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Old 04-20-2007, 10:06 AM
 
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...endless acres of cement and stucco.
Sounds like Phoenix.
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Old 04-20-2007, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Long Beach, CA
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Sounds like Phoenix.

I agree with you.
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:17 AM
 
Location: In exile, plotting my coup
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Phoenix!

Most unimpressive place I have ever been. There is such a hype for this place. Sounds like this oasis in the desert and everyone seems to be moving here. But it is the biggest letdown. This place lacks culture, real neighborhoods, transit, nightlife, and soul...pretty much the things that make a city enjoyable to live in! This place is like living in a big, sprawling, dusty suburb. BLAH!
I have to agree with that. I had low expectations for Phoenix having heard so much similar criticism, and even those LOW expectations weren't met. It's a nice place to visit for weather-related purposes in Winter, and I like palm trees and I suppose if you like golfing (I don't), it has some courses, but otherwise, BLECH!
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:26 AM
 
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I would say Los Angeles when it's compared to the outsized importance that we accord the city in American society. When you visit New York City, you can walk around and instantly understand why it has such an impact on nearly everything in American culture. As for L.A., though, its impact is felt on closed-off movie studio lots, which for the most part aren't even located in the city of L.A. anyway. It certainly has fantastic weather, but considering how much time that we spend discussing what goes on in L.A., it's a pretty underwhelming city. (This is separate from neighboring places such as Santa Monica, Malibu, Beverly Hills, and Pasadena, which are gorgeous.)
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:28 AM
 
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Most Sun Belt cities are just blah to me. They are all just sprawling, unremarkable suburbs. In some of the older ones such as Atlanta, you can see the remnants of what used to be, but they are now generally remade into post-war suburbia. The one exception was New Orleans. (I am not talking about crime, climate, taxes, tourist attractions, etc. Just architecture, how they fit into their natural surroundings, neighborhoods, downtowns and general "vibe".)
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:54 AM
 
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I would definitely put LA in there. Completely agreed that the city has such a power over our culture but the first time I was there I was stunned how absolutely boring the place is; highways, sprawl, sorry downtown, terrible pollution, etc. The weather and the beach is nice, but you couldn't pay me to live there!

I see Phoenix as really a smaller version of LA without the few things that makes LA slightly redeeming (beach, weather, couple of cool enclaves). That is why I put it at the top of the list (or the bottom!)

There are some sun-belt cities that because they have such a bad reputation, when you visit them they don't seem as bad as you thought. I would put Houston on the top of that list. The benefit of low expectations!

And I agree that New Orleans, although it has tons of problems, doesn't deserve to be on this list. It is one of the most unique, interesting cities in the country. And it benefits from low expectations as well!
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Old 04-20-2007, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Scranton
BOO-HISS!!! LOL!
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Old 04-20-2007, 12:07 PM
 
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Yes, Houston. I remember the first time I went there with my parents. My mom seems to think that there's nothing redeeming about Texas at all (I think it goes back to the old 49ers Cowboys Rivalry... I'm not kidding), and she was very impressed by Houston.
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Old 04-20-2007, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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Ashland, Ohio. B.O.R.I.N.G. (Shelby, Ohio is a close second)

Cleveland and Cincinnati didnt seem like much.

Richmond, Virginia. Something about it-the streets looked dirtier than NYC
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Old 04-20-2007, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Richmond, Virginia. Something about it-the streets looked dirtier than NYC
Wait until Vasinger sees this! LOL!
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