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View Poll Results: Nicest Riverfront
Boston, MA 9 7.09%
Cincinnati, OH 6 4.72%
Jacksonville, FL 4 3.15%
Kansas City, MO 1 0.79%
Louisville, KY 1 0.79%
Memphis, TN 12 9.45%
Minneapolis, MN 9 7.09%
New Orleans, LA 2 1.57%
Minneapolis, MN 0 0%
New York City, NY 7 5.51%
Omaha, NE 5 3.94%
Philadelphia, PA 5 3.94%
Pittsburgh, PA 18 14.17%
Portland, OR 8 6.30%
Sacramento, CA 1 0.79%
Saint Louis, MO 5 3.94%
Washington, DC 6 4.72%
Other 28 22.05%
Voters: 127. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-13-2014, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, VA.
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That says little to nothing about the actual riverfront though.
Says WHO? You? You said "Chattanooga gets a nod" what does that say? Little to nothing. The OP said "public access festivals and recreation." Kayaking down the only urban class IV river isn't recreation? The Canal Walk and the River Rock festivals they have don't count as public access and festivals? Wassup, I didn't think I had to get approval from you to mention Richmond.
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:09 PM
 
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Says WHO? You? You said "Chattanooga gets a nod" what does that say? Little to nothing. The OP said "public access festivals and recreation." Kayaking down the only urban class IV river isn't recreation? The Canal Walk and the River Rock festivals they have don't count as public access and festivals? Wassup, I didn't think I had to get approval from you to mention Richmond.
Dude, calm down; it's not that serious. I know that Richmond--a city that I actually like and is quite underrated--has some development along the James River, but just the presence of Class IV rapids alone says nothing about how nice or developed its riverfront is. I mean Columbus, GA also has Class IV rapids through its downtown and even has the longest urban whitewater course in the world, but at the moment its riverfront isn't all that developed beyond a riverwalk and is just more or less average in that department. Same goes for Columbia, SC and most of its riverfront is undeveloped.

As for my mention of Chattanooga, it's well-known in urban circles for its successful riverfront development and hosts other cities on a regular basis looking to transform their own riverfronts. Check it out for yourself:

Chattanooga's Makeover Secret: A River Runs Through It - NationalJournal.com
Project for Public Spaces | The Chattanooga Riverpark: Transforming a City and its Economy
PlanPhilly | Chattanooga
http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/res...hattanooga.pdf

Some pictures:
http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-ge.../0807-0192.jpg
http://www.downtownchattanooga.org/n...play-parks.jpg
http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-ge.../0808-0215.jpg
http://press.tnvacation.com/lib/imag..._watermark.jpg
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MNvw_LBwuR...anooga-154.jpg
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:23 PM
 
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Where is Austin or Richmond - 2 of the best river fronts in the U.S. on this poll?
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Old 04-14-2014, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Okayy no Chattanooga, Knoxville, Greenville, Little Rock, Columbus or Grand Rapids...shade :-(
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Old 04-14-2014, 01:09 AM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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How can you have a list like this and leave off San Antonio and Chicago?
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Hanging out along the Charles River in Boston is always a pleasant experience.
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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For a smaller city, Chattanooga gets a nod.
I was going to say the same thing.
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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Okayy no Chattanooga, Knoxville, Greenville, Little Rock, Columbus or Grand Rapids...shade :-(
No Savannah, either. River Street is a huge destination.
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Like the last time this thread was offered I don't consider many of these cities as "river cities", not when they also are adjacent to a Great Lake or Ocean. I think the term should apply to places that rely on only a river or several rivers for most of its nautical (water) trade or recreation.

Yes I know Philly technically rests on a river or inlet but it's its position as an ocean port that really makes it valuable (I'd think). Same with Chicago. NYC I can see an argument for since it's the base of the Great Lakes trade routes and that's a big reason for NYCs prosperity, but again, having access to an ocean is a game-changer that changes the dynamic of how these cities trade.
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Old 04-14-2014, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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As a rower, I've seen many pretty Riverfronts;
Boston
Philadelphia

Chattanooga, TN
Poughkeepsie, NY
Charleston WV

My favorite is Pittsburgh
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