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Old 12-02-2017, 12:31 PM
 
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Why can't we build compact, walkable cities in warm climates? Who cares if you can walk to amenities in Boston in January, I would rather be in my warm car. But go down to LA where it's 70 degrees out in "winter" and all of a sudden you need a car..
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Old 12-02-2017, 12:38 PM
 
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sweating sucks
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Old 12-02-2017, 12:39 PM
 
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History in a nutshell. The US evolved out of the colder climates with cities that were built pre-automobile.
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Old 12-02-2017, 12:41 PM
 
Location: South Padre Island, TX
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I know, right?
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Old 12-02-2017, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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Because air conditioning didn't used to be a thing, and mass car ownership wasn't a thing. So at that time, people needed to live in places where it didn't get hot in the summer, and with the exception of San Francisco, the west was still a frontier.
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Old 12-02-2017, 01:31 PM
 
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New walkable infill has also been more prevalent and more urban in the north.

Lots of good things are happening in the south, but they tend to be urban-lite.
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Old 12-02-2017, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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I’ve noticed this. It really is unfortunate. You gotta leave the US to get warm and walkable. Barcelona is a good one. Mexico City I imagine would be too. The closest thing we have is San Francisco. I wouldn’t call that a warm climate though, but I also wouldn’t call it a cold climate either.
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Old 12-02-2017, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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I have no problem walking in downtowns in the south.

Can you name specific examples of southern cities that are not walkable?

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Old 12-02-2017, 03:46 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Simpsonvilllian View Post
I have no problem walking in downtowns in the south.

Can you name specific examples of southern cities that are not walkable?
Where to start...

Houston

Phoenix

San Antonio

Dallas

Jacksonville

Orlando

Atlanta

Charlotte

Memphis

Tampa


I can't name a single one that is truly walkable like NY, SF, Boston or Philly.

Maybe Baltimore?
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Old 12-02-2017, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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Why can't you walk in Charlotte? Everything is near Tryon Street, it is very compact.

I can walk in downtown Atlanta with no problem.
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