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Old 07-18-2010, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Hmm, I guess hometown voting doesn't count but I moved from Omaha to Minneapolis 4 years ago, before ever visiting, and man was I impressed! I thought it would be a larger version of Omaha, kind of a Kansas City of the north, but Minneapolis really is one the greatest american cities! Great downtown, nice homely neighborhoods, scenic location on the river and the numerous lakes, also Saint Paul, a second city and also quite impressive downtown, a great nightlife and very educated, and extremely friendly population. It's also very clean and rather safe.

So, if my vote for Minnie doesn't count I'll take another city. I was very pleasantly surprised when I visited Norfolk, VA in May (though Virginia Beach is not that great), it has a small but nice downtown, some very nice neighborhoods and great historic architecture. Also Richmond, VA is very nice, but I expected it to be, so I'll go for Norfolk with much more impressed than I thought.

A city that I was less impressed with than I thought was Chicago. Not that it is a bad place, it's a great city, I just expected it to be more like New York, less like super-Minneapolis. I really liked the Loop, Chicago River, and my sister lives in a really nice older neighborhood, but in general my impression of Chicago was "nice" not "wow" and I just expected it to "wow"

 
Old 07-19-2010, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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So, if my vote for Minnie doesn't count I'll take another city. I was very pleasantly surprised when I visited Norfolk, VA in May (though Virginia Beach is not that great), it has a small but nice downtown, some very nice neighborhoods and great historic architecture. Also Richmond, VA is very nice, but I expected it to be, so I'll go for Norfolk with much more impressed than I thought.

A city that I was less impressed with than I thought was Chicago. Not that it is a bad place, it's a great city, I just expected it to be more like New York, less like super-Minneapolis. I really liked the Loop, Chicago River, and my sister lives in a really nice older neighborhood, but in general my impression of Chicago was "nice" not "wow" and I just expected it to "wow"
I know what you mean about Chicago in a sense. I've been to NYC, Chicago, Philly, Nashville, Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Indianapolis, and Memphis (just the major cities I've spent time in). I can honestly say that Chicago is my second favorite city after NYC. The problem is that many people who visit it think it is just like NYC, when, while there are some similarities, the city has its own vibe. It has a lot of ethnic and religious diversity (Blacks, Poles, Jews, Italians, Irish, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Asian Indian, etc.) in and around the city and has many cultural amenities, but it is much slower paced than NYC and much less dense (though Chicago is still a very densely populated city, just not to NY standards). Anybody expecting any city to be like NYC is going to be thoroughly disappointed.
 
Old 09-19-2010, 12:26 AM
 
Location: Tokyo (but will always be) Phoenix, Az
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Most impressed: Phoenix (live here), Chicago, Honolulu, Virginia Beach, Washington D.C (atleast the Mall)
Least impressed: L.A, Orlando, Charlotte, Richmond, San Diego (love Sea World though)
 
Old 09-19-2010, 01:50 AM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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More impressive: Charlotte, Ft. Lauderdale, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Omaha, St. Louis, San Antonio.

Less impressive: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Memphis, Phoenix, Raleigh, Reno, San Diego, San Jose, Washington DC.
 
Old 09-19-2010, 12:58 PM
 
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Impressed: Chicago, Madison, Baltimore, Philly

Let down: Some what Dallas, L.A, Virginia Beach
 
Old 09-19-2010, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Blue Ash, Ohio (Cincinnati)
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Impressed:

Baltimore: Great Inner Harbor, awesome downtown, and cool city neighborhoods. I was expecting to go into a warzone.

Cincinnati: Since moving to Ohio I have fallen in love with that city. Beautiful landscape, great urban neighborhoods, dense, some of the best architecture in the country.

Portland, Oregon: This city knows how to do transportation right, and should be a model for the majority of American cities, great food, friendly people, and beautiful scenery.

Not Impressed:

Indianapolis: I was expecting a great downtown with what I was told back home in Philly (most people thinking it was a cow town), but the downtown was very bland and suburban away from the Circle and Canal Walk.

Pittsburgh: Being from Philly, I never really went to Pittsburgh that much, but another city I heard so many great things about, and it didn't really live up to the expectations.

Phoenix: I was expecting for a city of its size (supposedly bigger than Philly) to be very big, with a lot of great neighborhoods to explore, but I found a downtown that is sort of dead after 5, and it seemed to sprawl for miles upon miles.

Memphis: Really liked the historic architecture in the city, but many parts of the city seemed very run down. I did like the southern vibe though.

Just my two cents.
 
Old 09-19-2010, 10:17 PM
 
Location: at the foot of my mountain
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More impressed: Milwaukee
Less: Charlotte and Atlanta -- WAY overhyped
 
Old 09-20-2010, 07:18 AM
 
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Originally Posted by corcorangirl View Post
Hmm, I guess hometown voting doesn't count but I moved from Omaha to Minneapolis 4 years ago, before ever visiting, and man was I impressed! I thought it would be a larger version of Omaha, kind of a Kansas City of the north, but Minneapolis really is one the greatest american cities! Great downtown, nice homely neighborhoods, scenic location on the river and the numerous lakes, also Saint Paul, a second city and also quite impressive downtown, a great nightlife and very educated, and extremely friendly population. It's also very clean and rather safe.

So, if my vote for Minnie doesn't count I'll take another city. I was very pleasantly surprised when I visited Norfolk, VA in May (though Virginia Beach is not that great), it has a small but nice downtown, some very nice neighborhoods and great historic architecture. Also Richmond, VA is very nice, but I expected it to be, so I'll go for Norfolk with much more impressed than I thought.

A city that I was less impressed with than I thought was Chicago. Not that it is a bad place, it's a great city, I just expected it to be more like New York, less like super-Minneapolis. I really liked the Loop, Chicago River, and my sister lives in a really nice older neighborhood, but in general my impression of Chicago was "nice" not "wow" and I just expected it to "wow"
If the Vikings, Twins and Timberwolves left then Minneapolis would be nothing more than a cold Omaha. Seriously, I'm in agreement with you on this. The Twin Cities turned out to be better than I ever expected while Kansas City has turned out to be far worse than I ever expected. I even lived in Omaha for a while and cannot find as many negative things to say about that place as Kansas City.
 
Old 09-20-2010, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Limbo
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If the Vikings, Twins and Timberwolves left then Minneapolis would be nothing more than a cold Omaha. Seriously, I'm in agreement with you on this. The Twin Cities turned out to be better than I ever expected while Kansas City has turned out to be far worse than I ever expected. I even lived in Omaha for a while and cannot find as many negative things to say about that place as Kansas City.
'Least we will still have the NHL and D-1 hockey, football, and basketball
 
Old 09-20-2010, 01:14 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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If the Vikings, Twins and Timberwolves left then Minneapolis would be nothing more than a cold Omaha. Seriously, I'm in agreement with you on this. The Twin Cities turned out to be better than I ever expected while Kansas City has turned out to be far worse than I ever expected. I even lived in Omaha for a while and cannot find as many negative things to say about that place as Kansas City.
I was actually thoroughly surprised by Omaha, much nicer and decent walkable downtown, lots of rolling steep hills than I was expecting, along with park system, river, etc.
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