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Old 01-20-2009, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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A giant suburb and a waste of land
But wouldn't that be a metro without a city?
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Old 01-20-2009, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Western Hoosierland
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I would rate my City's downtown area an 8.

It is very nice but could use some little restaurants/shops and a little museum or something.
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Old 01-20-2009, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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Houston gets a 6/10.
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Old 01-20-2009, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Uptown Denver
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Id give Denver a 9/10; theres always a lot going on, lots of things being built, and lots of living options.
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Old 01-20-2009, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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I haven't visited downtown here in a couple months. Despite it being winter and cold, the Freedom tower is being built very fast. I would say they've got maybe about 8 stories so far of it. It's exciting see its progress whenever I'm around downtown. It will be pretty cool to tell my future kids how I saw its progress. It's kind of like how my mom told me she saw the progress on the WTC back in the 60s.

NY's gets a 10/10 of course. A good part of it is because of what it represents down there. I'll always remember how it looked/felt before 9/11. Totally different..
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Old 01-20-2009, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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Irfox, I agree. A cool downtown is how it looks on street view. Cool historic streets, cool pubs and bars, walkability, and many other things make the downtown. Not having new modern highrises finally filling in where a sea of parkinglots once stood.

Boston has a incredible downtown. Once of the best in America. I spent a week for work right in downtown Bastan. It was a great week.



Just wanted to add, there is nothing worse than a downtown with parking lots. If your downtown has more than 3 small parking lots than you are already dropped below 5 IMO.
True. Surface parking lots (and businesses that take advantage of them like parking companies and car lots) are the blight urban areas. They ruin the pedestrian scale of an area and make it desolate.

I absolutely agree that parking lots ruin urban areas.
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Old 01-20-2009, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM - Summerlin, NV
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Albuquerque is a 6

Architecture is a 7
Nightlife is a 8
Downtown living is a 5
Theaters/culture is a 8
Tightness/compact is a 6
Skyline is a 5
Shopping is a 4 (soon to increase)
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Old 01-20-2009, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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Downtown Los Angeles is a 6/10 in my opinion. It is getting a lot better than before when it used to be a ghost town. Lofts, new towers, attractions, clubs, and more are sprining up. There is still a long way to go for the country's second largest city to have a worthy downtown of a city of its size.

Some pics:
The new L.A. Live has already been great for downtown. It is bringing lots of pedestrian traffic to the area, especially at night when night clubs open and performances at the Nokia Theater are going on. It will be home to ESPN West Coast, the Grammy Museum, a Ritz Carlton Tower, JW Marriott, and clubs/entertainment.



Staples Center


Financial District



Pershing Square- Ice Skating Rink for Winter (nothing is has funny as watching Californians try to ice skate)


China Town


The plaza in front of Olvera Street, the historic core of the city

Tourist type shops along Olvera Street


Broadway is a historic core of downtown with lots of interesting architecture that it would be nice if the rest of the city had. However with the values of "newer is better" in California, most of the buildings are occupied by lower rent shops like $5 t-shirt places.

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Old 01-21-2009, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Omaha
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Omaha - 4 maybe 5. Still lots of work to do. There is one touristy area that people here think is really cool. 8 square blocks don't make a vibrant downtown.
lol, oh please. Have you been to other cities Omaha's size? Omaha is leaps and bounds above most. How many entertainment/restuarant options do you need?

Holland Performing Arts Center - Qwest Center - Orpheum Theater - Slow Down - Rose theater - Durham West. Museum - Joslyn Art Museum..etc etc (You can leave the old market, but I'm guessing you haven't been downtown in quite some time)

I could go on and on but some people are impossible to please...
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Old 01-21-2009, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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lol, oh please. Have you been to other cities Omaha's size? Omaha is leaps and bounds above most. How many entertainment/restuarant options do you need?

Holland Performing Arts Center - Qwest Center - Orpheum Theater - Slow Down - Rose theater - Durham West. Museum - Joslyn Art Museum..etc etc (You can leave the old market, but I'm guessing you haven't been downtown in quite some time)

I could go on and on but some people are impossible to please...

Everyone can have their own opinions. If you were born and raised in Omaha and don't have much to compare to it, then yeah, you'll think there's a lot to do. But if you're from a big city, it may seem more dull. It all depends where you come from.
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