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Underrated US Cities

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by gladhands, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. Beaune Head

    Beaune Head Well-Known Member

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    I think that New Orleans, as famous as it is, is underrated. New Orleanians did themselves a disservice by talking about Katrina too much and too long, because outsiders apparently think that NOLA is a bombed-out war zone, which is not at all the case. Culturally it's not like any other city in the US, and it's a real cornucopia of all sorts of delights.
     
  2. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Senior member

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    Haven't read this whole thread, but has anyone mentioned Ft. Worth, TX yet?

    If not it's probably a reflection of how underrated it is. Downtown Ft. Worth is pretty much a model for how cool urban downtown areas can be when they are done properly. It is a college town (TCU) with great museums and a low-cost standard of living.

    I believe that I heard that when ESPN/Sportcenter was in the metroplex looking for a place to put their sets during Superbowl week, they settled on Sundance Square in downtown Ft. Worth, mainly because of how flipping cool it is.
     
  3. designprofessor

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    Haven't read this whole thread, but has anyone mentioned Ft. Worth, TX yet? If not it's probably a reflection of how underrated it is. Downtown Ft. Worth is pretty much a model for how cool urban downtown areas can be when they are done properly. It is a college town (TCU) with great museums and a low-cost standard of living. I believe that I heard that when ESPN/Sportcenter was in the metroplex looking for a place to put their sets during Superbowl week, they settled on Sundance Square in downtown Ft. Worth, mainly because of how flipping cool it is.
    Ft. Worth, with the addition of the Modern can hold its own when it comes to museums. A beautiful new museum by Tadao Ando -I've been to alot of museums. Ft. Worth is on my shortlist.
     
  4. Mark from Plano

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    Ft. Worth, with the addition of the Modern can hold its own when it comes to museums.
    A beautiful new museum by Tadao Ando -I've been to alot of museums. Ft. Worth is on my shortlist.


    And of course the Kimball (Louis Kahn was the architect there, right?) has been a pretty highly regarded museum for years. Probably in the top-5 in terms of small art museums in the US. Love the Modern as well, though I've only been there a couple of times.

    Maybe I'll drive over there tomorrow for some museum hopping.
     
  5. ChicagoMediaMan

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    The Gold Coast is one of the few places in CHI where you will find some NYC-like prices on housing. There are bargains here and there, but those buildings are the buildings your typical GC resident is looking for. And while it's a nice place to live, it's one of the weaker neighborhood, IMHO, as far as restaurant, bars, and the like.

    If you're planning a vacation I would say pass on the area, with the possible exception of Oak Street for shopping (plus you can visit SF-Approved Tailor Chris Despos). If you were seriously looking to move to Chicago and are looking for the high-rise like lifestyle, then GC is a place to check out.


    True to an extent, but I am far enough north in the GC area that I am just a few blocks east of wells street where there are a ton of restaurants and a few bars.
     
  6. HRoi

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    I think long beach, ca is pretty under rated, its amazing location, small city vibe, enough culture to get by on w/o attracting yupsters ect... but lacking the aspects that make it a silverlake or los feliz type of place. A blue collar beachtown.

    I would have agreed with this 10 years ago.
     
  7. Brogued

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    For all it's amenities, the droves of cloying Midwesterners really bring down Chicago..


    Ha, that's sig-worthy.
     
  8. Davidko19

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    I think long beach, ca is pretty under rated, its amazing location, small city vibe, enough culture to get by on w/o attracting yupsters ect... but lacking the aspects that make it a silverlake or los feliz type of place. A blue collar beachtown.

    You live here, brah? There is plenty to do within walking distance at 1/3 the price of anywhere else. Especially since I can walk, passport or bike anywhere, i.e. Congregation, Yard house, shannons, belmont, 4th street, etc.


    I would have agreed with this 10 years ago.

    Wat? Have you been to long beach 10 years ago vs today? I moved here 7 years ago and from what I heard it was a skeezy little dump. Its cleaned up significantly. Unfortuantely there are places going out of business on the reg, but I think overall its great.

    Probably the only place in LA where no one gives a f*ck who you are or waht you do.
     
  9. StephenHero

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    And of course the Kimball (Louis Kahn was the architect there, right?) has been a pretty highly regarded museum for years. Probably in the top-5 in terms of small art museums in the US.
    It might be in the top-1. The Menil in Houston is great too.
     
  10. Mark from Plano

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    It might be in the top-1. The Menil in Houston is great too.
    I remember many years ago seeing a listing where the opinion of whoever making the list was that the Getty in LA was #1 and the Kimbell was #2. Of course that was before the Getty built their current facility. I'm not sure you could consider the Getty a "small" art museum anymore. All-in-all the Getty might be my favorite museum in the US. Amazing art, fantastic architecture, unmatched setting. After reading this thread I took a daytrip over to Ft. Worth with my son yesterday. Spent the afternoon at the Kimbell and the Modern, then went downtown for an early dinner. Great town. Did I mention Bass Performance Hall in my last post on Ft. Worth? Amazing.
     
