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Old 03-03-2012, 04:14 PM
 
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What are your favorite urban amenities in a city?

Some of mine are:

Natural food markets
gyms
airports
High end department stores
Private schools
Colleges
Community colleges
Costco or other warehouse stores
High rise hotels
Large coffee shops
Indian restaurants
Italian restaurants
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Old 03-03-2012, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Florida
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None of these to me seem like urban amenities? Amenities yes, but, not much urban about them except the high rise hotels.
Mine are,subway systems, trolleys, availability of studio style living, bike lanes, things open 24 hours that don't start with an W and end with a t, narrow walkable streets which seem never ending, urban canyons.
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:30 PM
 
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None of these to me seem like urban amenities? Amenities yes, but, not much urban about them except the high rise hotels.
Mine are,subway systems, trolleys, availability of studio style living, bike lanes, things open 24 hours that don't start with an W and end with a t, narrow walkable streets which seem never ending, urban canyons.
Agreed. I absolutely need an extensive subway system. That rules out all but maybe four or five American cities.
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Chicago (from pittsburgh)
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music,transit, coffee, food, walkability, nightlife, architecture, culture...just to name a few
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Old 03-04-2012, 12:29 AM
 
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None of these to me seem like urban amenities? Amenities yes, but, not much urban about them except the high rise hotels.
Mine are,subway systems, trolleys, availability of studio style living, bike lanes, things open 24 hours that don't start with an W and end with a t, narrow walkable streets which seem never ending, urban canyons.
Depends what you consider urban, suburban, etc...
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Depends what you consider urban, suburban, etc...
Well as far as I know, there aren't skyscrapers, subway systems, very few bike lanes, very few 24 hour places, very few available studios, very few narrow walkable streets in the suburbs. But you can find great coffee shops, indian and italian restaurants, gyms, universities and "Costco/warehouse stores" in Anyburb, USA. There is no need to move to an urban environment if this is all you want.
I mean of course there are crappy suburbs with none of this, but also crappy cities. That is why I didn't consider them urban amenities, just amenities, that happen to be in an urban environment. Your thread prompt is ambiguous.
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Every once in a while, if I know somebody who is going to a baseball game in a big city, I might ride along. Otherwise, I see no possibility that I will ever get out of a car in a big city again during my natural lifetime. It has absolutely no amenities that are of interest to me.
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:30 PM
 
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Well as far as I know, there aren't skyscrapers, subway systems, very few bike lanes, very few 24 hour places, very few available studios, very few narrow walkable streets in the suburbs. But you can find great coffee shops, indian and italian restaurants, gyms, universities and "Costco/warehouse stores" in Anyburb, USA. There is no need to move to an urban environment if this is all you want.
I mean of course there are crappy suburbs with none of this, but also crappy cities. That is why I didn't consider them urban amenities, just amenities, that happen to be in an urban environment. Your thread prompt is ambiguous.
Yes colleges and Costcos and gyms can all be in suburbs and suburban areas too.

Fav urban amenities would be then:
-high rise hotels
-playhouses
-courthouses

All though I can not live in a city that is not a population center these days, so I need:
-Costco
-Natural Food Market like Trader Joes, or Whole Foods similar store
-Dep. Store like Macy's, Nordstrom's, Bloomingdale's, or Dillards that sell designer clothing
-Airport
-Train Station
-Library
-Hotels
-playhouses
-courthouses
-community college
-four year college
-many different restaurants
-many different churches
-many different types of homes (modern, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s)
-many different stores
-many car dealerships
-many different types of bars
-private school w/ k-12
-high school with a performing arts center gym, cafeteria, most sport complexes, library, computer labs, and an ag building
-post office
-several mental health programs like Allanal and sev. drug and alcohol programs
-large homeless shelter
-bowling alley
-movie theater

I can live without a sports stadium and amusement park. Only the largest cities in California have those like Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, San Francisco, Anaheim, San Jose, San Diego, and Sacramento.
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:41 PM
 
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I understand now. Those things are nice to have, and yes a certain threshold of people generally comes with having to have these things... I played a lot of Sim City so I should know
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Old 03-04-2012, 09:53 PM
 
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I understand now. Those things are nice to have, and yes a certain threshold of people generally comes with having to have these things... I played a lot of Sim City so I should know
Or at least be a 40 or 30 min commute from the population centers that have that.
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