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Old 09-03-2014, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Austin/Houston
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Downtown Denver is pretty squeaky clean. Very touristy in feel too!
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Old 09-03-2014, 07:41 PM
 
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What I found impressive when walking back to our hotel in Printer's Row in downtown Chicago was seeing a homeless woman crossing the street and picking up trash that flew out of someone's car. People in Chicago we met were not only genuinely nice, but really took pride in their city. Even though it's known as "The Second City," Chicagoans did not seem to have an inferiority complex with all the New Yorkers who were in town for the wedding that we were attending - very different from the complex many Baltimoreans have next to NYC.
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Old 09-03-2014, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Miss Jankins (Say nothing bad).
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What I found impressive when walking back to our hotel in Printer's Row in downtown Chicago was seeing a homeless woman crossing the street and picking up trash that flew out of someone's car. People in Chicago we met were not only genuinely nice, but really took pride in their city. Even though it's known as "The Second City," Chicagoans did not seem to have an inferiority complex with all the New Yorkers who were in town for the wedding that we were attending - very different from the complex many Baltimoreans have next to NYC.
I'm willing to bet my last dollar, that had the Chicagoans known that there were a lot of New Yorkers in town, the city would have been rife with insecurity. I would have been!
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Old 09-03-2014, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Denver
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A clean downtown will be a boring downtown. Think Winnipeg, Tulsa, Charlotte, or something.

Every world class downtown I've visited (NYC, Paris, London, Rome, Tokyo, Hong Kong) was a little bit messy. Ok, maybe SF was a lot messy, but still. You need people and activity and a bit of urban tumult to have an impressive downtown.
Charlotte is the first place that came to mind. You can't have an impressive and clean downtown, oxymoron.
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Old 09-04-2014, 01:05 PM
 
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Charlotte is the first place that came to mind. You can't have an impressive and clean downtown, oxymoron.
Agreed 100%. A clean downtown will be a sterile downtown, because you will have some degree of dirt and disorder with pedestrian activity. Even super-orderly societies like Germany and Japan, there is some grit to the cities.
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Old 09-04-2014, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Try Greenville, SC.
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Old 09-04-2014, 05:57 PM
 
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Charlotte is the first place that came to mind. You can't have an impressive and clean downtown, oxymoron.
Please.
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Old 09-04-2014, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Detroit
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There are a lot of clean downtowns, but when it comes to a truly impressive, clean downtown, Chicago takes the cake.
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Old 09-04-2014, 09:26 PM
 
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There are a lot of clean downtowns, but when it comes to a truly impressive, clean downtown, Chicago takes the cake.
Chicago doesn't have a particularly clean downtown. It certainly has the most impressive downtown outside the coasts, though.
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Old 09-04-2014, 09:33 PM
 
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Chicago doesn't have a particularly clean downtown. It certainly has the most impressive downtown outside the coasts, though.
Chicago's downtown is clean...always known for that.
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