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View Poll Results: Philly vs DC
Philadelphia 127 48.11%
Washington, D.C. 137 51.89%
Voters: 264. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-12-2012, 09:10 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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The main reason that Washington is flourishing is the federal government, its sole reason of existence.I would think most people would pull for Philadelphia whose growth is honest, hard earned and organic.
Outside of C-D, most people don't care about "organic" growth, whatever it is. Detroit and other rustbelt cities were organic too. But that didn't go too well for them over time. People are more interested in what is successful and lasts.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:15 AM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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Imo the density factor. Where cities like Miami,Houston,Dallas,Atl skylines are 3 miles long and a block or 2 wide. Philly is 3 miles long and a mile wide, with architectural diversity spanning a couple centuries.







Downtown Houston is not that linear. You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.

http://images.chron.com/photos/2007/...pupGallery.jpg

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...cc2d81c2_o.jpg
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Outside of C-D, most people don't care about "organic" growth, whatever it is. Detroit and other rustbelt cities were organic too. But that didn't go too well for them over time. People are more interested in what is successful and lasts.
Keep in mind though that Philadelphia has been among the 5 most populous cities and regions since this countrys inception. One could argue top 4 as Houstons growth was aided largely by flimsy suburban annexation.

The Philadelphia region has a fairly impressive resume. Cradle of the United States.Early political, banking and cultural Center of the US. The leading Industrial Center of the US until only NYC surpassed it in the mid 19th Century.Even today its as stable a region as there is in the US, it offers a high quality of life at a fraction of the costs to the overpriced coastal cities which are constantly playing a game of chicken with mother nature..


Lesser cities/regions being located between NYC and DC would have been squashed into obscurity but the Philadelphia region has stood firm and tall.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Downtown Houston is not that linear. You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.
Aerials of the 2 cities. Cropped shots can be deceiving^. In comparison to Philadelphia, Houston doesnt have near the density of Philadelphia, although it is certainly more dense than the miamis Atl,Dall etc etc..

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Philadelphia.Apologies This photo is about 7 or 8 yrs old,center City has since added a dozen new buildings

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Old 11-12-2012, 10:10 AM
 
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Aerials of the 2 cities. Cropped shots can be deceiving^. In comparison to Philadelphia, Houston doesnt have near the density of Philadelphia, although it is certainly more dense than the miamis Atl,Dall etc etc..
You're right, Houston is not dense, but it's also not linear. The buildings are spread out over a large square area.

Also, your Philadelphia photo is so grainy, I can barely make out Liberty 2. It looks like a dark smudge.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:31 AM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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Aerials of the 2 cities. Cropped shots can be deceiving^. In comparison to Philadelphia, Houston doesnt have near the density of Philadelphia, although it is certainly more dense than the miamis Atl,Dall etc etc..

Hpuston



Philadelphia.Apologies This photo is about 7 or 8 yrs old,center City has since added a dozen new buildings
No one said anything about Houston being as dense as Philadelphia. I was simply calling out your ridiculous claim that the skyline was linear.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Orlandooooooo
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It's all subjective, but in my eyes, Houston skyline is ugly, Dallas's is sparse, Miami's is also sparse and San Frans is also top 5.

So top 5 to me are NYC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, San Fran.

Yeah, could go either way.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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More up to date aerial of Philadelphia


Aerial Photos of Philadelphia for the Center City District | Imagic Digital Blog
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Aerial Videos of both cities

Houston

Houston, Texas - YouTube

Philadelphia

1706 Rittenhouse Square Street - YouTube
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Most urban part of Houston
houston - Google Maps

Most urban part of Philadelphia
philadelphia - Google Maps

Now let's zoom out 5 times to get a view of the surrounding area

Houston
houston - Google Maps

Philadelphia
philadelphia - Google Maps

I think you get the idea
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