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Old 04-14-2015, 09:51 AM
 
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Since when does opulent wealth = beauty? Especially in the rating of neighborhoods?
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Old 04-14-2015, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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I disagree with putting Denver, Pasadena, and Columbus on this list. Philly, Chicago, and Seattle are absent, but Denver and boring suburban Pasadena is on it? Yeah... no.
I don't see what the "excitement level" of a neighborhood has to do with its beauty, but okay... I think you are just mad that Seattle's not on there

And you must not know Pasadena well, because really not that suburban or boring. It's not Hollywood or DTLA, but it's not Mayberry either.

Bungalow Heaven is beautiful, but it is in the more suburban part of the Pasadena north of 210 and east of Lake Street. The other problem is it is not located near many commercial corridors other than Lake Street, so the majority of the neighborhood is car-dependent. Someone mentioned that all these neighborhoods are opulent; Bungalow Heaven is not particularly wealthy and is located in the middle of what most would consider the bad part of Pasadena.

I think if I was going to pick a neighborhood for Los Angeles it would be Angeleno Heights. I don't know if Bungalow Heaven would be my pick for Pasadena, whatever that neighborhood south of California Ave is called is more attractive.
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Old 04-14-2015, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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I disagree with putting Denver, Pasadena, and Columbus on this list. Philly, Chicago, and Seattle are absent, but Denver and boring suburban Pasadena is on it? Yeah... no.
Chicago (Hyde Park) is on the list.
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Old 04-14-2015, 12:58 PM
 
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I disagree with putting Denver, Pasadena, and Columbus on this list. Philly, Chicago, and Seattle are absent, but Denver and boring suburban Pasadena is on it? Yeah... no.
Pasadena is anything but a boring suburb. Tons of history, beautiful architecture and preferable to anywhere else in LA county IMO.
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Old 04-14-2015, 05:59 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Eh, like any "Top 10" lists, there will always be a debate about methodology. This is especially true for measuring something like "most beautiful."

That's not to say these aren't legitimately beautiful neighborhoods, because I'd agree that many of them are gorgeous, but the list is definitely far from comprehensive, and the idea of a ranking seems silly.
You are too diplomatic to say it, so I will say it for you: it's another BS list

No disrespect to Pasadena and its 800 bungalows (rated No. 3, no less) but a list that ignores neighborhoods like Society Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Chicago's Gold Coast and Mount Vernon in Baltimore (to name just a few) is to be taken with a pint of salt. IMHO
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Old 04-14-2015, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Pasadena is anything but a boring suburb. Tons of history, beautiful architecture and preferable to anywhere else in LA county IMO.
I've lived in Pasadena before and grew up nearby. SoCal residents tend to overvalue the "historic" weight of Pasadena. Prior to Santa Fe Railway adding a stop in Pasadena, it was an agricultural site. When the Santa Fe Railway added a stop in Pasadena, residential developments began being constructed, along with Hotel Green. As LA's rail network began expanding, Pasadena served as a satellite town during LA's growth. Pasadena developed as a residential community based around Colorado Blvd serving as it's strip of retail.

Today, Old Town Pasadena and Colorado Blvd in general is your typical retail strip. Unfortunately, a lot of "ma & pa" shops along Colorado were squeezed out over the years, making Old Town Pasadena a glorified outdoor shopping mall filled with your usual chain stores and chain restaurants. Luckily, some pretty amazing restaurants still remain, but they're somewhat hidden in all the sterile "chain store"-ification of what was once an interesting strip of businesses.

But I'll get off my tangent about Pasadena. I personally don't view it as positively as other SoCal residents do. For sheer beauty in SoCal, I would probably look to certain older neighborhoods in LA or coastal cities like Santa Monica.
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Old 04-14-2015, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Seattle aka tier 3 city :)
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I don't see what the "excitement level" of a neighborhood has to do with its beauty, but okay... I think you are just mad that Seattle's not on there

And you must not know Pasadena well, because really not that suburban or boring. It's not Hollywood or DTLA, but it's not Mayberry either.

Bungalow Heaven is beautiful, but it is in the more suburban part of the Pasadena north of 210 and east of Lake Street. The other problem is it is not located near many commercial corridors other than Lake Street, so the majority of the neighborhood is car-dependent. Someone mentioned that all these neighborhoods are opulent; Bungalow Heaven is not particularly wealthy and is located in the middle of what most would consider the bad part of Pasadena.

I think if I was going to pick a neighborhood for Los Angeles it would be Angeleno Heights. I don't know if Bungalow Heaven would be my pick for Pasadena, whatever that neighborhood south of California Ave is called is more attractive.
That's exactly it, don't mind him though, he's an ex Riverside resident before moving up to Seattle.
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Old 04-14-2015, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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That's exactly it, don't mind him though, he's an ex Riverside resident before moving up to Seattle.
Look who's onto his 3rd/4th alternate account after having accounts banned how many times?
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Old 04-14-2015, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Seattle aka tier 3 city :)
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look who's onto his 3rd/4th alternate account after having accounts banned how many times?
Surely you're not talking about me are you?
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Old 04-15-2015, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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I don't see what the "excitement level" of a neighborhood has to do with its beauty, but okay... I think you are just mad that Seattle's not on there
Excitement has nothing to do with anything, that's urban snobbery at its worst. Apparently, it isn't pretty if the housing is detached and there isn't a ground-floor coffee shop on every block.

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