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Old 07-02-2013, 09:45 PM
 
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I love Montréal, so I'm wondering if there are any American cities similar to it. I don't mean in terms of language spoken - obviously there are no large American cities with a Francophone majority - but rather in terms of size, "feel" of the city, and walkability (including good public transit).

Does such a place exist?
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:06 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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I love Montréal, so I'm wondering if there are any American cities similar to it. I don't mean in terms of language spoken - obviously there are no large American cities with a Francophone majority - but rather in terms of size, "feel" of the city, and walkability (including good public transit).

Does such a place exist?
Nothing quite like it. Sounds weird, but San Francisco, Brooklyn or Center City Philadelphia/South Philly might be closest.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:09 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Boston has good public transit, pretty dense, walkable and some parts have a "European feel" to it.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:09 PM
 
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Not really.

I'd say there are some similarities to Boston, DC, and Portland...maybe throw New Orleans in there too for the cultural heritage, but they're all still quite different.
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:35 PM
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Montreal looks like a typical North American city with the only difference that it speaks French.

It is Quebec City which has a bit of European flair in its old center.....but I would say Boston, New York City, and San Francisco would be similar since they are big cities with good or moderate public transportations like Montreal.
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:52 AM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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Montreal looks like a typical North American city with the only difference that it speaks French.

It is Quebec City which has a bit of European flair in its old center.....but I would say Boston, New York City, and San Francisco would be similar since they are big cities with good or moderate public transportations like Montreal.
A quick Flickr search for "Old Montreal" will return some dashing photos of Montreal's European style center. Sure, Quebec has far more of this flair, but there are parts of Montreal doesn't look anything like the typical North American city.
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:48 AM
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Non-decayed portions of Philadelphia probably come closest to Montreal's residential neighborhoods.
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:16 AM
 
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Many have compared Montreal to Philadelphia. They are both large,older, cosmopolitan,sophisticated dense cities with lots of history, Lots of immigrants, a large working class living in row houses and dependent on public transit, a lot of traditions and old money, not as important as they once were (Philly is in NY's shadow the way Montreal is to Toronto) The downtown cores have a very similar feel with lots of retail, car and foot traffic, skyscrapers, a large residential population, night life etc
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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A quick Flickr search for "Old Montreal" will return some dashing photos of Montreal's European style center. Sure, Quebec has far more of this flair, but there are parts of Montreal doesn't look anything like the typical North American city.
And a huge portion of the city (most of it in fact) has rowhouses with outdoor spiralling staircases. Not exactly your typical North American streetscape.
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:21 AM
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And a huge portion of the city (most of it in fact) has rowhouses with outdoor spiralling staircases. Not exactly your typical North American streetscape.
Typical for Philadelphia, excluding the spiralling staircases. I wonder if that's a unique local style.
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