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Old 03-23-2018, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Avondale, Chicago
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You don't hear too much about Charleston, West Virginia. But there the river/valley/trees combo have a nice effect.





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Old 03-23-2018, 01:51 PM
 
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^Charleston is pretty. Mtns, rivers, valleys, bridges!
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Old 03-23-2018, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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There's not much of a tree canopy in the downtown / midtown area of Atlanta. Georgia Tech does have a wooded campus in some spots.

There are definitely a lot of trees in the north ATL suburbs that I'm familiar with. Perhaps too many trees in some areas....kind of dark in there.

Many of the trees in ATL are a species of pine that isn't that attractive in my view. The best part of ATL is the quasi-mountainous topography.
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Old 03-23-2018, 02:49 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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There's not much of a tree canopy in the downtown / midtown area of Atlanta. Georgia Tech does have a wooded campus in some spots.

There are definitely a lot of trees in the north ATL suburbs that I'm familiar with. Perhaps too many trees in some areas....kind of dark in there.

Many of the trees in ATL are a species of pine that isn't that attractive in my view. The best part of ATL is the quasi-mountainous topography.
What, really? In many cases, you don't have to go a block off of Peachtree in Midtown to find mature and beautiful trees.
Too many trees? Please. Too many here, not enough there...WTH?
Loblolly Pines don't grow in Greenville, but they grow two hours away in Atlanta? Uh-huh.
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Old 03-23-2018, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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85% of Atlanta looks like this:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/17...!4d-84.4161219

https://www.google.com/maps/@33.7538...7i13312!8i6656

These are some of the nicer parts of the city, and they're just meh:

https://www.google.com/maps/@33.7844...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@33.7648...7i13312!8i6656

Atlanta has a nice skyline, and I guess, a nice tree canopy. There are some really nice areas (like most cities), but on the whole, there's nothing particularly attractive about the city of Atlanta, and the ugly parts lack character.
You need to take this comedy show on the road!

How long did this take on streetview?
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Old 03-23-2018, 03:51 PM
 
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You need to take this comedy show on the road!

How long did this take on streetview?
It took all of three minutes, because I chose areas that I'm familiar with. I took care not to show particularly bad areas, because I'm not trying to make Atlanta look bad. I just wanted a fairly representative slice.

For fun, I just dropped the streetview icon with my eyes closed. This is what I got.

https://www.google.com/maps/@33.7700...7i13312!8i6656


I don't think this is representative, but I think my other links were. If you disagree, please share what you feel are some more typical streetviews.
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Old 03-23-2018, 06:25 PM
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Location: Miami
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Definitely agree about Birmingham. Majorly underrated and unknown.
Still amazed by the Scenery/Backdrops here, definitely underrated.

https://www.google.com/maps/@33.5331...7i13312!8i6656
https://www.google.com/maps/@33.5267...7i13312!8i6656
https://www.google.com/maps/@33.5319...7i13312!8i6656
https://www.google.com/maps/@33.5309...7i13312!8i6656
https://www.google.com/maps/place/54...86.63708?hl=en
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Old 03-23-2018, 06:35 PM
 
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Maybe it's because I experience it five days a week but I don't share the same perspective regarding Charleston WV.
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Old 03-23-2018, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Avondale, Chicago
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Maybe it's because I experience it five days a week but I don't share the same perspective regarding Charleston WV.
I would probably get tired of it too after awhile. To be fair, if I drove across the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco every day I might even get tired of that. But I was in Charleston for one day, and a splendid one it was.

There's a fair amount of rather dingy, dowdy buildings downtown, including those that make up its skyline. But that skyline is just kind of "there" and outshone by the very urban-natural sort of setting in the river valley, with a fairly tight street grid with trees most everywhere they can fit on a lot of streets. It's more urbanity than I was expecting to find in West Virginia, at least. It's got more going in that regard than a lot of cities its size.





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Old 03-23-2018, 07:43 PM
 
Location: West Palm Beach
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I concur with anyone who's already mentioned Chattanoooga. It's definitely one of the cities that come to mind when talking about cities who's natural beauty is underrated. In fact, it's perplexing that it's rarely ever brought up in a conversation on the topic. It has been coined the nickname "Scenic City" for crying out loud. It lies at the boundary between the Cumberland Plateau and the Appalachians. Which will give you a majestic mix of cliffs, waterfalls, and mountains all in the area like the Lookout Mountain and Ruby Falls. The Tennessee river flows through it as well. so you'll also have some nice water views along the riverfront.
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