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Old 04-27-2012, 02:10 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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In my experience:

Most:

San Diego
New Orleans
Memphis

Least:

Boston

Medium:

Los Angeles
New York
Washington DC
Las Vegas
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:15 AM
 
Location: In bed with Madonna
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Los Angeles. I live here and i certainly dont talk to someone i dont know. I dont even know who my neighboors are lol !
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:38 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Los Angeles. I live here and i certainly dont talk to someone i dont know. I dont even know who my neighboors are lol !
That's sad. I chat with people from my block when we happen to be walking up to the MUNI (street car) stop at the same time in the morning.

San Francisco can be kind of a mixed bag. In non-threatening places its pretty easy to strike up little conversations with other people. If you happen to be in a casual eatery or bar and talking about places to go or things to do I've had people from other nearby tables chime in with opinions or suggestions. I've also been in shops with friends looking for something and a person would overhear and suggest another place to try. I've been walking from the station to work downtown and see something funny or weird on the street and the people around me would laugh and comment on it to each other. I think having a more pedestrian friendly and denser city fosters that sort of interaction.
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Old 04-27-2012, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Denver
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That's sad. I chat with people from my block when we happen to be walking up to the MUNI (street car) stop at the same time in the morning.

San Francisco can be kind of a mixed bag. In non-threatening places its pretty easy to strike up little conversations with other people. If you happen to be in a casual eatery or bar and talking about places to go or things to do I've had people from other nearby tables chime in with opinions or suggestions. I've also been in shops with friends looking for something and a person would overhear and suggest another place to try. I've been walking from the station to work downtown and see something funny or weird on the street and the people around me would laugh and comment on it to each other. I think having a more pedestrian friendly and denser city fosters that sort of interaction.
Things like that happen in New Orleans everyday. A pedestrian friendly atmosphere caters to personal interactions like these.
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Old 04-27-2012, 12:50 PM
 
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Los Angeles. I live here and i certainly dont talk to someone i dont know. I dont even know who my neighboors are lol !
It must be a last couple of decades thing, or you live in an apartment building.

When I was growing up there, with the exception of a few people who hibernated (depressed, something mysterious, ultra-private), I'd say we knew 85% of the people on our block. Many of them were constantly outside, walking dogs and loved to B.S.

Most:
Indianapolis
Houston
Jacksonville

Least:
Seattle
Portland
Boston

Medium:
Los Angeles
Bay Area
New York - more so in middle-class suburbia, where I'd actually kick it into Most
Chicago
Atlanta
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:21 PM
 
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Most people here will not randomly talk to strangers, and I like it that way. They're not being mean, people just tend to give others more personal space. Of course I don't have a car so when I'm on the bus/train/walking I'm usually going to work or trying to get something accomplished. Most people are like this, and aren't as likely to just start blathering to you and trying to chit chat. I'd rather have my peace and quiet on my way to/from work.

People are more inclined to talk to you at the beach or a park than just walking down the street. I'll say hi to the cashier at the store, but there's way less of the mindless babble than I'd see back home in Iowa when I'd go to the store.

Cab drivers are always a crap shoot. I take maybe 5-8 cabs a week, and it seems the times I really want to be quiet the guy won't shut up talking, and the times I'm drunk and chatty they just sit there stone cold silent.

I'm sure they all love my drunk questions. It's usually "where are you from? How long have you been in the USA? Do you like Chicago? How about those winters, that was probably a shock. Do you ever make it back home?, etc. etc".
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:42 PM
 
Location: In bed with Madonna
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That's sad. I chat with people from my block when we happen to be walking up to the MUNI (street car) stop at the same time in the morning.
But in LA no one walks.
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Old 04-27-2012, 05:47 PM
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Location: Oakland
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But in LA no one walks.
Since when is Muni in LA?

But yes, many people in LA do in fact walk to where they need to be.
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:01 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Since when is Muni in LA?

But yes, many people in LA do in fact walk to where they need to be.
LA has it's pedestrian precincts, but they tend to be full of mostly tourists. Hollywood, WeHo, Venice, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, parts of Downtown, Silver Lake.etc.
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:55 PM
 
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If you're a pretty girl there's probably a much greater chance that strangers are going to want to talk to you in most American cities... If you're a grizzled old weirdo who looks like Charles Bukowski and smells like Scotch, most likely no strangers will want to talk to you, even in the friendliest of American cities.
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