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View Poll Results: more urban city?
LA 87 53.70%
Philly 75 46.30%
Voters: 162. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-19-2011, 11:18 PM
 
Location: MIA/DC
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Philly's downtown feels compact and you cant find a time where its not packed but LA outside downtown feels denser and more urban but even LA's downtown feels very vibrant. LA has small lot sizes and packs multifamily units over the city for miles. Despite city density suggesting Philly is more urban, LA actually feels more urban than Philly and unlike Philly the city doesn't stop and keeps going.

Welcome to include photos, numbers, press release statements, historical urban renewal projects, etc etc. Who walks away more urban?

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Old 09-19-2011, 11:23 PM
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Actually the core of LA and Philly density wise are almost identical
 
Old 09-19-2011, 11:28 PM
 
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It's kind of hard to say. Philly seems more urban near center city and the immediate surrounding areas but LA's density just goes on and on and on (sans highrises).

At the city level I would lean Philly. At the metro level I would lean LA.
 
Old 09-19-2011, 11:50 PM
 
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LA because it bigger. Philly holds its own though.
 
Old 09-20-2011, 12:37 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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This is the "midrise" section on the older part of downtown
on the eastside









This shot looks out west of downtown LA

 
Old 09-20-2011, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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L.A. is mondo big, Philly is very urban though. Neither city is standing still, it's almost a race. Philly used to have a huge gap between University City and Center City, but that's been filled by the new Penn Park, and soon Cira Center South... as seen in these brand-new renderings.


cira-south-photomontage-november-View from Penn-Revised (http://www.flickr.com/photos/imagicdigital/6165524277/ - broken link) by imagic digital (http://www.flickr.com/people/imagicdigital/ - broken link), on Flickr


cira-south-photomontage-november-dusk view (http://www.flickr.com/photos/imagicdigital/6165527897/ - broken link) by imagic digital (http://www.flickr.com/people/imagicdigital/ - broken link), on Flickr
 
Old 09-20-2011, 07:51 AM
 
Location: The City
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Originally Posted by Adric View Post
It's kind of hard to say. Philly seems more urban near center city and the immediate surrounding areas but LA's density just goes on and on and on (sans highrises).

At the city level I would lean Philly. At the metro level I would lean LA.

Agree, to me NYC and Chicago at the city level are the only two places in America that feel more urban as a city than Philly. On Metro (LA) there are aspects that make it feel more urban even than the NYC Metro - LA is amazing in the continuous continuity of development, most of which remains consistently dense. I dont feel that LA has the distinct urban city feel one gets in Philly (though on this aspect there are good and bad parts). On the street level Philly as a city to me feels far more urban. Driving through the metros LA would feel far more vast.

Since the OP did not specifiy the criteria (City vs Metro) I defaulted to city


http://www.flickr.com/photos/typographyshop/3074960680/ (broken link)

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Old 09-20-2011, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Boston
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I'm surprised but pleased to see L.A. getting a lot of votes. I've always considered it to be a very urban location, and not just because it has such a large expanse of uniformly high density structure. That said, I still voted for Philadelphia. I love both cities, but I think there is more to urbanity than scale (which favors L.A.) or density alone (which slightly favors Philadelphia). I have a neutral view on architecture, both cities offer tremendous examples of certain structural archetypes. Where I consider Philadelphia to demonstrate greater urbanity is in the behavior of its residents. People in L.A. live in a big city, and certainly they understand and appreciate this fact, but they tend much more to lead their lives as though they were in a more suburban location. People ride the train or bus because they have to, not because they can; outside of certain zones, people tend not to walk; etc.

This all leads me to vote for Philadelphia. But I suspect if you ask me again in 20 years, I'll vote for L.A., which is well on its way to becoming a Parisian style city but with art deco and mission style architecture. That is going to be one cool place.
 
Old 09-20-2011, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Urban means you can live there without a car, Philly
 
Old 09-20-2011, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Urban means you can live there without a car, Philly
I do now. What surprised me the most is that half the people I work with do not own cars.
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