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Old 05-26-2007, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Thanks so much for the suggestions, and I loved the photo tours posted earlier up-thread!
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Old 05-27-2007, 04:50 AM
 
Location: Dilworth - Charlotte, NC.
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Savannah, Georgia And Charleston South Carolina are one of my top favorites.
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Old 05-27-2007, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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I don't know about walkability, but the most beautiful downtown cityscapes in my experience are Las Vegas, Houston, Miami, and Chicago. Washington, D.C. is good too.

I don't like Manhattan that much. Baltimore shows a lot of promise but sometimes there are still very ghetto, boarded up rusting houses here and there between the wonderful new high rises. Philadelphia is a depressing dump outside the Liberty Bell.

The radar is instananeously up when you say you don't like Manhattan but you do like downtown Las Vegas.Whew. No accounting for taste I suppose.

Another interesting nugget that caught my eye. Downtown Las Vegas has a beautiful downtown but Philadlephia is a depressing dump? WoW! You've convinced me your education on U.S. downtowns is , lets say, Questionable. Good grief.

Dont get me wrong I like to visit Vegas its a very fun place to be, but lets try and keep it real here.

Vegas is a colossal stage prop. Its a phony, souless,den of tract housing,disneyland edifices,gambling,fast food, and Walmarts. No offense to Houston, Miami and DC and Las Vegas but those cities downtowns can't hold a candle to manhattan and Philadelphia's downtowns which are comprised of 300 years of living history.

The statement concerning Philadelphia quite simply is lazy, ignorant, and misinformed.
90,000 people live in center city Philadlephia.The average housing cost is $700,000. Philadlephia has its worts but to say Philadlephia is a depressing dump outside the Liberty Bell is one of the dumbest things I've ever seen posted here. No offense.

I dislike having to defend Philadelphia. I don't like comparing cities.I don't like posting pictures but when someone makes an ignorant false statement like Philadlephia is a dump outside the Liberty Bell then that statement needs to be addressed. Sorry for the little rant.

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Old 05-27-2007, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Well said rainrock! Vegas is, well, interesting. LOL You just cant compare Philly to Vegas, theyre not even remotely similar. Philly is the winner IMO, hands down.
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Old 05-29-2007, 11:34 AM
 
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San Francisco has a gorgeous downtown

http://scotthaefner.com/kap/gallery/fullsize/coitTower04.jpg (broken link)
http://www-cs-students.stanford.edu/~nstoll/images/san_francisco_skyline.jpg (broken link)
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Old 05-29-2007, 01:33 PM
 
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San Francisco and Seattle are probably the prettiest large cities in terms of nature. New York and Chicago in terms of architecture. Dallas? LOL. LA? The Los Angeles area has a lot going for it, but it has one of the worst downtowns in my opinion.
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Old 05-29-2007, 08:18 PM
 
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What about San Diego? Looks beautiful!
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Old 05-30-2007, 09:03 AM
 
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San Diego is beautiful in terms of location, but it lacks an interesting skyline, architecture, etc. The downtown is largely an afterthought (Think of downtown San Jose by the ociean).
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Old 06-19-2007, 06:26 PM
 
Location: yeah
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Vegas is a colossal stage prop. Its a phony, souless,den of tract housing,disneyland edifices,gambling,fast food, and Walmarts.
That's to say that there's nothing offered within the giant worlds of casinos. They're not just awesome on the outside, even if they don't have opera or vegan Ethiopian cuisine.
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Old 06-19-2007, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Wi for the summer--Vegas in the winter
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Minneapolis/St.Paul Mn., Pittsburgh Pa., San Francisco Ca., and Seattle Wa., all have outstanding downtowns. As for smaller cities, Madison Wi., and Santa Fe N.M., would be my top picks. And as far as Las Vegas goes--come on people--it truly is nothing more than a giant stage prop with a lot of neon lights--and REALLY NOTHING MORE!!!! This comming from someone who spends about a third of the year in nearby Henderson Nv.
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