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View Poll Results: Which is better?
King Street (Alexandria, VA) 10 45.45%
King Street (Charleston, SC) 12 54.55%
Voters: 22. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-17-2015, 09:32 PM
 
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It's the battle of the King Streets--the main drag in two of the most historic cities in the Southern U.S.

Which one wins in terms of retail/restaurant selection, architecture, pedestrian activity, etc.?
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Old 08-18-2015, 09:14 AM
 
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Here are a few pictures of King Street, Charleston, SC. If anyone has any of Alexandria's, feel free to post them.









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Old 08-18-2015, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Charleston. I think this one is pretty easy.

King Street Charleston is longer and more charming imo. It probably has more 18th Century buildings than any thoroughfare in the United States. It's also the drag among all drags in the metro and is a major tourist draw. The DC area equivalent (in terms of tourist appeal) is M Street. Old Town, while fairly active, is more like a nice little area of the metro that you forget is there sometimes. From a tourism/shopping perspective, it is greatly overshadowed by M Street, and many tourists will never even know of its existence.
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Old 08-19-2015, 04:09 AM
 
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The buildings on King St. in Charleston are interesting, but I was surprised at how many of the stores are stores they have everywhere else.

Although I do like the red brick of Alexandria.
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Old 08-19-2015, 06:40 AM
 
Location: alexandria, VA
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I haven't been to Charleston but from the pics King Street looks very impressive. Alexandria is my home town so I'm familiar with its' King Street. A very nice Street too. It used to have a pretty good music scene too with a half dozen or more bars and restaurants with live music. Not so much anymore but still a few spots. Some day I'd like to visit Charleston.
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Old 08-19-2015, 06:54 AM
 
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Charleston. I think this one is pretty easy.

King Street Charleston is longer and more charming imo. It probably has more 18th Century buildings than any thoroughfare in the United States. It's also the drag among all drags in the metro and is a major tourist draw. The DC area equivalent (in terms of tourist appeal) is M Street. Old Town, while fairly active, is more like a nice little area of the metro that you forget is there sometimes. From a tourism/shopping perspective, it is greatly overshadowed by M Street, and many tourists will never even know of its existence.
King Street in Alexandria from the Potomac to the Metro station is practically the same length as the commercial stretch of King in Charleston from Broad to I-26, and most people don't venture much beyond King in Charleston past Calhoun and certainly not as far up to I-26. So I think the most active stretches of each street are comparable in length.
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Old 03-11-2016, 04:55 PM
 
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King Street in Alexandria from the Potomac to the Metro station is practically the same length as the commercial stretch of King in Charleston from Broad to I-26, and most people don't venture much beyond King in Charleston past Calhoun and certainly not as far up to I-26. So I think the most active stretches of each street are comparable in length.
I think Upper King Street is the area that is changing the most on the Charleston peninsula though...more of the mom and pop type shops are up there and lots of new residential apartments going in up there.
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Old 03-11-2016, 04:56 PM
 
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King St in Alexandria is a congested, traffic clogged nightmare.
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Old 03-11-2016, 04:57 PM
 
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King St in Alexandria is a congested, traffic clogged nightmare.
That's why it's best to walk it. Charming area but I never been to the one in Charleston so I won't vote.
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Old 03-11-2016, 05:17 PM
 
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I think Upper King Street is the area that is changing the most on the Charleston peninsula though...more of the mom and pop type shops are up there and lots of new residential apartments going in up there.
Yeah it's definitely changing but I do like the more local flavor of that section of King. Hope it doesn't lose too much of that.
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