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View Poll Results: Most urban
Seattle 37 22.29%
Baltimore 76 45.78%
Pittsburgh 15 9.04%
Cincinati 7 4.22%
New Orleans 8 4.82%
Miami 23 13.86%
Voters: 166. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-03-2017, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Denver
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New Orleans has a very large core for a city/Metro its size.
It's denser than every other UA on the list outside of Miami. I don't understand why people say it's urban core is small outside of it being a small city.
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Washington DC does not have highrises, but does have a good number of midrises. IIRC the tallest residential building in the District currently is 14 stories. The technical height limit in the zoning code is no building can be more than 20 feet taller than right-of-way it faces, which generally limits buildings (without special approval) to 130 feet.
Mhmm. I'm not sure how to find information on residential buildings in Nola on my phone. Even if it's a moot point.
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Old 10-02-2017, 01:37 PM
 
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However, Seattle's urbanity overall really is more of a collage of different styles and (outside the contiguous urban core) a series of somewhat balkanized urban/streetcar-suburban centers and nodes, the cumulative urban experience offers a lot of substance and variety, and fairly bustling/active neighborhood nodes can be found throughout the city. Like LA, I find Seattle to be a fairly difficult urban landscape to explain/categorize.
Seattle-a sizable urban core, with small urban centers amongst SFH neighborhoods.

Some of the new construction, such as apartment complexes, seems likely to be part of a semi-sprawling, auto-centric landscape.



What I would like to see:

Away from the urban core, I would like to see the construction of TODs (Transit Oriented Developments) as the basis for new "urban villages".

Besides transit, I would hope to see the inclusion of apartments/condos, some retail, a few offices, in a TOD.

Here is a radical idea-a TOD that would eventually include row houses.
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Old 10-02-2017, 01:43 PM
 
Location: The City
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Seattle-a sizable urban core, with small urban centers amongst SFH neighborhoods.

Away from the urban core, I would like to see the construction of TODs (Transit Oriented Developments) as the basis for new "urban villages".

Besides transit, I would hope to see the inclusion of apartments/condos, some retail, a few offices, in a TOD.

Here is a radical idea-a TOD that would eventually include row houses.


it looked as though there was some TOD development along the light rail line from the airport


Was very surprised there was no real ROW though in that area and at grade crossings
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Old 10-02-2017, 02:55 PM
 
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On the other hand row houses might be unrealistic. But perhaps a TOD could include something like a small scale plaza or town square.
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Old 10-02-2017, 02:58 PM
 
Location: The City
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On the other hand row houses might be unrealistic. But perhaps a TOD could include something like a small scale plaza or town square.


there are many modern examples of TOD with row houses mixed in across the country don't see why it couldn't be if it made sense (townhouses maybe as they may call them more commonly)
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Old 10-02-2017, 05:36 PM
 
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there are many modern examples of TOD with row houses mixed in across the country don't see why it couldn't be if it made sense (townhouses maybe as they may call them more commonly)
I stand corrected.
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Old 10-02-2017, 05:56 PM
 
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it looked as though there was some TOD development along the light rail line from the airport


Was very surprised there was no real ROW though in that area and at grade crossings
The light rail definitely has ROW along MLK (the only portion of the system with at-grade crossings). It is odd to have a section like that at all, though, given that most of the rest of the built and planned system is elevated or underground.
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Old 10-02-2017, 05:59 PM
 
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Seattle's Link line to the airport goes through low-rent, low-density areas, and opened when the economy was at its lowest. That meant that (a) nothing was getting built at the beginning except for public/private projects, then (b) rents didn't make construction pencil easily for a while longer, even while other neighborhoods boomed. Meanwhile (c) the State only lets Sound Transit sell the trackside properties it used for construction if the prices are higher than they originally paid (during the last peak), and that took a while. And (d) very little land is zoned for density along Link, as politicians caved to Nimbys.

The result is that a very small percentage of Seattle's infill since Link opened has been along Link. Much of that has been very good redos of public housing, with the local examples typically changing from about five units per acre to about 11, much of that being townhouses of various kinds. This includes Rainier Vista near Columbia City Station and New Holly near Othello Station. But this is changing. Of the five stations through residential parts of Seattle, all five have seen significant market-rate construction, to varying degrees. But all five have a ways to go.
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Old 10-03-2017, 12:04 AM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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These are probably the most urban cities outside of NY, SF, DC, Philly, Chicago and Boston, but which would you say is MOST urban. Note, there's more to urbanity than population density.
There are other cities that are more urban.
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Old 10-03-2017, 06:25 AM
 
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There are other cities that are more urban.
Such as? You could argue that there are some not listed that are maybe just as urban (e.g., St. Louis, Cleveland, etc.), but I don't really see any that would be more urban.
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