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Old 11-06-2008, 12:47 PM
 
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I've never been to Philly, so I don't know the similarities they may share with Chicago. I used to live in Minnesota, however, and I never thought Minneapolis was similar to Chicago. If there's any city in the Midwest that may be "somewhat" like Chicago, that might be Milwaukee. They both have, among other things, beautiful Lake Michigan lake fronts and a similar "city proper" ethnicity. They also each have their own very strong traditions, that are exclusive to each city.

Certainly they're not close in size, but metro Milwaukee runs into metro Chicago without any kind of a break. My brother lives in WI just south of Milwaukee, and his city is included in Chicago's metro area, rather than Milwaukee's. I think it's good that Milwaukee can maintain its own identity, while literally being in the shadows of a great city like Chicago.

I like Minneapolis, I just don't think it's like Chicago.
Having lived in both, I agree, Milw. is much more like Chicago than Minneapolis in many many ways. One thing I've noticed about Milwaukee is how similar the shape and layout of the city is to Chicago. Both have their downtowns fronting Lake Michigan, about halfway between the northern and southern city limits. Look how the major streets are laid out, too (Chi/Milw):

Lake Shore Drive = Lake Drive
Lincoln Ave. = Fond du Lac Ave.
Grand Ave = Lisbon Ave
North Ave. = North Ave.
Harlem Ave = Sherman Blvd.
Madison St. = Wisconsin Ave.
Ogden Ave. = National Ave.
Archer Ave. = Forest Home Ave.
Michigan Ave. = S. 1st St.
Outer Dr. = Kinnickkinnick Ave.
Lincoln Park = Lake Park
upscale Kenilworth/Willmette/Glenview = upscale Whitefish Bay/Fox Point
blue collar Berwyn/Cicero = blue collar West Milwaukee/West Allis.

Probably more, but you get the idea...
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Old 11-06-2008, 01:34 PM
 
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My pick would have to be Chicago. There is nothing else remotly even close to it in the mid west. The nearest city that is like it is Philly, which is over 11 hours away.
What about Seattle, Portland (OR), and Boston?
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Old 11-06-2008, 02:12 PM
 
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The mostly black Detroit is night and day drastically different from the rest of Michigan which is mostly white.
Flint is mostly Black and so are Benton Harbor, some suburbs of Detroit like Southfield, Oak Park, Inkster and possibly River Rouge, among others and Muskegon Heights. Saginaw is up there or close to being mostly Black. Same with Muskegon. There many communities, big and small, with above average Black populations in Michigan too. It's a state with a 14% Black population, which isn't bad considering the US is roughly 13% Black.
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Old 11-06-2008, 02:27 PM
 
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Fairly large towns in southern Michigan have very substantial black populatins. Most of them are around 20% black, Saginaw is 40% and Benton Harbor 92% black.
Sorry I didn't see this post earlier. This true and even some smaller cities and towns like Albion, Ypsilanti, Cassopolis, Buchanan, Pontiac, Covert and many more fit this description.
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Old 11-06-2008, 02:49 PM
 
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I would say:
Denver- a city that is diverse and "liberal" in a state that isn't either, with some exceptions, once you leave it.

Gary, Indiana-a very Black steel city in a pretty conservative state, but is close to Chicago and might be more affiliated with that area.

East St. Louis, Illinois-similar to the Gary info., but switch Chicago with St. Louis

Miami and Louisville come to mind too.
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Old 11-06-2008, 10:07 PM
 
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Well I would say Sedona, AZ is very different from the rest of the state. It's very different from pretty much anywhere. Phoenix is really different than most as well.
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Old 11-07-2008, 06:46 PM
 
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Interesting thread topic! Point to the OP!

I don't know enough about any state outside the "Greater South" to offer an astute opinion, and even within I really have nothing original to offer.

The easy ones are Atlanta in Georgia, Austin in Texas, and New Orleans in Louisiana. Although it is very important to note, I think, that the latter is different in its difference! LOL That is to say, it has always been a bit different from the rest of Louisiana. And, for that reason, actually blends in a bit with the whole character of the state itself...if that makes any sense!

On the other hand, Atlanta and Austin have been changed largely by the result of northern migration (and California in the case of Austin).
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Old 11-07-2008, 06:50 PM
 
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El Paso is different from the rest of Texas because it is very Mexican in atmosphere.
Absolutely right, DB! I guess because I have always considered El Paso "odd man out" in many ways, when it comes to Texas, I just overlooked it completely! LOL My bad..as they say!
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Old 11-09-2008, 03:02 PM
 
Location: BUFFALO, NY
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I would say:
Denver- a city that is diverse and "liberal" in a state that isn't either, with some exceptions, once you leave it.

Gary, Indiana-a very Black steel city in a pretty conservative state, but is close to Chicago and might be more affiliated with that area.

East St. Louis, Illinois-similar to the Gary info., but switch Chicago with St. Louis

Miami and Louisville come to mind too.
Why hello, it has been quite a while since you have visited the Buffalo area forum , we need your insight back in Buffalo!


BTW - great relevant post.
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Old 11-10-2008, 03:44 PM
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Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Not all of Louisville is that way. Also, isn't Lexington pretty Catholic?
Not to the degree seen in Louisville. I do think Lexington is becoming more like Louisville (more Liberal politically, racially diverse) as the number of immigrants from the NorthEast continues pouring in
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