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    Re: Which do you think is an appropriate American "model city?"

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    I'm kinda partial to Boystown. Especially down around Sheffield.
    One of the funniest things about that area is that it's the one part of the city where the construction workers are getting whistled at.

    I used to get a kick out of it, but half the guys I worked with would get all freaked out by it.
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    Re: Which do you think is an appropriate American "model city?"

    As someone who lives in the Minneapolis area (worst sprawl in the country) I would vote for Portland, Oregon. Their policy of basically drawing a ring around the city and banning development outside it has led to a flourishing downtown area and a great light rail system. Boston would be a close second. We need cities that encourage building up rather than out.

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    Re: Which do you think is an appropriate American "model city?"

    Quote Originally Posted by barefootguy View Post
    As someone who lives in the Minneapolis area (worst sprawl in the country) I would vote for Portland, Oregon. Their policy of basically drawing a ring around the city and banning development outside it has led to a flourishing downtown area and a great light rail system. Boston would be a close second. We need cities that encourage building up rather than out.
    Hmm.

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    Re: Which do you think is an appropriate American "model city?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Boulder, Colorado...what we COULD be with good zoning.
    Do you mean a nation where a 1200 square foot home cost you 650k?
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    Re: Which do you think is an appropriate American "model city?"

    I voted for Minneapolis in the poll, but if the question is what city is more American than just about any other, then I would say that Kansas City, where I live is.

    Demographically the Kansas City area matches the United States more than just about any other city in America. It is in the center of the country (almost dead center), and has 4 seasons of equal length. We have more fountains than any other city in the world other than Rome, and more miles of boulevards than Paris.



    The cost of living here is reasonable compared to many other cities. Architecturally, Kansas City is a beautiful city.



    We have a great restaurant scene and nightlife, some of the friendliest people in America, some of the world's best BBQ, one of the largest farmer's markets in America, and we have the Ozarks within 2 hours of the city. Everyone that has ever visited us here was amazed at how nice it is here and how beautiful much of the metro is.
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    Re: Which do you think is an appropriate American "model city?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    One of the funniest things about that area is that it's the one part of the city where the construction workers are getting whistled at.

    I used to get a kick out of it, but half the guys I worked with would get all freaked out by it.
    In my whole life, I have only seen maybe five hot construction workers. And one of those was on a stripper stage in Key West. I don't think he was really a construction worker now that I think about it.

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    Re: Which do you think is an appropriate American "model city?"

    There is no model American city, which is why America is such a model country. Its "model" city is whatever city fits each person's individual needs.

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    Re: Which do you think is an appropriate American "model city?"

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    In my whole life, I have only seen maybe five hot construction workers. And one of those was on a stripper stage in Key West. I don't think he was really a construction worker now that I think about it.


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    Re: Which do you think is an appropriate American "model city?"

    I'm not a fan of large cities at all. Asheville is as big as I can handle. I prefer medium sized cities/communities where its large enough to do what you need, but not impersonal like major metropolitan cities are.

    If I had to pick a major metropolitan, I'd take Chicago.
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    Re: Which do you think is an appropriate American "model city?"

    Quote Originally Posted by WI Crippler View Post
    If I had to pick a major metropolitan, I'd take Chicago.
    You really should pick a city with better sport teams. Life in a city just seems better when you have good teams playing there.

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