The cities I've known

Since I'm teaching a course on cities this semester, I've been thinking about them a lot lately. One thing I've thought is what an odd collection of cities I know well, no somewhat, and don't know at all.

So let's lay it out:

INTIMATE:
New York City
Cardiff, Wales
New Haven, Connecticut

ALMOST INTIMATE:
Washington, DC
London, England
Siena, Italy

GOOD ACQUAINTANCES:
San Francisco, California
Florence, Italy
Dublin, Ireland

ON FAMILIAR TERMS:
Tampa, Florida
Cork, Ireland
Cambridge, England
Oxford, England
Manchester, England
Zurich, Switzerland

MET BRIEFLY:
Boston, Massachusetts
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dallas, Texas
New Orleans, Louisiana
Houston, Texas
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Seattle, Washington
Milan, Italy
Paris, France
Strasbourg, France
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Lucerne, Switzerland
Montreal, Canada
Quebec City, Canada
Vancouver, Canada
Belfast, Northern Ireland

WE'VE NEVER MET, HAVE WE?
(This is the list that is the weirdest, I think, given which cities I do know.)Los Angeles, California
Chicago, Illinois
Phoenix, Arizona
Atlanta, Georgia
Miami, Florida
Toronto, Canada
Rome, Italy

5 comments:

  1. NO THANKS, I'LL PASS:
    Cleveland, Ohio

    Trust me, that's the correct choice. As somebody who has travelled the world, this is no understatement.

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  2. Out of curiosity, Gene Callahan, how familiar are you with Hartford, Connecticut?

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  3. KNOW WELL:
    Oakland, CA
    Berkeley, CA
    New Haven, CT
    Stockholm, Sweden

    USED TO KNOW RATHER BETTER:
    New York City
    Van Hornesville, NY
    Albany, NY
    Falls Village, CT
    Hartford, CT
    New Orleans, LA
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Chicago, IL
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Bloomington, IN
    Berlin, Germany
    Munich, Germany
    Copenhagen, DK
    Malmoe, SW
    Haute-Nandaz, CH
    Xabarovsk, Siberia
    Tokyo, Japan

    WISH I KNEW:
    Sydney
    Melbourne
    Adelaide
    Wellington, NZ
    Paris
    Buda-Pest
    Madrid
    Seville
    Lisbon
    Tottori, Japan
    Kyoto, Japan
    Seoul, S. Korea
    Pyongyang, N. Korea
    Beijing
    Lhasa
    Ulan Bator
    Antofagasta

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  4. Oh, forgot Boston and Cambridge! Know em pretty well.

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