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Old 07-14-2008, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Navy Pier in Chicago, complete with ballroom/concert venue, children's museum, stained glass museum, outdoor promenade, restaurants, bars, shops, big ol' ferris wheel, dinner cruises, fireworks on Wednesdays and Saturdays, IMAX theater... lots of stuff going on there. Plus you can do a river cruise through downtown.




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Old 07-14-2008, 09:32 AM
 
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I think Chicago has the best looking big city waterfront in the country. Baltimore's waterfront is second to none as far as tourist activities, nightlife, restaurants and events.
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I think Chicago has the best looking big city waterfront in the country. Baltimore's waterfront is second to none as far as tourist activities, nightlife, restaurants and events.
It's truly unfortunate that most of the rest of Baltimore is a pit. That place is an urban renaissance waiting to happen.
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:51 AM
 
Location: moving again
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It's truly unfortunate that most of the rest of Baltimore is a pit. That place is an urban renaissance waiting to happen.
You haven't been to Baltimore in a while, have you? Gentrification is happening rapidly if you didn't realize. Even many places in East Baltimore too
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:39 AM
 
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The Seaport in Manhattan.
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Old 07-14-2008, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Carmel, CA
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Old 07-14-2008, 01:45 PM
 
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I'll second Annapolis...it's a great town...very scenic.

As for northern waterfronts only being used for part of the year...I'd say that it is true. I don't know anyone who strolls along the waterfront when it's 10 degrees and snowing in the winter. Or 60 degrees and raining in the spring. Waterfronts are mostly a summer thing up north.
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Old 07-14-2008, 02:35 PM
 
Location: suburbia
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Deffinatly Chicago. There are parks extending pretty much from the northern tip all the way down to Indiana. Plus, we have four major museums, along with Navy Pier right on the lake.
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Old 07-14-2008, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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You haven't been to Baltimore in a while, have you? Gentrification is happening rapidly if you didn't realize. Even many places in East Baltimore too
Your right. That list of best cities for urban design a couple of weeks ago listed Chicago 1st, but said Baltimore was at the top of the list of cities to watch. Now I'm hungry for some great seafood. CRABS BABY!
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Old 07-14-2008, 05:23 PM
 
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Santa Monica, CA. It's known for the pier which is definitely fun anytime, even for locals like myself. There is the famous 3rd Street Promenade. Main Street is filled with great cafes, restaurants, stores, and bars. Pretty much any commercial district or street of Santa Monica is amazing for tourists or locals, young or old, casual or business-like.

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he Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome (carousel) is a National Historic Landmark. It sits on the Santa Monica Pier, which was built in 1909. The La Monica Ballroom on the pier was once the largest ballroom in the US, and the source for many New Year's Eve national network broadcasts. The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium was an important music venue for several decades and hosted the Academy Awards in the 1960s. McCabe's Guitar Shop is still a leading acoustic performance space, as well as retail outlet. Bergamot Station is a city-owned art gallery compound that includes the Santa Monica Museum of Art. The city is also home to the Santa Monica Heritage Museum. Santa Monica is the home of the Third Street Promenade, a major outdoor pedestrian-oriented shopping district that stretches for three blocks between Wilshire Blvd. and Broadway Blvd. Third Street has been closed for those three blocks and converted to a pedestrians-only stretch to allow people to congregate, shop and enjoy street performers.
Santa Monica hosts the annual Santa Monica Film Festival.[1]
The oldest movie theater in the city is the Majestic. Also known as the Mayfair Theatre, the theater which opened in 1912 has been closed since the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The Aero Theater (now operated by the American Cinematheque) and Criterion Theater were built in the 1930s and still show movies. The Santa Monica Promenade alone supports more than a dozen movie screens.
Palisades Park stretches out along the crumbling bluffs overlooking the Pacific and is a favorite walking area to view the ocean. It features a camera obscura.

The city is well known as one of the leading sustainable cities in all of the US. Three of every four of the city’s public works vehicles run on alternative fuel, making it among the largest such fleets in the country. All public buildings use renewable energy. In the last 15 years, the city has cut greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 10 per cent, a feat in car-crazy Southern California. City officials and residents have made the ongoing cleanup of the Santa Monica Bay a priority – an urban runoff facility catches 3.5 million gallons of water each week that would otherwise flow into the bay. Other environmental features include miles of beaches, extensive curbside recycling, farmer’s markets, community gardens, and the city’s bus system.

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