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View Poll Results: Which city do you think Chicago feels most like on the street level?
NYC 30 33.71%
Philadelphia 20 22.47%
San Francisco 10 11.24%
Washington DC 11 12.36%
Other 18 20.22%
Voters: 89. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-05-2015, 08:57 AM
 
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Cleveland:

Gordon Sq (in Detroit-Shoreway)
https://www.google.com/maps/@41.4837...6A!2e0!5m1!1e2

Ohio City/Market Sq
https://www.google.com/maps/@41.4847...RA!2e0!5m1!1e2

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.4842...5w!2e0!5m1!1e2


Shaker Square/Larchmere
https://www.google.com/maps/@41.4845...Iw!2e0!5m1!1e2

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.4838...Kg!2e0!5m1!1e2

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.4861...ug!2e0!5m1!1e2

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.4875...GA!2e0!5m1!1e2

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.4875...tA!2e0!5m1!1e2

University Circle/Uptown
https://www.google.com/maps/@41.5102...GQ!2e0!5m1!1e2

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.5088...qQ!2e0!5m1!1e2

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.5094...OQ!2e0!5m1!1e2

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.5106...zQ!2e0!5m1!1e2

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.5101...jw!2e0!5m1!1e2


... and Little Italy

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.5087...e0!3e2!5m1!1e2

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.5038...RQ!2e0!5m1!1e2


... and the new UC/Little Rapid Transit station, area

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.5086...cQ!2e0!5m1!1e2

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.5099...zA!2e0!5m1!1e2
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Old 06-05-2015, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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When my girlfriend last came to Chicago, she said the residential areas outside of downtown reminded her of some places in NJ - she specifically mentioned Kearny. I've never been thru Kearney, but seeing the pictures she showed me and also going through streetview, I'd agree with her.
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Old 06-05-2015, 09:04 AM
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So it's a kind of DC urban level with NYC's tall buildings?
I definitely agree with that.
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Old 06-05-2015, 11:05 AM
 
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Whoever is picking Philly is crazy. Chicago feels nothing like Philly on street level.
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Old 06-05-2015, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Whoever is picking Philly is crazy. Chicago feels nothing like Philly on street level.
lol. Same way I'm seeing with DC. I don't get that.
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Old 06-05-2015, 11:12 AM
 
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lol. Same way I'm seeing with DC. I don't get that.
I think DC, outside of downtown, has some vague similarities. You have the wider streets, the setbacks, the major avenues with the long commercial strips, etc. For example, compare Connecticut or Wisconsin Ave. in DC with Lincoln Ave. or Clark St. or Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Not "the same" but maybe a bit similar.

I agree DC overall doesn't feel like Chicago, but if the other options are NYC, Philly and SF, then, yeah, DC has the closest feel. Because NYC and Philly have a totally different thing going on, and SF too has its own totally unique street-level look.
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Old 06-05-2015, 11:23 AM
 
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lol. Same way I'm seeing with DC. I don't get that.
Honestly, I'm gonna have to disagree. Chicago feels more like DC on street level than Philly. Both Chicago and DC are a bit greener and both have wider streets than Philadelphia. I actually voted for DC considering Toronto wasn't an option on the poll. In reality Chicago feels like a combination of Toronto, Detroit, Milwaukee and a bit of Midtown Manhattan (for the river north and loop areas).
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Old 06-05-2015, 12:38 PM
 
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As for residential/side streets, the Chicago- Washington, DC analogy is pretty apt; they look and feel very similar. The main difference is that Chicago's houses are generally not attached; they are called "flats", often Victorian and usually so close together as to have the feel of rowhouses like DC has.... Here are some examples from Chicago's Lincoln Park and D.C.'s Dupont Circle and Capitol Hill areas:

Chiago, Lincoln Park

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9481...vA!2e0!5m1!1e2

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9269...ow!2e0!5m1!1e2

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9300...QQ!2e0!5m1!1e2

D.C. Dupont Circle
https://www.google.com/maps/@38.9148...Fg!2e0!6m1!1e1

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.9118...-eJoFg5nKg!2e0

D.C. Capitol Hill

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.8951...OPbg_Z1f6Q!2e0
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Old 06-05-2015, 12:45 PM
 
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As for residential/side streets, the Chicago- Washington, DC analogy is pretty apt; they look and feel very similar. The main difference is that Chicago's houses are generally not attached; they are called "flats", often Victorian and usually so close together as to have the feel of rowhouses like DC has.... Here are some examples from Chicago's Lincoln Park and D.C.'s Dupont Circle and Capitol Hill areas:
Yeah, you're getting what I'm saying.

And yeah, it isn't an exact match or anything, not even close. But if my other options are NYC, Philly and SF, then I'm going to have to go with DC as "most similar" to Chicago, at least from street level. There's a bit more of a setback going on, a bit more street greenery, the streets are a little wider, etc.
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Old 06-05-2015, 06:15 PM
 
Location: East Central Pennsylvania/ Chicago for 6yrs.
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Whoever is picking Philly is crazy. Chicago feels nothing like Philly on street level.
LOL .... yes I agree. With Downtown Philly and Downtown Chicago? I see NO similarity. WHY....
  1. Philly has much narrower streets, even with the Loop canyon streets.
  2. Sidewalks too are wider in Chicago.
  3. Both Chicago and Philly do have Great examples of older High-Rises of previous eras. Just Chicago has its earliest Skyscraper examples and more Art Deco era buildings.
  4. Chicago has some Open Plazas through the Loop. Breaking up some of the Canyons of buildings. I do not remember seeing them in downtown Philly. A couple small Parks yes.
  5. Chicago also has Vast Grant Park and the newer Millennium Park addition. Giving its downtown much more openness, with South Michigan Ave as Chicago's Broad Street of Philly. But Chicago's is Open to the Parks for blocks. But for the Art Institute in the Middle.
  6. Also, Chicago's downtown has it being...right along the Lakefront. Also adding openness, and the Chicago River opens up Wacker Drive too... along it.
As for neighborhoods...... sorry but, you CAN'T compare a 65% Row home city to one a hands % Rows. That does not count Philly's Double Homes attached 2 by 2. I never saw them in Chicago. Of course again Philly has a much narrower street grid. Not continuing the Alleyways of William Penn's original plan. True Colonial neighborhoods of Center City do though. Many even most other neighborhoods... do not. Chicago has a Full Alley system throughout.
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