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Re: City "titles"
« Reply #30 on: March 05, 2012, 10:48:57 AM »
I live in the Holy City. Sounds pretty special, huh? It's because we have dozens of beautiful old churches in our city. Church steeples dot our skyline (there are no tall buildings here...the tallest one I can think of is 10 stories, so no skyscrapers to obliterate the view). It's very pretty.

Come to think of it, In the 19th century, Brooklyn was an independent city and was considered a suburb of Manhattan.  At the time, it was known as the 'City of Churches'.  It still is.  When you take the F train into Park Slope, the steeples really stand out.  Brooklyn has also been called the 'Five Towns' because five settlements originally united to form the city of Brooklyn.

It wasn't until late in the 19th century that Brooklyn became a borough of New York City.  Brooklynites still refer to that union as 'The Mistake of '98'.


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Re: City "titles"
« Reply #31 on: March 05, 2012, 11:02:20 AM »
Back again because I just remembered Doodletown.

This was a small town that disappeared in the 1960s.  The name was supposed to come from the fact that Colonial troops from that area sang 'Yankee Doodle' as they marched to the Battle of Stony Point. 

The town disappeared because there was a crack-brained scheme to build a theme park on an island just south of Bear Mountain.  A park like that required a large supply of water and Doodletown was considered the proper place for a reservoir.  The  town was evacuated but the deal fell through and the reservoir was never constructed.  The only thing remaining of Doodletown is a small cemetery.  It was decided that anyone who had lived in the town had the right to be buried there.  It's a sad thing. 

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« Reply #32 on: March 06, 2012, 12:02:06 AM »
I'm in "Hub City", named so because we were quite a central place during the Civil War, being in a neutral state between North and South and because it's pretty much train central.

There was a neutral state???  :)

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Re: City "titles"
« Reply #33 on: March 06, 2012, 03:08:31 AM »
I grew up in the Beef Capital of Australia, which was strange because the only cattle in the city limits were at our abattoirs.


Is that Rockhampton?

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Re: City "titles"
« Reply #34 on: March 06, 2012, 06:51:01 AM »
Tucson is called The Old Pueblo, though I'm not exactly sure why.

My old hometown (Madison, WI) has been called Mad Town or Mad City.  A former governor of Wisconsin once called it "78 square miles surrounded by reality".  Which is not that inaccurate.

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« Reply #35 on: March 06, 2012, 07:08:49 AM »
I grew up in the Beef Capital of Australia, which was strange because the only cattle in the city limits were at our abattoirs.


Is that Rockhampton?

That it is! Although Casino, NSW is always trying to steal our title.












I remember years ago the mayor of Rockie had large statues of bulls erected but someone kept 'removing their equipment'. He threatened to do the same to the vandals if caught.

I also heard that we are the unofficial rum drinking capital of Australia. Apparently we drink more Bundy per capita than anywhere else (and remembering some nights out, I can totally believe it!)
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Re: City "titles"
« Reply #36 on: March 06, 2012, 07:19:48 AM »
I now live in Edinburgh, Scotland or:

Dun Eidean
Dunedin
Auld Reekie
Athens of the North
Empress of the North (Walter Scott)
Embra

Or, from a Glasgow perspective: Town of posh, stuck up folk. Best thing out of Edinburgh is the motorway west to Glasgow.
Ther emay be some rivalry.

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Re: City "titles"
« Reply #37 on: March 06, 2012, 10:16:05 AM »
I'm in "Hub City", named so because we were quite a central place during the Civil War, being in a neutral state between North and South and because it's pretty much train central.

There was a neutral state???  :)

I remember three of 'em, but Wikipedia says five  :P  Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland, and Delware, for various reasons.

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Re: City "titles"
« Reply #38 on: March 06, 2012, 10:43:13 AM »
Very boring, but I live in the hofstad, which would translate to court town, due to the government and royal palace being in my town.

I personally hate nicknames of towns, or that claim that a town is the so and so capital of the world, since these things are seldom true. That said, checking nicknames for The Hague, I found that it also has the nickname legal capital of the world, due to the international court.
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Re: City "titles"
« Reply #39 on: March 06, 2012, 10:53:49 AM »
I live in Quincy, MA, "The City of Presidents", named so because two presidents were born there.

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Re: City "titles"
« Reply #40 on: March 06, 2012, 11:36:41 AM »
My old hometown (Madison, WI) has been called Mad Town or Mad City.  A former governor of Wisconsin once called it "78 square miles surrounded by reality".  Which is not that inaccurate.
As a current resident, I can assure you it is still true.

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Re: City "titles"
« Reply #41 on: March 06, 2012, 01:16:34 PM »
Chicago has a few.

The City of Broad Shoulders - I think for all the industry.  It was coined in a poem by Carl Sandburg.
The Windy City - for lots of reasons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origin_of_the_name_%22Windy_City%22
The Second City - kind of a put down in a New Yorker article but it stuck.

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« Reply #42 on: March 06, 2012, 04:05:54 PM »

I'm in "Hub City", named so because we were quite a central place during the Civil War, being in a neutral state between North and South and because it's pretty much train central.

There was a neutral state???  :)

I remember three of 'em, but Wikipedia says five  :P  Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland, and Delware, for various reasons.

I'm in MD and it was definitely not neutral at least the populace wasn't, politicians maybe.  I knew Missouri, WV, and Delaware.  Fun Fact WV actually seceded from Virginia mostly because of the Civil War...there were some other economic and cultural reasons too

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Re: City "titles"
« Reply #43 on: March 06, 2012, 04:42:38 PM »

I'm in "Hub City", named so because we were quite a central place during the Civil War, being in a neutral state between North and South and because it's pretty much train central.

There was a neutral state???  :)

I remember three of 'em, but Wikipedia says five  :P  Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland, and Delware, for various reasons.

I'm in MD and it was definitely not neutral at least the populace wasn't, politicians maybe.  I knew Missouri, WV, and Delaware.  Fun Fact WV actually seceded from Virginia mostly because of the Civil War...there were some other economic and cultural reasons too

I knew that, thanks to Mom.  :)
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Re: City "titles"
« Reply #44 on: March 06, 2012, 05:43:21 PM »
Chicago has a few.

The Second City - kind of a put down in a New Yorker article but it stuck.

You can't believe everything you read in The New Yorker. It's the Second City because the first one burned down.