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Old 01-13-2014, 12:34 PM
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When you talk about culture, you are able to include lifestyle, people scene, and more important components together in culture based on where you live in planet Earth.

I lived in New York City and Seattle in the past 7 months 2,500 miles away between each city in Coastal Northeast vs. Pacific Northwest. They used to have some more common culture, noticeable similarities, and characteristics in culture, people scene, and lifestyle. However, in recent times they are now even more very different.

I prefer New York City compared to Seattle for plenty of reasons in the past 1 year. I feel NYC is more progressive, intellectual, balanced, more interesting, pleasant, amazing people, diverse, more busy urban lifestyle compared to seattle, and some areas of NYC is actually not too overwhelming, and sort of quiet enough for a major city. There is yuppie, and hipster culture in my favorite neighborhoods in NYC.

Seattle really feels like it became more dumb, a lot less yuppie, less hipster, not as progressive, intellectual, or interesting people, and not as balanced anymore compared to 3 years ago and in 1990s. It seems more dark, and dreary sometimes compared to before in the past. I feel Vancouver, and Portland Oregon, and some other regions of British Columbia, Washington state, Oregon are probably better than Seattle right now in culture, people scene, and lifestyle, so I am not generalizing all of Pacific Northwest.
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:52 PM
Location: Leeds, UK
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Too many bearded hipsters for my liking.
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Old 01-13-2014, 01:01 PM
Location: Southern California
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First, yuck hate NYC. Everyone is a dick, everything is too expensive, and people are trying to rip you off, the pizza, food, and bars are nice, but beyond that it's not a place I'd like to spend a lot of time in.

So, on the other hand, SoCal, we have surfers, and Hollywood, lots of douchebags, some hipsters, some artists, lots of entertainment types, a little to a lot of Hispanic influence in areas, leads to lots of great food, but overly most people here are very superficial and artificial.

Politically pretty liberal in LA, very liberal in Hollywood, not quite as liberal in the Inland Empire, and some areas very conservative here in Orange County.
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Old 01-13-2014, 01:44 PM
Location: London, UK
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In my exact region here in Inner London I'd say the culture is multicultural, trendy and "up and coming" however the culture of this region depends on demographic and ethnicity heavily. You have the trendy Shoreditch and the more rough areas that are more working class like.

For example my area of London I'd describe the culture being very much Caribbean influenced especially on the use of words among young people, some old school London (cockney) and a ever increasing trend of the hippy culture. Gentrification is slowly in process which will no doubt eliminate the cockney/black influence of my immediate area.

Originally Posted by dunno what to put here View Post
Too many bearded hipsters for my liking.
Yes agreed! :

To many hipsters/yuppies here in London

Signs of a pretentious snob:

-Longer than normal hair
-Tatty clothing
-Non-mainstream clothing to look individual yet they all look the same
-Drinks coffee
-Talks loud in a snobby accent
-Seem fake

-I hate them.
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Old 01-13-2014, 02:15 PM
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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Mostly drunks and rednecks (and plenty of overlap between these two categories).
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Old 01-13-2014, 02:32 PM
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Originally Posted by dunno what to put here View Post
Too many bearded hipsters for my liking.

Sadly we have that crap in the United States also. There's no getting away from them
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Old 01-13-2014, 02:44 PM
Location: London, UK
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Originally Posted by burgler09 View Post
Sadly we have that crap in the United States also. There's no getting away from them
They're everywhere
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Old 01-13-2014, 03:04 PM
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Gatineau, Québec, Canada. Right across the river from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada's capital.

We have 180 years of history as a rough-and-tumble lumber town and about 30 years of more recent history as a white-collar administrative and professional centre.

So we are basically split down the middle between the two - white collar, worldly and educated on the one hand and blue collar on the other.

You go from wine-tasting parties where people exchange tips on restaurants in Paris to discussions about new boats and snowmobiles and caribou hunting expeditions up around James Bay.

