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Old 03-26-2018, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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When it snows, it's much easier to drive in a flat city than a hilly one.
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Old 03-26-2018, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Flat cities are fine.
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Old 03-26-2018, 07:32 PM
 
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In my hilly city, a large percentage of streets, etc., allow views down to water, plus hills and mountains. Try doing that from a few blocks inland in Chicago unless you're in a building.

Biking is harder with hills. But walking isn't too hard, and gets easier. Anyone in truly awful shape can fix that.
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Old 03-26-2018, 07:41 PM
 
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Chicago did it right.. but it has lake Michigan to help out.. the rest no thanks. I really like and appreciate topographical interest
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Old 03-26-2018, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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very few really steep inclined places have considerably density, its mostly just not practical
save a few places like SF, maybe Seattle and Pittsburgh (even Manyunk in Philly would be among the most densely populated significant incline neighborhoods in the country, Cinci has a few but lessor density based on my recollection, could be wrong) they really don't exist in this country on any large scale and even in those most more densely populated enclaves don't have the as steep an incline. Even in SF its only a few places and small proportionally to the population areas but is the biggest outlier
The Bronx is another good example of an exception to this with an overall density of 35K+ per square mile. The Bronx does a very good job creating a built environment around all the steep hills which are characteristic of the borough, mostly with stairs built into the streets/sidewalks.

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Old 03-26-2018, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Avondale, Chicago
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When it snows, it's much easier to drive in a flat city than a hilly one.
There is a whole lot of this. I love the city views from Mount Washington or the Slopes in Pittsburgh but I was thinking it must suck intensely when it ices over.

In Dayton/Cincinnati/SW Ohio in general there were a few roads I had driven in good conditions that I made a mental note of as "NOPE" roads in winter weather and would take another route. Was never a thought in Detroit or Columbus.
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Old 03-26-2018, 08:42 PM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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It's much easier and less expensive to build infrastructure on flat terrain than hilly/mountainous terrain.
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Old 03-26-2018, 09:58 PM
 
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Hillsides can make for the coolest neighborhoods. Think Mediterranean hill town. It can also apply to a walkable urban neighborhood.
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Old 03-26-2018, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Flat cities are easier to get around in, and they don't have to be ugly. Sacramento is known for it's trees. The trees give the illusion of the city having hills - or you just never think about the fact that it's flat, because of all of the trees. They camouflage the horizon, I guess, and give you a view.

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Old 03-26-2018, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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Most cities with grids are mostly flat (Phoenix, Las Vegas, Miami, Denver, Chicago, etc) and look amazing at night. It's also a lot easier to drive in the snow. Poor places where people have no choice but to slide down a hill if they have to get somewhere in a snow storm...

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