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Old 03-26-2012, 04:57 PM
 
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Jersey City. Exchange place literally juts into the Hudson.
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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technically I think the Great Lakes should count. There's really more like fresh-water inland seas.
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:21 PM
 
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technically I think the Great Lakes should count. There's really more like fresh-water inland seas.
They are not Coastal, you do not have tidal swings, its freshwater, and there is not even close to the scale of the ocean.
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:21 PM
 
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Jersey City. Exchange place literally juts into the Hudson.
The Hudson River is considered the coast?
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:27 PM
 
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The ones I can think of include:

Long Beach
Santa Monica
Sometimes, I've discussed with friends what Los Angeles COULD have been like if it's downtown was at the port, meaning San Pedro, and the city radiated out from there with radial beltways. I think it could have been fairly impressive. Of course, we know why downtown LA is where it is. It's because the original "pueblo" was around Olvera Street, a tourist trap in LA's initial "settlement," which is some 10 to 15 miles inland from water. Oh, well, on a clear February day, you get the downtown skyline with the snow-capped San Gabriels in the background.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:17 PM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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Its funny, when I'm in LA, which is fairly often- at least six times a year and I lived there for a couple- I really don't think of it as really being on the coast. I mean, from downtown or even Hollywood to Malibu is this circuitous drive on Sunset that takes at least 20 to 30 minutes (with no traffic) and then you feel like you've completely left the city. Santa Monica and down to Venice, Hermosa, Redondo etc... definitely feel like beach cities (or towns) but they feel distinctly separate from LA proper.

Folks not from LA think of it as being a real beachy or coastal city but living in one I don't really see it as such- but I do love LA!
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:58 PM
 
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What about salt water vs. fresh?

This might be a better definition of coastal cities. In this case, Seattle is a coastal city with salt water jutting against downtown. Yes, Seattle is located inland from the Ocean, but a "Sound", (Puget Sound) is connected to the ocean in all ways.
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:00 PM
 
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What major cities have their downtown right on the coast? Either the ocean, or a bay? Not a city which has a downtown say 10 miles from the coast connected by a river, like most cities in the US 'on the coast.' Nor cities which have city limits fronting the coast, but where the downtown is some distance away.

The ones I can think of include:

San Diego
San Francisco
Long Beach
Santa Monica
Miami
Miami Beach
West Palm Beach/Ft. Lauderdale
Coral Cables
Tampa
Virginia Beach
New Haven
Boston
Portland, ME
Coral Gables's downtown is about 4 miles inland from Biscayne Bay, arguably not "the coast".
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:31 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Its funny, when I'm in LA, which is fairly often- at least six times a year and I lived there for a couple- I really don't think of it as really being on the coast. I mean, from downtown or even Hollywood to Malibu is this circuitous drive on Sunset that takes at least 20 to 30 minutes (with no traffic) and then you feel like you've completely left the city. Santa Monica and down to Venice, Hermosa, Redondo etc... definitely feel like beach cities (or towns) but they feel distinctly separate from LA proper.

Folks not from LA think of it as being a real beachy or coastal city but living in one I don't really see it as such- but I do love LA!
No, which is why I wonder what the definition of being a 'coastal city' is. Portland and Houston are somewhat near the coast, but still a good hour's drive away in light traffic.

Downtown is in the eastern part of LA county/the city of LA.
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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They are not Coastal, you do not have tidal swings, its freshwater, and there is not even close to the scale of the ocean.
They have tides alright...and they are a bit oversized for lakes. They are often referred to as "North Coast"
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