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2013-01-31 08:08:32 AM
Portland, OR
 
2013-01-31 09:06:16 AM
Not one city in FL?  Fail.
 
2013-01-31 09:08:39 AM
That article is 22 pages long?  WTF?
 
2013-01-31 09:44:46 AM
Santa Cruz.

/Go slugs!
 
2013-01-31 10:04:20 AM
"How did voters define offbeat? ... Other top 20 cities, such as Santa Fe and Providence, RI, have vibrant arts communities, ranking well in the survey for galleries, theater, and live music."


My, my. How incredibly strange and weird and unbecoming.

I'm guessing most Travel + Leisure survey participants are bright-white-tennis-shoe suburban types.
 
2013-01-31 10:16:35 AM

MmmmBacon: Portland, OR


Done in 1
 
2013-01-31 10:27:12 AM
Portland, ME is #10.

...

Hell, the whole damn STATE is full of strange people. I should know. :P
 
2013-01-31 10:27:42 AM

Rev. Skarekroe: That article is 22 pages long?  WTF?


Retirees have plenty of time to read every page.  They aren't in a big hurry.  As anyone stuck behind them in a line anywhere can vouch for.
 
2013-01-31 10:56:02 AM
No Key West?
 
2013-01-31 10:56:07 AM
I had a doubt that it would be a place in Florida, but the tag left only one possible conclusion.

Girl I met from Oregon wears a helmet when she's in a car.  She is 22 now.
 
2013-01-31 10:58:26 AM
Now available in non-slideshow form. http://desli.de/JZU
 
2013-01-31 11:00:59 AM

Diogenes: Not one city in FL?  Fail.


The strange in Floriduh is a whole 'nother article...
 
2013-01-31 11:01:12 AM
It seems the people at Travel & Leisure have never been to West Virginia.
 
2013-01-31 11:01:33 AM
No. 10 Portland, ME

One thing that's happily un-quirky about the locals: their good driving, which ranked No. 1.


That IS quirky.  I've never been to a city that boasts good drivers.  Even drivers from suburban areas (NJ, CT, Long Island) boast about how terrible their drivers are.
 
2013-01-31 11:02:29 AM

Rev. Skarekroe: That article is 22 pages long?  WTF?


It's a slide show and it reloads the whole page each time. Pain in the ass.
 
2013-01-31 11:02:56 AM
No. 7, represent.  I've seen some other Farkers mention they were from SAV, or lived there at one point.  It truly is big city strange, with a quaint small town feel.
 
2013-01-31 11:04:04 AM
Best part of the article is the Weeners.  Amandameezer is the epitome of hipster asshole, whining about how cool Portland USED to be, before all the posers moved in, and how much it sucks now.
 
2013-01-31 11:04:10 AM
My guess was New Orleans.

But about NYC being #12, we have wackos, but at least in Manhattan its mostly Midwestern yuppies, not artsy types any more. From the article though, NYC ranked last place for cleanliness? Considering the amount of people, I consider Manhattan very clean. Queens is motherfing disgusting though. And a city with some of the worst drivers? I consider NYC drivers to be among the best... particularly compared to places like Boston and LA.
 
2013-01-31 11:04:12 AM
Richmond, VA
 
2013-01-31 11:08:52 AM
New York is only 12th?!?! Have they not been to the east village? Hell, Union Square has drum circles... honest to God drum circles.
 
2013-01-31 11:09:38 AM
Welp, that explains me, I guess. I've lived in 4 of those places.

And now I live in the sticks surrounded by sugar cane fields.

/stay off my lawn
//no really. There's fire ants there that diesel won't kill.
 
2013-01-31 11:10:20 AM

victrin: Union Square has drum circles


I popped out at that stop accidentally once, and really didn't find it weird at all.  Just felt like a party with college kids.
 
2013-01-31 11:11:30 AM
I don't know, but we could throw out the "got".
 
2013-01-31 11:11:34 AM

victrin: New York is only 12th?!?! Have they not been to the east village? Hell, Union Square has drum circles... honest to God drum circles.


Drum circles?


We strike at dawn.
 
2013-01-31 11:13:27 AM

Lollipop165: My guess was New Orleans.

But about NYC being #12, we have wackos, but at least in Manhattan its mostly Midwestern yuppies, not artsy types any more. From the article though, NYC ranked last place for cleanliness? Considering the amount of people, I consider Manhattan very clean. Queens is motherfing disgusting though. And a city with some of the worst drivers? I consider NYC drivers to be among the best... particularly compared to places like Boston and LA.


Manhattan is constantly FILLED with 8 foot high piles of garbage bags.  Right there on the sidewalk.  That is clean to you?  no other city i've ever been to, even outside the US, has that going on.
 
2013-01-31 11:15:01 AM

RumsfeldsReplacement: Manhattan is constantly FILLED with 8 foot high piles of garbage bags.  Right there on the sidewalk.  That is clean to you?  no other city i've ever been to, even outside the US, has that going on.


A large part of that is because Manhattan real estate is too valuable for people to have alleyways.
 
2013-01-31 11:15:35 AM
No love for Asheville, NC?


/It's where old, weird hippies go
//To get older
///And weirder


JK - I love Asheville
 
2013-01-31 11:16:13 AM
BEMORECAREFUL, MURDERLAND! #17, REPRESENT!
 
