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Old 11-05-2011, 09:57 AM
 
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Which city do you perfer
downtown actvity-
Cuisine-
Topography-
Cohesiveness (between 'hoods)
ARchitecture-
Performing arts-
Visual arts-
exclaves-
induviduality from region-
nightlife-

*do not include Boston in the Providence argument, limit this to the city and immediet suburbs ex. Pawtucket or Vancover WA.
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Old 11-05-2011, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Good one. Both cities rose from the ashes, but they have quite different vibes. I loved Providence, but from what I've heard from an old friend who moved from providence to Portland, i'd probably enjoy Portland more. I like good public transit, and Providence depends entirely on buses, which is a big minus in my opinion. I like beer, so that's another area where Portland wins, and I also think marijuana should be legalized and easily obtained, which again is advantage: Portland.

If I loved theater, I'd go with Providence. For history and charm and character, again Providence... but the fact that there are zero pro sports teams in Providence works against the place. Providence has a surprisingly great cafe scene and really good pizza, not to mention an abundance of Italian foods. These are pluses, to be sure.

In the end I'd choose Portland. Providence gets too cold in the winter and without Boston in the mix it's not enough of its own city to compete with Portland, despite having come a tremendously long way from the post-industrial dump it was when i first moved there back in 1980. Portland is about 2-2.5X larger than Providence in both city and metro population, and that makes a big difference.
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Old 11-05-2011, 10:16 AM
 
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Good one. Both cities rose from the ashes, but they have quite different vibes. I loved Providence, but from what I've heard from an old friend who moved from providence to Portland, i'd probably enjoy Portland more. I like good public transit, and Providence depends entirely on buses, which is a big minus in my opinion. I like beer, so that's another area where Portland wins, and I also think marijuana should be legalized and easily obtained, which again is advantage: Portland.

If I loved theater, I'd go with Providence. For history and charm and character, again Providence... but the fact that there are zero pro sports teams in Providence works against the place. Providence has a surprisingly great cafe scene and really good pizza, not to mention an abundance of Italian foods. These are pluses, to be sure.

In the end I'd choose Portland. Providence gets too cold in the winter and without Boston in the mix it's not enough of its own city to compete with Portland, despite having come a tremendously long way from the post-industrial dump it was when i first moved there back in 1980. Portland is about 2-2.5X larger than Providence in both city and metro population, and that makes a big difference.
Prositution is legal in Ri, so its pot Vs Prostitutes

Also Providence is only 18 sq miles so city population is not reliable.
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Old 11-05-2011, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Yikes. Didn't know that.

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Prositution is legal in Ri, so its pot Vs Prostitutes

Also Providence is only 18 sq miles so city population is not reliable.
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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Providence is so small and the inner suburbs are so interconnected I can't even tell you exactly where the borders are because you can't see them. Providence also does have commuter rail up to Boston and is very much influenced by it so it is hard not to mention Boston which has helped to revive the city some.
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