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Old 09-08-2010, 11:09 AM
 
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Which city would u rather live in based on crime, nightlife, overall things to do, jobs, cost of living, and the vibe of the people?
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Old 09-08-2010, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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Knowing little about each and only visited KC, I'd strongly consider Baltimore if the crime and economy wasn't terrible. KC is just too damn hot for me, sorry. I know, it's reall not THAT bad, but muggy and 90's during the summer is too much for me I think. Pittsburgh seems to be turning itself around economically and it seems like a city I'd love, but I'm afraid I'd have SAD (seasonable affectiveness disorder) if I lived there since it's cloudy over 50% of the time.

I'm leaning towards Baltimore, but very very hesitantly.
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Old 09-08-2010, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Kittanning
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I would choose Baltimore, if crime was not a factor. Baltimore is a once-beautiful city with many problems. That said, Mt. Vernon and Fells Point make me want to pack up and move there.

The big difference between Kansas City and Pittsburgh is that Pittsburgh is much older -- and has a lot of interesting architecture from the mid 1800s. Both have relatively vibrant downtowns and affordable housing. Kansas City is out on the prairie, while Pittsburgh is surrounded by hills, mountains, and rivers.

But Baltimore's history makes Pittsburgh look like a baby. Baltimore's downtown, though, is the weakest of the three.
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:15 PM
 
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Baltimore
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:12 AM
 
Location: BMORE!
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Knowing little about each and only visited KC, I'd strongly consider Baltimore if the crime and economy wasn't terrible. KC is just too damn hot for me, sorry. I know, it's reall not THAT bad, but muggy and 90's during the summer is too much for me I think. Pittsburgh seems to be turning itself around economically and it seems like a city I'd love, but I'm afraid I'd have SAD (seasonable affectiveness disorder) if I lived there since it's cloudy over 50% of the time.

I'm leaning towards Baltimore, but very very hesitantly.

crime isnt an issue for most people, just be smart and you'll be fine. Most crimes are confined to certain areas of the city. Also, the economy is one the best in the country among major cities top 10 actually.
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:32 AM
 
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I would choose Baltimore, if crime was not a factor. Baltimore is a once-beautiful city with many problems. That said, Mt. Vernon and Fells Point make me want to pack up and move there.

The big difference between Kansas City and Pittsburgh is that Pittsburgh is much older -- and has a lot of interesting architecture from the mid 1800s. Both have relatively vibrant downtowns and affordable housing. Kansas City is out on the prairie, while Pittsburgh is surrounded by hills, mountains, and rivers.

But Baltimore's history makes Pittsburgh look like a baby. Baltimore's downtown, though, is the weakest of the three.

There is nothing 'prairie" about Kansas City, MO... it's not part of the plains, its very hilly and has lots of trees. It's not Pittsburgh hilly, but its not flat or prairie
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Old 09-09-2010, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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But Baltimore's history makes Pittsburgh look like a baby. Baltimore's downtown, though, is the weakest of the three.
B'more definitely has an edge in terms of history for its more important role in colonial America, but it's certainly not like comparing it to Phoenix. Baltimore was first settled in 1661, whereas Pittsburgh was settled in 1717. Both are very historic in comparison to most places in America.

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To the OP, for me it would be a close between Baltimore and Pittsburgh. While Pittsburgh is in better shape economically and has really developed a nice niche in the knowledge economy, Baltimore is also making huge strides in redevelopment and has a great location on the East Coast Corridor.

Admittedly, I do not know too much about Kansas City, but I understand that it has a fairly good economy -- particularly compared to many other Midwestern metros -- and very underrated urban living.

Good luck!
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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There is nothing 'prairie" about Kansas City, MO... it's not part of the plains, its very hilly and has lots of trees. It's not Pittsburgh hilly, but its not flat or prairie
Yea, but compared to where Pitts and Balt is, it's "out in the plains". KCMO itself has a very green and hilly topography as the city is built around rivers. But the city is out in the middle of hundreds of miles of farmland. That is one of the negatives of KC.

As far as comparing the three cities, they actually have a lot in common as all three urban cores have struggled and continue to struggle when compared to many major cities.

You can't ignore Baltimore's location. There is something to be said about being 40 minutes from DC, an hour from Philly, 2-3 hours from the beaches and decent mountains nearby along with other major cities.

For that reason, I would choose Baltimore. Plus Baltimore is the real deal when it comes to urban living. It's one of the most urban cities in the country. Sure it's gritty, but that's Baltimore and that's why Baltimore is not Denver or Seattle or Minneapolis.

Second would be Pittsburgh. I wouldn't have said this ten years ago, but I think the city has really turned a corner and it's only going to get better.

KC. I love KC and think it's by far the most underrated big city in the nation. But they still have a long way to go. There is almost no civic pride there, the suburban residents practically can't stand the city yet they take advantage of the city to its fullest and the city is one of the more inactive cities I have ever visited. There is very little urban recreation and even after investing several billion into downtown, the private sector is pretty much ignoring downtown so there is almost no private investment, it's all out in the burbs. KC is a great town, but it just can't get over the hump that's it's been trying to get over since the 50's. Sprawl has killed KC. Now if you only want great suburbs, then KC wins.

So.

Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Kansas City.

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Old 09-26-2010, 11:51 AM
 
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Baltimore
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Old 09-26-2010, 12:53 PM
 
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I really like all three but would probably say Baltimore, Pittsburgh, KC - but for moderate sized cities all have a lot to offer
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