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Old 12-08-2016, 07:44 AM
 
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OH! I get it now. The fire escapes are in the front of the NYC buildings because there is not an alley in the back.
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Old 12-08-2016, 11:54 PM
 
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Denver has quite a lot of these buildings as well. At least in downtown.
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Old 12-09-2016, 05:32 PM
 
Location: BMORE!
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I agree, I don't think Baltimore has any real tenement blocks. The closest you are going to get is something that has been converted into something like a real tenement, like this: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.3037...2!8i6656?hl=en
I always thought that they were Rowhouses converted to apartments.
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Old 12-09-2016, 05:34 PM
 
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I love it, and much prefer it over sprawl.



I don't mean tenement in the truest sense, just the architectural style. I'm assuming most of the interiors these days are nice or at least acceptable.
Yeah I like it over sprawl too. It's historic/classical looking.
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Old 12-10-2016, 02:40 AM
 
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Yeah I like it over sprawl too. It's historic/classical looking.
Right, plus I think it gives the neighborhood a lively vibe. Does LA even have anything that feels like say, St. Mark's place?
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Old 12-12-2016, 03:24 AM
 
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Right, plus I think it gives the neighborhood a lively vibe. Does LA even have anything that feels like say, St. Mark's place?
Near the fashion district if I remember in downtown LA. Still has some old tenements. Fresno too bc its old and gross.
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Old 12-12-2016, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Pittsburgh has them all over the city
Pittsburgh actually doesn't have a lot. In the 19th century we took after Philly and were rowhouse happy. Apartments above storefronts were the major exception. You can see the difference if you look at some of the non-commercial streets in say Over-The-Rhine in Cinci and compare them to Pittsburgh. The residential buildings there will often be 4-5 stories, because they were mini-apartment buildings. In contrast, the same streets in Pittsburgh will be loaded with 2-3 story structures which were built as single-family homes, even if the larger ones eventually were subdivided to make small apartment buildings.

Pittsburgh's first serious attempt at dedicated multi-family housing was around 1900, when a few dozen Chicago-style six-flats were built in Bloomfield, Oakland, Highland Park, and East Liberty. But it really wasn't until the 20s that Pittsburgh had an apartment boom, which is well outside of the tenement age.

While many of the midrise buildings you linked to downtown are now used as residences, i'm pretty sure back in the day they were constructed either as warehouses or office buildings. There's definitely some areas (like Chinatown) where the older mostly residential buildings survived however.
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