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Old 02-08-2009, 11:24 PM
 
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Which do you prefer and why?

All the talk of chicago made me wonder....this is one area I would actually prefer Chicago to those others, because the people have more blue-collar roots and are more down to earth. The elite coastal cities just don't have that charm like the heartland/midwest does. I think it's cool the people have simpler agrarian values etc, and aren't as materialistic or concerned with image.
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Old 02-08-2009, 11:32 PM
 
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SF NY and LA all have there down to earth less snobby neighborhoods aswell..
and with that said my obvious answer is SF..
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Old 02-09-2009, 04:46 AM
 
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Chicago has plenty of pretentiousness...
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:18 AM
 
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I take it you don't get out much? While Manhattan is a yuppie/tourist enclave, go to the outer boroughs of NYC...Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, and you will find a more working class population. It's like that with just about any big city.
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:19 AM
 
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Not all of Manhattan is yuppie and tourist. Uptown and parts of Lower Manhattan, is still home to working class people.
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Omaha
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Chicago has plenty of pretentiousness...
Exactly
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:08 AM
 
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All cities have working class people, New York and Los Angeles (and Houston) included. I hardly think that's how the world looks at Chicago, since it's one of three Alpha Cities in the U.S., and is the fifth most important financial center in the world.Citgy Mayors: World's best financial cities
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Denver
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That view is way to simplistic.
These cities are microcosms of the country - world
for that matter. Just pick a neighborhood to fit
your level of perceived pretentiousness.
Believe it or not there are a lot of working stiffs
up here in Seattle - those 787's ain't gonna build themselves.
.... but yeah, we get caffeinated and read a lot too.
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:54 AM
 
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Ehh...I wouldn't say Chicago is down to earth working class with blue collar roots.

It's a city of two faces, and it's been shifting from one of those "faces" to the other for decades now.

Information Technology / Financial Services / Professional Services / Education / Health / Government:

2,950,000 employed

Transportation / Utilities / Construction / Manufacturing:

1,648,000 employed

It depends on where you are in the region, with downtown Chicago the center of the white collar aspect, with around 600,000 jobs, and the manufacturing more south of the city and into Indiana.
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Which do you prefer and why?

All the talk of chicago made me wonder....this is one area I would actually prefer Chicago to those others, because the people have more blue-collar roots and are more down to earth. The elite coastal cities just don't have that charm like the heartland/midwest does. I think it's cool the people have simpler agrarian values etc, and aren't as materialistic or concerned with image.
Well, from a suburban perspective, you are all elitist urbanites, beatified by the urban elitist media and who think your poop doesn't stink.

But, Chicago could be better.
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