U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S.
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Old 04-09-2009, 01:51 PM
2,057 posts, read 4,869,174 times
Reputation: 980


People on city-data refer to towns as "cookie cutter".

Everyone has their own opinion for the definition of a "cookie cutter" town.

Give your definition or describe the attributes that make a town "cookie cutter"?

Old 04-09-2009, 02:10 PM
11,873 posts, read 32,899,856 times
Reputation: 8616
To me it's where there's little variation on the styles of homes, lots of cul-de-sacs, and very few mature trees. Generally it's a town that grew fast, and the homes were slapped together cheaply and quickly. The center of town is usually a mall or a "lifestyle center" instead of a real downtown. Granted, even older towns can have cookie-cutter elements (like row houses). I guess what most here consider to be "cookie-cutter" also extends to the mentality of those who live there, which is pretty white, middle class, WASPy.

Here are some examples of what I consider to be cookie-cutter areas:

Old 04-09-2009, 02:29 PM
10,630 posts, read 23,408,176 times
Reputation: 6702
I think cookie-cutter means that there is little to set it apart from somewhere else. Houses that all look the same, people at mostly the same economic level, the same race, and with mostly shared political views, or in the case of some areas, people all the same age. The local businesses are dominated by national chains. There wouldn't be a strong sense of local identity or sense of place.

I think it's hard for an actual town to be cookie-cutter, as they usually are built over a period of time and have some layers of history (and probably a greater variety of residents as a result). I think the term is more likely to refer to a new suburb or exurb. Some of the cookie cutter nature will probably diminish with time, as eventually there will probably be at least more diversity in at least some ways, and also because even similar houses (such as row houses) will eventually be given more personal touches, trees will come in, and local landmarks will emerge.

It's not all to do with architecture, either, but towns/suburbs/neighborhoods with very strong limits on what you can do or not do to your home's exterior or landscaping (put a gnome statue in your yard, for example, or in some extremes even having curtains that aren't white) certainly invite the cookie-cutter label.
Old 04-09-2009, 02:37 PM
3,234 posts, read 7,627,024 times
Reputation: 2694
a town that doesn't have anything unique in the looks and culture. The houses all look the same. Its all strip malls and chain restaurants. Nothing to set it apart from anywhere else.
Old 04-09-2009, 03:10 PM
Location: Ca2Mo2Ga2Va!
2,736 posts, read 5,950,308 times
Reputation: 1788
cookie cutter=boring!
Old 04-09-2009, 05:31 PM
Location: Chicago
3,340 posts, read 8,703,212 times
Reputation: 1215
Here we have some neighborhoods like those but most of our houses are unique, and On my street there 2 Mexican families, about 4 of Black Families, and a Spanish family, on my street alone.
Old 04-09-2009, 05:33 PM
Location: roaming gnome
12,391 posts, read 24,555,922 times
Reputation: 5662
looking down flying into hartsfield...not atlanta itself, but, the suburbs of it...
Old 04-09-2009, 10:10 PM
Location: Tennessee
34,672 posts, read 33,671,635 times
Reputation: 51867
Originally Posted by NYC1DAY View Post
People on city-data refer to towns as "cookie cutter".

Everyone has their own opinion for the definition of a "cookie cutter" town.

Give your definition or describe the attributes that make a town "cookie cutter"?
A cookie cutter town is someplace the Pillsbury Dough Boy lived (historical signs say "Poppin' Fresh slept here") and the Keebler Elves commuted to for work.
Old 04-09-2009, 10:14 PM
Location: cape girardeau
893 posts, read 1,387,238 times
Reputation: 493
I just realized that I live in cookie-cutterville, lol.
Old 04-09-2009, 11:51 PM
Location: Lawrence, IN
50 posts, read 134,232 times
Reputation: 34
I live on a street just like this cant wait to escape.
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top