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Old 08-11-2011, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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SF is incrediby urban but the urban core of Philadlephia(Oregon to Cottman- Front to 69th St) almost makes SF suburban-like in comparison.Philly has 2x as many housing units as SF.The avg row home in Philly is 700 sq ft whereas SF has a fair share of Painted Ladies and Singles.

Philadlephia is more urban than SF.

SF from an overall city standpoint is more dense than Philadephia due to NE + NW Philly being more suburban in nature


South Philly







Last edited by rainrock; 08-11-2011 at 08:16 PM..

 
Old 08-11-2011, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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yeah, is SF is more urban, but we're talkin two of the most urban cities out there. also, they're urban i different ways..sf lacks the detroit ghetto factor. yeah, oakland, but c'mon

if you don't live in nyc, chicago or boston, dc, maybe la- i'd love to see/hear your argument
 
Old 08-11-2011, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Seattle Area
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San Francisco is one of the most urban settings one can ever visit in the United States poiny blank period, however the one thing that always flys by people's heads when talking about the urbanity of San Francisco versus other cities is that SF has a much smaller foot print then Philly, Chi, Baltimore, LA, Seattle, etc. So I have brought up that point many times, and if I remember right using that same footprint on other cities that are also dense and urban it usually rounds out to a little more or less about the same density, this is not to take away from SF's urbanity cause it truly is one of the top 5 most urban to say the least, but when talking of built environment and density the land area has to be taken in to account there is no getting around it, to question wether Philly should be put up against SF is absurd because they're both very urban, in fact I would personally give the edge to Philly but I am basing this on my own personal tastes of architecture and the extension of Philly's urban landscape, but it could really go either way.
 
Old 08-11-2011, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
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We've already had that discussion about 10 pages back. LOL.
 
Old 08-11-2011, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Seattle Area
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Well I wasn't about to read all 70 pages, but thanx for the info
 
Old 08-11-2011, 10:46 PM
 
Location: The City
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I think this is a pic that shows the developed density in Phily fairly well, this pic is actually from the North, the developed density is slightly higher from the South but this gives a pretty good example


philadelphia skyline | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chamyangunkow/4123464638/ - broken link)

And some other shots

http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamsjp2010/3255864537/ (broken link)


http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamsjp2010/3256693678/in/photostream/ (broken link)



http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamsjp2010/3256691866/in/photostream/ (broken link)


http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamsjp2010/3255862475/in/photostream/ (broken link)

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Old 08-11-2011, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
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Originally Posted by kidphilly View Post
I think is a pic that shows the developed density in Phily, this actually from the North, the developed density is actually slightly higher from the South but this goves a preety good example


philadelphia skyline | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chamyangunkow/4123464638/ - broken link)
+1 Lovely.
 
Old 08-12-2011, 10:25 AM
 
Location: The City
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Old 08-12-2011, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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A little closer and daytime -
Philly Skyline with Kimmel Center (http://www.flickr.com/photos/imagicdigital/6035435223/ - broken link) by imagic digital (http://www.flickr.com/people/imagicdigital/ - broken link), on Flickr
 
Old 08-12-2011, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
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Here are old pics from my computer of SFs northernmost neighborhoods looking South from a boat on San Francisco Bay near the Golden Gate Channel...







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