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Old 12-25-2008, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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I don't know what you're confused about. Everyone's heard the term "If you can make it in NY, you can make it anywhere." It takes a tough person to be successful here. I think out of all the cities, it's hardest to make it here. That's why I said you'll find really tough guys here in the city. Mentally tough I mean.

But then again, those mentally tough guys usually aren't the least bit physically tough. It was the physically tough firefighters in 9/11 that helped save the mentally tough wealthy businessmen from the WTC.
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Old 01-22-2009, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Boston
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northern maine for sure
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Old 01-22-2009, 03:41 PM
 
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Anywhere that is in a remote area where people work dangerous jobs. Like oil rigs . I'm thinking Alaska
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:26 PM
 
Location: southern california
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Southern men have a reputation for being tough and manly, and quick to fight someone, and don't take no crap. The rural "redneck" types have been known to be intimidating towards people from other parts of the country. Stereotypically speaking, a lot them have a big muscular build, look like they have played h.s. football, and have mustaches and marine style haircuts. In addition, they have a wall full of guns.
i do not. well anyway not that many, well its a small wall ok?
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:54 PM
 
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there are many different types of toughness

You must be more specific

Farmers are not the physically toughest because most of the rough stuff is done by a machine or an illegal immigrant

Only Alaska's eskimos are tough

Blacks in SoCal are tough because they are engaged in a race war with the mexicans

If you wanna make it in NYC, being tough just rubs off on people the wrong way unless you are mobbed up, in fact, you can almost say that you have to be a arse kisser to be a successful on Wall street
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Old 01-23-2009, 01:00 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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The comparisons between cities on here get more and more ridiculous with passing time. The toughest men? Absolutely no way to validate it. There is physically tough, mentally tough, emotionally cold...no two people are alike, regardless if they are next-door neighbors or live 3000 miles apart.
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Old 01-23-2009, 01:03 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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If I honestly had to answer that, I'd probably say some of the bigger cities. Miami, New Orleans, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, and Philadelphia and Dallas all come to mind.
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Old 12-12-2009, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Southern men have a reputation for being tough and manly, and quick to fight someone, and don't take no crap. The rural "redneck" types have been known to be intimidating towards people from other parts of the country. Stereotypically speaking, a lot them have a big muscular build, look like they have played h.s. football, and have mustaches and marine style haircuts. In addition, they have a wall full of guns.

Except for Parris Island and the other military towns, its difficult to take a town's reputation for toughness seriously when its routinely 60 degrees in the winter. I could be wrong about this, but i do not associate most Southern, warm-weather towns with Toughness.
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Old 12-12-2009, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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For your city to be tough, i think you need the following requirements:

1. Contribution to society. Whether its a lot of people in the military, resiliant efforts to rebuild after a natural disaster, the firefighters and police officers in NY after 9/11. There is no point to being Tough if you cannot do something good with your toughness.

2. Not expensive-- Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, LA?? Too expensive for the average, blue-collar, working stiff.

3. Pride-- DC is a beautiful city, but has a lot of transplants who come in and work for a few years and leave. You need an old-school city where people live and die with their community.

4. Obsession with sports, especially football.

5. Cold weather. Not an absolute requirement, but it definitely helps.

From those criteria, i would say the toughest towns in the US are Parris Island and San Diego (Marine Corps training sites), followed closely by the other military towns, followed by NY, then Philly (sue me for being a homer, but a bunch of guys from the Kensington neighborhood recently beat the crap out of a known child molester because they thought the courts were too lenient... gotta love Vigilante Justice). Followed by Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, and a bunch of other blue-collar towns with hard working people and icy cold winters.

This is a great thread, by the way. I recently posted a similar one, i must have missed this one.
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Old 12-12-2009, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Holland, MI
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Where ever the lumberjacks are.
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