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View Poll Results: Best city by design?
Toronto 25 19.38%
Chicago 44 34.11%
San Francisco 24 18.60%
Washington DC 36 27.91%
Voters: 129. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-18-2014, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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Of course the ones in D.C. What other city would be building ugly buildings in America?
I am pretty sure that poster wasn't responding to us, but was responding to the title of this thread
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Old 04-18-2014, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I think D.C. has some of the nicest architecture in the U.S. Much better than a lot of the Generica crap that's seen a lot in America.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=altam...2.84,,0,-11.92
It doesn't look like this building is exactly in an appealing or urban part of the city to be honest. I'd rather live in a generic looking building closer to civilization than in the middle of a field
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Old 04-18-2014, 01:17 PM
 
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The Verizon Center benefits from being in a hybrid (Gallery Place) of a downtown neighborhood that boasts a multitude of restaurants, clubs, retail, commercial and residential buildings. The area has a good daytime vibe from all of the office workers and tourists in the area and then after five, it becomes a nightlife district. So it is always vibrant day and night. It also helps that it sits on top of one on Metro's busiest subway stations. Wriggleyville is not a good comparison.
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Old 04-18-2014, 01:21 PM
 
Location: The City
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The Verizon Center benefits from being in a hybrid (Gallery Place) of a downtown neighborhood that boasts a multitude of restaurants, clubs, retail, commercial and residential buildings. The area has a good daytime vibe from all of the office workers and tourists in the area and then after five, it becomes a nightlife district. So it is always vibrant day and night. It also helps that it sits on top of one on Metro's busiest subway stations. Wriggleyville is not a good comparison.
DC I don't always agree with you but on this I most definitely do
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Old 04-18-2014, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I recently posted this vid in the Toronto section of CD and it gives a good perspective of T.O's built form and vertical residential densification in and around the Downtown core. video taken with a really cool mini drone.


DJI Phantom flying to the CN Tower - Toronto - YouTube
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Old 04-18-2014, 01:22 PM
 
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The Verizon Center benefits from being in a hybrid (Gallery Place) of a downtown neighborhood that boasts a multitude of restaurants, clubs, retail, commercial and residential buildings. The area has a good daytime vibe from all of the office workers and tourists in the area and then after five, it becomes a nightlife district. So it is always vibrant day and night. It also helps that it sits on top of one on Metro's busiest subway stations. Wriggleyville is not a good comparison.
Gallery Place is about to see an explosion in foot traffic at a level D.C. has never seen on a consistent basis with the opening of City Center DC and the Marriot Convention Center Hotel. It's already live 24/7 but it's about to be on a different level. I want to try to see if there is a foot count once all that stuff is open and functioning.
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Old 04-18-2014, 01:24 PM
 
Location: The City
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on this topic which Times Squarish area is more vibrant the Toronto or DC incarnation

And do any have an area as pedestrian heavy an area as union square area say like Powell to Market, to me Chicago is pretty close in some areas and DC a little behind cant comment on Toronto really but seems pretty vibrant based on what I can tell

I know Toronto the least the others pretty well
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Old 04-18-2014, 01:33 PM
 
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One hundred thousand pedestrians pass through the Yonge-Dundas intersection per day. Dundas Square itself is usually packed with people and activity when the weather is agreeable.

Toronto isn't really going to get a fair shake in this poll since most of the participating posters are American and don't know anything about the city. Oh well.

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Old 04-18-2014, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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on this topic which Times Squarish area is more vibrant the Toronto or DC incarnation

And do any have an area as pedestrian heavy an area as union square area say like Powell to Market, to me Chicago is pretty close in some areas and DC a little behind cant comment on Toronto really but seems pretty vibrant based on what I can tell

I know Toronto the least the others pretty well
Yonge/Dundas square is pretty vibrant. In the nice weather it is very common to see free concerts and a bunch of different activities going on including amateur boxing matches, outdoor art galleries and trade shows etc. Its also a focal point for many of the cities festivals.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=yonge...w=1438&bih=651

Yonge/Dundas intersection is the busiest intersection for ped traffic in Canada.

Nathan Phillips Square which is right beside Toronto City council is also a busy square and a great place to ice skate in the winter.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=natha...w=1438&bih=651
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Old 04-18-2014, 01:37 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I've compared these four cities before but not in this sense and this IS for personal gain (as I look far and wide for a semi-permanent place to call home, I'm keeping all options open). So please, City-Data, don't mess this one up too.
"So please, City-Data, don't mess this one up too." A lot of talk, a real vague question...

My choice in order:

1. San Francisco - If I had the money, I would prefer San Francisco. The weather is nicer than the other areas. I have temporarily lived and worked in San Francisco for over six months in the past.

2. Washington DC - Worked in the area for over ten years. Even commuted from New Mexico for several months. Why? The money and a lot of activities and places to eat. Close to Baltimore and Annapolis Maryland. Use to fly to Ft Lauderdale for a few days for less than $200 airfare.

3. Chicago - I have met a lot of people from Chicago, but not many in Chicago when I had to go there on business trips 10 to 15 times per year. I think my boss use to send me when the weather was bad so he wouldn't have to go.

4. Toronto - Only been twice in my life, once as a child and once on a two day business trip. It looked promising, but I did not get to do much.
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