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View Poll Results: Which has the most vibrant urban core?
Denver 16 22.22%
Minneapolis 24 33.33%
Portland 25 34.72%
San Diego 7 9.72%
Voters: 72. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-17-2015, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Tualatin Oregon
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I would go with Portland on this--San Diego is beautiful --Denver --Meh--Minnie-- sorry
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Old 06-17-2015, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Outside of Chicago
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PDX without a doubt...no comment for the other ones. I have never been to Minneapolis or Seattle, and I have ranted enough about downtown Denver...LOL
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Old 06-18-2015, 12:27 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Bias?
Have you ever been to Minneapolis or are you just guessing? I took these pictures last fall, this is a typical Saturday night in the Warehouse District when the weather is warm:

mplssept201456 by Andrew Smith, on Flickr

mplssept201458 by Andrew Smith, on Flickr

mplssept201467 by Andrew Smith, on Flickr

mplssept201470 by Andrew Smith, on Flickr

mplssept201473 by Andrew Smith, on Flickr

mplssept201474 by Andrew Smith, on Flickr

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Old 06-18-2015, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Bias?
That 1st/Hennipen is a riot? That doesn't make it tops or 2nd on this list per se, but I have perspective on many Midwestern cities' nightlife districts, including MSP's, and know that it's not exactly lacking. I've heard good things about PDX and DEN too, for that matter, but those places seem to have a healthy amount of non-regional perspective.
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Old 06-18-2015, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I can't speak for the others, but from personal experience, I think Portland has incredible vibrancy for a city its size.

I've visited Portland multiple times, but never spent too much time downtown, especially in the evening time. This time around, I was there about two months back for a weekend getaway, and a friend and I were walking by Pioneer Place downtown, around 5pm. It was raining and getting just dark enough that the skyscrapers were lighting up, people were rushing past with briefcases and umbrellas, MAX trains where whizzing by ringing their bells, and I thought the busy energy downtown was incredible. But I'm also from a small city so that could have been it, too

Later that night, we were in the Pearl District for dinner and barhopping, and even for a Sunday night, the area around the Pearl and Chinatown was busy and full of throngs of people. The direct downtown area where the office towers are was a bit of a ghost town, but the area immediately outside downtown was hopping and vibrant. It was my first visit as an of-age young person, so maybe I just noticed the vibrancy more
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Old 07-11-2015, 03:02 AM
 
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I can't speak for the others, but from personal experience, I think Portland has incredible vibrancy for a city its size.
Day & night goes to Portland, but not when you're talking just nightlife.

Although I do think if Portland ever pulls its head out of its ass it could end up being something like Melbourne, Australia. As it sort of looks like Chicago had a kid with Portland. How all that could happen I'm not exactly sure.
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Old 07-11-2015, 01:05 PM
 
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I'd say Portland for sure - so walkable and filled with restaurants, bars, and retail. Also downtown proper flows seamlessly into adjacent and similarly urban neigborhoods like the Pearl District, Old Town, and Nob Hill. (Many people would consider all of these neigborhoods combined as downtown, but they actually are distinct neigborhoods.)
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:50 PM
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Location: Asheville, NC
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Well for the record, I would think it probably goes:

1) Portland
2) Minneapolis
3) Denver
4) San Diego.

But, in all honesty, I'm always a little unsure how to rank Denver. In some respects, it seems to be a very up and coming downtown. In other ways, it still seems to have to many parking lots and not enough streetlife.
I have to agree with what you said about Denver. We recently visited and got the same feeling. Before we visited, we thought it would be more happening.
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:53 PM
 
Location: MPLS/CHI
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Have you ever been to Minneapolis or are you just guessing? I took these pictures last fall, this is a typical Saturday night in the Warehouse District when the weather is warm:

mplssept201456 by Andrew Smith, on Flickr

mplssept201458 by Andrew Smith, on Flickr

mplssept201467 by Andrew Smith, on Flickr

mplssept201470 by Andrew Smith, on Flickr

mplssept201473 by Andrew Smith, on Flickr

mplssept201474 by Andrew Smith, on Flickr

I second this. That area of downtown is live most Fridays and Saturdays when the weather is nice. I was actually quite shocked my first time down there 2 years ago, especially coming from Chicago. I did not expect to see as much pedestrian traffic as I did.
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Old 07-14-2015, 12:04 PM
 
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I would go with Portland on this--San Diego is beautiful --Denver --Meh--Minnie-- sorry
Haha. Looks like someone has never been to Minneapolis.
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