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View Poll Results: Chicago is more like...
Philly, NYC, and Boston 139 76.37%
Indianapolis, Columbus, and Kansas City 43 23.63%
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Old 04-14-2022, 01:26 PM
 
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Hey everyone, listen, I just want to revive this thread to say how much I enjoy these old discussions. The harsh attitudes and taking things really personally combined with all these geeky facts and comparisons was so entertaining, reminding me of why I started reading this forum so much so many years ago. It’s so entertaining and totally educational


Did this discussion reach a conclusion with the last post or is there still room for more lively debate ? Because I don’t remember anyone mentioning Miami, and I think the coastal orientation they share make them the most similar in addition to their elevated trains. When all the highest buildings line a coast for miles before a dramatic drop in density going inland, that is a certain type of city and they are really most similar to each other, like Rio or Gold Coast, Australia. I think Chicago is the biggest one of those


If Chicago is a deep dish pizza, I think the crust is Miami, the cheeses are Kansas City and Detroit, and the sauce is a thick, sweet NYC with a nasty set of vegetable toppings for St. Louis
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Old 04-14-2022, 11:00 PM
 
Location: OC
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Top 3 but you could've chosen better midwest cities imo
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Old 04-16-2022, 08:59 PM
 
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Maybe that’s true, Gaylord_Focker. I was thinking Kansas City because of the massive amount of large vintage apartment buildings that look just like the ones in Chicago. Lots of them probably used to be hotels, like in Chi. Smaller residential architecture too often looks really similar. And they both have a very impressive Union Station. But KCMO is far too hilly. Milwaukee would’ve been a better choice
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Old 04-16-2022, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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DannFrankenstein, two things:

1). That's RIGHT!!.... You mention my city of Milwaukee!!

2.) I watched Young Frankenstein tonight... in Spanish dub.
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Old 04-17-2022, 02:28 PM
 
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Top 3 but you could've chosen better midwest cities imo
This.

Detroit, Minneapolis and Cleveland (or Milwaukee). You compare to those three quintessential Midwest cities and I vote Midwest. Indy and Columbus are *nothing* like Chicago and an extremely pale comparison.
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Old 04-18-2022, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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In 1980, Detroit was the 6th largest city in America, and still 7th in 1990 (now fallen to 27th!). But the bones are still there to make a large city and definitely should be one of the 3.

Milwaukee is clearly the most sensical comparison - same coastline/layout and only about 100 miles away.

The 3rd one is tougher. MPLS isn't a bad choice. Cleveland either, since it's on a body of water. Even though both are much smaller in population.
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Old 04-18-2022, 09:47 AM
 
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St. Louis spreads West like Chicago, with downtown being on its Eastern edge
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