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What's your favorite U.S. city?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Connemara, Jun 9, 2008.

  1. tiecollector

    tiecollector Senior member

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    New York. Most cities just suck in this country. LA is a close second solely because I love taco trucks.

    I don't know it is fair to say they suck. Most countries only have a couple metropolitan areas. In the US there is at least one per state. If you are from one of the biggest cities then everywhere else is an automatic downgrade unless you are looking for something different.
     
  2. Matt

    Matt Senior member

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  3. jpeirpont

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    Hmmmm I have never been past the Mississippi River so I'll have to just go by the ones I've been to.

    I'd probably say Savannah, GA.

    What I like:
    - Historic city with lots of great architecture and real charm
    - Very business oriented
    - Very large college crowd so the town is hip and artsy
    - Great parks
    - Great restaurants and shops, city is committed to revitilization
    - Ghetto is slowly being pushed further away so it's not as dangerous as it used to
    - Second largest St. Patty's day celebration in the country, amazing
    - All the urban crap like malls is by law forced away from town
    - Airport is small, easy to access
    - Proximity to Florida without being in Florida
    - Tybee Island is a great beach town
    - Fairly cheap housing costs (away from downtown)
    - Lot of the city is accessible in walking distance
    - The moss tree lined roads are awesome

    Dislikes:
    - Weather in the summer is just stupidly hot and humid
    - The "Palmetto Bugs (aka roaches)" are everywhere and are my most hated creature
    - The town is a bit hard to access downtown due to driving around the parks and the many tourists in horse drawn carriages
    - If you live out in the islands you understand when I say gnats.
    - Although the ghetto has been pushed away there are still some rough spots very close to town and walking at night is still dangerous.
    - Outside of Savannah there isn't much else (Altanta 4hrs, Charleston 2hrs)
    - While the Ocean is warm at Tybee it is murky due to the silt and not ocean blue like South Florida
    - Some job markets may be tight there
    - Possible hurricane zone and evacuation is a nightmare (8hrs in traffic last time)



    New York I enjoy sometimes but mostly I just find it overwhelming. I usually go to the city to catch a show, go to a club or bar, etc but everytime I leave I feel relieved I live in CT. I enjoy the super late nights there that just aren't found anywhere else in the US, however I find everything overpriced. I don't find walking around NYC in the summer fun as the temperatures skyrocket underneath the buildings. Also what the hell is up with the last train at 1:55?


    I can tell you my worst city, Hartford, CT. It's sad too, there are some great places and restaurants mixed in there but the city is just a cesspool of crime and poverty. For such a small city it has the murder and crime rate of a metropolis.


    Malls are suburban for the most part I thought.
    I'm not sure but you do not seem to like cities much or you like your cities to be as suburban as possible.
     
  4. briancl

    briancl Senior member

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    I love NYC and SF and of course Chicago. I'd normally pick SF over all of them, but in my 3 second decision to pick a winner, I realized I chose to live in Chicago over the others for a reason that wasn't work or family related. Purely a personal choice.. so I picked Chicago.
     
  5. rdawson808

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    I've lived in two of them and have visited another eight.

    I picked NYC. Of course, I only go there as a visitor so it's all holidays for me--none of the real-life issues. But that city has more to do than I can imagine. If I have the money, I'd move there.


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  6. visionology

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    Malls are suburban for the most part I thought.
    I'm not sure but you do not seem to like cities much or you like your cities to be as suburban as possible.



    Yeah malls are sometimes suburban and sometimes not. There are malls in larger cities, for example in Providence, RI there is one right smack in downtown.

    The mall in Savannah is away from the town on the outskirts which I noted as a plus because it wasn't near the downtown area. Savannah is pretty sprawled out, when you reach the outskirts it doesn't resemble the old world downtown area which I prefer.


    I don't like suburban as possible or I'd be living in Litchfield, CT, Vermont, or New Hampshire, etc. I like to have the conveniences of a large city at my fingertips without having to live directly in the middle of the chaos.


    That's why I have fun when I visit NYC, Chicago, Boston, etc yet wouldn't necessarily like to live there.
     
