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View Poll Results: What is your favorite city center?
Downtown Los Angeles 14 63.64%
Downtown Atlanta 9 40.91%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 22. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-29-2010, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Atlanta has the Georgia Aquarium.
---Downtown Los Angeles is home to the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Grammy Museum, Chinese American Museum, Japanese American National Museum, and Museum of Neon Art.

-Downtown Los Angeles has a variety of parks including Pershing Square, Los Angeles State Historic Park, and public spaces such as that video at California Plaza, Wells Fargo Plaza, 7th/Fig, Nokia Plaza, etc...

-And no, we have nicer shopping areas than a dreary ugly shopping center underground because we like our beautiful sunshine and not dark brick caverns underground.

The question is, does Atlanta have:

A Chinatown? (downtown L.A. also is home to Little Tokyo)


or an experience like Olvera Street?


Or a gritty crowded urban wholesale shopping experience like the L.A. Fashion District


or one of the largest and most vibrant art communities in the nation??? Downtown L.A. is estimated to have the largest frequent art walk/gallery walk in the nation and is also home to the Museum of Contemporary Art. Other museums include the Chinese American Museum, Japanese National Heritage Museum, Museum of Neon Art, and Grammy Music Museum.


World famous buildings like the Walt Disney Concert Hall that hosts one of the nation's top symphonies?


One of the nation's largest indoor markets?


The shortest railway in the world?


Preserved buildings in the historic core bustling with beautiful architecture from the early 1900's from the Eastern Columbia Building to Bradburry Building to Tower Theatre, etc...


These are just a sample of some things I don't think Atlanta has or can match.
The area of L.A. you describe above is about a two and a half mile stretch of real estate. If you examined that long a swath of central Atlanta you would have all of Downtown Atlanta plus Midtown all the

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Old 07-29-2010, 10:20 AM
 
Location: metro ATL
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Atlanta is also getting the Center for Civil & Human Rights downtown. Downtown Atlanta will also be getting the National Health Museum, as well as a pirate museum (sounds pretty whimsical, but I think it will be fun).

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Old 08-11-2010, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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Do not EVER use the Olympics against Los Angeles. Ever. Atlanta's rise to a modern city is highly attributed to the 1996 Olympics and two times the Olympics almost went extinct.. and two times Los Angeles stepped in to save the modern Games. The very exposure of Atlanta to the international community is owed to the Olympics, and the existence of the Olympics past 1932, and again past 1984 is owed to Los Angeles.
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:44 PM
 
Location: West Hollywood
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Hmmm, I guess no one mentioned the California Science Center in LA. I frequent it so it jumped out of my head. It's about 2 miles from downtown and since we're considering Midtown, then we can include this also. I think ATL also has this if I'm not mistaken, but just wanna put it out there cuz I'm a science nerd.

I notice how often the Georgia Aquarium is used against LA's. No, LA does not have an aquarium in the downtown area. It's a good thing too because who would go to an inland aquarium in downtown LA when there's one 30 minutes away adjacent to an actual Pacific Ocean? Having an aquarium next to the ocean just makes it livelier, kinda like eating seafood near the sea vs. eating somewhere in the mountains. Also having a downtown aquarium won't permit us to go out bay and whale watching... NOT ok for a west coast city. For the purpose of this thread, however, Atlanta's got us there. LA's downtown is crappy for a city of it's size, but I'll still go with LA on this one. My reasons are lengthy, but a lot of previous posters did a good job at explaining already.

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Old 04-04-2012, 04:52 PM
 
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I think LA is better like we have grifith park one of the biggest parks in U.S. amd if LA is the second biggest city in U.S. that must mean that lots of people like dt LA more than atl.We have the staple center in dt and we also have the grove wich is a giant shopping center.Then why a aquarium when we have a zoo wich also has fish and other types of animals I live close to downtown and hollywood and hollywood is part of dt LA. So now you have it atl can't compare to LA and people think so too!
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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I think LA is better like we have grifith park one of the biggest parks in U.S. amd if LA is the second biggest city in U.S. that must mean that lots of people like dt LA more than atl.We have the staple center in dt and we also have the grove wich is a giant shopping center.Then why a aquarium when we have a zoo wich also has fish and other types of animals I live close to downtown and hollywood and hollywood is part of dt LA. So now you have it atl can't compare to LA and people think so too!
LULZ - Excellent answer....

Half that stuff is not remotely close to downtown LA.

Doesn't mean LA doesn't have a bigger, better downtown than Atlanta.
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I was in dt Los Angeles all day today and like I said a few years ago, this one definately goes to LA. It's simply too big with so much happening and much more to come it makes dt Atlanta look like dt Kennesaw.
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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hollywood is part of dt LA.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:40 AM
 
Location: morningside, atlanta
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I was in dt Los Angeles all day today and like I said a few years ago, this one definately goes to LA. It's simply too big with so much happening and much more to come it makes dt Atlanta look like dt Kennesaw.
you've always been one to make some crazy statements about atlanta but this one takes the cake. atlanta's downtown has nearly the same amount of office space (without midtown included) as LA's. atlanta's includes the state capitol and government district, as well as the state's second biggest university.

like detroit (and i'm sure other cities) our arts district is in midtown, not downtown. i'd still vote for DT LA over Atl, but the margin is not so far apart as you suggest, and there's no need for downright stupid hyperbole.


dt_from_grady_curve (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24151130@N03/6897900186/ - broken link) by cabasse (http://www.flickr.com/people/24151130@N03/ - broken link), on Flickr
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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you've always been one to make some crazy statements about atlanta but this one takes the cake. atlanta's downtown has nearly the same amount of office space (without midtown included) as LA's. atlanta's includes the state capitol and government district, as well as the state's second biggest university.

like detroit (and i'm sure other cities) our arts district is in midtown, not downtown. i'd still vote for DT LA over Atl, but the margin is not so far apart as you suggest, and there's no need for downright stupid hyperbole.


dt_from_grady_curve (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24151130@N03/6897900186/ - broken link) by cabasse (http://www.flickr.com/people/24151130@N03/ - broken link), on Flickr
Office space is a tiny, tiny part of what makes a downtown interesting. In fact, I'd say the lack of office space in DTLA is a good thing, because that means areas like Bunker Hill are at a minimum.

It would be nice for any new office space to be in restored buildings on Broadway, Main and Spring Streets, which seems like is the trend right now.
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