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Old 12-17-2011, 12:55 PM
 
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I am going on a small trip to Phoenix in a couple of weeks to visit some good friends who are from here and have bought a small vacation house in the old part of town and swear its a great area. I've always been a huge Phoenix detractor because of its reputation for sprawl and dusty boringness so it will be interesting to see if it can show me a little slice that is redeemable- or will it be just as bad as everybody says?

I'll check in later.
I love walkable cities myself, and went to Phoenix the first time a few weeks ago. The historic neighborhoods north of downtown are beautiful. I actually didn't rent a car. I stayed in Midtown, and the light rail was great, the bus system less so, but I still got around pretty easily. There are some nice elements to Phoenix. The Heard Museum, The Phoenix Art Museum, Papago Park and The Rosson House are great. Tempe and Scottsdale are walkable, but filled with students and tourists, respectively. Downtown is pretty sad, but has some good restaurants and a few historic buildings left.

I really want to like Phoenix, it has some great pieces, but they just don't seem to coalesce into a coherent whole. As many people have said, it just doesn't seem to have a soul. The biggest problem is the downtown area. Almost all of the historic homes and commercial buildings were demolished in the 60's for "urban renewal". If only those were intact, not only would the city have a lot more character, but I imagine they would be filled with residents and businesses, creating a much more vibrant city.
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Old 12-17-2011, 01:47 PM
 
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Puerto Vallarta, mexico.

Well, it was 10 years ago we went there, perhaps they have come up since then. But we were so bored we ended up coming home early. There's only so much you can sit on the beach! The usual high-priced restaurants and bars in town, take a jungle tour, and that's it! I can think of better places to waste my money!
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:37 AM
 
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South Korea - Smelly, dirty, road system not able to support the number of cars
Haiti - Really smelly, really dirty, really dangerous (crime)
Thailand - Smelly, dirty in parts, dangerous (STDs, crime)
Malaysia - Nicer than Thailand on all counts.
Southern Italy (Brindisi) - Dirty, crazy drivers (including me)
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Old 12-22-2011, 02:04 AM
 
Location: Both coasts
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I never liked the several Mexican cities visited via cruise ship- a little too tacky for my tastes

Ditto for several of the Caribbean countries

Not impressed with Quebec City

Within the US- Florida is a complete dump but I expected it, thus there was no 'disappointment'

Further afield, disappointed with Rome (bad timing involving the weather so that skewed the experience)...
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:14 AM
 
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Erie PA. Total dive. I was only there for shopping and that was pretty good.
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:22 AM
 
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Erie PA. Total dive. I was only there for shopping and that was pretty good.
Interesting. I was trying to decide between visiting Paris or Erie for designer shopping. I think I'll just go to Erie and save quite a bit of money!
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA
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Miami, Florida. In fact, all of Florida. Miserable humidity, overrated scenery and the beaches are an overcrowded hell. Give me California any day!
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Old 12-26-2011, 10:19 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Lake Tahoe, People seem to make it into this wonderful place. Unless you like gambling or snow activities.. NOTHING!
You went to Tahoe and you don't like snow activities? Who doesn't like snow activities? What about the scenery?
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Old 12-27-2011, 12:54 AM
 
Location: In transition
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Most disappointing place was Miami to be honest... aside from the beach and warm weather.. there wasn't much to do there... I was expecting a lot more things going on...
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Old 12-27-2011, 04:30 AM
 
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I will have to say hands down Memphis and Seattle. All they do is try to involuntarily commit you to Harbour view in Seattle. Misdiagnosis to the point that it is close to malpractice.
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