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Old 03-26-2018, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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We all sing the praises of hills, bluffs, even mountains within our cities.....so it may appear the opposite....by this I mean flat-as-a-pancake cities..are the least desirable.

But that really isn't the case. So my question here is: what is it that you really like about cities with virtualy no change in elevation? And, while for a wide range of reasons, I am very much including aestetics..as in aperfectly flat city...if done right...is a thing of beauty, the flatness being a real asset.
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Old 03-26-2018, 04:10 PM
 
Location: City of Atlanta
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It's certainly easier to navigate a flatter city on bike or foot than a hilly city.
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Old 03-26-2018, 04:10 PM
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Location: Miami
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See New Orleans, Mobile, Savannah, and Charleston
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Old 03-26-2018, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Well, Midland, TX has great sky.
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Old 03-26-2018, 04:50 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Yeah the ease of riding a bike or driving, especially a stick shift, is definitely an advantage. Flat cities can be very beautiful at the ground level too with the right architecture and amount of foliage, trees, etc..
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Old 03-26-2018, 05:54 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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In Chicago, if you can see the western horizon, you can see a thunderstorm coming from 50 miles away, easy.
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Old 03-26-2018, 06:00 PM
 
Location: The City
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We all sing the praises of hills, bluffs, even mountains within our cities.....so it may appear the opposite....by this I mean flat-as-a-pancake cities..are the least desirable.

But that really isn't the case. So my question here is: what is it that you really like about cities with virtualy no change in elevation? And, while for a wide range of reasons, I am very much including aestetics..as in aperfectly flat city...if done right...is a thing of beauty, the flatness being a real asset.


most development even in the "non-flat" cities are on the flat parts


Generally having a water or Mountain view or even a view from elevation are very desired.


elevation can be visually appealing with many practical disadvantages.


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


LA has some very expensive hilly areas but they are not by any means the most developed section The Hollywood hills are somewhat dense


Malibu or Anaheim hills not so much etc.
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Old 03-26-2018, 06:02 PM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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Flatness has a quality and brightness of light that mountains and valleys donít have. Itís very noticeable near beaches, but if youíve been in the mountains for awhile and drive to a flat area it becomes apparent. Unobstructed horizons can be beautiful.
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Old 03-26-2018, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Reno, NV
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As a cyclist I'm gonna chime in with my love for the flatness.

Also, when flatness is paired with a fairly rigid street grid (e.g. Chicago and other Midwestern cities), it's cool to be able to look down a street and see for blocks or even miles.
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Old 03-26-2018, 06:46 PM
 
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I, actually, love flat cities. When the city is big, there's no doubt about it.
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