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Old 05-27-2016, 03:08 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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The cities of the Sunbelt tend to be fairly new and characterized by cookie-cutter suburban sprawl (think Orlando, Houston, Phoenix, etc). Are there any major cities that are in the Sunbelt (defined as the region of the US with consistent warm weather—roughly from South Carolina to Southern California) but buck this trend by being older and more dense? Basically, I'm looking for a large city that has warm weather but also has history, culture and the possibility of urban living.
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Old 05-27-2016, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Fargo ND
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Savannah GA
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Old 05-27-2016, 03:45 PM
 
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New Orleans is the best example. After that would be Charleston and Savannah but they are on the smaller side. San Antonio and Birmingham would be worth checking out also.
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Old 05-27-2016, 04:17 PM
 
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New Orleans is the best example. After that would be Charleston and Savannah but they are on the smaller side. San Antonio and Birmingham would be worth checking out also.
I don't think I would use any of those as an example as they are all legacy cities. Technically the sunbelt spans pretty much the entire southern third of the country from the Atlantic to the Pacific and encompasses multiple regions. Is there a designated sunbelt region that all cities fall into? Or is it more of a cultural designation defined by cities in regions with favorable winters, that have risen in the age of the automobile? There were cities in these regions that predate this stigma (like New Orleans). But I'm not sure there are any cities in the geographical deep south that have these characteristics. I suppose cities in SC like Charleston would count, even though it's core infrastructure is very old, it's got that sunbelt style population growth.
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Old 05-27-2016, 04:27 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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The cities of the Sunbelt tend to be fairly new and characterized by cookie-cutter suburban sprawl (think Orlando, Houston, Phoenix, etc). Are there any major cities that are in the Sunbelt (defined as the region of the US with consistent warm weather—roughly from South Carolina to Southern California) but buck this trend by being older and more dense? Basically, I'm looking for a large city that has warm weather but also has history, culture and the possibility of urban living.
They all have that, but New Orleans is the painfully obvious answer. The weather isn't all that sunny either.
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Old 05-27-2016, 04:36 PM
 
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I would say in order:

1. New Orleans
2. Charleston
3. Savannah
4. Miami (no history really but pretty damn urban)
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Old 05-27-2016, 04:49 PM
 
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I don't think I would use any of those as an example as they are all legacy cities. Technically the sunbelt spans pretty much the entire southern third of the country from the Atlantic to the Pacific and encompasses multiple regions. Is there a designated sunbelt region that all cities fall into? Or is it more of a cultural designation defined by cities in regions with favorable winters, that have risen in the age of the automobile? There were cities in these regions that predate this stigma (like New Orleans). But I'm not sure there are any cities in the geographical deep south that have these characteristics. I suppose cities in SC like Charleston would count, even though it's core infrastructure is very old, it's got that sunbelt style population growth.
I thought it was pretty clear that the OP is asking about legacy cities within the geographical Sunbelt.
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Old 05-27-2016, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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I would say in order:

1. New Orleans
2. Charleston
3. Savannah
4. Miami (no history really but pretty damn urban)
Eh. It's dense but that's about it. It's not nearly as urban as what you will get in true urban cities of North America.
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Old 05-27-2016, 05:33 PM
 
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LA has little in common with other sunbelt cities.
It's easily the most urban/dense out of them.
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Old 05-27-2016, 05:38 PM
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Location: Miami
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New Orleans, Los Angeles, Charleston, Savannah, Birmingham. I know you're looking at LA strange, but the city actually has some nice Urban environments, dense housing, and old architecture.

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Eh. It's dense but that's about it. It's not nearly as urban as what you will get in true urban cities of North America.
The housing in Miami isn't very Urban, but there's certain parts of the core that has some form of Urban retail, and etc. that's pretty dense.
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