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View Poll Results: On the whole, do you think substantial hills more help or hut a city?
help a city 52 81.25%
hurt a city 12 18.75%
Voters: 64. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-19-2015, 02:12 PM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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Here's how I see it:

Pros:
Provide nice vistas (from the top) and backdrops (from a distance)
Help to provide a "sense of place" in that they create concrete barriers between neighborhoods
Arguably limit sprawl

Cons:

Hard to bike up

IMHO the pros win out.
Indeed!

San Diego like many other hilly cities is vastly more interesting and picturesque because of them. Pittsburgh and Seattle and San Francisco are also among my favorite cities because of their hills- even sprawly, flat seeming Atlanta has some nice hills when you get down into it which makes it real nice with its treescape.

The natural boundaries here that the hills create are mostly urban canyons between mesas, right in the heart of the city that separate neighborhoods and help define them and also create wildlife corridors basically downtown.

300' cliffs above the Pacific provide a great launching point for hang gliders and add to the visual splendor of being on the beach at Torry Pines or Blacks Beach.
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Old 06-19-2015, 02:15 PM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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Agreed. Duluth MN is pretty, but it's murder there in the winter.
Those steep hills in Duluth have to be a b*tch in the winter! Where as in most cities being up upon or on top of the hillside is almost always among the more desirable places to live in an area I bet Duluth is just the opposite- the flats by the lake are where you want to be!
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Old 06-19-2015, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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I'm honestly not sure how it works there. Hopefully someone who does can post about it. I'd imagine the top of the hill with its views of Lake Superior (and, unfortunately, Superior WI) is at least one of the places to be. I think there's actually an east-west deal in Duluth, at least I hear people from there talk about one being nicer than the other.
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Old 06-19-2015, 02:43 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Give me a flat city with hilly suburbs.
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Old 06-19-2015, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Give me a flat city with hilly suburbs.
i like the concept and trying to think what fits the description…..the best i can come up with would be St. Louis and NYC.
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Old 06-19-2015, 05:11 PM
 
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Nashville fits this description. There is a little hill right downtown but the rest of the central city is pretty flat.
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Old 06-20-2015, 10:30 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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i like the concept and trying to think what fits the description…..the best i can come up with would be St. Louis and NYC.
Yes, New York is a good example. You even have some hills that start on the northern edge of Manhattan.
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Old 06-20-2015, 11:03 AM
 
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What about Little Rock?
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Old 06-20-2015, 07:48 PM
 
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Having hills (or preferably mountains) available for recreation is great. But hills in the developed area are more of a minus for me. Inconvenient to walk, bike, park, etc. especially when icy. So I'd go with flat - but hilly in all of the city parks.
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Old 06-20-2015, 10:18 PM
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I think they cause more of a problem, for getting around as mentioned. But I love them in a city and prefer them even if they are inconvenient.
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