Which rust belt city do you like best or most like to visit?

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Favorite rust belt city

  1. Cleveland

    2 vote(s)
    11.8%
  2. Detroit

    3 vote(s)
    17.6%
  3. Pittsburgh

    12 vote(s)
    70.6%
  1. King of Kensington

    King of Kensington Senior Member

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    Porter Airlines recently added Pittsburgh to its destinations, a city I have not been to.

    For those with an interest in old rust belt cities (architecture, cultural amenities etc.), which is your favorite if you've been or are most interested in visiting if you haven't, between Cleveland, Detroit and Pittsburgh.
     
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  2. wild goose chase

    wild goose chase Active Member

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    Cleveland seems to have a thriving arts scene (museums, music etc.) which seems kind of neat. Don't have a strong impression of Pittsburgh as I've never been there before either.

    Looking up Porter Airlines' destinations, I'm also surprised that Pittsburgh was chosen as a destination before many other US cities.
    I can see Porter's American destinations correspond roughly to the range of big cities Canadians might have business ties to (Chicago, Boston, DC, Jersey), plus Canadians' favored vacation spots for beaches and summer (Florida, South Carolina) as well as skiing for Vermont.
     
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  3. gabe

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    Pittsburgh has a thriving art scene too. It's home to the Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, and several other contemporary art galleries.

    Pittsburgh also has one of the nicest ball parks in MLB.

    PNC Park.

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  4. wild goose chase

    wild goose chase Active Member

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    Looking at Pittsburgh's location on a map again and its proximity to (some even argue location within) Appalachia, including nearby West Virginia, I'm again reminded about how surprised I was when I first realized Southern Ontario's relatively short distance to what's considered the US South.
     
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  5. King of Kensington

    King of Kensington Senior Member

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    Western Pennsylvania is often referred to as "Pennsyltucky."
     
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    wild goose chase Active Member

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    Oh right, for some reason I'd not realized (or forgot at some point) that Carnegie Mellon is in Pittsburgh, but yeah come to think of it, Pittsburgh still does have a lot going for it.
     
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  7. King of Kensington

    King of Kensington Senior Member

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    Pittsburgh has been much more successful in terms of revitalization compared to Detroit and Cleveland. It has three universities and more of the urban core intact.
     
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    AndreaPalladio Senior Member

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    And even closer to the Mississippi river system, one branch of which, the Allegheny, is not far south of Buffalo.
     
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    AlbertC Senior Member

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    Pittsburgh from the 3 options mentioned. I'm actually also quite interested in the older built form of Cincinnati.
     
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  10. shumoon

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    Pittsburgh has interesting topography too. Hills and valleys throughout.
    While Cleveland has a great lake, so does Toronto. Detroit's big feature is its strait, from which you can see Windsor.
     
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  11. wild goose chase

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    Well, even though I didn't expect Pittsburgh to be that big of a place for tourist Canadians, it looks like this poll's results at least vindicate or agree with Porter's choice of adding it as a destination.
     
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  12. King of Kensington

    King of Kensington Senior Member

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    Not even close!
     
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  13. junctionist

    junctionist Senior Member

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    In Detroit's defence, the river is fascinating. You go about your daily life always looking into another country. Massive freighters sail right by the central business district, which makes the riverfront quite interesting. In Toronto, you won't see those kinds of ships unless you venture out into the Port Lands, which are isolated. Toronto has no bridge as impressive as the Ambassador Bridge. Metro Detroit also has Lake St. Clair, which looks like a Great Lake when you're standing on its shores.

    Detroit has a certain character that's hard to find elsewhere. Its historic architecture is bold and sophisticated, it's known worldwide for its history and identity as America's Motor City, its musicians are world famous, it has unique foods, and its grit is so extreme that it attracts visitors for its ruins (for better or for worse). It's the most metropolitan of the cities in the poll. It feels like it could have been another Chicago or New York if its economy never stopped growing--a truly great American city whose downtown is intact and thriving today.
     
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  14. NorthWill

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    Pittsburgh seems to be revitalizing to a degree, where technology companies have been establishing offices and fostering startups in certain neighborhoods, but I still prefer Detroit. I love all of the automotive history there.
     
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