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View Poll Results: Which city?
Phoenix (metro 4.5 million) 39 46.99%
San Diego (metro 3.0 million) 0 0%
Jacksonville (metro 1.3 million) 4 4.82%
Houston (metro 6 million) 18 21.69%
Detroit (metro 5.4 million) 7 8.43%
Miami (5.7 million) 7 8.43%
Orlando (2.0 million) 2 2.41%
Columbus (2.0 million) 1 1.20%
Cleveland (2.2 million) 1 1.20%
Charlotte (1.8 million) 2 2.41%
Tampa (1.9 million) 2 2.41%
Salt Lake City (1.3 million) 0 0%
Sacramento (2.4 million) 0 0%
Voters: 83. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-18-2012, 09:09 PM
 
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As we were just discussing previous to this post, every city has dead zones in its downtown...and not all of downtown Atlanta shuts down at night. Georgia State campus area stays fairly busy, as does the Hotel District, Centennial Park, and Castleberry Hill. Some areas are obviously dead at night, but it's not the entire downtown.
Well sure, Georgia State offers many nighttime programs and the hotels house all the conventioneers. However, what I remember is that Peachtree Center connects an area of several blocks of major hotels and shopping through enclosed, above street-level passageways. This way, hotel folks can avoid street-level. Let's be real. While I like Atlanta very much, going too many blocks in the wrong direction at night is not advisable.
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Old 09-22-2012, 06:04 PM
 
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Well I live in Phoenix and I certainly have to agree. I drove through downtown earlier and it was very unexciting. Just a handful of people walking around. The local Walmart had more people walking around than downtown Phoenix.
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Old 09-22-2012, 07:56 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Washington DC and Detroit.

The DC metro area has a population of over 5 million and around 600,000 live in the District. In fact Tysons Corner VA has more office space than DC itself and actually has more office space than downtown Pittsburgh or Cleveland. Many companies and employers are located in the Virginia and Maryland suburbs. Even among the federal agencies, the Pentagon, CIA, NIH, are located in the suburbs.

Everyone I know from the Detroit area tells me they never go downtown and its as if downtown is never there, and all of their work and entertainment remains in the suburbs. They think of Detroit as a wasteland that has nothing there except for drugs and gangs.
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:42 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Washington DC and Detroit.

The DC metro area has a population of over 5 million and around 600,000 live in the District. In fact Tysons Corner VA has more office space than DC itself and actually has more office space than downtown Pittsburgh or Cleveland. Many companies and employers are located in the Virginia and Maryland suburbs. Even among the federal agencies, the Pentagon, CIA, NIH, are located in the suburbs.

Everyone I know from the Detroit area tells me they never go downtown and its as if downtown is never there, and all of their work and entertainment remains in the suburbs. They think of Detroit as a wasteland that has nothing there except for drugs and gangs.
DC's downtown is pretty big and seemed decently busy. Definitely beats Houston which has a similar metro.
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:05 AM
 
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Well I live in Phoenix and I certainly have to agree. I drove through downtown earlier and it was very unexciting. Just a handful of people walking around. The local Walmart had more people walking around than downtown Phoenix.
Right? We just need to break our skyline record that we've had for 40 years now and make it to atleast 500ft. Other than that I really like the new-ish Cityscape, Urban Outfitters and Chipotle!
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:47 AM
 
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I would say there are a few...

Phoenix- obvious

Houston- this is due to multiple business districts and "Downtown" being mostly office buildings. It is more vibrant in other areas though

Miami- mostly empty condo buildings

Charlotte- mostly parking lots


Don't really know enough about the others to comment.
Same-thing can be said for Miami right below, instead of "mostly empty condos".
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:50 AM
 
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Well sure, Georgia State offers many nighttime programs and the hotels house all the conventioneers. However, what I remember is that Peachtree Center connects an area of several blocks of major hotels and shopping through enclosed, above street-level passageways. This way, hotel folks can avoid street-level. Let's be real. While I like Atlanta very much, going too many blocks in the wrong direction at night is not advisable.
Yeah, that's not true in every city in the U.S. is it?

The skyways mostly connect the hotels to the wholesale mart buildings and the Peachtree Center office buildings, so they are not an alternative to the outdoor sidewalks most of the time. GSU also has a much larger on-campus student population than in the past, so the pedestrian traffic isn't only about nighttime classes. With a population of nearly 30,000, downtown Atlanta obviously has some relatively busy areas at night.
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