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Old 04-07-2013, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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So the concept is pretty simple. Name a city, and the next poster has to give that places CBD a rating out of 10 and a explaination for that rating. It can be based off of Shopping, Restaurants, Office Space, Hotels, Things to do, etc. Also consider the size of the city. Do research if you need to!
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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I'll start off. Portland
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:34 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I'll start off. Portland
Score 8.5. I like the short blocks and human scale development. It's active, vibrant, light rail and streetcars are great. The Pioneer Courthouse Square feels like a real city central square, not quite grand like a European Plaza but along the same idea. Some interesting historic architecture here and there mixed with modern. The waterfront park along the river is great too. Very walkable, and a lot of great businesses large and small. Portland has a good sized and busy downtown, but doesn't feel like a rat race so it's among one of my favorites.

Next: Los Angeles

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Old 04-07-2013, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I love DT Los Angeles. Beautiful architecturally. Big, active and improving by the minute. Growing restaurant and nightlife scene. Suprisingly great public transportation hub. Impressive dt residential growth. Lots of big projects, particularly residential u/c.. Lots of refurbishing of the old.. Still gritty, but over the past few years one of America's most improved.

Next: dt Seattle
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:04 AM
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Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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I love DT Los Angeles. Beautiful architecturally. Big, active and improving by the minute. Growing restaurant and nightlife scene. Suprisingly great public transportation hub. Impressive dt residential growth. Lots of big projects, particularly residential u/c.. Lots of refurbishing of the old.. Still gritty, but over the past few years one of America's most improved.

Next: dt Seattle
Vibrant and appealing, not to mention one of the most easily identifiable skylines in the US. There's nothing like wandering Pike Place Market on a cool Saturday morning.

Charlotte, NC
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:51 AM
 
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Y'all forgot to rate ^^

Rate: 6.5

Very southern we'll established centre city, with great Victorian colorful architecture. The downside is its not that large, but it does have a big financial sector that battles with the big guys. Moving forward and progressive metro, hopes it keeps it up.

Next: Philadelphia, PA (and make it long, lol)
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Northeast Suburbs of PITTSBURGH
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Y'all forgot to rate ^^

Rate: 6.5

Very southern we'll established centre city, with great Victorian colorful architecture. The downside is its not that large, but it does have a big financial sector that battles with the big guys. Moving forward and progressive metro, hopes it keeps it up.

Next: Philadelphia, PA (and make it long, lol)
Center City is one of my favorite CBD in the United States (hard for me to say considering I'm from Pittsburgh ). Very vibrant and diverse, and tons of stuff to do there. I'll give it a 9/10.

Next: Miami
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:01 AM
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Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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Center City is one of my favorite CBD in the United States (hard for me to say considering I'm from Pittsburgh ). Very vibrant and diverse, and tons of stuff to do there. I'll give it a 9/10.

Next: Miami
Unremarkable. Go to Miami Beach for a good time.

Albuquerque, NM? An old friend has invited me to visit, so I'm interested.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I love DT Los Angeles. Beautiful architecturally. Big, active and improving by the minute. Growing restaurant and nightlife scene. Suprisingly great public transportation hub. Impressive dt residential growth. Lots of big projects, particularly residential u/c.. Lots of refurbishing of the old.. Still gritty, but over the past few years one of America's most improved.

Next: dt Seattle
I did forget to rate. I'll give DT LA an 8.0
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:11 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Unremarkable. Go to Miami Beach for a good time.

Albuquerque, NM? An old friend has invited me to visit, so I'm interested.
I'll give it a 5, given it's about halfway to its potential yet better than 10 years ago as many locals tell me. I wrote a long piece about my mixed feelings regarding downtown ABQ (from this thread: http://www.city-data.com/forum/albuq...isfaction.html).........

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Downtown Albuquerque is very lackluster and quite frankly dirty (like tagged vandalism and needles on the street kind of dirty). I get down there every now and then but the atmosphere just isn't all that compelling. There are signs of improvement with some interesting small businesses and restaurants but there is so much vacancy there. Some blocks feel vibrant and the next block over can feel derelict. Downtown and surrounding neigborhoods really need a lot more TLC. There are historic neighborhoods on the edges of downtown that have quality craftsman home sand interesting architecture but they are not very well kept.

There is a whole lot more vibrancy and eclectic options down the road on Central Ave in Nob Hill and around the UNM campus. I know many others have seen the city's potential in having a very vibrant urban corridor between Old Town, Downtown, UNM, Nob Hill, and Uptown. However anytime some sort of suggestion of improvement (such as light rail/streetcar) to enhance the cohesiveness of the urban nodes in this city and build it up into a unique and vibrant urban corridor that only Albuquerque could have it gets lupe warm responses to downright rejection in some instances and it will take a lot of time for any true prosperous urban development to get going, especially downtown. Again, there are noticable improvements and steps such as a new grocery store downtown, but overall our downtown and urban vibe is rather lame when it has the potential to be so much more.

I wish developers would focus more on the unique linear urban corrodor that we have on Central Ave rather new developments like Mesa Del Sol or Rio Rancho outside of town. Albuquerque has desirable outer neighborhoods, that I admit would rather live in myself (and I do)for the proximity to mountains and employment but it would be nice to have more options to walk around town a bit and not be discouraged by all the 'gaps' in between. This city already has a lot of unique local character, it just needs to a big boost to kick it up several notches.
also here is a photo thread of downtown ABQ: Albuquerque Photo Tour of Downtown, Old Town and Nob Hill

Next: Dallas

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