs, and large public buildings that resemble old palaces. Not too much of this kind of architecture in the U.S. Are you basically looking more for old classic architecture?

Now a few suggestions, though it's tough to think of anything that fits perfectly:

Dubuque. Back to the question of what size city you're looking for. Dubuque's population is a bit smaller than you specified, but check this link to C-D's page about Dubuque. Dubuque, Iowa (IA) Detailed Profile - relocation, real estate, travel, jobs, hospitals, schools, crime, news, sex offenders I'm not personally familiar with this city, but these pictures give the impression that it's fairly urban, even if it is a small city. Also, I'm not sure about the landscape across the river. One post I saw about East Dubuque, IL, described it as a quaint small town, rather than having a suburban character.

Another town with a few question marks but maybe worth a look: Portsmouth, NH. I'm not sure whether you want something that's strictly an inland river city, so that's one question mark. Still, even though Portsmouth's general locale is coastal, Portsmouth itself is a mile or two upstream, on the banks of a river. Might be a smaller city than you're looking for, another question mark. Also, Kittery, ME, the town directly across the river, though technically a suburb, is more of a regular town, blue-collar in some neighborhoods, without lots of subdivision suburban character.

Back to Iowa. Possibly Cedar Rapids. This is another city I'm not familiar with, so I'm not sure whether it has the urban character on one side of the river and suburban directly across. If so, the other question would be whether you need the suburban-looking area to be a separate town. On the map, it appears that both sides of the river are part of Cedar Rapids.

Another stretch, maybe, but Richmond occurs to me as at least a possibility. This fits better if it turns out that you can go with a somewhat larger city than the range in your original post (as in if Louisville would work). The other question marks there would be again whether the suburban area has to be a separate town rather than an outlying part of the city itself, and how crucial it is to have an area of suburban character directly across the river from downtown. Richmond's central city area of more urban character occupies both the north and south banks of the James River, with neighborhoods that have more of a suburban look spreading out to the west of downtown, but also occupying both banks of the river, so you have urban across the river from urban, and suburban across the river from suburban, but not much in the way of one of each type of area facing the other directly across the river.

Hmmm, it does seem difficult to come up with a place that's a perfect fit. Best of luck with your search for that perfect fictional but real place.
A few notes. The city should look urban but not huge. I would like some tall buildings but not an entire downtown of huge buildings. For architecture, I was thinking European in that I don't envision ugly new buildings. I like old, red brick and some ornamentation.

Oddly enough, I'm originally from Portland, Maine so I know Kittery and Portsmouth well

Thanks for your comments!
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Old 10-02-2010, 04:50 PM
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania or Easton, Pennsylvania.


Jim Thorpe (Mauch Chunk) Pennsylvania
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