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Old 12-27-2016, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Chicago has a bunch. Naperville, Evanston, Highland Park, Arlington Heights etc etc. Small towns that grew on their own then connected to the central city via rail and eventually highway.

Minneapolis/St Paul has a couple. Wayzata, Excelsior, Stillwater.
mr robot, i can't disagree, but I'm wondering about Highland Park....what do you think makes it different from the typical North Shore suburb (like Winnetka or Glencoe). As I said, I don't really disagree, just curious. My spin on Highland Park and what makes it different it that I consider it to be arguably the most insular of Chicago suburbs; when you enter Highland Park, it's like you're entering its own private, little world with a provincialness you don't necessarily see in other suburbs.
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Old 12-27-2016, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I'm putting in a vote for Naperville, IL.

It has a downtown to rival that of some big cities: compact, quirky (not entirely consisting of chains), vibrant, and rich in history, although the parking garages take away from the old vibe. There even a preserved historic village with buildings dating back to 1831. Outside of downtown, there is a sizable residential area with a street grid, narrow streets, sidewalks, and well-maintained old houses. There is even a swimming pool built inside an empty quarry (Centennial Beach), which once provided material for constructing most of downtown Naperville.

Unfortunately, the above is true for only the older part of Naperville. Once you go past the grid portion of the town, you get the usual suburban [rhymes with "crawl"] that doesn't get much love here on City Data.
It also is the suburb most associated with corporate relocation (this is where they move)
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Old 12-27-2016, 10:02 AM
 
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mr robot, i can't disagree, but I'm wondering about Highland Park....what do you think makes it different from the typical North Shore suburb (like Winnetka or Glencoe). As I said, I don't really disagree, just curious. My spin on Highland Park and what makes it different it that I consider it to be arguably the most insular of Chicago suburbs; when you enter Highland Park, it's like you're entering its own private, little world with a provincialness you don't necessarily see in other suburbs.
Not too much different but HP has the most robust downtown (better than Glencoe, Wilmette etc). Excluding Evanston of course.
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Old 12-27-2016, 11:09 AM
 
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Parts of Nassau County, New York
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Old 12-27-2016, 11:16 AM
 
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I think Philly's suburbs deserve a mention here, especially the Main Line suburbs.
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Old 12-27-2016, 11:20 AM
 
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This is a thread where it is impossible to decide "the best". There are wonderful suburban towns/communities throughout the northeast & Midwest. Many of the best ones started out as small discrete towns.

I will mention Bellevue KY across from cincinatti. It has a nice old-timey main street, middle aged houses on the hills south of "main street", older homes between there and the river. What makes Bellevue unique is they haven't built a levee between the town and the river, so houses have views and there is a nice little park by the riverside.
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Old 12-27-2016, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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New Jersey. In general. This includes NYC and Philly burbs
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Old 12-27-2016, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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I think Seattle area has some, you could say Tacoma, though it's kind of it's own thing. There is Also Everett which is similar to Tacoma in that it's an old industrial port city, but at about half the size.

downtown
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.9792...7i13312!8i6656
residential
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.9884...7i13312!8i6656

of course there are parts that look like any generic suburb, but the old parts, which are quite extensive, have quite a bit of character.

another older suburb is Renton
Downtown
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.4796...7i13312!8i6656

Residential
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.4853...7i13312!8i6656

Though Renton doesn't have as many of the older houses as Everett does.

Then there is also Puyallup
Downtown
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.1916...7i13312!8i6656

Residential
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.1891...7i13312!8i6656

Then there are also "New Urbanist" communities such as Issaquah Highlands.

Downtown
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.5432...7i13312!8i6656

Residential
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.5486...7i13312!8i6656

though it ends up looking a bit artificial and tacky though Issaquah's historical downtown is nice.
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.5320...7i13312!8i6656
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Old 12-27-2016, 02:29 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Evanston, Il, and especially, Oak Park, IL.

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Old 12-27-2016, 02:35 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Miami Beach! ...tons of identity and character.
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