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  1. Cincinnati did used to have alleys like this, there actually is an old synogague in downtown by the aranoff that was converted into housing that sits in the alleyway.
  2. neilworms

    Nashville Gentrification Madness #3

    I wouldn't be so sure of that, Frosted tips and nu metal fashion are pretty embarassing. First half of the early 2000s decade's fashion was as bad as its music. Guy Fieri is my generation's disco stu.
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    Nashville Gentrification Madness #3

    Your still not looking hard enough at Chicago, there are plenty of ethnic areas esp on the far north side and divey/old school food spots of all types sprinkled all over the city. You'd probably love Bridgeport or Jefferson Park to cite a few neighborhoods that don't fit what you are describing.
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    Nashville Gentrification Madness #3

    The loop is boring, good stuff is in the neighborhoods... too many touirsts don't venture out of it.
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    Nashville Gentrification Madness #3

    Very romantic choice lol.
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    Nashville Gentrification Madness #3

    Cincinnati is quite a bit less diverse than either Cleveland or esp Columbus. IMO the food scene in Columbus is a lot closer to Chicago's than Cincy's is. I can't vouch for Cleveland as I've not been there as much.
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    Nashville Gentrification Madness #3

    One final thing I'll add that if people are in say the entertainment or fashion industries they have no choice but to move to a handful of cities if they want to get a high paying job in their field. Anti Trust laws probably should be a thing invoked to keep that from happening and it would do a lot to make our country a lot less of winner and loser regions kind of place.
  8. neilworms

    Nashville Gentrification Madness #3

    ^-I found a really great circle of friends and feeling of community here in Chicago that I never had elsewhere so I'm not leaving and its not so expensive here that I cannot live (we are a relative bargin for the amenities you get here), but everyone's experiences is different. I like a world where change moves faster and people aren't afraid to try new things or meet new people. But yeah we are in agreement that's not for everyone and there are people here that yes would be just fine living in Ohio and maybe even happier for it.
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    Nashville Gentrification Madness #3

    Yeah I know lots of people exist like that out there, which is why I find it frustrating sometimes about the knee jerk reaction people in "cool cities" have against "uncool places". For a lot of people living in Ohio is fine, and they don't have to worry about paying as much rent either but the culture of the place they are in makes it seem like its a subhuman place (its not). LGBT and other minorities have more of a point here as culture can be more hostile to them in these regions, but IMO their reaction is overblown in this case, its not instant death.
  10. neilworms

    Nashville Gentrification Madness #3

    Some of us like being able to eat food from all over the world and not be stuck in a culture that overly venerates TGIF Friday's and their ilk or states that x fast food restaurant in y town is the best fast food restaurant. I think that's a big difference between suburbs in Ohio vs the ones in Chicago the food options are significantly greater. Biggest difference culturally though is what's considered racist and culturally acceptable behavior around race due to the diversity of these places. (at least compared to SW Ohio, mileage may vary for people from Columbus or Cleveland). The later is part of the reason why republican leaning Chicago suburbs broke hard for Hilary when comparable places outside of Cincinnati still supported Trump.
  11. neilworms

    Nashville Gentrification Madness #3

    I'd argue that the diversity leads to a huge amount of difference at least on a cultural level also having towns arranged around a commuter rail system that oftentimes are mini cities in their own right changes things. Though its not as sharp a difference as that between urban and suburban culture in general.
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    Nashville Gentrification Madness #3

    A lot of that insecurity IMO comes from the constant barrage of attacks from the GOP about crime in Chicago which while a problem doesn't top per capita lists.... These attacks btw are really more about Obama and delegitimizing him.
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    Nashville Gentrification Madness #3

    I was in Blue Ash. So yeah it was a diverse northern burb.
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    Nashville Gentrification Madness #3

    Yeah I've seen the same from New Urbanist Memes for Transit Oriented Teens the facebook group I was talking about - there were people there who thought that because they were LGBT or some other minority they would be instantly shot by bubbah and his shotgun if they even set foot outside of their bubble
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    Nashville Gentrification Madness #3

    Change the genre of music, and those kinds of stupid bars do exist in Chicago particularly in River North, though River North is pretty much tailor made for tourists or a certain kind of transplant who loves living a phony pretentious big city culture for like 2x the price of what you could get it for in other neighborhoods and 10x the bro-y-ness. It frequently tops surveys of most hated neighborhood in Chicago by Chicagoans even beating Wrigleyville.
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