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View Poll Results: Which one of these cities has your favorite areas to visit/live outside of downtown?
NYC outside Manhattan 13 17.57%
Los Angeles outside downtown 30 40.54%
Chicago outside Loop/Mag Mile/River North 16 21.62%
Washington DC outside downtown 8 10.81%
Toronto outside downtown 6 8.11%
Philadelphia outside Center City 5 6.76%
San Francisco outside downtown 16 21.62%
Boston outside downtown/Back Bay 10 13.51%
Montreal outside Centreville 3 4.05%
Seattle outside downtown 9 12.16%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 74. You may not vote on this poll

Old 01-22-2014, 10:03 AM
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These are arguably the largest downtowns in the US and Canada, in terms of shopping/restaurants/attractions/nightlife. So this time I'm going to focus on what's outside of them. Which one of these cities has your favorite non-downtown attractions. You can also choose multiple cities if you wish.

NYC outside Manhattan (S.of Harlem)
Los Angeles outside downtown
Chicago outside Loop/Mag Mile/River North
Washington DC outside downtown
Toronto outside downtown
Philadelphia outside Center City
San Francisco outside downtown
Boston outside downtown/Back Bay
Montreal outside Centreville
Seattle outside downtown
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Old 01-22-2014, 12:20 PM
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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LA by far.
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:27 PM
Location: The City
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Originally Posted by 18Montclair View Post
LA by far.

honstly I think it would be hard to argue against this on the whole...
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Old 01-22-2014, 02:27 PM
Location: Seattle, WA
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LA is famed and renowned because of its areas outside of downtown; Westside, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, Venice, Manhattan Beach, etc. Historically, LA has always been a "doughnut city"; the main parts are outside the center.
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Old 01-22-2014, 02:31 PM
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Really most of L.A attractions are outside of downtown. So it probably wins but Seattle has great attractions also outside of downtown Worlds Largest Car Museum , The Museum of Flight And Space is the worlds largest private none profit air and space museum . That museum campus is great I love its hands on you get to go in the space shuttle trainer and the first Air Force One also. Seattle has alot of outdoor attractions close by. Mt Rainer National Park, Olympic National Park are a couple. But I live in Seattle if I went on vacation I would go to San Fransico or Boston before L.A
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Old 01-22-2014, 02:37 PM
Location: Pasadena, CA
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1. Los Angeles (Santa Monica, Malibu, Hollywood, Getty, Museum Row / Miracle Mile / Melrose, Beverly Hills / Rodeo )
2. San Francisco (Golden Gate Park, Presidio / Golden Gate Bridge, Haight - Ashbury, Fisherman's Wharf)
3. New York City* (Statue of Liberty, Bronx / Yankee Stadium, Flushing, Central Brooklyn, Coney Island)
4. Boston (Fenway, Harvard Square)
5. Chicago (Wrigleyville)

*sort of unfair to NYC because Manhattan is so large and encompasses much non-CBD-type areas.
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Old 01-22-2014, 03:23 PM
Location: Boston, MA
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Does downtown Boston include North End? I also enjoy visiting Fenway, Jamaica Plain in Boston, and Harvard Square, Central Square in Cambridge and Union Square in Somerville.
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Old 01-22-2014, 10:08 PM
Location: West Hollywood
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This is a little vague, because it doesn't really define "Downtown", but I'm going to go by the obvious "City Center" idea, and in that case, LA wins this one.

LA is one of the few cities in the US where the best neighborhoods are far, far away from Downtown. All of it's world famous neighborhoods are located minimum around 10 miles from DT.
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Old 01-22-2014, 10:26 PM
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Yea I probably should of clarified, Greater Downtown Area, or in NYC, multiple downtown area. Boston would include the North End too.
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Old 01-23-2014, 12:20 AM
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I don't see how LA could lose this one. Although Miami could compete for a strong 4th, because of Miami Beach. But no Southern cities were included. The decentralization of Southern cities, would give cities like Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas strong 4th, 5th, and 6th rankings.
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