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Old 09-05-2017, 07:14 AM
 
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Los Angeles.
LA doesn't get to brag about all of the nature within city limits, AND claim to be a concrete jungle. You can't have it both ways. You have mountains and oil fields in the city.
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Old 09-06-2017, 11:11 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Whether is true or not, news reports are saying the mass sprawl in Houston, and how much concrete has been laid down over the past decades, contributed to the catastrophic flooding they are currently dealing with.

Which got me thinking, which cities in the U.S. are all "concrete jungles" or have less "green/dirt" areas?

I haven't traveled much around the country, so at least I'll speak about where I'm from, and Los Angeles has concrete everywhere...

During heat waves, or just hot days in general, all this concrete its what prevents cooling at night... it sucks!


So what cities have the most concrete in them??
I was surprised at these claims about Houston since Houston has a more suburban layout which means a lot of suburban lawns, as opposed to a place like NYC which is truly a concrete jungle and almost 100% paved over with no green space at all except Central Park.
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Old 09-06-2017, 11:23 PM
 
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LA doesn't get to brag about all of the nature within city limits, AND claim to be a concrete jungle. You can't have it both ways. You have mountains and oil fields in the city.
Yet it still manages to be true.
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Old 09-07-2017, 04:13 AM
 
Location: Westminster/Huntington Beach, CA
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I mean it's true about Griffith Park being the complete opposite of concrete jungle, but at the same time LA has basically had its entire river entombed in concrete for almost 80 years now. Also, despite the abundance of nature on the edges, LA is notoriously park-poor.
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Old 09-07-2017, 01:20 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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as opposed to a place like NYC which is truly a concrete jungle and almost 100% paved over with no green space at all except Central Park.
You are confusing NYC with Manhattan.

The Bronx, for example, gives 20% of its land area, or 7,000 acres, to cultivated and natural parkland and open space even including wetlands, forest, beaches, rocky coastlines, and even a parcel of old growth forest.

Queens also has an immense wetlands and intercoastal waterway as well as barrier island beaches.
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Old 09-07-2017, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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You are confusing NYC with Manhattan.

The Bronx, for example, gives 20% of its land area, or 7,000 acres, to cultivated and natural parkland and open space even including wetlands, forest, beaches, rocky coastlines, and even a parcel of old growth forest.

Queens also has an immense wetlands and intercoastal waterway as well as barrier island beaches.
I was just about to reply to that. There was a lot wrong with that post, even if you're just looking at Manhattan. Manhattan has way more green space than just Central Park, and more than most people probably realize. Central Park isn't the only park in Manhattan... not even close. Here is a park map of just Manhattan alone: https://www.manhattanscout.com/park

And I haven't even gotten to the other boroughs, which have way more parkland. There's many other large parks, multiple beaches, and even a wildlife refuge in BK/QNS. New York City is a very big place. Central Park barely even makes the top 5 largest NYC Parks — it ranks in at #5. People are often surprised to learn this fact. There are 2 parks in The Bronx, 1 in Staten Island, and 1 in Queens larger than Central Park.
https://www.nycgovparks.org/about/faq

According to NYC Parks, Parks take up around 14% total land area of NYC. So the statement that NYC is almost 100% concrete with no green space at all is not accurate at all

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Old 09-08-2017, 12:15 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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LA doesn't get to brag about all of the nature within city limits, AND claim to be a concrete jungle. You can't have it both ways. You have mountains and oil fields in the city.
Why? That nature is generally mountainous land that is too steep to develop and much more dramatic and scenic than a typical large city park/open space. But outside of that LA is pretty much a concrete jungle and actually lacks parks/open space where people actually live. When it comes to parks/open space LA ranks terrible but most people always focus on the mountains/hills which is far from where most people live.
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Old 09-08-2018, 08:55 PM
 
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lmao houston and la are no where near a concrete jungle, if you wanna talk concrete jungle the only one in the US is new york city
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Old 09-08-2018, 09:06 PM
 
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lmao houston and la are no where near a concrete jungle, if you wanna talk concrete jungle the only one in the US is new york city
I'd add Philly too. Tightest street-grid in the US too. But also the largest park I believe.
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Old 09-08-2018, 10:00 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Well, the cities with the biggest difference between urban and rural areas (urban heat island effect) are:

Las Vegas (7.3F)
Albuquerque (5.9F)
Denver (4.9F)
Portland (4.8F)
Louisville (4.8F)
Washington, D.C. (4.7F)
Kansas City (4.6F)
Columbus (4.4F)
Minneapolis (4.3F)
Seattle (4.1F)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/weath...tudy/14389371/

Hot and Getting Hotter: Heat Islands Cooking U.S. Cities | Climate Central

If you're speaking strictly in terms of concrete being everywhere, New York City has to win this in a landslide, as it is the most urban city in this country, by far. There's a handy link that let's you look at different cities' heat island effect below.

Hot and Getting Hotter: Heat Islands Cooking U.S. Cities | Climate Central
Interesting that the top 3 are mountain west cities. Must have something to do with our dry climates.
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