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Old 04-09-2010, 12:33 PM
 
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lol right, and don't even include the biggest cities in the country on that list.
Philadelphia is a large city last time I checked. It's not as if those were small towns on my list.

Also, if I included Chicago and New York, I felt like I'd just be repeating what others were saying. It goes without saying that those cities have the best downtowns in the country. I was throwing other cities in. We all contribute to this forum in different ways, think outside the box every once in awhile.

I forgot to include Boston as well.
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Old 04-09-2010, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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Just bumped down Indianapolis a couple more notches in my book. It now stands at -8.
I am sure you would feel better if you knew that there is a two story Nordstrom and not one but TWO Arby's locations.
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Old 04-09-2010, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Nordstrom is nice...but Arby's? Yuck. Slimy roast beef.

By the way, I'm just joking around about Indy...I by no means hate the city.
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Old 04-09-2010, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Philadelphia is a large city last time I checked. It's not as if those were small towns on my list.

Also, if I included Chicago and New York, I felt like I'd just be repeating what others were saying. It goes without saying that those cities have the best downtowns in the country. I was throwing other cities in. We all contribute to this forum in different ways, think outside the box every once in awhile.

I forgot to include Boston as well.

Ok, understandable.
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Old 04-09-2010, 04:02 PM
 
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Ok, understandable.
Yeah, the OP omitted NYC, Chicago, Boston, SF, and few others, as they are an automatic awesomeness in the DT.
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Old 04-10-2010, 12:02 PM
 
Location: The City
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"a75206, tmac9wr, and kidphilly"

To be exact the weather was quite smooth in Philly when I went. It was on New Years day, parades were going on and the weather was appropriate, very sunny and ppl was out everywhere. We even took a long stroll down south (fat tuesday), broad, and market streets. Philly was beautiful, one of the best skylines I've seen and Pat's couldn't have been better on the food. But overall, city life ...... laid back and boring! It didn't appeal to my way of living. Now kidphilly i'm sure you may know areas unknown right off for tourist, just like I could navigate you through some areas of Jackson or New Orleans unknown right off. I can accept that right off for DC because it was cold as in DC, I just thought it was something they were used too up that way, it wasn't snowing at all though.

And yes "a75206" New Orleans was packed! Loved it and all the Saints fans ..... and yes you should have seen the city when we won both the NFC Championship and the Super Bowl, nothing could compare. I wasn't on here to bash any city, I just love traveling and visiting different places. My next destination is San Fran, time for me to hit up California, I hear San Fran is one of the best!
I agree on NOLA (quite vibrant) and can't comment on Jackson (never been) but honestly in terms of downtowns and i have traveled and spent a lot of time in nearly every major city DC and Philly are notably more vibrant; esp Philly even after business hours. I am actually not sure if New Years day is a really good measure but I ask you to check out these cities at 9PM on a random Tuesday and do the same in many other cities; I think there are few downtowns that compare (Bos & SF) or even fewer that may exceed (NYC & CHI). to me though there are 5 downtowns that are significantly more vibrant in general (NYC, BOS, CHI, SF, and Philly)
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Old 04-10-2010, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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OP I'm going to apologize right now for including the cities you excluded but I can't make my list without them, it won't feel right! Also I based my list off of why I think downtowns are magnificent, and my reason is the skyline size and height, not liveliness or attractions.

Across the US, I'm going to take you West to East:

West Coast (Or West Coast states and region): San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, San Deigo (The ocean front), L.A, Oakland, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Portland, Sacramento, Phoenix, Long Beach, Tuscon, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, Reno. (In that Order)

Gulf Coast (Or Gulf Coast states and region): Miami, Houston, Atlanta, Dallas, New Orleans, Austin, Orlando, Tampa, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Birmingham, Fort Lauderdale, St. Petersburg, El Paso, Mobile, Corpus Christi, Baton Rouge, Midland, Irving, Amarillo, Fresno, Lubbock, Bakersfield, Waco (In that order)

Third Coast (Midwestern states are called Third coasts): Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Cleveland, Louisville, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo, St. Paul. (In that Order)

American South Central (Southern- southwestern states): Nashville, Oklahoma City, Memphis, Tulsa, Omaha, Knoxville, Little Rock. (In that order)

Outside US Contiguous Area (Islands and non connected states): Honolulu, San Juan, Anchorage (In that order)

East Coast (States and regions): New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, DC (Not by buildings but by monuments), Buffalo, Jersey City, Rochester, Newark, Raleigh, Richmond. (In that Order)

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Old 04-10-2010, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Funky Town, Texas
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Across the US, I'm going to take you West to East:

West Coast (Or West Coast states and region): San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, San Deigo (The ocean front), L.A, Oakland, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Portland, Sacramento, Phoenix, Long Beach, Tuscon, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, Reno. (In that Order)

Gulf Coast (Or Gulf Coast states and region): Miami, Houston, Atlanta, Dallas, New Orleans, Austin, Orlando, Tampa, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Birmingham, Fort Lauderdale, El Paso, Mobile, Corpus Christi, Baton Rouge, Midland, Irving, Amarillo, Fresno, Lubbock, Bakersfield, Waco (In that order)

Third Coast (Midwestern states are called Third coasts): Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Cleveland, Louisville, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo, St. Paul. (In that Order)

American South Central (Southern- southwestern states): Nashville, Oklahoma City, Memphis, Tulsa, Omaha, Knoxville, Little Rock. (In that order)

Outside US Contiguous Area (Islands and non connected states): Honolulu, San Juan, Anchorage (In that order)

East Coast (States and regions): New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, DC (Not by buildings but by monuments), Buffalo, Jersey City, Rochester, Newark, Raleigh, Richmond. (In that Order)
San Antonio and Fort Worth downtowns are definitely better than Houston and Dallas.
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Old 04-10-2010, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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San Antonio and Fort Worth downtowns are definitely better than Houston and Dallas.
Mine's based off of skyline, not tourist attractions haha. But yes, SA and FW do have a more lively downtown than HTX and Dallas.
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Old 04-10-2010, 11:13 PM
 
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Excluding the following cities (Chicago, Boston, NYC and San Francisco), what cities and towns have the best Downtowns in the U.S.? Tell us why you believe they are great. Also, if links of a city's or town's central area are available, please include them.


As a side note: I have purposely excluded the four cities above, because these are some of the top urban areas in the country for extreme vibrancy. Plus, it's always good to see what other cities and towns this nation has to offer. So, enjoy!
Excluding those cities Miami Beach (which I really consider the 'downtown' of Miami) specifically South Beach is the best, most dynamic downtown out of all choices.
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