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Old 10-25-2011, 08:29 PM
 
Location: MIA/DC
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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List of U.S. cities with most pedestrian commuters - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:01 PM
 
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I think overall Chicago is a more urban city than San Francisco, but for downtown foot traffic I do think SF is #2. The area around Union Square, Market, Chinatown, parts of North Beach, Civic Center, Tenderloin etc. just get absolutely flooded with people in a way that never quite happens in Chicago. Both are amazing downtowns - top 3, IMO -but I prefer downtown Chicago because of its scale. San Francisco has several areas that are very concentrated though.

Even sections away from downtown can get pretty busy in SF, like the Mission District or the Haight. But the same can be said for Chicago in neighborhoods like Wicker Park or Lincoln Park.
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:10 PM
 
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It is though outside of a few congestion zones. SF might give the *appearance* of that in a few areas, but overall no way.
So if the appearance of a few crowded blocks is what you are talking about, then yes SF has more of these areas, mostly around the shopping district neighboring union square and in chinatown.
If overall foot traffic people out and about is what you are talking about, Chicago easily wins. Having to walk slow and wait on a crowd to move is annoying honestly. But yes SF does have several areas like that where you have to walk slow or kind of push your way through. There are only a few in Chicago like this, Michigan avenue is one, the other is entry points to transportation areas around the rush hours.
SF has some serious dead zones in the financial areas after hours also, just like Chicago.
Is that picture supposed to show a lot of foot traffic? Because it looks relatively mellow for DT Chicago and pretty dead compared to downtown SF. There are swaths of downtown SF and inner neighborhoods where the sidewalks literally get packed on a daily basis.
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:12 PM
 
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I think overall Chicago is a more urban city than San Francisco, but for downtown foot traffic I do think SF is #2. The area around Union Square, Market, Chinatown, parts of North Beach, Civic Center, Tenderloin etc. just get absolutely flooded with people in a way that never quite happens in Chicago. Both are amazing downtowns - top 3, IMO -but I prefer downtown Chicago because of its scale. San Francisco has several areas that are very concentrated though.

Even sections away from downtown can get pretty busy in SF, like the Mission District or the Haight. But the same can be said for Chicago in neighborhoods like Wicker Park or Lincoln Park.
Good post, accurate, esp parts in bold.
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Is that picture supposed to show a lot of foot traffic? Because it looks relatively mellow for DT Chicago and pretty dead compared to downtown SF. There are swaths of downtown SF and inner neighborhoods where the sidewalks literally get packed on a daily basis.
No just a random picture of various activity.
Here is some foot traffic
http://onenorthwabash.com/img/100611.jpg

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Old 10-25-2011, 10:20 PM
 
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Good post, accurate, esp parts in bold.

No just a random picture of various activity.
Here is some foot traffic
Got it. Nice pics...
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Good post, accurate, esp parts in bold.

No just a random picture of various activity.
Here is some foot traffic
http://onenorthwabash.com/img/100611.jpg

wicker park
Oh Please.

1) That is clearly not Wicker Park since Millennium Park is in the background.
2) Given that the stream of people are walking right down the middle of Madison Street in the middle of the day and they're streaming out of Millennium Park, obviously there's a special event going on rather than this capturing ordinary every day foot traffic. If I were to guess by the sea of red and the time of year indicated by their apparel, this is either right before or right after the Blackhawks Stanley Cup celebration.

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Old 10-25-2011, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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"Oh Please.

1) That is clearly not Wicker Park since Millennium Park is in the background.
2) Given that the stream of people are walking right down the middle of Madison Street in the middle of the day and they're streaming out of Millennium Park, obviously there's a special event going on rather than this capturing ordinary every day foot traffic. If I were to guess by the sea of red and the time of year indicated by their apparel, this is either right before or right after the Blackhawks Stanley Cup celebration."

Yea this is definitely the Hawks celebration

so theres like 2 million extra people downtown
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Old 10-25-2011, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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lol
Since they are counting "special celebrations" as pedestrain traffic
I leave this pic from downtown LA that show some pedestrian traffic

http://www.sanfranciscosentinel.com/...lly-apr-29.jpg
http://www.indymedia.org/images/2006/03/836439.jpg

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Old 10-25-2011, 11:47 PM
 
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nice one sherlocks. I realize it is after a festival...do you think I'm blind and can't also see all the blackhawks jerseys? geez you are so smart!

I had a pick of WP up before you posted...

I know where it is, stop trying to get a fast one in you fiends.

Maybe follow the thread instead of coming in like a bumbling goofball and you would have gotten the novelty of the picture.
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