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View Poll Results: most urban?
SF 152 32.27%
LA 69 14.65%
DC 43 9.13%
Philly 140 29.72%
Boston 67 14.23%
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Old 12-21-2010, 11:09 AM
 
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Between LA, SF, DC, Philly, and Boston which ones are the most urban from most to least? Density, mass transit, walkable, downtowns, etc?

I think SF, LA, Philly/Boston, DC in that order, IMO
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Old 12-21-2010, 11:10 AM
 
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Philly
SF/Boston tied
DC
LA
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Old 12-21-2010, 12:42 PM
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hmm
different criteria will give different rankings.
for mass transit: DC, Boston, SF, Philly, LA
dowtowns: Philly, Boston, SF, DC, LA
walkable: SF, Boston, Philly, DC, LA (with LA behind)
Density: LA, SF, Boston / Philly, DC
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Old 12-21-2010, 12:51 PM
 
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1. L.A
2. D.C
3. Boston
4. San Fransico
5. Philadelphia
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Old 12-21-2010, 01:26 PM
 
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Overall:

1. Philly
2. Boston
3. San Fran
4. DC
5 LA

Transit:

1. DC
2. Boston
3. Philly
4. San Fran
5. LA

Density (always odd how this pops up since it's only relevant on a per city basis which are not equal):

City Level
1. San Fran
2. Boston
3. Philly
4. DC
5. LA

Metro Level
1. Los Angeles
2. San Fran
3. Philly
4. DC
5. Boston

Walkable:

1. Boston
2. San Fran
3. DC
4. Philly
5. LA

Downtown:

1. Philly
2. Boston
3. San Fran
4. Los Angeles
5. DC
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Old 12-21-2010, 02:08 PM
 
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Overall:

1. Philly
2. Boston
3. San Fran
4. DC
5 LA

Transit:

1. DC
2. Boston
3. Philly
4. San Fran
5. LA

Density (always odd how this pops up since it's only relevant on a per city basis which are not equal):

City Level
1. San Fran
2. Boston
3. Philly
4. DC
5. LA

Metro Level
1. Los Angeles
2. San Fran
3. Philly
4. DC
5. Boston

Walkable:

1. Boston
2. San Fran
3. DC
4. Philly
5. LA

Downtown:

1. Philly
2. Boston
3. San Fran
4. Los Angeles
5. DC

This mostly makes a lot of sense to me, on the cities themselves I am honestly surprised that DC and LA are recieving as many votes, i would have assumed the race would have been between Philly/Boston/SF on city urbanity

on the Metro - likely LA would be first by shear size and continuity of semi dense development

I would probably say on metro that Boston and Philly would likely be the bottom two of these 5 on metro but would probably think they would be at the top on the city itself
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Old 12-21-2010, 02:15 PM
 
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Philly is the 3rd most urban city in the US
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Old 12-21-2010, 02:42 PM
 
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Overall:

Downtown:

1. Philly
2. Boston
3. San Fran
4. Los Angeles
5. DC
You're seriously saying LA has a better downtown than DC? I hope you know we're talking about LA in California not some other LA...
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Old 12-21-2010, 02:49 PM
 
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You're seriously saying LA has a better downtown than DC? I hope you know we're talking about LA in California...
Yes, I am saying this (odd you would point this out given you too rated LA above DC).

To me Downtown DC (just Downtown), is rather pretty blah. Just businesses and goverment offices. I understand they've tried to make it more of an entertainment destination lately, but DC has far more notable neighborhoods surrounding Downtown than Downtown itself.

LA on the other hand has seen a vast improvement in it's Downtown in the last few years. Most notably with LA Live which was quite impressive.
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Old 12-21-2010, 02:54 PM
 
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Yes, I am saying this (odd you would point this out given you too rated LA above DC).

To me Downtown DC (just Downtown), is rather pretty blah. Just businesses and goverment offices. I understand they've tried to make it more of an entertainment destination lately, but DC has far more notable neighborhoods surrounding Downtown than Downtown itself.

LA on the other hand has seen a vast improvement in it's Downtown in the last few years. Most notably with LA Live which was quite impressive.
Look, I am from LA, spent the first 22 years of my life in LA. And I do think its more urban than Philly, Boston, DC but less than SF. But downtown is the worst argument there is for LA. Your Atlanta has a better downtown than LA for its size. For the 2nd largest city in the nation LA does a pitiful job using its downtown. Only 2.5% of its population interacts with downtown on a daily basis versus 18% for DC.

LA Live? It was a failure but it tried to bring back attention to downtown. None of it has worked. So don't waste your time trying to convince anyone LA has a better downtown than DC, which is easily top 8 in downtowns.

I will speak for LA and say that it is more urban in a larger area. In its metro and urban area (its the densest UA in the nation) LA easily outpaces everyone else. But to say LA has a comparable downtown to any of the other 4 cities is beyond idiotic.
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