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20 days ago

Gallup...just no. I went there once about 15 years ago and stayed at a decent hotel, but the most memorable thing was a bullet hole that went through the plexiglass. However, I drive past it from time to time and over where the downtown plaza is, it looks really nice from the freeway, like it might have and old town with some character. There were some characters all right, but no character.

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32 days ago

It's expensive, it's crowded. If you walk around gawking you might get screwed. However, if you know where to go it offers the best of almost anything you might want. If you are respectful, New Yorkers can be much more helpful than you might expect. There are many places to get a great meal for a very reasonable price, but not at the tourist traps. You can ride the subway much cheaper than taking a cab- so invest in a good subway map if you don't know your way around.

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32 days ago

I was there pre-Katrina, and it was fun. Loads of great bars and music, delicious cuisine- just watch your back, there's a lot of sketchy shit going down.

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32 days ago

I really enjoyed it, although it was a few years back. Great music scene, good people, plenty of tasty food.

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95 days ago

It seems that the majority of people outside of Fresno, and many inside Fresno, think it sucks. I actually kind of dig it though, and here's why. The people are pretty cool. You just aren't going to find a lot of pretentious folks in Fresno, or much of the Central Valley for that matter. People here are pretty split down the middle politically, which makes it a very right-wing town compared to places I've lived in the state, LA and SF. I find that kind of refreshing, which is a word you don't often here in the same sentence as Fresno. I like that there isn't much traffic, there's lots of sun, and it's really an under-rated sports town with two minor league baseball teams (AAA Fresno and A Visalia). You'll find that a lot of professional athletes come out of Fresno; with great sports programs in schools, and not much else to do, this place creates some elite athletes, particularly baseball and football. A few other things I like - you'll find plenty of really nice, affordable homes here. Some are downright beautiful. You're also close to Yosemite and the Sequoias, and you're basically right in the middle of Los Angeles and San Francisco. All in all I'm not saying I would live in Fresno, but I could.

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99 days ago

I was going to give ole Providence a 3 but I'm so in awe of the doozy of a review by missthesouth that I added a star. Honestly she lost me at the "no one here watches or cares about college sports" because that is a flat-out misnomer. My brother in law is the biggest college hoops fan I know and he has just renewed his Friars season tickets through the 2021 season. You know, Providence is a pretty nice small city. They have this river running through the middle of downtown and in the summer they have waterfire, which is a pretty cool event that has people flocking to downtown in the evenings. Like a lot of northern cities, people love to be outside when the weather is good, and a summer night in Providence is as good as any city. There is some terrific Italian food up on the west hill, which is Federal Hill, and across downtown on the other hill you have Brown University. In between is the Mayor's office where Buddy Cianti ran the show for so long and if you have heard of him you are probably aware of his colored past which blended politics with organized crime which spanned decades and included a prison sentence for assault, money laundering and racketeering...in the middle!

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105 days ago

Reno unfortunately got hit hard in the 80's and you can tell, as the casino's downtown don't appear to be updated in the least since the 80's. Once Vegas really became a big player, people stopped going to Reno. They can even get to a nice casino in Tahoe in about 40 minutes; why go to Reno? To it's credit, Reno has done a bit to update the area just on the fringe of downtown. The riverwalk area has some nice restaurants, and there is a minor league baseball team, the Reno Aces. The UNR campus is quite lovely as well. If you're a real gambler, looking for some cheap tables and extraordinarily cheap buffets, you might just like Reno. Just don't come looking for glitz and glamour.

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105 days ago

For culture and cuisine it can't be beat.

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105 days ago

If you like the nightlife, it's a great town. Plenty of good food. Driving is also not bad for a big city.

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105 days ago

There's places near Baltimore where I wouldn't mind living, but the city itself is far from ideal. The parking is a nightmare, and there's some really rough areas I'd recommend avoiding unless you're packing heat.

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