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Old 07-01-2008, 01:32 PM
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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I love the hustle and bustle of DT San Francisco. I'm so pleased that we have an amazing downtown that it fun to take visitors to.
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Old 07-01-2008, 01:58 PM
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i dont know what so called "toughguy" is talking about, detroit has a GREAT downtown, ever since the superbowl dropped by. it has an elevated rail system that takes you between all of the major atractions like, Joe Louis Arena, Ren Cen, Comerica Park, Greektown, etc. when they get more money i would like to see them expand that elevated rail unto the outskirts of downtown and that could bring in more high rises and more people. everyone always critizes detroit's people mover, or city bus. its very rare to see elevated rail systems in most american cities, and it should be a great icon to detroit, and again, i would love to see this elevated rail system expand and be more like seatles monorail.

Detroit also has a great skyline, and the downtown is now much safer than the national average for downtowns, that is a major improvement, and hopefully the city officials will bring in some new high rises with great architecture and that could be a big move for the city of Detroit.
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Old 07-01-2008, 03:22 PM
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but yet again, the downtown isnt anything like the rest of the city, its just 20 times better
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Old 07-01-2008, 03:29 PM
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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Originally Posted by DC's Finest View Post
BTW - NYC's DT is dead at night!
Ya, but you know midtown is packed at 3 am. don't split hairs about what "downtown" is.
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Old 07-01-2008, 04:35 PM
Location: TwilightZone
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Philadelphia's downtown is pretty limited for the size of the city.
First of all pretty much all the shopping closes up around 6pm(must have something to do with it's Quaker roots or something).
Second,Philadelphia city pretty much takes up Philadelphia county. That should give you some idea as to the size.
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Old 07-01-2008, 05:04 PM
Location: Northern California
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Originally Posted by bigdave01 View Post
For a city it's size, Sacramento has a terrible downtown. Very few people live there, although midtown is more popular. For a metro of 2.1 million it is pretty weak.

I agree. Downtown Sac is a dump. The mall has been losing tenants, and there hasn't been a lot of housing developments except for midtown. Sac's downtown is midtown.
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Old 07-01-2008, 07:36 PM
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I think Chicago has a pretty rockin downtown.

Well over 80,000 university/college students downtown on any given day at various schools

Over 121,000,000 square feet of office space in the central core of the city

Employment density in the heart of downtown Chicago is around 400,000 people working within the 1 square mile of the Loop.

Total employment in downtown Chicago is estimated to be around 650,000

7 CTA rail lines and 11 Metra commuter lines all converge in downtown Chicago, and have around 950,000 passengers per day.

Downtown Chicago will have 38,000 hotel rooms by the time current constructions are complete next year. That's a growth of 8,000 rooms in the past 10 years.

Chicago saw over 46 million tourists last year, which employed over 129,000 people in the hospitality sector.

Over 15,000 restaurants in the metro area, including 5,500 in the city itself.
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Old 11-07-2008, 11:25 PM
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I agree with whoever had assessed Harrisburg. I remember thinking that they seemed a lot bigger than someone with a population of 48,000. However, having said that, aren't there like 500,000 in the metro area. Plus it is the state capitol.
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Old 11-07-2008, 11:49 PM
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I mostly agree with what has been said. Sac sucks. Chicago has a fun downtown but Wrigly (sp?) is better) Phoenix Sucks. NYC is fun in the right place. San Fran is fun in a sketchy way. Portland also has a fun downtown, though it lacks the skyline and "big city" feel of the other locations.
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Old 11-08-2008, 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by toughguy View Post
Slightly off topic, this is my perpective (strictly talking about downtown area):


St Louis
San Diego
Los Angeles
Washington D.C.


Oklahoma City
You obviously have no idea what you're talking about. For example, Minneapolis and St. Paul are two separate cities with very different downtown areas. Also, Charlotte has no business being listed along with some of those cities you listed as being "mediocre". Consider the shopping options downtown Minneapolis has compared to downtown (uptown) Charlotte. There's no comparison as Minneapolis has stores like Neiman Marcus, Saks, Macy's, Target, Banana Republic, Barnes and Noble, etc...
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