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Old 11-24-2014, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Louisville was very surprising, cute and comfortable.

 
Old 11-24-2014, 09:27 PM
 
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more impressive: Miami , beautiful people, cubans are very educated on average and wealthy, city has a culture of its own and a european vibe unlike most places in the US, food is excellent (they have a local cuisine), fantastic art deco architecture, funky, multicultural.

least impressive: Austin, is not diverse, is horribly suburban, there is nothing to do other than go to shopping malls and drive around its packed highways, the funkiness of austin resumes to provincial white people thinking they're weird and funky because they believe in a bunch of new age stuff.

Austin is a meeeh
 
Old 11-25-2014, 01:57 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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More impressive: Spokane, Denver, Phoenix, Kansas City

Worse: Wichita, Rapid City, Albuquerque, Santa Fe
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I was very pleasantly surprised by Minneapolis. Also Springfield, Missouri.

I don't like to rag on places, but a town that I surprisingly didn't care that much for (and I was psyched to see originally) was Philadelphia. I did like the shipyards there though, and the historic sites.
 
Old 11-25-2014, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I was very pleasantly surprised by Minneapolis. Also Springfield, Missouri.

I don't like to rag on places, but a town that I surprisingly didn't care that much for (and I was psyched to see originally) was Philadelphia. I did like the shipyards there though, and the historic sites.
What disappointed you about Philly, if you don't mind me delving?
 
Old 11-25-2014, 08:49 AM
 
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I was very pleasantly surprised by Minneapolis. Also Springfield, Missouri.

I don't like to rag on places, but a town that I surprisingly didn't care that much for (and I was psyched to see originally) was Philadelphia. I did like the shipyards there though, and the historic sites.
I myself was underwhelmed with Philadelphia. I appreciated how enthusiastic its residents were. It has a lot of pieces coming together and it's emerging from decentralization. As a visitor the first things I noticed were how dirty it was in parts, how some beautiful buildings were run down, and how when you were in the ugly parts they were UGLY. To the contrary you can see the improving neighborhoods and reinvestment. I feel like it is often compared to places like Boston and San Francisco as peers, I found it not quite at that level yet.
 
Old 11-25-2014, 09:20 AM
 
Location: MPLS/CHI
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Minneapolis impressed me, as it is definitely better than I expected it to be. I enjoy St Paul more than I expected to as well, but Minneapolis punches well above its weight.
 
Old 11-25-2014, 09:46 AM
 
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Better than expected: Omaha, Nebraska. Hills, trees, neat old architecture, now a neat downtown in the Old Market area.

Less than expected: Lincoln, Nebraska. Not as college-towny as I thought it would be.
Having grown up about 40 minutes from Lincoln i can tell you most of it isn't very college towny because its the second largest city in the state and many people move there and just end up living there. It's certainly becoming a better city as it grows but it isn't exactly what most people would expect
 
Old 11-25-2014, 10:04 AM
 
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Atlanta and DC are very unimpressive to me.

More impressive than expected is St. Louis.
 
Old 11-25-2014, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Austin...there is nothing to do other than go to shopping malls and drive around its packed highways
I'm no hyper-booster of Austin, not at all. But this statement is 100% FALSE and ridiculous. I've spent some time in Austin, and there's way more to do there than the population size would normally dictate...and I never once went to a "shopping mall" or drove around endlesslessly. I had quite the opposite experience.
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