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What cities have you completely changed your opinion on over the years?

Oct 28, 2017
6,543
Staples Center
Could be a city that you loved but now hate, one you were so meh on but it grew on you...whatever.

I dunno, I used to feel that Seattle was boring and overrated, now I find it one of the most desirable cities to live in. It's not that touristy and user friendly, I guess, but the quality of life is superb, it seems.
 

nsilvias

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Oct 25, 2017
4,827
Chicago sucks, It's cold ass hell for like 3-4 months out of the year. You can't really do anything during that time.
 

jb1234

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Oct 25, 2017
3,498
Seattle. It used to be arty, affordable and diverse. Now it's none of those things and the life is slowly getting choked out of it.
 

dadjumper

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Oct 27, 2017
1,781
Japan
Parts of Tokyo are the fucking worst. Shibuya, Shinjuku, Harajuku, Akiba, Nakano.... fuckin shitholes full of dumb ass tourist and dickhead businessmen.
Nakano is still worth going to for certain shops and restaurants (as are the others unfortunately) but dang

Meanwhile I've gained an appreciation for my hometown. Wellington is a nice little city with some cool vibes and a lot of good food. Lot of dickheads around tho
 

Pluto

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Oct 25, 2017
1,377
London, it used to be beautiful, now, now it's full of skyscrapers. I'm glad most european capitals don't allow a lot of high rise buildings all over.
 
Oct 26, 2017
245
Could be a city that you loved but now hate, one you were so meh on but it grew on you...whatever.

I dunno, I used to feel that Seattle was boring and overrated, now I find it one of the most desirable cities to live in. It's not that touristy and user friendly, I guess, but the quality of life is superb, it seems.
Seattle. It used to be arty, affordable and diverse. Now it's none of those things and the life is slowly getting choked out of it.
lul.....

Seattle born and raise here it’s definitely “different” but that goes without saying when a city has economic success.
 

Geoff

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Oct 27, 2017
6,649
London, it used to be beautiful, now, now it's full of skyscrapers. I'm glad most european capitals don't allow a lot of high rise buildings all over.
Not sure I agree with this. Most of the lost beauty of London was lost in fire and blitz. I'm not aware of much that has been lost to skyscapers. The skyline is different now but I quite like it.
 

Jindrax

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Oct 28, 2017
1,090
Thought Frankfurt was a nice place... Turns out I was wrong.

EDIT: context: someone stole my fucking chicken (uber eats)
 

jot

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Oct 25, 2017
969
Toronto. Used to like it. After living here a few years, I’ve grown to despise the cost of living and the people. So many people believe that Toronto is a world class city, on par with a NYC or London, to justify its insane real estate costs. It’s a mid-tier city with an insane housing bubble.
 

Pluto

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Oct 25, 2017
1,377
Not sure I agree with this. Most of the lost beauty of London was lost in fire and blitz. I'm not aware of much that has been lost to skyscapers. The skyline is different now but I quite like it.
Maybe I remember it wrong, I was young when I first visited but I remember it being a really nice place. Now it's full of modern skyscrapers and I don't like those at all. Maybe they haven't replaced much but they certainly draw attention.
 

Geoff

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Oct 27, 2017
6,649
Maybe I remember it wrong, I was young when I first visited but I remember it being a really nice place. Now it's full of modern skyscrapers and I don't like those at all. Maybe they haven't replaced much but they certainly draw attention.
Unless you are incredibly old I think this is more to do with your perception changing as you get older than it is to do with London.

That being said, it has clearly changed in terms of the skyline. I just think what was there before wasn't that great, just a lot shorter. But if you don't like skyscrapers then that'll be enough to annoy you I suppose,
 

-Pyromaniac-

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Oct 25, 2017
3,470
I live in Toronto and used to be semi proud of it. But the cost of living has become preposterous, the housing situation is downright laughable, the amount of homeless seems to be (anecdotally) notably on the rise, yes there is good food but I find most people congregate at the same handful of places. In general I just don't find it that interesting anymore, and the cost/housing is a joke, and the job market is far too competitive, and I personally can't find much to do that isn't a hassle or something you can't get elsewhere.

Also public transit is almost as bad now as 20 years ago.
 

Haze

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Oct 25, 2017
6,879
Atlanta, GA
I think about moving there myself.
I live in Atlanta now and while I do like the city, it’s really difficult to get a job in my degree field here because everyone in the south east is doing what I’m doing.

Detroit kind of reminds me of Atlanta but there’s a lot more sustainable growth from the city because it’s coming up from a rough spot. I figure I better get in while the getting is good.
 

dean_rcg

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Oct 27, 2017
1,562
Not sure I agree with this. Most of the lost beauty of London was lost in fire and blitz. I'm not aware of much that has been lost to skyscapers. The skyline is different now but I quite like it.
I've gone the other way, I used to hate it but I really like visiting now for the museums, galleries, restaurants etc.
 

shnurgleton

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Oct 27, 2017
11,491
Boston
SF

Used to love it and desperately wanted to move there. I still think it's stunningly beautiful but would absolutely never consider living there until they get their housing and crime and literal shit sorted out
 

SliceSabre

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Oct 25, 2017
4,286
Los Angeles, I used to think it must be an awesome seeming city to live in.

Visited it for the first time a couple years back with family, I'm from Ohio for reference. They live near the city so they've been there a lot and showed me the sights and all the various tourist attractions.

I hated every moment I was there. It is the worst kind of urban sprawl that I hate to see, there is no aspect of that city I found enjoyable to be in and that includes the beaches. Ok I'll be fair, the food was nice.