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Old 04-01-2009, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Teaneck, NJ
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Have you ever thought a city was so bad, even know you have never been there, but end up going being surprised that it was actually a fine city.
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Have you ever thought a city was great but when you visited it was terrible.

If so, what cities?

I felt that way about Albany, NY. I thought it would be boonieville and it would be boring and nothing worth seeing, but when i was actually there I loved it.

(sorry, wrong forum to put this in... I thought i was in the General US forum)
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Old 04-01-2009, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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I expected Boston to be like any other city and no big deal, but I was wrong. It's a really nice city with lots to do. I enjoy going there from time to time.

Providence was also a lot nicer than I expected.

Portland (Maine) wasn't as exciting as I had expected. When I toured it while at college, I thought it was really nice and lots to do. But after being there for a year, it got SO boring. I also went in the late summer when everyone was out, more things were open, it was busier, etc. Yeah, that was true for like a month of being away at college. It was always too cold to go out, a lot of stores closed most of the time I was there, going the same places got boring...don't get me wrong, it's a very nice city to visit, but I couldn't stand living there at college.
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Old 04-01-2009, 04:11 PM
 
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I enjoyed both Pittsburgh and Albuquerque far more than I had expected. I enjoyed living in LA much more than I had expected.

I though both Portland (OR) and Seattle were overrated - I very much enjoyed my visits there and think they're both nice cities, but I guess my expectations were unrealistically high.
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Old 04-01-2009, 04:31 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Believe it or not, Birmingham, Alabama. It actually has some great neighborhoods on the southside and a really cool entertainment district (Five Points).
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Old 04-02-2009, 05:08 PM
 
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I was surprised by Detroit when I first went there about 16 years ago. I thought it would be a bit more built up, but unfortunately it wasn't.

Boston took me by surprise as far as so much to do and the people were pretty friendly.
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Old 04-02-2009, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Back in the gym...Yo Adrian!
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Atlantic City...I pictured it as a nice seaside city with world class casino's and entertainment, great restaurants, and a nice area to explore away from the boardwalk...I could not have been more wrong.

Memphis...I guess I expected more, especially the area surrounding Graceland. The city does have potential though.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover the Sacramento area had some very nice fall foliage. I also enjoyed Old Town Sac.
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Old 04-02-2009, 08:32 PM
 
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Everybody told me that Pittsburgh was a ****hole and that there was nothing there. It was a great city with plenty of going on.
Lots of people talked up VA beach for to me saying it was great. I didn't find it to be anything special.
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Old 04-02-2009, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I didn't think I would like Phoenix, or Arizona. I pictured tumbleweed blowing around and rattlesnakes on the sidewalks (I know - pretty stupid assumptions).

Fell in love with the place. Beautiful oasis in the desert, IMO. Cool architecture, laid back outdoor lifestyle and genuinely friendly people. The surrounding desert is spectacular, in an other-wordly way.

Phoenix is way underrated, on this board and elsewhere.
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Old 04-02-2009, 08:50 PM
 
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I didn't think I would like Phoenix, or Arizona. I pictured tumbleweed blowing around and rattlesnakes on the sidewalks (I know - pretty stupid assumptions).

Fell in love with the place. Beautiful oasis in the desert, IMO. Cool architecture, laid back outdoor lifestyle and genuinely friendly people. The surrounding desert is spectacular, in an other-wordly way.

Phoenix is way underrated, on this board and elsewhere.
I LOVE Phoenix.

I would move back there without thinking twice
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Old 04-02-2009, 09:08 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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Have you ever thought a city was so bad, even know you have never been there, but end up going being surprised that it was actually a fine city.
Or
Have you ever thought a city was great but when you visited it was terrible.

If so, what cities?

I felt that way about Albany, NY. I thought it would be boonieville and it would be boring and nothing worth seeing, but when i was actually there I loved it.

(sorry, wrong forum to put this in... I thought i was in the General US forum)
I think if the most negative posters here on CD ACTUALLY went to half the cities they say did, they would be very pleasantly suprised!
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