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View Poll Results: 2nd Busiest Downtown?
Los Angeles 8 3.60%
Chicago 104 46.85%
Dallas 2 0.90%
Philadelphia 24 10.81%
Houston 5 2.25%
Miami 5 2.25%
DC 19 8.56%
Atlanta 3 1.35%
San Francisco 37 16.67%
Boston 11 4.95%
Seattle 4 1.80%
Voters: 222. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-17-2010, 04:46 AM
 
Location: Boston (for now! Will be back in NY by spring '11)
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So I got into a debate with a friend here in Boston last night about Boston's downtown versus New York's. Said friend insisted that New York is an anomaly as far us busy cities go (she may be right about that), and that Boston only feels slow compared to New York City.

Having lived in several cities, I disagree. I think there are a few cities in the US that, in certain parts, can feel almost as busy and active as New York.

So, I'm out to prove it! I think Chicago is an easy contender for 2nd place, but who ranks 2nd and 3rd for you?

[Note: you are welcome to argue for Boston......I just think that's stretching it, personally......]
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Old 05-17-2010, 04:58 AM
 
Location: BMORE!
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DC & Chicago tied for 2nd
Philly number 3
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Old 05-17-2010, 05:21 AM
 
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Burns, Oregon. Elko, Nevada for second busiest
Phoenix, Arizona for third busiest.

Chicago for second least busiest. San Francisco for third least busiest
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:02 AM
 
Location: The City
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I agree on Chicago as number 2

San Fran would probably be 3

then next would be Philly/Boston/DC all would make a case on certain aspects (so I put no order)

These plus NYC would be the the top 6 and honestly after that there is a big drop-off so

NYC
decent margin to
Chicago
decent margin to
San Fran (slightly ahead of these below)
Philly/DC/Boston


All of these though have parts to the OPs point that are as busy as just about any part in any other - the scale part really seperates these though (especially NYC and Chicago)

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Old 05-17-2010, 07:58 AM
 
Location: NYC
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I would have to say Chicago is pretty easiest the 2nd businest downtown.

After that I think it is a little less clear. Durring rush hour, DC would probably come out on top given its huge office space. But outside of rush hour, SF has more going on (assuming we are counting Union Sqaure, etc)

IMO, it would be
2) Chicago
then I could see various arguments for: DC, BOS, PHIL, SF for 3-6. Then probably SEA at 7.
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:16 AM
 
Location: The City
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Seriously how did Atlanta and Houston get votes here - nothing against these cities but for being busy and relative to the list - have people been to the others? And I hope the argument will not be based on highway traffic because many suburban areas could compete on that aspect
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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2. Chicago, hands down.
3. San Francisco
4. Boston
5. Seattle
6. Philadelphia
7. D.C. (I would rank it higher if there was still a Dept. Store Downtown)
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:40 AM
 
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I would say Chicago, just based on the sheet number of office workers, retail, and residential highrises in the area.

3rd would probably be San Fran from what I've seen, although DC could give it a run for its money. DC seems to be a little more office worker oriented, while San Fran just had a lot of random activity.
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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Chicago hands down, thousands of people live downtown here.
For third, San Francisco or DC. Hard to tell since San Fran is so dense and DC's city population climbs above a million during the day time...
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Boston (for now! Will be back in NY by spring '11)
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Kidphilly-- been to Atlanta? I was surprised myself, actually. It's quite busy -- certainly, it gets busier than Boston, but that may also be simply because it's bigger than Boston.

I'm surprised a few people here place Philly above Boston, too. I haven't seen any place in Boston that gets as busy as Center City (Broad Street during the day time, especially).
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