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Old 05-01-2014, 06:47 PM
 
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Richmond for sure, but honestly there are tons of walkable urban cores in the South. Really haven't been to one that I thought to myself that it wasn't enjoyable. Hard to rank them, but I would say Richmond, Charleston, Savannah really stand out (all 3 are more walkable than Houston, ATL, or Dallas, imo). Haven't been to Miami or NOLA, so I can't comment on those.

But under-rated ones are Greensboro, Columbia, Durham, Knoxville, that don't really get talked about much on here.
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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NOLA, Savannah, and Charleston.

Also, Columbus is extremely urban and definitely walkable. I wouldn't call it vibrant although that is changing fast as Columbus State University rapidly expands in Uptown Columbus.
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Old 05-02-2014, 12:32 PM
 
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Asheville, NC is a good one!
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Old 05-02-2014, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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Beaufort, SC?
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Old 05-02-2014, 06:15 PM
 
Location: BMORE!
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Annapolis, MD
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Old 05-02-2014, 06:55 PM
 
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NOLA, Savannah, and Charleston.

Also, Columbus is extremely urban and definitely walkable. I wouldn't call it vibrant although that is changing fast as Columbus State University rapidly expands in Uptown Columbus.
"Extremely" urban? That would be the case for NOLA, Charleston, and Savannah. I don't really see how Columbus is any more urban and walkable than other similarly-sized cities; in GA, it's on par with Augusta and Macon. Athens is the other GA city besides Savannah that should really be highlighted here.
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Old 05-02-2014, 07:02 PM
 
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Savannah easily has the most walkable urban core of any city in the South, regardless of size. So it's hard not to include it on this list.
"Easily"? Come now, let's not be *too* big of a homer here. You're talking as if NOLA and Charleston are a distant second and third and that everyone who's mentioned them in the same breath as Savannah is insane.
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Old 05-02-2014, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Beaufort, SC?
I like Beaufort, but truth be know the "downtown" waterfront area is only about 3 blocks long and beyond that there's not a lot to see. There are some neighborhoods with big Lowcountry mansions scattered about, but those are nothing compared to what you'll see in Charleston and Savannah.
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Old 05-02-2014, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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"Easily"? Come now, let's not be *too* big of a homer here. You're talking as if NOLA and Charleston are a distant second and third and that everyone who's mentioned them in the same breath as Savannah is insane.
What the hell are you talking about?! I never implied anything of the sort!

But Savannah's squares and brilliant street grid absolutely makes it the most walkable city in the South! Compared to Charleston, Savannah's streets and sidewalks are WIDE! You can actually walk down Broughton Street two-abreast without having to move over to let others pass, which you CANNOT do on King Street in Charleston (which has some of the most ridiculously narrow sidewalks I've ever seen!).

And I'm not alone in this assessment:

Most pleasantly walkable city - Review of Savannah Historic District, Savannah, GA - TripAdvisor

Savannah, Georgia: A Great Travel Destination - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

“Walk Appeal” – Beyond the 5 minute walk, Savannah edition | New Urbanism Blog
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Old 05-02-2014, 07:44 PM
 
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What the hell are you talking about?! I never implied anything of the sort!

But Savannah's squares and brilliant street grid absolutely makes it the most walkable city in the South! Compared to Charleston, Savannah's streets and sidewalks are WIDE! You can actually walk down Broughton Street two-abreast without having to move over to let others pass, which you CANNOT do on King Street in Charleston (which has some of the most ridiculously narrow sidewalks I've ever seen!).

And I'm not alone in this assessment:

Most pleasantly walkable city - Review of Savannah Historic District, Savannah, GA - TripAdvisor

Savannah, Georgia: A Great Travel Destination - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

“Walk Appeal” – Beyond the 5 minute walk, Savannah edition | New Urbanism Blog
I was using a bit of hyperbole to get my point across. But sidewalk width is a relatively minor aspect of urbanity and walkability; some of the most urban and walkable cities in the world have narrow streets and sidewalks. Even so, how could you say that Savannah is *easily* more walkable and urban than NOLA? That's going a bit overboard.

Any way you slice it, NOLA pretty much takes this one--yes, even over Savannah.
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