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View Poll Results: Most intimidating for a visitor to drive in?
Boston 64 34.97%
New York 102 55.74%
Philadelphia 14 7.65%
Baltimore 6 3.28%
DC 16 8.74%
Pittsburgh 8 4.37%
Detroit 5 2.73%
Cleveland 1 0.55%
Cincinnati 2 1.09%
Chicago 14 7.65%
Denver 0 0%
Seattle 8 4.37%
San Fransisco 26 14.21%
LA 30 16.39%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 183. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-18-2018, 09:25 AM
 
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NYC is definitely the most difficult. Boston's inner city with a lack of a proper grid is very challenging. Philadelphia has a proper grid, but the streets are very narrow, the drivers are aggressive (which I actually love), and there are so many one-way streets. LA's traffic, IMO, is actually very underrated which can make it challenging. Being from there, I know the back roads and can even tell when Waze is taking me a strange way that I know will eventually get backed up. The traffic is just so random there. SF is extremely difficult as well. Many major streets with no left/right turns or no turns at all, several one-way streets mixed in with those no-turn streets, a few different grid layouts blending together, and the confusion between the Avenues (Richmond/Sunset) and the Streets (Mission/Castro).
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Old 04-18-2018, 09:25 AM
 
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how did i leave out New Orleans and San Francisco? :banghead:
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Old 04-18-2018, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Northeast states
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NYC is definitely the most difficult. Boston's inner city with a lack of a proper grid is very challenging. Philadelphia has a proper grid, but the streets are very narrow, the drivers are aggressive (which I actually love), and there are so many one-way streets. LA's traffic, IMO, is actually very underrated which can make it challenging. Being from there, I know the back roads and can even tell when Waze is taking me a strange way that I know will eventually get backed up. The traffic is just so random there. SF is extremely difficult as well. Many major streets with no left/right turns or no turns at all, several one-way streets mixed in with those no-turn streets, a few different grid layouts blending together, and the confusion between the Avenues (Richmond/Sunset) and the Streets (Mission/Castro).
Bike Lanes, MTA Bus, Heavy Traffic, Reckless Taxis, No turn signals, illegal shoulder head, Cutting drivers off emergency lanes in rush hour Welcome to NYC
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Old 04-18-2018, 11:40 AM
 
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Boston is EASILY the worst. Confusing street layout, aggressive (and incompetent) drivers, and pedestrians who will step off the curb without even looking. It's a nightmare. NYC is more congested, but Boston is worse.
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Old 04-18-2018, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Lincoln County Road or Armageddon
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Boston then Houston.
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Old 04-18-2018, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I never really thought of how street names can be a problem in Boston. There is more than one Washington Street. I used to live in South Boston near Andrew Square where Dorchester Street intersects with Dorchester Ave.
The Denver suburbs have streets with names like 80th Avenue, 80th Place, 80th Drive, 80th Circle, etc. Same named streets often stop and then start up again blocks later. The city itself is fairly easy to drive, relatively flat, on a grid with a different grid downtown, decent signage. Drivers are quite aggressive however. I believe I read once that the term "road rage" was invented here.
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Old 04-18-2018, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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The Denver suburbs have streets with names like 80th Avenue, 80th Place, 80th Drive, 80th Circle, etc. Same named streets often stop and then start up again blocks later. The city itself is fairly easy to drive, relatively flat, on a grid with a different grid downtown, decent signage. Drivers are quite aggressive however.
Wow. This sounds exactly like Queens in New York!
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Old 04-19-2018, 07:24 AM
 
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Pittsburgh would be way higher in the poll if more people were familiar with it. It is similar to Boston in a lot of ways.
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Old 04-19-2018, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Pittsburgh would be way higher in the poll if more people were familiar with it. It is similar to Boston in a lot of ways.
I got used to driving around Pittsburgh after about a year or so of living here. The lack of a grid can be confusing, and the big topographical differences mean you can often see a neighborhood but not have a clear idea about how to get there. But unlike Boston all the roads are clearly marked and there aren't any confusing rotaries to deal with. Traffic is nowhere near as terrible, and drivers aren't particularly aggressive either.
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Old 04-19-2018, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn the best borough in NYC!
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The Denver suburbs have streets with names like 80th Avenue, 80th Place, 80th Drive, 80th Circle, etc. Same named streets often stop and then start up again blocks later. The city itself is fairly easy to drive, relatively flat, on a grid with a different grid downtown, decent signage. Drivers are quite aggressive however. I believe I read once that the term "road rage" was invented here.
You just described the borough of Queens in NYC.
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