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Big City Elitism

This is so typical of the people who live in big cities. This guy from New York visited Chicago and Detroit, what people from NYC consider to be ‘small towns’ located in ‘flyover’ country.

I’ve heard some people say that New York has everything and other cities are just small towns — some of my family members have even gone as far as to say the Midwest contains only cornfields.

We all know what they think of the south- it is filled with racist, uneducated, idiot rednecks whose main form of entertainment is going to the Klan meeting after a day of hillbilly hand fishin’.

He was also surprised that there were, you know, things to do.

Chicago and Detroit have chic restaurants, trendy stores, unique bars, and popular clubs. 

This article is a perfect example of exactly the kind of elitist attitude that makes everyone in the country dislike people from New York City. We used to regularly get people from there who would walk into the fire station to sightsee. They were amazed that we had a large fire station that was filled with modern equipment, much of it better than what FDNY has. They were always surprised to find out that more than half of the guys on duty had college degrees in fire science, emergency medicine, or a related field. They were also surprised that about ten percent of the department were women.

Then the stories would start. We would have to hear about how the guy worked for “the New York Fire Department” where he was inevitably a chief, and then we would hear about how that department ran so many more big fires that we did, yada, yada.

So one day, I had had enough. I looked this guy who was telling me about some four alarm fire or some such, and I said, “Yeah, we get fires here too. We don’t get big ones like that, because we put them out while they are still small, because that is our fucking job.”

He walked out at that point, and left us to enjoy the rest of our provincial day in peace.

8 replies on “Big City Elitism”

Back around 9/11, I remember an interview with some New Yorker talking about the city being the “Capital of the Universe.”

Growing up in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, where whole condominiums were filled by selling to specific neighborhoods in New York City, and every garage had a sign saying, “we don’t care how they did up north,” you get used to the attitude.

LOL, oh yeah… Gotta ‘love’ snowbirds. Come down and bitch about how there’s NOTHING to do or see, and when they get told if they don’t like it they can go back to NYC or Boston, or wherever. And they get pissed about THAT… sigh

In Boston there was the great fire of 18xx, in which an intact building in the path of the fire was dynamited to make a firebreak: collapse the airspace inside the rooms so the resulting compact pile of building materials was harder to set on fire. From this I conclude keeping big city fires contained inside the building they started in is a modern expectation, and by no means guaranteed. Therefore I would expect demolition teams to be on call for fire departments in big cities just in case. Perhaps this is what happened to WTC 7? Fire department says, we can’t spare the manpower to fight it, there’s nobody inside, the area around it is already ruined, blow it up now while the consequences are smallest.

someone needs to turn off all the pumps keeping ny from drowning…cali falls in the ocean, ny returns to the ocean, 3/4 of our libtard problem goes away…

NYPD coming down here are also surprised that even small departments have college edumacated occifers and modern equipment, and a simple phone call to the local sheriff’s office or state troopers or FDLE will have more modern than FBI and more accurate than FBI people and equipment flooding in.

And the local cops can shoot, and don’t have some NY trigger pull problem.

I loathe people who act like this.

I may not be interested in a rural life, but that doesn’t make the people who live that way any less worthy of respect. What is WITH some of these ‘big city’ bugs who look down their noses at places that don’t have a Starbucks?

Before I retired and moved from the Detroit area, I regularly attended first rate opera, ballet, plays, concerts and musicals in Detroit. From what I heard Chicago had even more. While living in Detroit itself wasnt a good idea, I knew that anything under the sun that I wanted was available. To me, worse than the New Yorkers who believe they have a lock on the culture market, are those Midwesterners and southerners who buy into that mystique.

I’m surprised that those people were even willing to leave NYC.
I know of (second hand) people who think the city is so great and important that they have never even been to Staten Island, let alone left the state…

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