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Old 03-21-2013, 06:46 PM
 
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Albany's too small by the OPs standards, but it would have been on my "No" list. Sorry, much of it aspires to be Camden but can't get that bad. Then a little bit aspires to be Portland. The very western end aspires to suburbia. Then there's this beautiful thing here: albany, ny - Google Maps

Albany's I-787 and the 787/90 intersection served as a poor stand-in for Washington, D.C. highways in _Salt_ -- I think the transition is when she jumps the railing from the Library of Congress plaza.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:20 PM
 
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They ruined the word 'modern' in that era. How arrogant of them to steal the word for their time and force future generations to use 'contemporary' in order to be unambiguous (or risk a silly argument about something being modern or not due to the resulting ambiguity, like what just started in this thread).
I don't think that it's quite that serious, though..

I still have a tendency to think of post-WW2 housing as modern, although when compared with much of Albany's housing stock, it would be...

Albany's "attractiveness" lies in its affordability, but I really wouldn't call the city "beautiful", personally..
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Yes

Seattle
NYC
SF
Minneapolis
Montreal
Many more

No

El Paso
Albuquerque
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:48 PM
 
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Albany's too small by the OPs standards, but it would have been on my "No" list. Sorry, much of it aspires to be Camden but can't get that bad. Then a little bit aspires to be Portland. The very western end aspires to suburbia. Then there's this beautiful thing here: albany, ny - Google Maps

Albany's I-787 and the 787/90 intersection served as a poor stand-in for Washington, D.C. highways in _Salt_ -- I think the transition is when she jumps the railing from the Library of Congress plaza.
Good point about OP's standards -- I missed that, or forgot it.

Most of what you said applies equally to a lot of the "darling" cities people pick, such as NYC. Much of it is a war zone. The eastern side aspires to be suburbia. There are a good amount of bombed-out looking buildings like in your Streetview link.

I would not say Albany wants to be Portland until it starts tearing down its historic building stock (since it has way more currently than Portland ever did) and installing rail transit. It has a bit of a granola thing going on, but it's more organic/less forced than Portland's deliberately crafted image.

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I don't think that it's quite that serious, though..

I still have a tendency to think of post-WW2 housing as modern, although when compared with much of Albany's housing stock, it would be...

Albany's "attractiveness" lies in its affordability, but I really wouldn't call the city "beautiful", personally..
The uber-modernism of Albany is only apparent at the government buildings downtown. Otherwise it's full of historic buildings in the urban core, and suburban densities further out.

The attractiveness is in the authenticity, the laidback style, the working class ethic, the intact historic built environment with stellar architecture, and above all gobs of potential.

I can't say I would enjoy living there -- I've never lived somewhere so small -- but it's one of my favorite places for visiting. There are a bunch of cool bars and shops, the best food co-op I've ever seen (Honest Weight), a bikeable historic center that is fun to just meander around. I wish they would do something with the riverfront (which would require managing all the freeway spaghetti to provide access). Anyway, the feeling when I'm there reminds me of being in a small city in Europe. The lack of appreciation for Albany shows me yet again how poor America's taste in cities is, and helps me see how we demolished or abandoned so much urban treasure in the name of progress.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:54 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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You will be reassigned for 5 years - no choice. You may narrow down the selection to 5 US cities with census population of 350K or greater.
Just noticed this. Scratch Pittsburgh (311K) and Salt Lake (189K), also Albany at 97K.

Yes:
Minneapolis
Aurora, CO
Colorado Springs, CO
Portland (maybe)
Can't think of a 5th as I can't use my own city, Pittsburgh, or Salt Lake City

No:

I wouldn't rule anything out after having lived in Champaign, IL for 7 years.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:56 PM
 
Location: On the "Left Coast", somewhere in "the Land of Fruits & Nuts"
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Have lived in Miami, Seattle and NYC... will pass on those.
After moving around a fair bit, weather is where it's at for me, and Cali still has the best all-around climate!

So I'm spoiled and would prefer:
San Diego
Pasadena
San Mateo
Palm Springs
San Francisco

Would seriously dislike (though not 'hate'):
Bakersfield
Fresno
Sacramento
Redding
Riverside
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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Sydney, Australia
Dublin, Ireland
Los Angeles, USA
Berlin, Germany
Prague, Czech Republic
Rome, Italy

Those are my five. I always wanted to see most of these cities and a few others my ancestors came from the countries they are in. It's good you only ask for five because my list would probably have every city in the world.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Chicago area
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Belfast Maine.
Bangor Maine.
Eastport Maine.
Camden Maine.
Brunswick Maine.


I'll just take Maine please.
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:56 AM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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Other then San Francisco.

1. Portland
2. Seattle
3. Vancouver BC
4. San Diago
5. New Orleans.

Really any warm weather place would be fine. If warm weather wan't an issue Denver, Minneapolis, Toronto, Philadelphia, and Boston would be on my list.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:53 AM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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Yes
- New York
- Miami
- Chicago
- Boston
- San Francisco
- Tucson
- San Diego
- Denver
- Austin
- Dallas
- Houston
- Los Angeles
- Atlanta
- Salt Lake City
- Portland
- Phoenix

No (never to be honest)
- Philadelphia
- Orlando
- Fort Worth
- Oakland
- Cleveland
- Pittsburgh
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Oklahoma City
- Tulsa
- Albuquerque
- Saint Louis
- Kansas City

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