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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%
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Old 10-09-2014, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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I think most people on this forum are too young to remember or realize just how utterly dysfunctional New York was in the early '90s. The gritty New York of the '70s and '80s continued on for the first half of the '90s. Times Square was the sleaziest place in America, you could buy anything there. If the time frame begins at 1994 then we are talking about the city Guiliani inherited. The version of NY that we know now did not exist then. The transformation wasn't new buildings (although it has had that), it was a new social fabric (in some ways better, in other ways worse). The old New York had more in common with pre-gentrification Philly than the NY of today. DC went through a similar transformation. I think those are the two most changed cities.
I remember "that" NYC very well. I was living in New Haven, CT in 1985-86 and spent pretty much every weekend in the city. I was in my early 20's and had more fun during that time than a human being should be able to survive. NYC may be more "functional", and much safer and cleaner today, but it is also much more BORING and bland now, IMO.

I really, really miss the "big, bad, rotten apple" of those days.
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Old 10-09-2014, 04:02 PM
 
Location: East Central Pennsylvania/ Chicago for 6yrs.
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Washington, D.C. hands down!!!! Compared to just 10 years ago DC's core not only looks different but its also larger than it was before. No other city in America can compare. Not that its a bad thing but DC didn't boom like other cities did in the early 20th century so the core wasn't all that built up. The new deal happened to late and suburbanization kicked off right when DC was building up. So yea. But now the city is rebounding faster than all, there are cranes everywhere in DC.
Just makes me think? Who gets credit? Democrats or Republicans? Is DC's claim of booming while Obama is President, mean anything positive? Of course I expect partisanship or a comment on the private sector builds the economy?
But to opposes and demonizes of Obama don't have something to accuse negatively in DC's booming while he is President?
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Old 10-09-2014, 05:58 PM
 
Location: New Mexico --> Vermont in 2019
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Just makes me think? Who gets credit? Democrats or Republicans?
Rather than partisan credit, I'm pretty sure it's all about the lobbyists and corporations that have set up shop inside the Beltway. It's like a big brothel scene.
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Old 10-10-2014, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Downtown LA
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I remember "that" NYC very well. I was living in New Haven, CT in 1985-86 and spent pretty much every weekend in the city. I was in my early 20's and had more fun during that time than a human being should be able to survive. NYC may be more "functional", and much safer and cleaner today, but it is also much more BORING and bland now, IMO.

I really, really miss the "big, bad, rotten apple" of those days.
That's what I love about LA. It may be gritty, and messy, and dirty, and too spread out, and any of a hundred other criticisms you level at it. But it still has an edge. Whatever crazy debaucherous scene you are looking for here, you can find it. LA in 2014 is where NYC was in the late 80s. The fun hasn't been gentrified out of it yet, and it won't be for a long time, namely because its just too big to happen quickly. LA's gentrification is in full swing, but its a much slower burn than New York's has been.
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Old 10-10-2014, 03:52 PM
 
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Philadelphia or NYC. For sure. Maybe I'd add Chicago, though I feel like Chicago has more or less consistently improved rather than shot up, shot down, and then "come back". Also don't get the vibe that it was a place filled with tenements, like New York was.

I'd give props to some Sunbelt cities, too, for reinventing themselves. Baltimore's made an amazing comeback, it seems, as well, though I've never even visited.
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