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post #166 of 237
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Originally Posted by mr. magoo View Post
When Middle-Aged Southerners discover a place where they can actually walk from a bar to a restaurant to a cultural event, they think they've stumbled on nirvana (see New Orleans or Charleston). Ft. Worth wouldn't measure up to, say, Providence or Minneapolis in terms of cool. I'd put it on par with Des Moines.
Nice backhanded insult. I've not been to Providence or Des Moines, but have been to Minneapolis. It was certainly nice, but I wouldn't say that it was miles ahead of Ft. Worth on the "cool" scale. Besides, how would you know, the fucking place is blanketed in 25 feet of snow 360 days a year.
post #167 of 237
I actually have so little desire to live in the USA anymore, but if I had to, Austin, TX would be on my short list.
post #168 of 237
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Originally Posted by Mark from Plano View Post
I've not been to Providence or Des Moines, but have been to Minneapolis. It was certainly nice, but I wouldn't say that it was miles ahead of Ft. Worth on the "cool" scale. Besides, how would you know, the fucking place is blanketed in 25 feet of snow 360 days a year.

I would.

The actual street life on Nicollet and Hennepin Aves. is greater than downtown Ft. Worth, its Warehouse District alone is superior to downtown Ft. Worth in terms of eating and drinking, and its got some downtown cultural nodes (Orchestra Hall, new Guthrie Theater Complex, arguably Walker Art Museum) and sporting venues (new baseball stadium, old basketball arena) that are substantially more impressive than Bass, which is kind of a one off. Frankly, Minneapolis's downtown is ahead of Dallas's, Houston's or Ft. Worth's.

If The Ballpark at Arlington and the Ft. Worth museums were downtown, it would have the bones to compete, though I don't think it would have the sheer volume of "cool" people to compare. Minneapolis made tremendous strides in bringing residents to its downtown, which has made it more 24 hours.

That being said, Ft. Worth's downtown is nice and the city is certainly underrated. I think it's testimony to what good planning -- or more to the point one family pouring lots of money into it -- can do for a downtown. Most cities would be lucky to have such a nicely scaled and relatively healthy place, especially "second" cities in metro areas (e.g., Tacoma, Oakland, St. Paul, etc.)

If I were to make a similar snide comment about the climate, Ft. Worth can't have any streetlife because you'd pass out from heat stroke anytime between Easter and Thanksgiving. That, of course, is an overstatement. But Minnesota and Texas have similarly harsh climates. The difference is that you can't go outside in winter in Minnesota and can't go outside in Texas in summer.
post #169 of 237
lol, I got beat up in a race-fueled attack in 3rd grade on Hennepin Ave. Great temples and public library, at least?
post #170 of 237
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post
When did you go to Mizzou, PF?

Columbia isn't much of a city, but I think it might be okay for living if I were ever to get my fill of living in the city and needed a very quiet place to wind out my days. I think the surrounding areas (or lack thereof?) tend to make Columbia look like a better place, but if you were a rich old fogey who just wanted to chase young tail, you could do worse than buying a sports car and creeping downtown Columbia every evening. That goes for a lot of other midwest college towns as well, but Columbia has a nice cost of living, at least. You can ball out on a budget.

03 to 04.
post #171 of 237
I was gone that year (and the year before) on exchange. =\\ but we're eerily internet close, dude.
post #172 of 237
State College, PA
Hoboken
post #173 of 237
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Originally Posted by marg View Post
State College, PA
Hoboken

Hoboken sucks and is highly overrated.
post #174 of 237
Salisbury, MD



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haha, just kidding.
post #175 of 237
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I was gone that year (and the year before) on exchange. =\\ but we're eerily internet close, dude.

U Mizzou alum?
post #176 of 237
indeed I r. you probably know me, right? There were a total of 5 asian people who could speak English there. I had a red BMW 540i with big BBS's that I used to drive around town around that time.
post #177 of 237
I might have. What year did you graduate? Columbia has actually changed quite bit since then. I remember besides the school, there was the airport and that was about it. OH and the McD by highway 70.
post #178 of 237
I graduated in '05... if you ever ate at the pho place, chances are you saw me there; I ate pho like 3-4 times a week at the minimum in college. $4.65, couldn't beat it.
post #179 of 237
I was a nerd back then. . but I might have. It's been so long. I used to go to a few basketball games because someone I knew played on the team. That was when Quin Snyder was still there. Go tigers. FYI Mizzou raped K-state this past Monday.
post #180 of 237
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Originally Posted by marg View Post
State College, PA
Hoboken

Really? What are its good qualities, other than being home to Penn State? I spent seven years of my life there, and I found the city to be okay, but nothing better than that.

Also, if you tell the locals that State College is an underrated city, they will treat you like the dumbest person on the planet: it's a borough, not a city dammit! (I got that lecture from a local my first week there.)
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