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Old 10-27-2011, 12:11 PM
 
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I lived in CA, I have been there dozens of times. It isn't urban, if I lived there since 1960 it still wouldn't be urban. What is your point?
I wouldn't generalize all of CA based on LA, though. San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and several other sections of the Bay Area are very urban by any standard

As for LA, it certainly has pockets that are quite urban - no doubt. On the whole, though, it doesn't quite have the streetscape or connectivity of a truly urban city yet - not to say itll never get there.

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Old 10-27-2011, 12:12 PM
 
Location: NY-NJ-Philly looks down at SF and laughs at the hippies
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doesnt have to be the same, thats the point

there are idiots on this forum who say things like, LA is a suburb with no core (circa 1959). Look at the pictures!!........that was kcmo's point!
LA is simply a large city with medium density, it's not urban. Large and high density/urban are two different things.
 
Old 10-27-2011, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Still won't say where in CA he lived. It's not like I want your exact address man.
 
Old 10-27-2011, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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As someone who has lived in Boston and LA, each for years, I will argue that it is not more urban than LA.
This is the point that people refuse to see.

Boston(and SF and Philly) may be more crowded than LA but more urban? No, not at all.
 
Old 10-27-2011, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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The reason why people say LA is not a very dense city is because it doesn't have the feature that makes "dense" cities be what they should be like New York, Chicago, San Francisco, etc. LA doesn't have good walkability, except for a few small areas.

Los Angeles, California Neighborhoods on Walk Score

If you can see, LA's entire city only has a walkscore of 65. While it isn't as sprawling as many other suburbs outside LA, that isn't enough to support a car-free lifestyle. One can have a lot of density, but if it doesn't have good transit and walkability, it will be known as having the aspects of sprawl still even with relatively high densities.
Take this with a grain of salt... The average walkscore is 65 yes, and that is not great (although still pretty good compared to most cities) but I think the key is looking at the number of 85+ neighborhoods. My address is a 99 on walk score. I can get to almost anywhere in the central core of Los Angeles in two boardings. If it wasnt for my wife's job requiring a car, we would be carless. Much like our 100+ co-tenants who share the 30 space parking lot.

Los angeles has lots of very unwalkable, even bordering on rural neighborhoods (palisades, hollywood hills, bel aire, tujunga, woodland hills, west hills) and they bring down the average.
 
Old 10-27-2011, 12:16 PM
 
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No big deal, what city did you live in?
My point is perspective on where its been and obviously where its heading.
I've lived in several denser cities, not just in CA. It doesn't matter. There is nothing to do with perspective. You can objectively match up LA with other urban cities in the U.S. and come to same conclusions.
 
Old 10-27-2011, 12:17 PM
 
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I wouldn't generalize all of CA based on LA, though. San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and several other sections of the Bay Area are very urban by any standard

As for LA, it certainly has pockets that are quite urbab - no doubt. On the whole, though, it doesn't quite have the streetscape or connectivity of a truly urban city yet - not to say itll never get there.
Who is generalizing, I have complimented SF several times in this thread already and used it to make several strong points, that it can not even match up on urbanity within it's own state, much less the rest of the U.S.
 
Old 10-27-2011, 12:18 PM
 
Location: So California
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I've lived in several denser cities, not just in CA. It doesn't matter. There is nothing to do with perspective. You can objectively match up LA with other urban cities in the U.S. and come to same conclusions.

It only matters for perspective. You may be one of these guys who flew in for business once a month for six months and claim to have "lived" there.

The point is there isnt a pure definition of urban. For that matter San Diego is urban, Miami is urban Dallas is urban all to varying degrees.
New York and LA are the only two cities in the US that have that massive city feel. Its different than SF or Chicago or DC....
 
Old 10-27-2011, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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I've lived in several denser cities, not just in CA. It doesn't matter. There is nothing to do with perspective. You can objectively match up LA with other urban cities in the U.S. and come to same conclusions.
So you were lying when you said you lived in CA. What's that going out my window? Oh yeah, your credibility.
 
Old 10-27-2011, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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It only matters for perspective. You may be one of these guys who flew in for business once a month for six months and claim to have "lived" there.

The point is there isnt a pure definition of urban. For that matter San Diego is urban, Miami is urban Dallas is urban all to varying degrees.
If you were to compare SD and LA on urbanity, LA would pummel San Diego. San Diego seems to be more typical of what all the LA-haters (cause that's what they are) are stereotyping it as.
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