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View Poll Results: Which Southern city do you like the most?
Charleston, SC 52 34.44%
Wilmington, NC 22 14.57%
Savannah, GA 32 21.19%
New Orleans, LA 45 29.80%
Voters: 151. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-02-2014, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Is Charleston as walkable as Savannah? There's a ton of restaurants, shops, bars, historical sights, and night life in the Historical District and Midtown. Enough to keep you busy all day. And the only time I really needed my car last visit was when I wanted to go to the beach.
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Old 10-02-2014, 10:30 PM
 
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Is Charleston as walkable as Savannah? There's a ton of restaurants, shops, bars, historical sights, and night life in the Historical District and Midtown. Enough to keep you busy all day. And the only time I really needed my car last visit was when I wanted to go to the beach.
It is, but there are several other attractions not located within the historic district such as the various plantations and gardens, Charles Towne Landing, Patriot's Point, etc.
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Could any of them support a rail line?
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Old 10-03-2014, 12:52 AM
 
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Could any of them support a rail line?
Savannah has a heritage streetcar line along River Street, but if you're talking about an actual rail-based transit system, there are preliminary talks in Charleston about a rail line from downtown through North Charleston northward to suburban Summerville; such a line would basically run parallel to I-26. There's also been some chatter about light rail, but a commuter rail line that reaches into the suburbs would get greater traction.

Time to consider light rail - Post and Courier
High-speed trains, ferries, monorails a prescription for I-26 congestion? - Post and Courier
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Old 10-03-2014, 03:00 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Is Charleston as walkable as Savannah? There's a ton of restaurants, shops, bars, historical sights, and night life in the Historical District and Midtown. Enough to keep you busy all day. And the only time I really needed my car last visit was when I wanted to go to the beach.
I say no, simply because of the difference in the layout of the two cities. Savannah's squares and master street grid do an amazing job at controlling auto traffic while encouraging pedestrian activity. Charleston's streets and sidewalks, by comparison, are quite narrow and rather haphazard. King Street, for example, is especially difficult to navigate when crowded. There are some places in Charleston where the sidewalks are so narrow, you have to stop to let other pedestrians pass.
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Old 10-03-2014, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I say no, simply because of the difference in the layout of the two cities. Savannah's squares and master street grid do an amazing job at controlling auto traffic while encouraging pedestrian activity. Charleston's streets and sidewalks, by comparison, are quite narrow and rather haphazard. King Street, for example, is especially difficult to navigate when crowded. There are some places in Charleston where the sidewalks are so narrow, you have to stop to let other pedestrians pass.
Their is no grid like Savannah anywhere in North America.
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Old 10-03-2014, 10:41 AM
 
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If by "walkable" one means "urban" in the traditional, classical sense, then yes, Charleston is just as walkable. Savannah's sidewalks are wider on average, but both have solid street walls with a mix of different uses that encourage walking and exploration; Charleston does a great job at that with a more organic layout and nice terminal vistas.

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Old 10-03-2014, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Mobile,Al(the city by the bay)
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Both Cities are beautiful!
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Old 10-03-2014, 03:20 PM
 
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I spent a week in Charleston without a car. Even got to the beach via bus. There should be tour busses available for the gardens.
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Old 10-03-2014, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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If by "walkable" one means "urban" in the traditional, classical sense, then yes, Charleston is just as walkable. Savannah's sidewalks are wider on average, but both have solid street walls with a mix of different uses that encourage walking and exploration; Charleston does a great job at that with a more organic layout and nice terminal vistas.

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When I say walkable I mean you have access to most places you want to go easily by foot. Doesn't have to even be traditional urban to have that. Savannah like I said has such a compact layout with a good grid system and nice sidewalks and squares everywhere. You can walk around Savannah and in a short time come across a whole slew of top notch restaurants, pubs, stores, hotels, etc.




















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