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Old 11-30-2007, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Eagan, Minnesota
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I have been struggling with this idea for a while but it seems to me that California is ahead of the rest of the nation at least 10 years in every single aspect. Does anybody agree? I live in Minneapolis-St Paul (very progressive city by Midwest standards) and everytime I go to San Diego, LA or even the smaller towns like Riverside, it seems like the stuff that is new to us, in California, it is like old news. Example: Our light rail has been operating for 2-3 years, a city like Sacramento has had theirs since 1987 We have a lot of new food co-ops here and the whole "organic food" thing is starting to catch on. Some of the food co-ops in California were established in the 70's Gotta love California!
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Old 11-30-2007, 09:13 AM
 
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I have been struggling with this idea for a while but it seems to me that California is ahead of the rest of the nation at least 10 years in every single aspect. Does anybody agree?
Every single aspect? No way.

In general, Californians always seem eager to try new and different things, but IMO this leads them to just as many bad ideas as it does good ideas.
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Silly thread...
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Eagan, Minnesota
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Silly thread...
Probably because you know it is true.
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Land of 10000 Lakes + some
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Have to agree with Steve-O. No comparable geographical size, lifestyle - nothing in common, really. At least compare a state to a state or LA to Chicago, etc. etc, in which case I'd say Chicago has it over LA (public transportation).
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Probably because you know it is true.
Hardly. To be honest, it seems alot of stuff spreads more from the east coast and goes west. Hell, look at planes, trains, automobiles, etc, etc, etc... Its true that CA definitely is a front runner in many areas, but to think that they lead everything is laughable.
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Ne
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I have been struggling with this idea for a while but it seems to me that California is ahead of the rest of the nation at least 10 years in every single aspect. Does anybody agree? I live in Minneapolis-St Paul (very progressive city by Midwest standards) and everytime I go to San Diego, LA or even the smaller towns like Riverside, it seems like the stuff that is new to us, in California, it is like old news. Example: Our light rail has been operating for 2-3 years, a city like Sacramento has had theirs since 1987 We have a lot of new food co-ops here and the whole "organic food" thing is starting to catch on. Some of the food co-ops in California were established in the 70's Gotta love California!
Yeah, I see a trend. They were the first to let illegal immigration get way out of control and go bankrupt as a worlds top ten largest economy.
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:46 AM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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If you're talking (pop) cultural fads, then maybe, but in every single aspect? No way, José. There are too many industries spread across the nation for CA to be leaders in every one.

You just THINK so because they're #1 in film, and because that's what they want you to think. You've been brainwashed by their media! Blinded by the bling, glossy magazines, and flashing lights! Like most of America, sadly...

I'm so glad I got rid of my TV for this reason.

(Also, I have a feeling NYers would vehemently disagree with you, especially if you're using light rail as an example of CA's forward-thinking-ness. )
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Old 11-30-2007, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I have been struggling with this idea for a while but it seems to me that California is ahead of the rest of the nation at least 10 years in every single aspect. Does anybody agree? I live in Minneapolis-St Paul (very progressive city by Midwest standards) and everytime I go to San Diego, LA or even the smaller towns like Riverside, it seems like the stuff that is new to us, in California, it is like old news. Example: Our light rail has been operating for 2-3 years, a city like Sacramento has had theirs since 1987 We have a lot of new food co-ops here and the whole "organic food" thing is starting to catch on. Some of the food co-ops in California were established in the 70's Gotta love California!
Disagree with is post. One example: Organic Foods first in California? Whole Foods is from Texas.
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Old 11-30-2007, 11:16 AM
 
Location: yeah
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It's true. That's why we're vastly superior to everyone else.
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