Wherever you are in this country you have an image of the character of a place according to what you’ve seen on tv and movies. In RI we’ve benefitted from one of the most kiss-ass tv shows of all time “Providence” (just cancelled) which was terrible but gave us positive exposure nationwide. Providence has many bad neighborhoods that never seemed to make it onto the show. New York seems to have improved from Taxi Driver to Friends. On the other hand, there was that Homicide show that every week showed people getting killed on the blood-red streets of Baltimore.
These seem to be other common images of places from tv and movies:
Boston – Hip, charming college town or tough, backward Irish enclave (Good Will Hunting)
Miami – Fun and carefree but overrun with flashy hispanic drug dealers
Detriot – See 8 Mile
LA – obvious
Portland, OR - Planning utopia where planners are treated like rock stars (OK that one I picked up from Planning School)
The entire Southeastern US - Illiterate slow talking buffoons and hypocritical religious zealots, eating racoon in trailers and shunning enlightenment all for the entertainment of us northerners.
The entire Midwest except for Chicago - Nothing
How do the stereotypes hold up to reality where you are? I’m especially interested in hearing from you Southerners – If I were you, I’d be pretty pissed by now.