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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by Iron Mickey, Nov 25, 2021.
Drove through Augusta, Maine this past summer.
It is America's truck stop. A windswept, flat, dusty, featureless sprawl that exists only because I-40 and I-35 intersect there. Devon Tower is like 300 feet taller than any other building in the city, giving their skyline a ridiculous appearance, and giving OKC a central spire that is visible no matter where you are, like it's Sauron's tower. Even though it is Oklahoma's most populous city, the state's cultural center ended up almost 2 hours northeast. There's nothing going on in OKC.
I never stay mad when guys decide they want to leave the Thunder, because I wouldn't live there and I'm the target audience, I can't expect a young black millionaire to want to.
I love providence and Boston.Worked in Montpelier for a while and loved it.
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Richmond has certainly turned a corner. Pretty sure it was close to the murder capitol of the US for a few years in the 80s and early 90s.
charleston WV isn’t bad. Not a big fan of all the chemical plant smells though.
You’ve obviously never been to Jackson, Mississippi.
Topeka is the drizzling shits.
Drove through a few years ago on way to White Mtns from Acadia and I couldn't believe it was a state capital. There is one main street along the river with 2 restaurants and that's basically it.
I went to Jackson one time in like 9th grade and enjoyed my visit, mainly because of the food. Tell me how far off I was (because I was a 9th grader who loved him some Chili's too) or how bad my memory is: we ate at Little Willy's ribs, Cock of the Walk, and Ralph and Kakoos (sp?).
LR and OKC aren’t bad. There’s a ton of good restaurants and breweries and places to go. The riverwalk in LR isn’t a bad weekend trip but I wouldn’t want to live in LR. OKC is better than LR and is probably the only place in Oklahoma that isn’t a shit hole. I wouldn’t put either up against some of the other suggestions. Plus OKC has a pro team and a ton of concerts so there’s always that.
Jackson sucks. The infrastructure is abysmal. It can’t gets its citizens water most of the time. It’s really going to take all the suburbs of Jackson and the city itself to really bring it back. There’s a lot of people in Jackson who gained power and just scratch their friends back to the detriment of the city. Our hot news anchor and her two kids were robbed at gun point a few weeks ago and I think a lot of people have held their hands up and decided to let the city rot. Businesses are fleeing the city so
I’m not sure there’s much hope left for it.
I'm sure there's a long explanation but short one would suffice.
If Thomas Jefferson came back from the dead and learned Jefferson City was named after him he'd be offended
Agree to disagree on Charleston...I think it's pretty much a shit hole. I manage two operations in WV... Charleston and Huntington...and when I visit I always stay in Huntington. There isn't shit to do downtown Charleston and it's impossible not to drive around without seeing cracked out meth heads walking around like zombies. Huntington is a much better river town in WV. They are at least trying to be a nice modernized town.
I’ve been to 22 off that list and Jackson was the worst, IMO
Couldnt tell you too much moved away when I was 6
Tbf I might be confusing Charleston experiences with Huntington experiences
Not sure if pun or coincidence
Albany has a lot of cool old architecture. Albany and Troy are way better these days than back in the 80s-90s
Santa Fe is pretty elite. Influx of Bay Area transplants has probably made it even more expensive though
Montgomery has a fazolis so it is disqualified
Huntington has the nice Pullman Square in their downtown with a little strip of bars and restaurants around it. They've even put in a nice market with local vendors for food (think North Market on much smaller scale...but, it's still good to see). It's a good little area to walk around. The person I have managing the Charleston operation won't even let me drive to get food where they like to get it from unless he's coming just for an extra guy to ward off any approaching zombies. It's pretty sad over there to be honest.
Baton Rouge Country Club is great.
Montgomery and Jackson are practically indistinguishable, so they’re 1a and 1b.
If Topeka has any redeeming qualities I have yet to find them. The west part of Lawrence has grown a crazy amount bc people would rather commute than actually live in Topeka.
I live around Jackson and have been in Montgomery a lot recently. I used to run an outreach program in some of the poorest neighborhoods in Jackson. You legit can’t take your eyes off the road or you’ll hit two foot deep pot holes. Hell some people have started gardens in these pot holes.
Topeka has a strong Montgomery/Jackson feel to it, too.
It’s not the worst but I stayed in downtown Hartford, CT one night and went for a few mile run. Not exactly sure where I was downtown but I remember thinking how weird it was I didn’t see a single person walking around. It was dark but 8-9pm at the latest
show us the pothole gardens, we want to see the pothole gardens
Trivia: what is the oldest capital city?
Probably Santa Fe
Of all the capitals I’ve been to Jackson was the worst. Haven’t been to that many though.
Great job, Dort Sr!
Taking a shot at Vermont - Montpelier. Been to Vermont many times and have driven past Montpelier every time without stopping. Not sure what's there or if there is anything cool to do.
Fairly certain it is the country's smallest state capital by population, with a population of like 8k
Do they have weed and a Ben and Jerry’s outlet?
What's happening in Jackson sounds similar to what happened in Flint
Greenville wasn't the name until 1831. It was established as Pleasantburg in 1797, while the capital moved in 1786. So I guess the Cherokee living in the upstate were clamoring for the capital to move.
Agree that Columbia sucks though (outside of the zoo).
Jackson MS is awful. Some of the surrounding areas are nice little suburbs though.
Besides, a couple coastal cities, Oxford, cities west of Hattiesburg, and a couple cities outside of Jackson…. All of MS is pretty bad.
When I was in Jackson area a month ago, some dude was murdered right out side my hotel room in a decent area. The Ridgeland Highland high end shopping complex.
Baton Rouge grew way too fast and the infrastructure is abysmal. Pretty shitty capital as well.
I was born and spent the first 12 years of my life in Topeka so I gotta defend it some…
just kidding, place fucking sucks.
Fun fact: my family went to church with Fred Phelps and actually used him as legal counsel once before he went bat shit and started Westboro.
Albany was awful, but spent almost all my time there in its 'industrial' area
As a Michigan resident, I have no idea what goes on there aside from government operations. It might as well be the capitol building and an internet server that runs the business services website.
What capital is the smallest city in respect to its state? For instance, Lansing is the 6th largest city in Michigan and Sante Fe is the 4th largest city in NM.
would guess Frankfort KY
Doesn’t seem many capitals are in good shape
Cheyenne during Frontier Days is probably the easiest place in the US to pick up a hooker
but that isn’t a city, even Ketchum has like 900 residents