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View Poll Results: Is Philadelphia more urban than Chicago?
More urban 46 24.60%
Less urban 100 53.48%
About the same/don't know/don't care 41 21.93%
Voters: 187. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-22-2015, 12:09 PM
 
Location: East Central Pennsylvania/ Chicago for 6yrs.
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God, I hate saying this, since you will totally blow it out of the water and start another yelling, over-the-top, Chicago post. There is good hog dog shop, Underdog in CC, that has Chicago-style hot dogs.

Personally I'd rather have a Italian hoagie or pork with broccoli rabe.
Sounds good to me I like Sauce on a Italian to.... wow a Chicago dog in a Philly shop... can't find one me in central PA. One Restaurant/Bar by me had a variety of Hot Dogs month. But for all they had? No Chicago Dog. . I can't find sport peppers? Authentic ones.... like they use, by me either.
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Old 04-24-2015, 03:24 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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According to City Data information, density for each city:

Philadelphia - 11,497
Chicago - 11,970
Not only is Chicago denser but it's denser across almost 100 square miles more of city limits. If one peeled off the extra hundred square miles on Chicago's edges in order to compare 134 square miles against 134 square miles of Philly's limits, the disparity in density between the two cities would most likely be greater.
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Old 04-24-2015, 03:36 PM
 
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Not only is Chicago denser but it's denser across almost 100 square miles more of city limits. If one peeled off the extra hundred square miles on Chicago's edges in order to compare 134 square miles against 134 square miles of Philly's limits, the disparity in density between the two cities would most likely be greater.
That's a pretty marginal difference in density. I mean, only on city data would people argue that density of 11.9k is higher than density of 11.5k.

It could simply be explained by (very) slightly higher family sizes, because Chicago has somewhat more Mexicans. Or maybe it's even within the margin of error for the Census estimates.

I mean, on another thread, people were telling me that there is no difference between 30k and 10k in density, as they were both "dense". Now people are saying that a 5% difference is apparently huge.
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Old 04-24-2015, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Chicago is not denser than Philly. Forget about population figures, look at the built form. A sq. mi. of highrises surrounded by parking lots, ridiculously wide streets, and empty space may have a higher population density than a sq. mi. of 3-4 stories rowhouses built next to each other on blocks with streets so narrow cars couldn't fit. But which would feel "denser"?
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Old 04-26-2015, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Tampa - St. Louis
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Chicago is not denser than Philly. Forget about population figures, look at the built form. A sq. mi. of highrises surrounded by parking lots, ridiculously wide streets, and empty space may have a higher population density than a sq. mi. of 3-4 stories rowhouses built next to each other on blocks with streets so narrow cars couldn't fit. But which would feel "denser"?
I disagree, Chicago feels a lot more intense than Philadelphia. Its like saying Miami isn't denser than St. Louis, because St. Louis has more intimate and traditionally urban architecture/streetscapes. That's just intellectually dishonest.
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Old 04-26-2015, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Windsor Ontario
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Chicago is not denser than Philly. Forget about population figures, look at the built form. A sq. mi. of highrises surrounded by parking lots, ridiculously wide streets, and empty space may have a higher population density than a sq. mi. of 3-4 stories rowhouses built next to each other on blocks with streets so narrow cars couldn't fit. But which would feel "denser"?
Yeah man, Chicago and New York are like small towns compared to Philly, don't you know?!?!
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Old 04-26-2015, 11:36 AM
 
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I disagree, Chicago feels a lot more intense than Philadelphia. Its like saying Miami isn't denser than St. Louis, because St. Louis has more intimate and traditionally urban architecture/streetscapes. That's just intellectually dishonest.
St. Louis does actually have better old-school urban neighborhoods than Miami.

And it's a silly comparison anyways. Philly and Chicago have the same density. Miami has like 2-3 times the density of St. Louis. Chicago and Philly have similar intensity.
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Old 04-26-2015, 12:57 PM
 
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Putting population aside, Chicago is by far more urban than philadelphia....
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Old 04-26-2015, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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Putting population aside, Chicago is by far more urban than philadelphia....
nah.

my definition of urban is a concrete jungle, with walls of buildings at every corner.

I am still a little confused why this thread is open, when there is a 100+ page thread on this topic already.

Philadelphia vs Chicago - Which is more urban?

at that there are other ones too.
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:15 AM
 
Location: A box below 59th
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Chicago: conquered!

Next stop: NYC!

Then: THE WORLD, COMRADES!
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