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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 04-14-2014, 06:04 PM
 
Location: New Mexico --> Vermont in 2019
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Their riverfront is actually pretty nice and nifty. The Waterfront Park is huge, I think it's something like 40ish acres along the river. So there's lots of recreational use, it's bustling with people walking about and biking, etc. My husband's family live in the area, and they always go to the Waterfront, and let the little ones play in the fountains. The landscape is lovely, I especially like the Japanese Cherry Blossoms. It also play host to many festivals like music, beers, LGBT, for example. Plus the Saturday Market is there and there's lots of great food around. Portland Saturday Market

I don't know how it ranks against the other cities, but it should definitely be up there as one of the tops.
I'd also add the bicycle paths, through the downtown waterfront park and also along the east side of the river as well. I think the old school draw bridges add a nice touch to the scenery. Not quite on a Pittsburgh scale, but with the hills, big rivers, and bridges Portland and Pittsburgh do seem similar in some uncanny ways. Portland is my favorite river city.

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Old 04-14-2014, 06:05 PM
 
Location: New Mexico --> Vermont in 2019
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Boston's Charles River esplanade is lovely, that skyscraper canyon on that little stretch of the Chicago River is cool, and San Antonio's riverwalk is a very impressive urban planning project. However, when I think true "River Cities" its not a trademark I associate with Boston, Chicago, or San Antonio given the former two have more dominant bodies of water and San Antonio's river is pretty much just a small creek.

River Cities to me are more like St. Louis, Cincinnati, Louisville, Minneapolis, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Portland, Memphis, Nashville, and New Orleans.

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Old 04-14-2014, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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But I didn't even think to include Chicago. Sure, the Chicago river is pretty at night downtown, but it's otherwise an industrial wasteland. Besides the architectural tour you can't do anything in it. It doesn't host any festivals. And the Chicago Riverwalk is only a half mile long.
You think this can't be on the list? You are crazy. It was industrial years ago which has changed - There is some of that left if you go south. You also don't know much if you think you can't do anything but go on an architectural boat tour. I've been kayaking and canoeing in the river, and I have rented a boat and gone through it more than once:


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ois_Center.jpg

http://thumbs.****/z/water...e-34027849.jpg

http://www.upchicago.com/wp-content/...0/08/kayak.jpg

And if you are miles north of downtown, this is still in the city:
http://www.webmapacademy.com/wp-cont...9/100_9200.jpg

And luckily even on the south side in Chinatown they put a new park in along the river:
http://www.site-design.com/assets/pr...sign-group.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/57/16...0741461b2b.jpg


By the way check back in a year for the Riverwalk. It's currently undergoing a $100 Million expansion of it:
Chicago Unveils Riverwalk Expansion Plans | NBC Chicago

Not to mention three 50+ story high rises being built on former vacant lots right now (well 2. One starts construction in June/July) and each will be adding green space to the river front along with extending the riverwalk even further with their own money.

http://www.rejournals.com/wp-content...ing_midres.jpg
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dP7-oSbx_d..._plaza_471.jpg
http://media.chicagojournal.com/phot...cle/3566-2.jpg

So not only are they doing that $100M extension project as we speak, but essentially the size of the extension will double with these three projects above that are private investment

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Old 04-14-2014, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities (StP)
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St. Paul
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:09 PM
 
Location: New London
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Though it isn't so dirty anymore...

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Old 04-14-2014, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Austin, Texas
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:14 PM
 
Location: New Mexico --> Vermont in 2019
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Austin, Texas
Yeah as far as urban rivers and parkland go, Austin is probably the best in Texas.

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Old 04-14-2014, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Yeah as far as urban rivers an parkland go, Austin is probably the best in Texas.
Waco would be 2nd followed by Fort Worth.

San Antonio has the best urban canal.
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:47 PM
 
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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.
You might be referring to the one I posted a while ago, sorry about the poll choices .

If anyone wants any additional insight: Best City Riverfronts

As for my own insight, I don't consider the Riverwalk in San Antonio to be a river.
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Old 04-15-2014, 05:18 AM
 
Location: Maryland, The Original Catholic colony.
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Why is DC on this list?

Maybe in 10 years but it sucks right now.
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