New York City: Final Thoughts on the Big Apple

I've lived in Brooklyn, worked in Manhattan, rarely been to Queens, coasted through the Bronx, and touched my toes on Staten Island. I've had one experience of the city, and it is hardly representative. But it is still authentic.

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Boston: Final Thoughts on Bean Town

Welp, the time has come for my annual tradition (of which I have many). Just as I gave my impressions of Nashville, Seattle and New Orleans, it's time to give Boston it's very own report card. As usual, I must give my caveats about subjective experience and the limits of any person to fully experience … Continue reading Boston: Final Thoughts on Bean Town

What Exactly Is New Orleans?

Since moving to New Orleans in September, I've been struck by how very town-like this 'city' is. It's decidedly lacking in the metropolitan aura of Chicago or Seattle, or even San Francisco which, at not even 50 square miles, is tiny but feels big. (By contrast, New Orleans is nearly 170 square miles.) This is … Continue reading What Exactly Is New Orleans?

Seattle: Final Thoughts on Emerald City

Perhaps I set a dangerous precedent last year when I offered my final thoughts on Nashville.  I don’t want to get bogged down in comparing cities and ranking them, as that isn’t the point of 10 Cities / 10 Years. Yet, here I am, in my last days in Seattle, and I feel I’d be … Continue reading Seattle: Final Thoughts on Emerald City

Nashville: Final Thoughts on Music City

Here I am, my last week in Nashville. And what's the one question I've been asked the most throughout my time here? "How does Nashville compare to the other cities you've lived in?" It's an understandable question.  If you're a native Nashvillian, you have a vested interest in knowing how your hometown stacks up to … Continue reading Nashville: Final Thoughts on Music City