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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 04-16-2014, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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I can see the argument in not including Chicago. Does it front the river as much as it fronts the lake? It's not like how DC uses the river or Austin or even Detroit, right?
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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I can see the argument in not including Chicago. Does it front the river as much as it fronts the lake? It's not like how DC uses the river or Austin or even Detroit, right?
Yes. Buildings are much closer to the river than they are to the lake in fact. The lake in Chicago is all public land for most of the coastline except for a water filtration plant downtown on a sorts of an island and Lakepoint Tower found a loophole and it's the only real building almost next to the lake for basically 15-18 miles or so.

Fairly recent though there's probably 5 new high rises not shown here since the picture was taken.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ois_Center.jpg

http://images.travelpod.com/users/pr...igley-bldg.jpg

http://files.worldfishingnetwork.com..._river_web.jpg


A few new additions to the river that are not located downtown:
http://www.designboom.com/wp-content...ignboom-08.jpg

http://assets.inhabitat.com/wp-conte...athouse-10.jpg

http://www.site-design.com/assets/pr...sign-group.jpg

http://nptifitness.com/top-10-outdoo...orial-park.jpg


Renders of the $100M Riverwalk extension currently under construction:
https://www.cityofchicago.org/conten...heJettyWeb.jpg
http://cdn.cstatic.net/images/gridfs...121008-004.jpg
http://assets.inhabitat.com/wp-conte...verwalk-6.jpeg


They are also looking to do something like this downtown:
http://loopchicago.com/_files/images...alk_lights.jpg

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Old 04-16-2014, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Chicago (from pittsburgh)
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Chicago and Pittsburgh win with scenery. San Antonio wins for interaction/access.
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Old 04-16-2014, 01:10 PM
 
Location: 304
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Pittsburgh is tops

For the DC haters, Georgetown is a solid area. Plus the mall (Lincoln/Jefferson memorials) is pretty close to riverfront.

My home of Charleston, WV is rather impressive for a small city. Has a slick looking canopied amphitheater, with the longest traditional Blvd. in the US. Has a path connecting the Capitol Complex with downtown. Plus there is marinas and private docks the entire length of the city. Not to mention, the city is planning to develop segregated bike lanes along the Blvd running the length of the city.
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Old 04-16-2014, 01:13 PM
 
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My top choices are San Antonio, Providence, and Chattanooga.
Just because they name an estuary a river doesn't make it a river. Scratch Providence.
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Over-the-Rhine, Ohio
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There's also more to a river than being able to walk besides it and you can still kayak/boat/canoe in the Chicago River and people do it all the time.
This is true for literally every river we're talking about.

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Just because they name an estuary a river doesn't make it a river. Scratch Providence.
Who cares how small it is? (The San Antonio River can't be that much larger) Providence's rivers are absolutely beautiful, accessible, and perfectly weaved through downtown. What's better is that they actually use the rivers for events regularly. WaterFire is fantastic.
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Texarkana, TX
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Savannah should definitely be on here! River street is absolutely beautiful!
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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This is true for literally every river we're talking about.
I never said otherwise. I'm responding to a few people who seem to think that you can't do anything in the Chicago River except look at it and go on an architectural boat cruise.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Yes. Buildings are much closer to the river than they are to the lake in fact. The lake in Chicago is all public land for most of the coastline except for a water filtration plant downtown on a sorts of an island and Lakepoint Tower found a loophole and it's the only real building almost next to the lake for basically 15-18 miles or so.

Fairly recent though there's probably 5 new high rises not shown here since the picture was taken.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ois_Center.jpg

http://images.travelpod.com/users/pr...igley-bldg.jpg

http://files.worldfishingnetwork.com..._river_web.jpg


A few new additions to the river that are not located downtown:
http://www.designboom.com/wp-content...ignboom-08.jpg

http://assets.inhabitat.com/wp-conte...athouse-10.jpg

http://www.site-design.com/assets/pr...sign-group.jpg

http://nptifitness.com/top-10-outdoo...orial-park.jpg


Renders of the $100M Riverwalk extension currently under construction:
https://www.cityofchicago.org/conten...heJettyWeb.jpg
http://cdn.cstatic.net/images/gridfs...121008-004.jpg
http://assets.inhabitat.com/wp-conte...verwalk-6.jpeg


They are also looking to do something like this downtown:
http://loopchicago.com/_files/images...alk_lights.jpg
Totally disagree with your assessment. If Chicago's downtown were based around the river, it would be juxtapositioned 90 degrees and run from East to West. As it currently sits, it runs North to South, and the East-to-West portion along the river is maybe 1/4 of the downtown core, and maybe 1/30 of the total skyline that stretches for 25-30 miles.

And of course the buildings are built right up to the river's edge -- there aren't any parks or freeways that buffer the water from the land, unlike along Lake Michigan. Where there aren't parks along the lake though, there are buildings right up to Lake Shore Drive, which buffers Lake Michigan from downtown. Not much you can do about that though.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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Totally disagree with your assessment. If Chicago's downtown were based around the river, it would be juxtapositioned 90 degrees and run from East to West. As it currently sits, it runs North to South, and the East-to-West portion along the river is maybe 1/4 of the downtown core, and maybe 1/30 of the total skyline that stretches for 25-30 miles.
You misinterpreted what I said. The buildings around the river are closer to the water than the buildings around the lake are closer to that water. This is a fact that anybody who lives in the city (i.e. me) and especially is downtown every single day (i.e. me) clearly knows. It's not about how many buildings are along the river. I am talking about how close they are, and if you think the buildings along the lake are closer to the lake than the buildings along the river are to the river, then you need to visit the city again and see because this is not true.
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