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Old Posted Aug 19, 2019, 2:41 PM
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What two cities do you find most similar in nearly every respect?

This is not intended to be a city vs. city, but rather a discussion of finding pairs of cities that share a ton in common such as:

- Layout
- Architecturally
- Climatically
- Aesthetically
- Population size

So I'll start! I'll admit, I haven't been to Calgary and haven't spent a ton of time in Denver, but having been on these forums for 18 years I've seen a ton of threads on them. I find that they have a near identical landscape/climate (with Calgary certainly getting much colder of course), very similar skyline, population, and I hear culturally they're pretty aligned (libertarian-friendly population).


https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-conte...2/denver-2.jpg


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Old Posted Aug 19, 2019, 3:20 PM
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Tampa & Phoenix are water/desert analogs of each other.

Also the main cities in North Carolina have a suburban DC county analog:
Charlotte::Fairfax
Raleigh::Montgomery
Greensboro:: Prince George's
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Old Posted Aug 19, 2019, 3:34 PM
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Sacramento and Richmond. They are both mid-size state capitals. They are both 2 - 2 1/2 hours from larger metropolitan areas and both about two hours from appealing geographic amenities (beaches with Richmond, Napa wine country and the Sierras with Sacramento). They also both have rivers through the respective cities.
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Old Posted Aug 19, 2019, 3:39 PM
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I can see that.
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Old Posted Aug 19, 2019, 3:51 PM
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This isn't following your exact design for this thread(sorry) but I've always thought Boston was a smaller version of London...Americanized.

Within America, I feel like Austin and Columbus have a lot in common.
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Old Posted Aug 19, 2019, 3:57 PM
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Calgary --- Denver
Chicago --- Toronto
Los Angeles --- Mexico City

Just to name a few
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I've always found Chicago - Toronto a somewhat lazy comparison just based on being two large cities on a lake. In terms of urban layout, transportation, and architecture I find them pretty distinct. Apart from certain areas of the financial cores which could be reasonably interchanged (even then the rivers give Chicago a different feel), I don't think there are many places you could drop a person who was decently familiar with the two and they wouldn't be able to quickly discern which city it was.
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I've always found Chicago - Toronto a somewhat lazy comparison just based on being two large cities on a lake.
Agreed, though I find almost all these comparisons kinda lazy/uninformed. Chicago and Toronto don't look/feel very similar.

I think it's more "well they're both big Great Lakes cities with big skylines".
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Old Posted Aug 19, 2019, 4:26 PM
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It's even worse (and much more of a stretch) when people on here act like Miami is just like Chicago...
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South Bay and Orange County are exactly the same. Sunnyvale is basically an Indian-American dominated version of Irvine.
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This isn't following your exact design for this thread(sorry) but I've always thought Boston was a smaller version of London...Americanized.

Within America, I feel like Austin and Columbus have a lot in common.
Austin and Nashville seems to be a popular comparison as well.

A few others:
Birmingham - Pittsburgh (forested hills and steel/industrial heritage)

Tulsa - Omaha (river cities with downtown on one side of the city and the majority of the suburban growth on the opposite side)

Oklahoma City - Fort Worth (sprawling plains cities with a central walkable and rapidly redeveloping downtown core)
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So it's okay for you to say this:

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Chicago and Toronto don't look/feel very similar.
But when I say the same with regards to New York City and Philadelphia, you go off the edge.
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South Bay and Orange County are exactly the same. Sunnyvale is basically an Indian-American dominated version of Irvine.
OC is a lot whiter, beachier and more conservative, and the ethnic mix is somewhat different. And obviously the repsective economic bases are totally different.
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Austin and Nashville seems to be a popular comparison as well.


There's a huge difference between "POPULAR" and "ACCURATE"
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It's not really that Asheville is the Portland of the east so much as it is that Portland is the Asheville of the west.

Crunchy hippie granola? Check

Very liberal? Check

Almost entirely white? Check

Mountainous terrain covered from top to bottom with trees? Check

Were-possums? Check
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These comparisons are dumb. They’re based on people’s limited knowledge and of two cities they perceive kind of look similar or have some commonalities. Some of these cities are quite different in character if you get beyond the superficial similarities.
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I always love the Pittsburgh-Birmingham forced comparison as well.
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So it's okay for you to say this:



But when I say the same with regards to New York City and Philadelphia, you go off the edge.
That's because NYC and Philly differ immensely in many ways, not the least of which being shear size
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