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View Poll Results: Which city has the most visually and aesthetically beautiful waterfront?
New York 4 2.80%
Chicago 45 31.47%
Toronto 6 4.20%
San Francisco 13 9.09%
Miami/Miami Beach 24 16.78%
Boston 6 4.20%
Vancouver 17 11.89%
San Diego 4 2.80%
Seattle 10 6.99%
Honolulu 14 9.79%
Voters: 143. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-16-2016, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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Aesthetically great waterfront: New York-Chicago-Toronto-San Francisco-Miami-Boston-Vancouver-San Diego-Seattle-Honolulu

All of these major cities are on vast and large bodies of water which have enhanced their waterfront aesthetically look, especially those that have their CBD right on the water.

- New York (New York Bay/Atlantic Ocean)

- Chicago (Lake Michigan)

- Toronto (Lake Ontario)

- San Francisco (San Francisco Bay/Pacific Ocean)

- Miami/Miami Beach (Biscayne Bay/Atlantic Ocean)

- Boston (Massachusetts Bay/Atlantic Ocean)

- Vancouver (Salish Sea/Pacific Ocean)

- San Diego (San Diego Bay/Pacific Ocean)

- Seattle (Pudget Sound)

- Honolulu (Mamala Bay/Pacific Ocean)

I had also wanted to include San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Los Angeles as well, but ran out of room to write their full names in the thread title. So decided in the last minute to leave them out of this one.

You can factor lots of things into this discussion; the aesthetical look of the body of water, the aesthetic and structural look of each city's CBD on the waterfront, the built environment abutting the waterfront, recreational areas, greenspace, or parks along the waterfront. Infrastructure on the waterfront (cruise terminals, boat docks, piers, boardwalks, promenades, stuff like that). Honestly, you can talk about whatever, I don't really care.

Which city presents itself in the most aesthetically beautiful manner when it interacts with the waterfront?

Of course pictures are welcome in this thread, the more the better, but remember to follow posting guidelines when doing so.
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Old 06-16-2016, 02:36 PM
 
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Don't make me choose which city is "pretties" from the waterfront! I'll take them all!

I would add that Baltimore seems to have a great waterfront, though I've never been. Tampa and St. Pete, are smaller, but have great waterfronts.

Clearly we are not including "riverfront" cities.
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Old 06-16-2016, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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New York:

http://iliketowastemytime.com/sites/...allpaper_1.jpg

Chicago:

http://www.city-data.com/forum/membe...pic94692-a.jpg

Toronto:

http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb...4-DA8FEC57.jpg

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5531/...f2d656ab_h.jpg

San Francisco:

http://www.sftomorrow.org/wp-content...waterfront.jpg

Miami/Miami Beach:

http://www.city-data.com/forum/membe...689-miami2.jpg

Boston:

http://nreionline.com/site-files/nre...jpg?1434738006

Vancouver:

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1505/...740a1a5c_h.jpg

San Diego:

http://www.northcountyaudiology.com/...15171Small.jpg

Seattle:

https://exchangebuildingseattle.com/.../View1.SM_.jpg

Honolulu:

https://www.ncl.com/sites/default/fi...0x400-03_0.jpg
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Old 06-16-2016, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Tough choice among Chicago, Miami, and (maybe) Seattle...
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Old 06-16-2016, 06:29 PM
 
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I think it is better when you can view the city directly over the water and not from the side. So Chicago and Honolulu are not my favorite pictures. Based on the pictures, I pick San Diego a city I have never visited. Wow - I need to plan a vacation there.
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Old 06-16-2016, 06:47 PM
 
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New York is the odd city out in the poll as it's clearly at the bottom of the cities listed, imo.

I like Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, Honolulu and Vancouver with Vancouver being the best.

If you asked this say 15 years ago, I would have included Miami Beach near the top. However, slowly but surly it's turning into one long wall of condos and hotels right along the beach and that's taking away from it.
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Old 06-16-2016, 07:19 PM
 
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I voted for Vancouver. Lots of public space along the waterfronts, with big highrises next to those. Also lots of natural shoreline.

Seattle isn't far back. It's not just Puget Sound but also an equal amount of Lake Washington. Some of it's houses along the water, but much of it's public space or urban. When the viaduct leaves the central waterfront in a couple years it'll get substantially better.
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Old 06-16-2016, 07:24 PM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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New York is the odd city out in the poll as it's clearly at the bottom of the cities listed, imo.

I like Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, Honolulu and Vancouver with Vancouver being the best.

If you asked this say 15 years ago, I would have included Miami Beach near the top. However, slowly but surly it's turning into one long wall of condos and hotels right along the beach and that's taking away from it.
I would agree with this, and I know each of the others have particular areas that really shine, but they also seem to also have a wall of tall buildings effectively blocking off significant portions, or at least limiting access, to the waterfront.

I would also add Baltimore to this list, it has an impressive, urban waterfront.

San Diego's waterfront has undergone some significant changes in the last five years for the better, especially along the embarcadero area. Like all waterfront cities it does still suffer from unimaginative and a more industrial/commercial aesthetic left over from 100 years of development, but much of it has been cleaned up.

It will be the next 5-10 years that San Diego will really start to show off its waterfront. Two, very large tracts of land are just now becoming available for developers to present their concepts to the city, each of which is garnering over $1B total development costs in some of the specific proposed plans. The first is the former rental car lot that took several acres just across from the airport and next to the Coast Guard station on the bay and the other, the Seaport Village area at the base of downtown; now, as anyone who has visited San Diego knows, a tourist shopping/restaurant area with mostly cheesy, amusement park architecture not really celebrating the bay. But the proposals look impressive.

Here is a link to a post/discussion I started about the Seaport Village site. If you aren't an architecture or urban planning geek it may be of little interest, but for us San Diegans it's pretty exciting to consider the possibilities that may lay ahead in just a few short years.

Behold, a new vision for Seaport (Village)

I think Seattle also has the most potential as they bury the freeway along the waterfront and that area becomes available for development into parks, commercial and housing connected to the city. I can imagine it will be pretty amazing. It already is such a beautiful city.

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Old 06-16-2016, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Miami/Miami Beach always impresses me, just based on its unique blend of a true tropical environment and massive skyline (which is only getting taller and more massive). Throw in the blue water, visible cruise ship presence at all times of the year, causeway views, and the fact that this can all readily be viewed from the water, and I think it takes this poll, easily.

Honorable mentions: Honolulu, which is like Miami on a smaller scale but with Diamondhead, and Chicago, which also seems to have a magnificent waterfront, albeit weather dependent.
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Old 06-17-2016, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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In Chicago, we like to call it our "second lakefront". for all the accolades our vaunted lakefront receives, we have a riverfront that is nothing short of spectacular. Now with the riverwalk almost complete, we have world class amenity.

the Chicago River is unlike any in the world...here alone does a river flow through a manmade canyon, towers rising on both its banks.

We are truly water blessed here in Chicago....with both our lake and our river.
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