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

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    I love Atlanta but I wouldn't model another city after it.
    Honestly Atlanta is a trashhole. Lots of drugs(and drime), impractical city, I cant actually think of one positive thing beside from the weather.
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    Re: Which do you think is an appropriate American "model city?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus Zeebra View Post
    Honestly Atlanta is a trashhole. Lots of drugs(and drime), impractical city, I cant actually think of one positive thing beside from the weather.
    Freaknik. Hotlanta. Peachtree St...all good things about Atlanta. Oh, and Einstein's Cafe. The people. Druid Hills.

    And actually, the weather there is the suck from about June on.

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

    I personally love Huntsville, Alabama. Because of NASA and the space stuff, the city as a whole is incredibly educated. Alabama also has dirt low real estate taxes. Huntsville is big enough to have everything you need without the clusterf*ck factor of taking 2 hours to get wherever you want.

    It's within 3 hours of Memphis, Atlanta, Nashville, and Birmingham. It's also not saturated with country music fanatics and you aren't officially property of Ted Turner by living there.

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

    Boston really is great city. I'd say it's just about the perfect size, not so big that it's impossible to navigate but not so small that it's insignificant or boring. I'd wager that nearly everyone in the country knows what/where Boston is, giving people the notion that it's actually bigger than it is (much like our local beer company Samuel Adams according to their new commercials). It's pretty much the cleanest city I've been to in America, and it's been developed over the last 50 or so years to make it much closer to nature. Grass and trees are never more than a few blocks away.

    It's quiet too, despite Massachusetts' reputation for terrible drivers, you can live peacefully in Boston without the constant noise of traffic. The scenery is beautiful with the ocean always close by, the Charles River winding its way through, and the scenic historical buildings that are all over the place, and the domes of Harvard beautifying the skyline over the river.

    Of course it's one of the two most historical cities in the country also, with many important events in the Revolution taking place here such as the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and the Battle of Boston Harbor.

    Of course, it had its trouble in the last century. Racial tension was huge here, and it got very close to breaking out into violence, immigrant groups like the Irish and the Italians had to go through the long process of assimilating (although now they run the city, you'll be hard pressed to find a politician in Massachusetts without an Irish or Italian name), and of course we were famous for our "dirty water" (which has since been cleaned), also contrary to how the city is now (very contrary) Boston used to be one of the most socially conservative cities in the country (consider the phrase "Banned in Boston"). Of course, now our reputation is as one of the most liberal areas in the country second only perhaps to San Francisco (not a problem for me, a source of pride actually, but I imagine many of you would be uncomfortable with it).

    I've really come to love the city over the last few years, it's really a great place.
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    Re: Which do you think is an appropriate American "model city?"

    Los Angeles is the best example of American cities. It's also a great example of what happens when you let city planners with hair-brained ideas and do-gooders get the best of your city. Los Angeles could be so much more. It's a tragic city. I love it. I wish it was more. I wish it was what it can be.

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

    Detroit by far.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Yossarian View Post
    Detroit by far.
    Detroit doesn't really have the best reputation. I'm sure there are plenty of areas that don't look like "Life After People", but could you elaborate?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Yossarian View Post
    Detroit by far.
    Detroit could be, but I don't think it represents what Americans want (single family home and driving to work) quite like Los Angeles does.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by phattonez View Post
    Detroit could be, but I don't think it represents what Americans want (single family home and driving to work) quite like Los Angeles does.
    i was starting to find this list credible until detroit was found to be in 64th position:
    [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_by_quality_of_living]List of cities by quality of living - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
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    Re: Which do you think is an appropriate American "model city?"

    And Washington DC is 44th. That's just amazing, lol.

    What's a model city? Cars, freeways, homes, CBD (central business district) surrounded by miles and miles of sprawl, strip malls, etc. This has been the "model city" of America for more than half a century, and Los Angeles is the archetype of an American city.

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