  11. inq89

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    How about Durham, NC?

    I am biased because I grew up around there but I am liking the new changes. They're renovating the old tobacco buildings and the city is getting a quaint southern charm to it. We get a bad rap for crime but it's not as bad as before. RTP is down the road, Raleigh and Chapel Hill aren't far away either. Good universities, healthcare, weather, cheap standard of living. And the growing population in central NC is making the whole area pretty exciting.
     
  12. kruze

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    I am sure I could say this about a lot of bad cities but Springfield, MA is underrated. Or actually yea it does kind of suck, well the bad parts. But if we look at Longmeadow, MA or Enfield, CT its actually a pretty good area. If Longmeadow wasn't so expensive, it would be much better.

    But Enfield and the whole greater Springfield Area is underrated. You can get to Hartford [OK nightlife, too much bros, but good choice for finance type jobs], Providence, NYC, Boston, Worcester [again for jobs, nothing else], go north for Ski Areas [berkshires, VT or NH] all within a few hours. Take the train out of Springfield and you can get connected to Boston, NY, Philly, DC for cheap. So even though Springfield is pretty dump, there are some decent underrated surrounding cities. If Springfield got it's shit together and 75% of the current residents moved out to like Detroit, it'd be wayyy better.
    Another thing to note, massive history in the city. Basketball Hall, Dr Seuss, Indian Motorcycle, birthplace of dj kruze, etc.
    Colleges are aplenty. So commuting back home say for the holidays, wouldn't be that bad.
     
  13. onix

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    Oh yeah, and I like Columbia MO as well.

    Columbia MO can barely be considered a city by many.
     
  14. Blackfyre

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    Cleveland! I love Cleveland and think of it as my home -- just finished a long weekend there. Severance Hall, the Flying Fig, Lola, Light Bistro, Cleveland museum of art, much shopping, Westside Market, Tremont, incredibly beautiful indoor spaces, good cheap food (read: Souper Market), Ohio City, beautiful bridges, cheap apartments, and the very best bar on the planet earth: The Velvet Tango Room.

    I love your constant support of Cleveland. The cemetery you went to was it called Lakeview Cemetery? Also avoid kinsmen and east Cleveland at all costs. The city saddens me because with the right planning and effort it really could be like a mini Chicago, but between the corruption and general lack of direction when it comes to doing anything, its going to be a long time before something happens.
     
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    I love your constant support of Cleveland. The cemetery you went to was it called Lakeview Cemetery? Also avoid kinsmen and east Cleveland at all costs. The city saddens me because with the right planning and effort it really could be like a mini Chicago, but between the corruption and general lack of direction when it comes to doing anything, its going to be a long time before something happens.
    The cemetery Huntsman was driving through wasn't Lakeview. Given the route he was taking it was most likely Woodland Cemetery. Lakeview Cemetery is certainly worth a visit. Many of the Rockefellers are buried there along with President Garfield and Elliott Ness.
     
  17. BlueHorseShoe

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    The people are nice, but outside of a few small circles they are fairly stereotypical. If you plan on living here in the long run, I hope you went to Elder high school (and played football) and love cornhole.
    I don't think Elder really runs shit in this town. The social elites seem to have been associated with places like Summit and CCDS. Even the "public" schools like Indian Hill and Mariemont probably have more cachet.

    I also hope you don't enjoy shopping - we have a Saks and a Nordstrom, but they're for show - they are filled with 100% John W Nordstrom shirts and Saks house brand coats. Oh, and Boss. They don't carry anything even midrange like Canali or Zegna. Want to try on a pair of Aldens, C&J, Santoni, or Tramezzas? Good luck - you'll have to drive to Chicago.
    Hunt Club Clothiers carries Aldens. Romualdo's often have them as well, along with interesting brands like Paraboot. Pretty sure there are about 5 places in town where you can pick up Canali or Zegna clothes.

    Bookmarked for the next time I go to visit the Nasty. Any chance you'd care to share a few of your favorite Indian hole-in-the-walls?
    Shaan India is my favorite. I used to eat there about 5 times a week and then I got fat. Baba is also popular. There's another near West Chester that I'm forgetting about, but I've heard is good.

    I am currently in Cincy, and it's not bad at all. I'm from Atlanta, and sometimes I miss the bigger atmosphere there, but Cincinnati isn't a shithole like I used to imagine when someone mentioned OH.
     
  18. Blackfyre

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    The cemetery Huntsman was driving through wasn't Lakeview. Given the route he was taking it was most likely Woodland Cemetery.

    Lakeview Cemetery is certainly worth a visit. Many of the Rockefellers are buried there along with President Garfield and Elliott Ness.


    Forgot about Woodland. Have you been to Lakeview when daffodil hill is in bloom? Its pretty nice.
     
  19. Biggskip

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    Forgot about Woodland. Have you been to Lakeview when daffodil hill is in bloom? Its pretty nice.
    I have not. I will have to keep that in mind for this spring.
     
  20. runner-guy

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    Traverse City, MI (great resort town in summer or winter)
    Ann Arbor, MI (great college town)
     

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