2013-01-31 11:18:32 AM
There is very little "weird" about Austin these days, unless you consider people with fake tans and veneered teeth gathering at the hip trendy bar du jour to drink $15 smart cocktails crafted by a "mixologist" while talking over ubiquitous ambient techno about their latest high tech get rich scheme as "weird".    (Now that I think about it, it kinda is)
 
2013-01-31 11:19:23 AM
Well, I don't know what city is the weirdest, but I can tell you what the worst is:

Grand Rapids, MI.

What a miserable, festering a-hole in the ground this town is. I regret moving here more than anything in my life.

Everyone in this city is a moron. I hope it all burns.
 
2013-01-31 11:21:58 AM
Austin's not weird.
 
2013-01-31 11:23:04 AM

MmmmBacon: Portland, OR


I think you meant Portland Or-Eee-gon
 
2013-01-31 11:24:59 AM
No Burlington, Vt?
 
2013-01-31 11:25:04 AM

RumsfeldsReplacement: Lollipop165: My guess was New Orleans.

But about NYC being #12, we have wackos, but at least in Manhattan its mostly Midwestern yuppies, not artsy types any more. From the article though, NYC ranked last place for cleanliness? Considering the amount of people, I consider Manhattan very clean. Queens is motherfing disgusting though. And a city with some of the worst drivers? I consider NYC drivers to be among the best... particularly compared to places like Boston and LA.

Manhattan is constantly FILLED with 8 foot high piles of garbage bags.  Right there on the sidewalk.  That is clean to you?  no other city i've ever been to, even outside the US, has that going on.


Cause they are taken away within 6 hours of them being put there? The Department of Sanitation is pretty damn hardcore in Manhattan. Plus, as Brap said, we have no alley ways.
 
2013-01-31 11:25:40 AM

cgraves67: Rev. Skarekroe: That article is 22 pages long?  WTF?

It's a slide show and it reloads the whole page each time. Pain in the ass.


greggm59: Now available in non-slideshow form. http://desli.de/JZU



Looks like you 3 could all be friends.  Modmins should hang their heads in shame that the let this stuff get through without deslidification.
 
2013-01-31 11:25:41 AM
So 'Portlandia' isn't an exaggeration?
 
2013-01-31 11:26:26 AM
<i>You can see it in how they dress, perhaps, or through their love of bicycles, eco-conscious living, and craft beers. </i>

You don't drink Miller?! I AM SHOCKED
 
2013-01-31 11:32:21 AM
I'm going to go ahead and call complete bullsh*t on Anchorage ranking 4th for "peace and quiet".  Not only do we have 2 airports, a seaplane base, and JBER all within city limits, but there seems to be an overriding culture of "let your dog run loose and bark all night long cause no one minds a bit" running through it.

Yes, we do have a leash law.  In 25 years I have yet to see it enforced.
 
2013-01-31 11:34:48 AM
You know, I like Portland, it's a fun town, but it does tend to coast on it's reputation.

Seriously, that show could have been named after Madison, or Omaha, or parts of Denver with just a few tiny changes, and suddenly those cities would have made all of these lists in the national press.
 
2013-01-31 11:40:18 AM

Amos Quito: No love for Asheville, NC?


I've been there a few times, and my sister lived there for a couple of years. Everyone's either a far-lefty aging hippie weirdo... or a hardcore bible-thumping dominionist. So yeah, weird town. Definitely.

Really pretty place, though. I enjoyed my time there.
 
2013-01-31 11:41:31 AM
Good. We don't want any more of you moving here, anyway.

The link for the full list has every city they included. Chucktown near dead last for diversity.

(because it's true)
 
2013-01-31 11:43:11 AM
"Offbeat" is last year's Hot Topic T-shirt and "Quirky" is now a Denny's Grand Slam.  A lot of great places have their own character that is totally unique.  If you want meet actual people who are interesting in places that have their own distinct culture stay away from any city on these lists. Try going out and exploring.
 
2013-01-31 11:43:23 AM
Baltimore & San Francisco have sent their strangest to New Orleans this weekend... You better belive that's a paddlin'

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2013-01-31 11:44:53 AM
I came for portlandia pics and left disappointed.
 
2013-01-31 11:45:02 AM
Wow, who knew Providenceranked #2 in pizza and #1 in hamburgers?
 
2013-01-31 11:45:22 AM

douchebag/hater: So 'Portlandia' isn't an exaggeration?


not much of one.
 
2013-01-31 11:46:04 AM
And this list fails without the entire state of Idaho.
 
2013-01-31 11:49:04 AM

Amos Quito: No love for Asheville, NC?



My thought as well.  I lived in Anchorage for seven years, and it never seemed that strange to me.  Asheville definitely has more unusual characters per capita.  I never saw a man dressed as a nun on a 10 ft high bicycle (or snow machine) in Anchorage.
 
2013-01-31 11:49:27 AM

douchebag/hater: So 'Portlandia' isn't an exaggeration?


It's hard to be sure.
 
2013-01-31 11:55:35 AM

FormerJanitor: No Burlington, Vt?


Shh. then all the hipsters will want to move here.

Man, there are some strange people here.
An if *I* think they are strange. . . . well. . .
 
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