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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 09-16-2012, 07:54 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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In terms of the usual parameters, resident pop, daytime pop, no. of employees, parking spaces, vibrancy, shops, restaurants, entertainment, institutions/amenities.etc, radiality, lack of centrality. Which downtowns just feel all around least influential/weakest for their size.
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:56 PM
 
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San Jose?
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Closer than you think!
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Houston.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:02 PM
 
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Phoenix for me
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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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.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:13 PM
 
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Phoenix and Orlando really stand out.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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I'm in Dallas right now and will be for almost a week for a conference on Thursday and I like this metro. Its a nice place with great people but its downtown seems to be weak even compared to other sunbelt cities like Miami, Houston, and Atlanta (haven't been to Atlanta but seen pictures) because the suburbs have so much attention going to them. So much traffic going in all directions to every corner of the metro. Downtown has the bones to be a world class vibrant place but its lacking the life, where are the people folks? They told me that its getting better and from my last visit here in 2009 it sure seems like they are right. I also see a lot of infill here and think this place is headed in the correct direction IMO.

Miami and Houston are two others that are devoid of life downtown for their sizes. It's sad but there is infill and amenities coming to their cores so maybe an improvement.
yeah, how could the OP forget Dallas. San Jose too.

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In terms of the usual parameters, resident pop, daytime pop, no. of employees, parking spaces, vibrancy, shops, restaurants, entertainment, institutions/amenities.etc, radiality, lack of centrality. Which downtowns just feel all around least influential/weakest for their size.
Houston is not bad on the one in bold in the core
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Sault Ste. Marie, MI
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I don't know about vibrancy and what have you as I've never been there, but St. Louis has a pretty low city population compared to it's metro (City: 318,069 Metro: 2,812,896).
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Definitely San Jose. They've even taken steps over the years to increase their downtown density because it's such a ghost town outside the 9-5 hours.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:34 PM
 
Location: ITP - City of Atlanta Proper
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LA has a weak core? It may not fit all of the things people usually state makes a core strong, but one thing it cannot be accused is being lackluster in the city proper.
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