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Old 12-02-2008, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Sun Diego, CA
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WOW @ the negativity towards STL. I may want to bump it towards the low end of the list of places I want to visit while moving up Charlotte few places.

Worse than I thought: Houston. I was kinda miserable living there. The nightlife downtown is not as cracked up as it should be for a city with 3 million + people. I guess that comes from the fact that the city was built for the outside commuter. Weeknights were slow-dead, even when the Rockets/Astros were in town where it picked up sometimes. Weekends were pretty decent but not happening, unless there was a huge event in town. But I guess the downtown area is built for the "suits" and not for playing. The rest of Houston wasn't much better.

LA would be the second biggest dissapointment, well, downtown Los Angeles. Though there are alot of happenin places and things to do in LA such as Hollywood/Santa Monica, the downtown area being dead at night is a real disappointment (though admittedly, I have yet to go to LA's downtown to party I was told I have no reason to).

Impressed with Denver. The city has a lot of local spirit, especially for the Broncos/Avalance. Sportsbars, clubs everywhere downtown and people show up even if its -0 degrees outside. My expectations of Denver were greatly exceeded when I visited.

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Old 12-03-2008, 07:31 AM
 
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More impressive? Birmingham, Alabama. I was expecting Klansmen when I flew down for a job interview from Chicago, something that was out of In The Heat Of The Night. Instead, I found a beautiful, green, hilly city with great restaurants, gracious people, and lots to do.

Less impressive? I'd have to say LA. Sure, there's Beverly Hills and all the movie glamour. But, get away from the coast and most of it resembles a sprawling, unorganized suburb. Lots of pollution, too.
 
Old 12-03-2008, 07:39 AM
 
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I agree that St. Louis was disappointing, at least it was when I went two years ago. To be fair though, the people were nice.

Both New York and LA certainly lived up to all the hype and are now my two favorite American cities.
 
Old 12-03-2008, 07:46 AM
 
Location: 3219'03.7"N 10643'55.9"W
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Minneapolis Minnesota exceeded my expectations.
Missoula Montana was the biggest letdown.
 
Old 12-03-2008, 07:54 AM
 
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here is a short list of my experiences:
Exceeded Expectations - Chattanooga, TN; Portland, OR; Norfolk/VA Beach, VA; Flagstaff, AZ; San Francisco, CA; Boston, MA

Met Expectations - NYC, Seattle, Nashville, TN; San Diego, CA; DC

Underwhelming - Los Angeles, CA; Orlando, FL
 
Old 12-03-2008, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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visiting Detroit a few times I'm always impressed. I'm sure its different for people who live there, but that city really has wonderful architecture. The train depot, the guardian, cultural nodes like greek town and Hamtranick etc. If you like architecture, you'll like Detroit. Its also a little sad, picture Chicago in decay.

Ft lauderdale was underwhelming.
 
Old 12-03-2008, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Dorchester
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visiting Detroit a few times I'm always impressed. I'm sure its different for people who live there, but that city really has wonderful architecture. The train depot, the guardian, cultural nodes like greek town and Hamtranick etc. If you like architecture, you'll like Detroit. Its also a little sad, picture Chicago in decay.

Ft lauderdale was underwhelming.
That's exactly how I felt about Detroit.
It's structured the same as Chicago but it is a city on life support.
 
Old 12-03-2008, 09:50 AM
 
Location: NJ
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more impressive - pittsburgh..baltimore also pleasantly surprised me.
less impressive - tough - i don't really go into cities expecting to have my socks blown off. probably houston.
 
Old 12-03-2008, 09:54 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Minneapolis Minnesota exceeded my expectations.
Missoula Montana was the biggest letdown.
basically any town and city that begins with an "M" makes your superlative list.

curious though - what did you expect from Missoula that didn't measure up? Honestly I have no preconceived notion about Missoula so I doubt I'd be disappointed.
 
Old 12-03-2008, 10:38 AM
 
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To a certain degree Philadelphia. I though it was like Baltimore or like Cleveland, but it had a very nice downtown. Now the neighborhoods around the downtown not so much. I was less impress with Chicago. The downtown (or center) seem very spread out and not enough of things to do. Now Chicago had some other nice neighborhoods outside the center. So that makes up for it.

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