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    I've lived in six of these cities and visited another 32. I chose San Francisco as my favorite US city to visit, but it's a pain in the a** to live there. I much, much prefer living in a small town. I enjoy my current small town more than any place I've ever lived. There's a lot to be said for living in a small town, traveling occasionally for business, and making enough money to travel for pleasure periodically.
     
  9. matadorpoeta

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    i'm shocked that san jose, san antonio, and phoenix are that high on the list of most populous u.s. cities.

    and el paso is bigger than boston?
     
  10. eidolon

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    I've lived in six of these cities and visited another 32. I chose San Francisco as my favorite US city to visit, but it's a pain in the a** to live there.

    I much, much prefer living in a small town. I enjoy my current small town more than any place I've ever lived. There's a lot to be said for living in a small town, traveling occasionally for business, and making enough money to travel for pleasure periodically.


    I agree with everything in this post, especially the line about SF.

    I picked Chicago because my time there has always been similar to my time in New York, just with less bullshit. The traffic is somehow worse than New York, though, which I never got.
     
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    In that order: NYC, Chicago, San Francisco
     
  13. sho'nuff

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    nothing beats good ol San Fernando Valley. which technically is los Angeles, but i dont like the whole city of LA, just certain parts of it.


    now that ive been living in orange county the past 4 years, i actually prefer living in Irvine, Costa Mesa than LA.
     
  14. briancl

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    I agree with everything in this post, especially the line about SF.

    I picked Chicago because my time there has always been similar to my time in New York, just with less bullshit. The traffic is somehow worse than New York, though, which I never got.


    Chicago traffic is deceptive. First, it's a city that you actually can have a car, so you are more likely to be stuck in traffic whereas in New York, you probably never get behind the wheel, so you don't notice the traffic. Second, the suburban area in Chicago is much further spread out which means you have to travel farther to get anywhere.

    If you spend a great deal of time in and around NYC driving from city to suburb and back, you'll quickly appreciate the amount of traffic the NYC has to offer.

    Either way, my solution to the problem: don't drive.
     
  15. Piobaire

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    Whatever city I am currently in.

    Years ago, before we were married, my wife and I talked about possible transfers for me in my career. We both came to the conclusion that if you were making enough money, most any major city in the US is quite liveable.
     
  16. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    I'm sort of surprised at the lack of votes for L.A. Does it suck? I've never been.
     
  17. Coho

    Coho Senior member

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    Is it just me or many people here just voted for whichever city they happen to currently reside in? [​IMG]
     
  18. Coho

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    L.A. does suck. Unless you're a Cholo in East Los, I would never call that place home even though I went to school there in my adolescent life. It's much worse now with tons of illegal immigrants pouring in each day.

    I'm sort of surprised at the lack of votes for L.A. Does it suck? I've never been.
     
  19. matadorpoeta

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    I'm sort of surprised at the lack of votes for L.A. Does it suck? I've never been.

    it's the best city in the world if you don't mind hideous traffic, smog, earthquakes, fires, mudslides, drive-by shootings, freeway shootings, corrupt city government and police, crips, bloods, paparazzi induced car collisions, and fake tits everywhere.

    i'm more surprised the number of votes for san francisco. i loved it the first few times i went, but it gets old pretty fast and it's too cold up there. if you stray into a less than affluent neighborhood, it feels like some ugly city on the east coast, though i've never been to the east coast.
     
  20. shellshock

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    L.A. does suck. Unless you're a Cholo in East Los, I would never call that place home even though I went to school there in my adolescent life. It's much worse now with tons of illegal immigrants pouring in each day.

    it's the best city in the world if you don't mind hideous traffic, smog, earthquakes, fires, mudslides, drive-by shootings, freeway shootings, corrupt city government and police, crips, bloods, paparazzi induced car collisions, and fake tits everywhere.

    i'm more surprised the number of votes for san francisco. i loved it the first few times i went, but it gets old pretty fast and it's too cold up there. if you stray into a less than affluent neighborhood, it feels like some ugly city on the east coast, though i've never been to the east coast.



    fuck the haters!
     

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