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View Poll Results: Most transformed and improved city cores
New York City 20 9.43%
Los Angeles 40 18.87%
Chicago 32 15.09%
Dallas 17 8.02%
Houston 14 6.60%
Philadelphia 29 13.68%
Washington 38 17.92%
Miami 17 8.02%
Atlanta 25 11.79%
Boston 9 4.25%
San Francisco 8 3.77%
Phoenix 6 2.83%
Riverside/San Bernadino 2 0.94%
Detroit 10 4.72%
Seattle 17 8.02%
Minneapolis 13 6.13%
San Diego 7 3.30%
Tampa 3 1.42%
St. Louis 9 4.25%
Baltimore 9 4.25%
Denver 22 10.38%
Pittsburgh 20 9.43%
Charlotte 11 5.19%
Portland 8 3.77%
San Antonio 4 1.89%
Orlando 4 1.89%
Sacramento 5 2.36%
Cincinnati 13 6.13%
Cleveland 25 11.79%
Kansas City 10 4.72%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 212. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-11-2014, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Nope. Government Center is the product of the urban renewal of the West End in the 1950s-1960s. Before Government Center was there, the area was known as Scollay Square.

"The Combat Zone" was the nickname given to the Chinatown/Theater District/Downtown Crossing area in the 1970s-1990s, which functioned as the city's red-light district, with a lot of strip clubs. The strip clubs are mostly gone nowadays and a lot of residential towers are being built there now.

And I agree with the last part. Boston hit it's all time low earlier in the 20th century, so the cleanup that the city has experienced between 1994 and 2014 hasn't been as drastic as in places like Philly and LA. I just wanted to show that DT Boston has changed a lot in that time period, too, even if the change is less dramatic.
Right, Scollay Square. That was a bit of a red light district too back in the day.
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Old 05-11-2014, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Downtown LA
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Most definitely DC and Los Angeles.
My former home and my current home. If I just moved to Brooklyn it would be the gentrification trifecta.
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Old 05-11-2014, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Old East Dallas
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I had to be honest, and voted Dallas.

This is 1984
http://bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com/fi...g-in-19842.jpg

This is 2010, (4 YEARS AGO)
http://bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com/fi...D_24176585.jpg

If someone has a better pic of uptown Dallas, how about posting....
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Old 05-11-2014, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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I had to be honest, and voted Dallas.

This is 1984
http://bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com/fi...g-in-19842.jpg

This is 2010, (4 YEARS AGO)
http://bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com/fi...D_24176585.jpg

If someone has a better pic of uptown Dallas, how about posting....
Even the 2010 pic looks lame compared to today. Give it another 4 years and it will look really outdated.
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Old 05-11-2014, 05:07 PM
 
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Even the 2010 pic looks lame compared to today. Give it another 4 years and it will look really outdated.
Let's see the most recent pic from that angle if possible.
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Old 05-11-2014, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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Chicago has improved in parts, but it is the consensus #2 downtown in the US, and has been for decades. Based on that, I don't think it qualifies as most improved IMO.
No - River North and South Loop were essentially **** holes with flop houses, hookers, adult theaters, porn shops, homeless people, etc etc. Even the very south part of the Loop was sketch. It's improved a lot in those areas. A ton.

I need to scour for some pics of what the area used to look like - it's a lot different. Go back a few pages and read what Rick Bayless said about the area about 20 years ago. "Very, very sleazy."
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Old 05-11-2014, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Old East Dallas
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Let's see the most recent pic from that angle if possible.
I'm looking for one, but the best way is to just go out there and snap one myself.

My camera phone is broken at the moment,
so for now... I'll have to post a more recent LINK,
but not quite the exact angle.. :/

I'll update asap (with my OWN camera pic soon)

This one is from Downtown looking towards Uptown.... so it's the OPPOSITE view, but still the same area: http://bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com/fi..._279647241.jpg

In this one, the area on the RIGHT is the same area (AA building, where mavs play is where the
meat factory- 1984- once stood)
http://www.betterdallas.com/wp-conte..._HEADER-1b.jpg

Part of Uptown on left:
http://eatsblog.dallasnews.com/files...gskyline_9.jpg

here's a whole bunch of (far away) pics of Dallas Downtown & Uptown together.
I need to go snap some of my own to get an UPDATED, UPDATED view.
but this is all Last year:
Better skyline Houston or Dallas?
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I would have to say Los Angeles. At least many of the others were respectable. LA was not. Since the 90's it has improved 10000%
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:25 PM
 
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Philly. The rest of the city still has a long ways to go though.
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Philly. The rest of the city still has a long ways to go though.
Not the rest. Just about half of West Philly and most of Southwest and North Philly.

South Philly, half of West Philly, Northwest Philly, Northeast Philly, the Riverwards are all doing well and Lower North Philly from Temple University down is either in great shape or drastically improving.

Most of the downtrodden areas that need drastic improving are in West/Southwest Philly and North Central
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