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(Travel + Leisure)   What city has got the strangest people? Yea you're probably right   ( divider line
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2013-01-31 10:58:26 AM  
4 votes:
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2013-01-31 10:04:20 AM  
3 votes:
"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 08:08:32 AM  
3 votes:
Portland, OR
2013-01-31 11:43:23 AM  
2 votes:
Baltimore & San Francisco have sent their strangest to New Orleans this weekend... You better belive that's a paddlin'
2013-01-31 11:01:12 AM  
2 votes:
It seems the people at Travel & Leisure have never been to West Virginia.
2013-01-31 10:56:02 AM  
2 votes:
No Key West?
2013-01-31 09:44:46 AM  
2 votes:
Santa Cruz.

/Go slugs!
2013-01-31 02:48:42 PM  
1 vote:

Wayne 985: CheekyMonkey: 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.

I caught that and laughed. The dude's comment in the article about the number of mustaches is true though.

My own problem with Portland is the level of harassment you get from homeless people. Oregon has the highest rate of homelessness in the nation, I believe, and Portland is awful. I feel genuinely bad for these people, but a lot of them browbeat you and tell all kinds of outrageous stories. I've had several encounters of a person asking me to take them to an ATM when I don't have cash on me, and one weirdo who wanted me to walk with him to the supermarket to buy him groceries.

Couple that with every other street corner in downtown being populated with some college kid wanting you to sign a petition, and it's turned me into a cynical asshole when I'm up there.

That is the biggest turn-off to me about Portland. Especially being female, I tend to be a bit jumpy and defensive if approached by a stranger and I just hate hate HATE being bothered, especially if it's obvious I'm in a hurry to get somewhere. My blinders go on and I refuse to stop or make eye contact with anyone. Which sucks, because Oregonians are generally friendly and I grew up smiling and saying "hi" to everyone, because that's just how people are (or were, anyway) there. It's pretty telling that I feel safer walking around downtown Las Vegas (the actual downtown, not Fremont Street) than Portland anymore.

My mom's been on Grand Jury duty for about a year now so she's had to go into downtown PDX frequently (she lives in the 'burbs) and has told me many stories of the people she's encountered there. It actually worries me a little because, while mom's not exactly a frail old lady, she is 65 and only about 5'3". The latest story that stuck with me is the teenager shooting up heroin outside a McDonald's where she'd gone for lunch. The kid just... stood there wavering, completely out of it, rubber tubing still wrapped around his arm, on a busy midday downtown sidewalk just walking distance from the courthouse. And people kept walking by and ignoring him, but what can you do? You can't approach someone like that. They won't accept help unless they're ready to receive it.

So sad and I wish I had the answers, but I don't. I hope someone will find them someday.
2013-01-31 01:38:41 PM  
1 vote:
I've been to each place on that list. Sorry guys but the reality is it's New York. It's just that it's so damn big that the mundane non-weirds have a large presence as well. BUT the weirdest people I've ever met? NYC

But yeah, density of weirdness goes to Portland, OR... Maybe Eugene..
2013-01-31 01:07:18 PM  
1 vote:
What a stupid, stupid list. It's just a lame ploy for 22 pageviews. They just took major U.S. cities and wrote a paragraph of gross generalizations. F*ck you Travel + Leisure
2013-01-31 12:24:38 PM  
1 vote:
This list sucks! Seriously, AUSTIN IS NOT WEIRD! It's like any other city with a personality. It's not strange, it's not weird, it's just Austin. You have your mix of Lance Armstrong cultists, college kids, hipsters, douchebags, conservatives, liberals, and just about every color of every rainbow out there. And I LOVE it! I love the food trucks, I love the pet-friendliness of the city, I love the weather (most of the time, cept Cedar Fever season (which is a biatch)), I love the outdoor culture, and I love how there's a festival for any/everything (reminds me a bit of New Orleans in that respect). But the whole "keep austin weird" thing is cliched and silly!
2013-01-31 11:43:11 AM  
1 vote:
"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 11:25:04 AM  
1 vote:

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 11:18:32 AM  
1 vote:
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 11:09:38 AM  
1 vote:
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 11:08:52 AM  
1 vote:
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 11:04:04 AM  
1 vote:
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 10:16:35 AM  
1 vote:

MmmmBacon: Portland, OR

Done in 1
2013-01-31 09:08:39 AM  
1 vote:
That article is 22 pages long?  WTF?
2013-01-31 09:06:16 AM  
1 vote:
Not one city in FL?  Fail.
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