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Old 10-18-2007, 08:32 PM
 
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Which cities in order have the largest downtowns?

Example: 1.newyork
2. chicago
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Old 10-18-2007, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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If you are going by population

3.Philadelphia
4.Boston
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Old 10-19-2007, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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I haven't been to a lot of large cities because I don't like them. However, from those I have been to, Dallas, Alberqurqie, Denver, San Diego, LA, Frisco, Salt Lake City, St Louis, Tampa, Atlanta, Kansas City MO and Kansas.... I'd have to say Dallas had the biggest one I've seen.

I've been to New York and Chicago but was never down town.
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Old 10-19-2007, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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San Francisco has a nice downtown area along Market St. If only the people werent' so crazy over there it would be a little bit more liveable ;-).
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Old 10-19-2007, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Based on skyline and building density I would put New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston and Minneapolis in my top five skylines. Dallas, Detroit and Philly, Boston and Pittsburgh are pretty nice too.

In my view a lot of large cities have their buildings very spread out, like Los Angeles, Cleveland or Phoenix, and though some buildings may be quite large, the skylines aren't that impressive.
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Old 10-19-2007, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Ne
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I haven't been to a lot of large cities because I don't like them. However, from those I have been to, Dallas, Alberqurqie, Denver, San Diego, LA, Frisco, Salt Lake City, St Louis, Tampa, Atlanta, Kansas City MO and Kansas.... I'd have to say Dallas had the biggest one I've seen.

I've been to New York and Chicago but was never down town.
Sounds to me like you've been to quite a few large cities.
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Old 10-19-2007, 10:36 AM
 
Location: LaSalle Park / St. Louis
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Largest in area = NYC, Chicago, Miami, Columbus, Wash. DC, San Fran.
Largest in workforce = NYC, Chi, Wash DC, San Fran. Boston
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Old 04-09-2008, 03:08 PM
 
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Default Wow...

First of all, not one response to this question has been 'correct'. I use the term loosely, of course, because the question is practically impossible to answer. Let's dig a bit deeper, shall we?

What precisely are you asking when you inquire which U.S. cities have the "largest" downtowns? Are you looking for area, population, workforce, retail square footage, office square footage, Class A office square footage, number of buildings over 10-floors tall, or some ridiculous combination of those factors? More importantly, what do you mean by downtown? You and I both have some general sense of what 'downtown' means, but not every city has a clearly delineated geographic area that could be referred to as the 'downtown' or CBD or whatever you would like to call it. Further, not all of these areas collect the kind of statistics you would need to equitably and comprehensively rank and order them.

My point is that it would be difficult for anyone to answer that question without more information. So, quite obviously, the answers you got were something less than correct. If anyone wants to post lists here that rank U.S. downtown areas according to the factors above, I would love to see them.
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Old 04-09-2008, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Cleveland Suburbs
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Cleveland has hundreds of thousands of people come downtown for work. We have one of the nation's tallest skyscrappers, and I agree with NewToCa about the sparse skylines, but Cleveland's is impressive because of the mix of art deco and modern, plus the great lakefront, and lakefront parks.
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Old 04-09-2008, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, USA
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Pittsburgh's downtown is the opposite of large.
It's ten blocks long and five or six blocks wide in the middle.
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