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View Poll Results: Which city is a rat race?
Seattle 0 0%
Los Angeles 3 4.84%
San Francisco 3 4.84%
Las Vegas 2 3.23%
Denver 1 1.61%
Phoenix 0 0%
Houston 2 3.23%
Dallas 3 4.84%
Atlanta 2 3.23%
Chicago 5 8.06%
New York 31 50.00%
Philadelphia 1 1.61%
Boston 0 0%
Washington DC 9 14.52%
Miami 0 0%
Other/Suburban 0 0%
Voters: 62. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-12-2008, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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Every major city has some degree of "rat race" culture -- but, as the results reflect, New York and Washington appear to be the worst. I would actually argue that DC is worse than New York. The hustle and bustle in DC is so centered on jobs/politics during the day that it's quite a ghost town by comparison at night when everyone empties out into the 'burbs. On the other hand, New York is the quintessential 24/7 city, so the "rat race" there is a totally different dynamic. It simply just doesn't end.

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Old 12-12-2008, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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^^ wait DC is worse than NY? not being an ass, just deerunk
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Old 12-12-2008, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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^^ wait DC is worse than NY? not being an ass, just deerunk
Haha. I just meant that the comparison of day vs. night makes DC seem worse than New York in the true sense of "rat race," since New York -- sorry to be cliche -- is "the city that never sleeps."
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Old 12-12-2008, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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Every major city has some degree of "rat race" culture -- but, as the results reflect, New York and Washington appear to be the worst. I would actually argue that DC is worse than New York. The hustle and bustle in DC is so centered on jobs/politics during the day that it's quite a ghost town by comparison at night when everyone empties out into the 'burbs. On the other hand, New York is the quintessential 24/7 city, so the "rat race" there is a totally different dynamic. It simply just doesn't end.
Hmm I disagree. Having spent a lot of time in both cities, NYC's fast pace is unlike any city in the US, Canada and Mexico. The quick pace even extends out into the suburbs (LI, NJ, Westchester/Rockland/Orange, southern CT).
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Old 12-12-2008, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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Haha. I just meant that the comparison of day vs. night makes DC seem worse than New York in the true sense of "rat race," since New York -- sorry to be cliche -- is "the city that never sleeps."

i think they're both great! deeerunk though....
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Old 12-12-2008, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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Hmm I disagree. Having spent a lot of time in both cities, NYC's fast pace is unlike any city in the US, Canada and Mexico.
I agree, but the OP was mostly referring to commuting patters (i.e., the 9-5 job). Obviously New York is a enormous job center, but there's also a lot more to it than that. The city is alive all hours of the day leaving little difference at night in terms of activity. The "rat race" is a way of life there, since many of the people who work in the city also live in the city.

DC, on the other hand, serves as a major job center during the day to a larger percentage suburban commuters -- with little activity at night by comparison. In that sense, the rat race there is simply more noticeable, because it's truly a 9-5 town.
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Old 12-12-2008, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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i think people aren't meant for NYC & DC or and come in blindly from all over the world. its rough, get over it
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Old 12-12-2008, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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I agree, but the OP was mostly referring to commuting patters (i.e., the 9-5 job). Obviously New York is a enormous job center, but there's also a lot more to it than that. The city is alive all hours of the day leaving little difference at night in terms of activity. The "rat race" is a way of life there, since many of the people who work in the city also live in the city.

DC, on the other hand, serves as a major job center during the day to a larger percentage suburban commuters -- with little activity at night by comparison. In that sense, the rat race there is simply more noticeable, because it's truly a 9-5 town.
I understand what you're saying, but still disagree. NYC has MTA, the largest commuter network in North America (Metro North Railroad, LI Rail/Bus, NYC Transit). Metro North and LI Rail alone had over 40.7 million riders in 2008. In addition, there is the Path train from NJ with an annual ridership of 71.6 million.

There is also a greater tolerance for long distance commuting into NYC because of the prohibitively high housing costs within an hour of Manhattan. So even if DC has more commuters than city-dwellers, it's still not near the magnitude of NYC.

I love visiting DC because it truly feels like a small town when I'm there (yes, on weekdays!) . Of course I compare everything to NYC, lol.

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Old 12-12-2008, 08:39 PM
 
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I understand what you're saying, but still disagree. NYC has MTA, the largest commuter network in North America (Metro North Railroad, LI Rail/Bus, NYC Transit). Metro North and LI Rail alone had over 40.7 million riders in 2008. In addition, there is the Path train from NJ with an annual ridership of 71.6 million.

There is also a greater tolerance for long distance commuting into NYC because of the prohibitively high housing costs within an hour of Manhattan. So even if DC has more commuters than city-dwellers, it's still not near the magnitude of NYC.

I love visiting DC because it truly feels like a small town when I'm there (yes, on weekdays!) . Of course I compare everything to NYC, lol.
Originally I thought it was insulting to refer to DC as a small town feel, but then after I realized that you were comparing it to NYC, then I agreed.

The funny thing is I feel that DC is a little too faced pace, but after a quick visit to NYC, DC then feels quieter. The bad part is that it only lasts about one day after returning to DC, then the next day I think DC is too faced paced again. Of course only shortlived after my return to NYC. It just may be a big east coast city thing.
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Old 12-12-2008, 08:42 PM
 
Location: southern california
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yes that is true but there you learn to be faster and quicker than the other rats.
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