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View Poll Results: Which is more urban in the core?
LA 21 60.00%
Seattle 14 40.00%
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Old 09-28-2015, 12:49 AM
Location: Downtown LA
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Originally Posted by GatsbyGatz View Post
Isn't Boyke Heights across the river and past the industrial district? That's quite a stretch to be considered LA's "core". I think we should be thinking about a city's walkable core and not just throwing proximate neighborhoods.
No, Boyle Heights is not past the industrial district. The industrial areas are southeast of downtown in areas like Vernon. Boyle Heights is just east of the river, maybe 1000m east of downtown, via the 1st, or 4th, or 6th street bridges.

Here's downtown from Boyle Heights:

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Old 09-28-2015, 07:59 AM
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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If I wanted to go for a nice brisk downtown walk through cohesive urban blocks into nearby neighborhoods I could walk on 1st Ave in Seattle from Safeco Field through Pioneer Square, Downtown, and Belltown up into Queen Anne. About an hour walk, 2.7 miles, very few gaps with plenty of retail and dining frontage the whole way up. I use to do this walk a lot when I lived in Seattle in the 2000's, one I always enjoyed. It was for the most part consistently vibrant, save a few blocks here and there.

Another downtown to neighborhood walk I enjoyed was either Pike or Pine, which were both are fairly vibrant from Pike Place Market up to about 14th Ave on Capital Hill. 1.4 miles, 33 minute walk.

I haven't been to LA since 2007 and I didn't spend any time downtown. A local I was staying with said, no reason to go there, and most time was primarily spent in West LA. I can only imagine how different downtown LA would be, compared to 2007. So if I were to get on foot and explore downtown LA, what streets would I want to walk? From top to bottom, what points of interest would be along the way? What neighborhoods would a person with a genuine interest in exploring LA's core would one walk over to downtown from and explore on foot as well?

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Old 09-28-2015, 11:59 AM
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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Originally Posted by 2Easy View Post
But the sizes of the cities are so different. If you compare the 40 square mile or so core of LA versus the 20 mile or so core of Seattle I would imagine that LA's core density would be significantly higher.
Not to mention LA has mountains within its city limits
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