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Old 06-05-2007, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I find something impressive and interesting about all cities. All cities have crime and bad areas. So what. But most cities have something thats impressive and unique about them. New Orleans definately stood out imo. One of the most enjoyable and fascinating north american cities I ever set foot in.
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Old 06-05-2007, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Outer Space
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Culture, educational institutions, parks, indoor and outdoor entertainment facilities, good public transit, interesting neighborhoods, for a few...
Well, educational institutions it does have. IUPUI, Ivy Tech, Butler University, University of Indianapolis, etc.

Really nice parks, it does lack. Eagle Creek is the one of the largest urban parks in the country, but in the summer, the lake is choked full of algae. Nasty. Water we drink half comes from that and you can taste it in the water. Gross. It can be decent enough in other seasons, but the lake is nowhere near the size of any body of water I would ideally like to live near, so we are out of here in the winter.

If you get out a Google map and have a look at Indy, you will see a lot of green that look like parks at first, but are actually 3/4 golf courses. Fantastic.

Indianapolis is your place if you like your war memorials. There are a ridiculous number of them here.
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Old 06-05-2007, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I agree with Raleigh. I flew all the way out there because it kept getting written up as one of the "10 Best Cities" blah, blah, blah. The countryside in NC is gorgeous but Raleigh was like, huh? I went into town on a Sunday and the whole place was shut down, even Subway Sandwiches. And Cary, NC is the worst. Nothing but chain stores and chain restaurants. Scary.

Artie
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Old 06-05-2007, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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I agree with Raleigh. I flew all the way out there because it kept getting written up as one of the "10 Best Cities" blah, blah, blah. The countryside in NC is gorgeous but Raleigh was like, huh? I went into town on a Sunday and the whole place was shut down, even Subway Sandwiches. And Cary, NC is the worst. Nothing but chain stores and chain restaurants. Scary.

Artie
Its a sunbelt "boomtown". What else did you expect? I went there when I visited my cousin at the Marine Base in Cherry Point, I thought the town was like Anytown, USA. Nothing struck me as awesome. In fact I was quite bored.
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Old 06-05-2007, 05:06 PM
 
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Raliegh is less of a city than Charlotte. North Carolina is a nice state though. Asheville feels like more of a city than Raliegh and is much smaller.
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Old 06-05-2007, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Its a sunbelt "boomtown". What else did you expect? I went there when I visited my cousin at the Marine Base in Cherry Point, I thought the town was like Anytown, USA. Nothing struck me as awesome. In fact I was quite bored.
Dear Spider Man,

Well, this was when I first began my research for a new place to live. It was then I learned that all this stuff in Money Magazine about "Best Towns" is all Public Relations Bunk (PRB). I'm getting ready to hit the road soon. I'm leaving Los Angeles for good. Not sure where I'll end up.

Artie
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Old 06-05-2007, 06:13 PM
 
Location: In God
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It's dead after the pm rush.
Dead, only to wake up again at around 10 or 11 p.m. But I guess I can't argue with you about where Houston needs to go. Regardless, that doesn't mean it isn't a real city just because it doesn't look like some corny Eurocentric hell.

This is the south, people. This is how we live.
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Old 06-05-2007, 06:44 PM
 
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rainrock, awesome post on philly. hopefully i'll be there soon.

i'm not surprised at the mentions of los angeles, phoenix & houston, but i am surprised at the mentions of toledo. what makes it so unimpressive? also, i'm glad to see my home city, tampa, not make any lists yet. i guess it's so forgettable that everyone just skipped over it.

here's my picks...

orlando, FL
indianapolis, IN
new haven, CT
raleigh, NC
miami, FL
san jose, CA
buffalo, NY
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Old 06-05-2007, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Burlington, VT
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Worcester, MA. Boston meets Lawrence, minus the jobs, diversity, and public transportation. Home of 13 colleges (including Clark, Holy Cross and, UMass Medical), yet the public schools are terrible, and no one plows the roads.

Fitchburg, MA- Worcester with 1 college, fewer jobs, worse public transit, and more elderly people.

New Orleans, LA. I visited in 1998, and my sister spent 2 years at Xavier. Racist (she saw more than 1 Klan rally), scary, corrupt, and extremely humid.

Other contenders:
Cleveland, OH
Buffalo, NY
Albany, NY
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Old 06-05-2007, 07:52 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Yeah, and of course BALTIMORE doesn't have any "iffy neighborhoods!" LOL
Baltimore does have places to avoid indeed but the touristy parts are a lot more impressive than the touristy parts of Philly, especially Fort McHenry, the Inner Harbor, and the Aquarium which just had a major expansion. And the food and culture in Baltimore is very unique.

And I like crabcakes more than cheesesteaks
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