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View Poll Results: Which is the most beautiful city in the USA
New York 34 10.86%
Chicago 22 7.03%
Boston 20 6.39%
Seattle 40 12.78%
San Francisco 67 21.41%
San Diego 9 2.88%
Los Angeles 11 3.51%
Denver 6 1.92%
Dallas 1 0.32%
Atlanta 7 2.24%
Miami 6 1.92%
Charlotte 3 0.96%
Detroit 1 0.32%
Las Vegas 0 0%
Phoenix 6 1.92%
Philadelphia 5 1.60%
Washington 10 3.19%
Anchorage 8 2.56%
Cleveland 1 0.32%
Honolulu 8 2.56%
Minneapolis 4 1.28%
New Orleans 7 2.24%
Portland 4 1.28%
San Jose 1 0.32%
Indianapolis 1 0.32%
Houston 4 1.28%
Austin 4 1.28%
San Antonio 1 0.32%
Pittsburgh 8 2.56%
other 14 4.47%
Voters: 313. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-01-2009, 06:20 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Overall, San Francisco. In terms of natural beauty, Grand Canyon Village. In terms of man-made beauty, Washington, DC. In terms of the ladies, Miami Beach, hands down. In terms of architecture, Charleston, SC. In terms of the streets, Weston, FL.
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Old 06-01-2009, 09:21 AM
 
Location: where my heart is
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Difficult question. How do you define beautiful? Although I was born and raised in NYC, I would not call it "beautful". Something more in line with majestic would be more apt.

Off the topic of my head, I picked Burlington, Vt., although not one of the mega cities at all. Beautiful mountains surrounding it. However, since I have been living in Florida for the past two years, I tend to fixate on mountains now.

SF is very pretty too.
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Old 06-01-2009, 11:45 AM
 
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Default City Planning Counts

I voted for Washington DC. L'enfant can be thanked. City planning makes
a difference. Washington is also so green. SF and LA look brown much of
the year. Seattle has an awesome natural setting but the city suffers
at street level as does LA (all the highways and utility polls, parking lots and billboards). Chicago's planning legacy means 20 miles of park-lined lakefront and an extensive inland park and boulevard system. The high-rise architecture is also awesome. New York has a lot of caked-on grit and tackiness (even Manahattan) but undeniable spots of natural beauty and man-made grandeur. I agree that non-pedestrian friendly
cities (most of the South and Southwest) belong in another category
because they lack density or a true urban quality.
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Old 06-01-2009, 12:55 PM
 
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Washington is also so green. SF and LA look brown much of the year.
I'm sorry, but what part of SF are you speaking about? The top of Bernal Heights? Because just about all the rest of the City of SF has evergreens and is green year round. Unless you meant the surrounding area because huge portions of the South and East Bay do turn brown. But the City itself really does not for the most part.
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Old 06-01-2009, 01:12 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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I voted for Washington DC. L'enfant can be thanked. City planning makes
a difference. Washington is also so green. SF and LA look brown much of
the year. Seattle has an awesome natural setting but the city suffers
at street level as does LA (all the highways and utility polls, parking lots and billboards).


Ha same for L.A. There are well watered areas in L.A. that are very green despite the climate. Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Westwood, etc. Also L.A. has great street view so I have no idea what you mean there.
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Old 06-01-2009, 01:46 PM
 
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Default Brown Cities

I've been to both the Bay Area and LA in the past year. Large parts
of SF near downtown have little greenery at all and standing on one
of the scenic vistas the overall impression was brown...also from the air.
LA also from the downtown area does not appear green...and the air
was brown to. There is a real contrast with DC or even Chicago. The
climate/ongoing drought is taking a toll.
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Old 06-01-2009, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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I've been to both the Bay Area and LA in the past year. Large parts
of SF near downtown have little greenery at all and standing on one
of the scenic vistas the overall impression was brown...also from the air.
LA also from the downtown area does not appear green...and the air
was brown to. There is a real contrast with DC or even Chicago. The
climate/ongoing drought is taking a toll.
Ever flown into Rome? Florence?

You get the same impression. Its called being in a mediterrenean climate.

Forget this drought nonsense. We don't get rain in the summer-thank god.

Id rather lack some green then live in a Sauna AND FREQUENT RAIN SHOWERS during the summer like what DC and Chicago have to deal with.

That sucks.
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Old 06-01-2009, 02:58 PM
 
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Default Green is better

Glad to hear reports of a California drought is nonsense (despite all the
reports ...but I still prefer green.
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Old 06-01-2009, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Glad to hear reports of a California drought is nonsense (despite all the
reports ...but I still prefer green.
you stated that the reason why its brown is because of the drought. Taking a toll is what you said. As if we'd be fully green otherwise.

That, is nonsense.

Its always like that. We dont have the summer rains that everyone else has out west. Fly into Rome, Cannes, Naples, Florence, Israel, Madrid, Barcelona and its much the same thing.

And that's just how we like it. We arent accustomed to the natural steambath in the summer that people back east have to suffer through.

Rain, clouds, sun, rain, clouds, sun, thunder, rain, clouds, sun. And that's just before lunch. No thanks. I like sun all day with no clouds and a cool breeze.
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Old 06-01-2009, 03:48 PM
 
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Default Reiteration

My original comment was "The climate/ongoing drought is taking a toll".
Whether it is supposed to be that way or not, for someone from a wetter
location things can look scrubby and brown and parched in California. I also think raising the issue of increasing water scarcity in California is a valid point when making comparisons between area. A sense of plentiful supplies of fresh water contributes to the attractiveness of an area.
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