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Old 10-11-2008, 01:20 PM
 
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Clearly Chicago is the biggest of the midwestern cities, but who comes after that? I've been to almost every major midwestern city, and have discovered that it's not as simple as looking at metro population to decide which cities have more/less to offer, and which ones "feel" the biggest, because of density, planning, urban neighborhoods and a greater presence of a cosmopolitan atmosphere. skyscrapers are monuments to faceless corporations that have been given a tax break to do business in the city, but its employee base rarely does, therefore they do not count. i'll get the arguing started with this...

1. Chicago
2. Detroit
3. Cincinnati
4. Cleveland
5. St. Louis
6. Minneapolis
7. Indianapolis
8. Milwaukee
9. Columbus
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Old 10-11-2008, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Uhhh..... are we ranking them over preference?
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Old 10-11-2008, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Houston
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1. Chicago- I love that it's on a lake
2. St. Louis- The arch is cool
3. Nashville- not sure if it's midwestern or southern but it seems like a great place if your into country music
4. Detroit- Close to Canada
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Old 10-11-2008, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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1. Chicago
2. Indianapolis
3. Minneapolis
4. Columbus
5. Cleveland
6. Cincinnati
7. Milwaukee
8. St. Louis
9. Detroit
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Old 10-11-2008, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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I won't rank these things usually. Really the only fair way to rank them would be to spend a significant amount of time in each. I would guess most of the posters on this site have not been to every city on this list (I haven't either), so it's hard to really make a judgement, other than what is seen in movies and what we hear from other people.
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Old 10-11-2008, 08:32 PM
 
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Uhhh..... are we ranking them over preference?
we're ranking them based on the feel of a "big city" that the city provides through cosmopolitan downtowns, cosmopolitan neighborhoods/districts, urban features, metro area (endless burbs/a few burbs/corn), transportation, and just that extra something that makes the city jump out at you.
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Old 10-11-2008, 08:41 PM
 
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I won't rank these things usually. Really the only fair way to rank them would be to spend a significant amount of time in each. I would guess most of the posters on this site have not been to every city on this list (I haven't either), so it's hard to really make a judgement, other than what is seen in movies and what we hear from other people.
that's cool of you not wanting to speak on stuff you may not know a lot about, i really don't hear that much at all anymore. i've been to every city except minneapolis, so maybe if i had been there it might be a little higher. but what i've seen from pictures doesn't feel that urban, and it's certainly in the middle of nowhere, so that takes off points for me. i'm hoping most people that respond have been to at least five, but i'm probably still hoping .
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Old 10-11-2008, 08:51 PM
 
Location: IN
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Uhhh..... are we ranking them over preference?
And Omaha is barely even in the Midwest.. although I am diverging off-topic.
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Old 10-11-2008, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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And Omaha is barely even in the Midwest.. although I am diverging off-topic.
Random but ok.......
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Old 10-11-2008, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Land of 10000 Lakes +
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Try the Twin Cities but before winter, and my guess is you may not mind the winters! The Twin Cities and countryside (quite close by) are beautiful, not to mention the culture and healthy living.
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