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Old 11-29-2011, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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How do you guys view B'ham?
From I-20 as I drive on through.
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:37 PM
 
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From I-20 as I drive on through.
I-459 and I-65 are much more visually appealing. I-20, particularly west of downtown, goes through the worst areas of metro Birmingham. The contrast between the south side and along I-20 on the west side is astonishing.
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Old 11-29-2011, 05:14 PM
 
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It's very similar to the view of Atlanta one might obtain if you were only to view it from I-20.
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Old 11-29-2011, 05:32 PM
 
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It's very similar to the view of Atlanta one might obtain if you were only to view it from I-20.
Agreed. Both areas have I-20 straddling some of the worst areas of their respective regions. With Birmingham, the Moody/Leeds and the Irondale areas being the exception, and with Atlanta, Douglas County, and parts of the east metro being the exceptions.
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:10 PM
 
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Sounds like you guys are saying anything in their respected inner cities is shady.
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Old 11-29-2011, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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^ What they're saying makes sense. Honestly even the south side of the connector which is still not considered the best area is more visually interesting as it is more hilly and you pass the airport. The views on I20 are not interesting and not very appealing. Obviously the north side of Atlanta would give a better visual impression of the city (higher quality development, more interesting views, etc.).
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:27 AM
 
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I was just in Birmingham a few weeks ago. I was surprised how dead it was. I stayed right in downtown. It was like a ghost town. I walked around for over an hour and I could literally count on one hand the number of other pedestrians I saw.
JPD, you were probabally were in a section of downtown that people had gotten off from work?
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Old 12-16-2011, 12:04 PM
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JPD, you were probabally were in a section of downtown that people had gotten off from work?
I got there at 2 pm, and walked probably 15 blocks starting around 3 pm, in the area on both sides of the railroad tracks between I-65 and 280). We tried to find a place to get a drink, but some of the places we passed by weren't even open. Seemed odd to me.

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Old 12-16-2011, 12:05 PM
 
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I think that it probably has to do with the fact that Atlanta's skyline is one that is elongated, whereby one can't get the entire skyline within a close-up shot. Atlanta is one of a handful of cities where this is the case.
And thinly populated with a cluster of buildings, then nothing, then another cluster, etc.

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Old 12-19-2011, 07:31 AM
 
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Downtown Birmingham is very rich architecturally. I love the large street grid and the overall big city feel.
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