For Americans, let's say it's like having Bemidji, Minnesota and an affluent DC suburb in northern Virginia mixed into one city.
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:43 PM
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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I've lived in Southern California, Northern California and the Pacific Northwest.

In Washington State, my specific area was Parkland, just south of Tacoma. It seemed rather dull with not a lot going on but quiet. Compared to California, Washington seems less chaotic and the people are calmer, less borderline crazy. Despite how that sounds, it's neither good nor bad, it just is.

San Francisco Bay Area. The two areas I recently lived in were Oakland and Richmond. These two cities have bad reputations and deserve them if you're in certain areas but are not as bad as they are made out to be. Oakland has a lot of eclectic urbaness to it with art and music festivals, protests and activism and is one of the most diverse cities in the US. It's good for foodies of all kinds. Richmond isn't as exciting as Oakland and has a very slight country feel to it. The very area I lived had a heavy Latino presence and there were many Mexican stores around. It's one of those areas in California where a Spanish speaking person can get by with little to no English and many do.

San Diego area. My exact place is Chula Vista, the second largest city in the San Diego metro. Officially, it is 7 miles from the Mexican border and I live about two miles south of the official site so I am 5 miles from the border. Very heavily Hispanic. My closest grocery store is Hispanic and is just like shopping in Tijuana in there. There are many neat places to shop around here because of the Mexican culture being so prevalent. Like all of the San Diego area, some of our radio stations are broadcast from TJ and the call letters start with an X and every night at midnight they have to play the Mexican national anthem LOL This includes our Hip-Hop and R&B, one of the rock stations and the old school R&B stations. XETV is our CW station. So the culture where I am now is really a mixture of Mexican and American cultures but what does one expect being so close to the border?
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Old 01-13-2014, 06:05 PM
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I lived in the southern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia from age 2 to 24 (aside from extensive travelling, including 4 months around Australia), moved to a country town for a year, and now live in Footscray, inner western Melbourne. The two are very different despite being in Australia.

I won't go into detail, but I describe the suburbs of Perth as a sea of terracotta, a bleak cultural desert where the sand reflects burning sunshine into your eyes and the sky is painfully blue. Many here or in Australia never leave the suburbs, really, and often move out of their parents home after uni to buy their own. Many get married and live the Australian dream. Perth is going through a boom and is really developing fast: the city is changing, tons of skyscrapers going up, projects like the Northbridge link, Elizabeth quay, new buildings like the Heath Ledger State Theatre, Perth Arena, lots of new shopping complexes.etc.

If I could describe the cultural vibe of Perth in a few sentences it would an isolated, parochial town, largely built on mining, that is self-contained but becoming more international. Life is comparatively relaxed (not that we're lazy) and the lifestyle is very outdoorsy. People are sort of casual, although there are some pretentious hipsters etc - in fact I'd say they are more pretentious than those in Melbourne because they are trying to prove Perth has got class and culture. It's the most British of Australia's cities, with many areas with tons of British migrants, founded by a Scot, but also has a lot of other influences like Italian, various Asian.etc.

Footscray is very different to Winthrop, where I lived. Winthrop is a new suburb. A former pine plantation owned by UWA, it was cleared and developed in the late 1970s so most of the housing dates from the 1980s and early 90s. Footscray was founded in the 1830s, and has quite a few late Victorian and Federation style worker's cottages. The house I live in is about 100 years old. Anyway Footscray now is very vibrant and multicultural with tons of shops, restaurants, and the Footscray markets, which is like little Saigon where you hear mostly Vietnamese. Footscray is dominated by the Vietnamese community, there are at least 50 Vietnamese restaurants here, you're spoilt for choice if you like that cuisine. Lately there's been a lot of East African immigrants which bring their interesting culture: lots of restaurants, grocery stores, clothes shops, shops.etc. It's a very interesting place to be.

Melbourne in general is a great place to live. An up and coming 'it' city it's a city which so much to do, see and eat! Very multicultural, with great culture, entertainment, lots of nice parks and eclectic neighbourhoods. The tram system - the largest in the world - really defines it.
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