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Old 05-24-2013, 04:46 PM
 
Location: rock island, illinois
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I was curious about how many acres of park there are in my city and stumbled across this website:

ParkScore

The only issue I have with it is that is the 40 largest cities by population, so it includes huge suburbs like Mesa and sunbelt cities with relatively small metro populations while leaving off the anchor cities of bigger metro areas with small city limits like Cleveland, St. Louis, Minneapolis, and Pittsburgh.
Dude, your name is awesome, it rolls off the tongue with ease
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:32 PM
 
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Even though it's a smaller city, I think Savannah deserves to be on the list. The squares there are just so graceful and beautiful (pictures taken during the holidays):









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Old 05-24-2013, 05:51 PM
 
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Top 10 cities for parks based on scores they got: http://www.mortgagechiliblog.com/cit...ngs-parkscore/

San Francisco, California (74.0)
Sacramento, California (73.5)
Boston, Massachusetts (72.5)
New York, New York (72.5)
Washington, D.C. (71.5)
Portland, Oregon (69.0)
Virginia Beach, Virginia (68.5)
San Diego, California (67.5)
Seattle, Washington (66.5)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (66.0)

Sacramento is such an underrated city, but not surprising considering it's got to compete w L.A., San Diego, the entire bay area, wine country, the emerald triangle, etc.
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Even though it's a smaller city, I think Savannah deserves to be on the list. The squares there are just so graceful and beautiful (pictures taken during the holidays):
I can see why General Sherman wouldn't burn it down due to it's beauty. Tybee Island isn't far.
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:17 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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The way Rittenhouse Square Park was talked up I thought it would be a large park. Wow its small only one and a half blocks wide and two blocks long. Seattle Center is over 50 square blocks of park and plaza The International Fountain area alone is larger than Rittenhouse Square. But as an urban park I woulg go with Chicago and NewYork they have far much larger urban parks than anyone else.
Rittenhouse Square is a perfect square in shape and it is three blocks wide and three blocks long from Walnut to St. James to Latimer to Locust Streets. It was laid out in 1683 and gets it's cachet from the beautiful marble balustrades, classical urns, fountains and statuary. It is in the middle of Center City's most elegant and upscale neighborhood.

This is one of only of scores of other urban squares in Philadelphia, including Washington Square, Franklin Square, Fitler Square, Logan Circle, Eakins Oval, Headhouse Square, Independence Mall, etc. This is not including the much larger parks like Fairmount Park (9000 acres) - which I would argue is much bigger than New York's Central Park (800 acres) but also more beautiful with a much more varied terrain. Of course we have lots of other parks like Cobbs Creek Park, Pennypack Park (which has the oldest bridge in continuous use in the US crosses over - commissioned by William Penn), and ... ummmm ... Clark Park (which boasts the only statue to author Charles Dickens in the world.
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Old 05-25-2013, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis
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St. Louis doesn't seem to show up on the indexes but we probably deserve a mention because we have the largest city park in the US, Forest Park.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_Park_(St._Louis)


Sledding on Art Hill (in front of art museum)

(see other pics below)

World's Fair Pavillion

Muny Theater, nation's oldest and largest outdoor musical theater

Jewel Box

St Louis Zoo

St. Louis
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Old 05-26-2013, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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Rittenhouse Square is a perfect square in shape and it is three blocks wide and three blocks long from Walnut to St. James to Latimer to Locust Streets. It was laid out in 1683 and gets it's cachet from the beautiful marble balustrades, classical urns, fountains and statuary. It is in the middle of Center City's most elegant and upscale neighborhood.
Looking at a map would seem to dispel your argument. I see only one block wide, and three long. Yes, it's a square, but the blocks are not of equal distance. Even so, you can't call it three by three.

But it is a very pretty park.
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Do you have reasons for those picks or are you just guessing?

I see city parks and squares as two separate discussions. They serve different purposes IMO.
Well, I've been to Austin, SD, Seattle, and Minneapolis, and I can't think of anything in Austin that bests the other cities mentioned. There are parks and they are nice, but the other cities have amazing parks, IMO!
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