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Old 02-24-2014, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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Which Northern City is the most underrated and which is the most overrated in your opinion and why? Out of the underrated cities which do you think will be the next world class or great city in time. Out of the overrated cities which do you think deserves all the praise it gets?

I'm defining "northern" as the area east of the Missouri River and north of the Ohio and Potomac.

I'll start
Overrated: Washington DC (runner up: Boston)
Underrated: Cleveland (runner up: Rochester, NY)

 
Old 02-24-2014, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Washington County, PA
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Which Northern City is the most underrated and which is the most overrated in your opinion and why? Out of the underrated cities which do you think will be the next world class or great city in time. Out of the overrated cities which do you think deserves all the praise it gets?

I'm defining "northern" as the area east of the Missouri River and north of the Ohio and Potomac.

I'll start
Overrated: Washington DC (runner up: Boston)
Underrated: Cleveland (runner up: Rochester, NY)
Over: Boston. (Runner up DC.)
Under: Pittsburgh (Runner up Philadelphia)
 
Old 02-24-2014, 02:30 PM
 
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Milwaukee is underrated in my book.
 
Old 02-24-2014, 02:32 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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To avoid incessant flame wars, I'll avoid the overrated. Underrated however, I'd go with Philadelphia for a major and Pittsburgh for a midsize city.
 
Old 02-24-2014, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Overrated-Boston and DC, although that is not to say they aren't great cities-just overpriced for what they offer.

Underrated-Providence and Baltimore

To answer your question about which underrated city will be the next great one, I am a firm believer that Philadelphia will reclaim all of its former glory. Of course I am biased.
 
Old 02-24-2014, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Overrated - Boston

Underrated - Baltimore, Pittsburgh
 
Old 02-24-2014, 04:25 PM
 
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Overrated to the core: Boston!

Good lord was that city just the pits. Sleepy town where bars kick you out at 1:30, last call called at 1:20-1:30. Super cliquish city with a crappy dating scene. Bad weather and utterly boring over all. Great stuff to do during the day, beautiful town and an intellectuals dream city but just not the exciting college town I thought it was.

I'm surprised I'm not the only one who thinks this, apparently Boston is considered overrated.

Philly is grossly underrated as is Baltimore. These towns have excellent nightlife scenes. As does DC but that isn't enough to excuse the douchebaggery.
 
Old 02-24-2014, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Cleveland and Columbus OH
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Ok, I'll say it: New York City is the most overrated city in the north, if not the country.

Underrated: Cleveland and Cincinnati are the most underrated or flat out disrespected.
 
Old 02-24-2014, 05:00 PM
 
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Cities are not overrated or underrated. (Rambunctious) provincialism culture is.

Cities themselves aren't alive to rate themselves. They shouldn't be punished for what a few whack-job residents portray them as, in my opinion.
 
Old 02-24-2014, 05:00 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Ok, I'll say it: New York City is the most overrated city in the north, if not the country.
+ 1 for NYC being overrated. It's the holy grail for most urbanites but I just don't like it. It's draining and astronomically expensive, and it's just not a pretty city at all to me. There are some exceptions about it that are great, but overall I"m just not a fan.

Underrated: Philadelphia with plenty of urban bustle and an easily managable size, pretty skyline, historic charm, great food, and I just have fun there every time I visit.

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