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Old 09-27-2008, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Alright. I too feel that my city is grossly misunderstood...even by the natives. I am shocked to find that so many people think that Pittsburgh is still an industrial slum full of smog and steel mills. A blue collar uneducated town full of rabid Steeler fans (well, the rabid fans is true). A city that hemorrhages young people in droves and is on the verge of economic collapse.
The truth is that the city of Pittsburgh has zero steel mills, and we have a smaller proportion of blue collar workers than most other cities. Our rivers are clean enough for shrimp (which is pretty clean), one of the most literate cities in the country, and has one of the highest retention rates of its young people. The economy has shifted to health care and education and is pretty solid.
What people don't seem to understand is this: Pittsburgh lost 150,000 steel jobs alone in the 1980s which equates to losing an entire generation of people. This makes us one of the oldest major cities in the nation--thus, our old people are dying at a higher rate than babies born--and this is the cause of our population decline. This however, should soon stabilize, and the growth that we are experiencing (and people are moving to the city) should take effect.
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Old 09-27-2008, 12:21 PM
 
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On a smaller level people tend to think Des Moines is some quiet little city in Iowa.

It's actually fairly impressive for what people think of "Iowa"


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Old 09-27-2008, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Chesapeake, VA
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Impressive! Des Moines is lovely indeed! And Baltimore definitely doesn't deserve its reputation; there's more to the city than what "The Wire" portrays. I agree with the earlier post that everyone feels that their own hometown is the most misunderstood, too. Hampton Roads is a lot more than the Navy and strip malls (although having the world's largest military base is a plus). Clean beaches, nature and a ton of history intermingle, and a lot of unhappy transplants like to tarnish that image unfortunately. But I'm proud to live here, just as I'm sure you are all proud citizens of your respective hometowns.
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Old 09-27-2008, 05:50 PM
 
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Default Take a guess

I bet Half of you wont know what this city is untill you see the last picture.










this might give it away but i doubt it.


eh maybe a clue..


actually this gave it away, but wait, this Congress street isn't in manhatten


Dont you just want to ride that bus? You should deffinantly come visit and check it out!


look at that lovely architecture.


Times square, beautiful women, what??


WOW!


How can this not be Manhatten? NOT EVEN CLOSE!


See look, this can't be Manhatten, theres a tree silly. Go buy some discount cigarettes, but wait, your not on drugs, this is for real!


No this isn't in California either!


It gets much better in the future



Thats an amazing view on "the other side of the river"


I think you know what it is now


Ya this is Detroit. Aren't you glad you figured that out! I mean after you saw the ren cen it was so obvious right

Heres a fact you might not know about Detroit because all you ever hear good about the place is the Detroit Redwings.

Buildings over 12 stories: 235

Heres a post from a guest on this website, (where i also got all my pictures from)!

Detroit, MI Photo Gallery by mattshaver at pbase.com


Guest 22-May-2007 00:04Detroit has so much potential and could be such a wonderful city. The media is so unkind to this city and are constantly sending the message to people that it is so much worse than it really is. I am an older white woman that lives in a suburb of Detroit and I have been downtown many times by myself and have never had a problem. The people that disappoint me the most are the ones that say bad things about the city, but have never visited it. Yes, it needs to improve and I think it is. Giving up on Detroit is giving up on what was once one of the U.S.'s greatest cities. What a shame!


By the way, you should check out the rest of that site. Great website with great pictures from all over! Give them the credit to these pictures not me, i coppied alot of this post from that site.
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Old 09-27-2008, 05:56 PM
 
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I'd have to say Houston. People who have never been Houston assume it's cowboy country just because it's in Texas. They would never know that it kind of has an east coast feel to it.
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Old 09-27-2008, 06:16 PM
 
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I'd have to say Houston. People who have never been Houston assume it's cowboy country just because it's in Texas. They would never know that it kind of has an east coast feel to it.

have any pictures to impress us with? we would love to see some "behind the scene" pictures of Houston
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Old 09-27-2008, 06:27 PM
 
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Buffalo, NY. I saw it for the first time a few months ago and I was shocked. Great architecture (I toured a Frank Lloyd Wright home). Wonderful lively neighborhoods. Beautiful parkland. I even thought of moving there. If only it did not snow as much.
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Old 09-27-2008, 06:29 PM
 
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I was in Detroit a few months ago and it looked like it had potential but it has had potential for all these years. How is the economy? Is it faltering with the problems with the auto industry?
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Old 09-27-2008, 06:34 PM
 
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Atlanta. People think that it's a replica of Detroit in the South, but it's really not.
part of the reason people think that is because that Atlanta copied Detroit's design in the Ren Cen for the Peachtree Tower, (which is only silver and a few feet taller then the Ren Cen's main tower). And Detroit IS a NEAT PLACE. Read my above post.
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Old 09-27-2008, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Jersey City, NJ
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Las Vegas - we do not live in hotels. We have schools, libraries, malls, churches... No, I do not work in a casino. No, the mob does not run the town. Typical questions I get from tourists sitting next to me on a plane... Im still surprised by the number of people who think Las Vegas is in California.
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