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Old 01-30-2009, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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That's cool and all. I'm not disparaging Long Island. I'm just saying that LI doesn't satisfy the requirements of my topic on street life. Look back at the post that started the thread. I'm looking for areas that most resemble the street ambience of the European or Latin American experience.
I'm just trying to show you how it's FAR from rural, that's all.
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Old 01-30-2009, 03:49 PM
 
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So you would say Atlanta doesn't qualify?

No because its not heavy streetlife the Only place i can think thats
usually heavy is Atlantic station on the weekends and Lil 5 points and Midtown by peidmont park . when i think about bust streets Times Square and union sqaure come to mind because there is lots of foot traffic Atlanta doesnt have anything that brings the people to a center core like those types of places maybe after midtown mile yeah but now No
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Old 01-30-2009, 11:50 PM
 
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This is a great topic. Streetlife is the cornerstone of urbanity. The funny thing is that even small towns in this country that were built before the rise of the automobile had far more streetlife than your average American city of 2009. The rise of car-oriented suburbia even invaded many big-city downtowns. As a result, there are very few places in this country where one can go to the theater, to the drugstore, do your shopping, eat dinner out, walk your dog, and attend church without having to depend on an automobile. I adore the very few places where this can be done. Having lived in Europe (Madrid), I know have satisfying it is to live somewhere that feels alive and is not soulless, car-dominated suburbia. With that said, here are some of my favorite neighborhoods/cities/districts in the US that meet the criteria expressed in this thread:

Back Bay, Boston
Beacon Hill, Boston
Brookline, MA
South End, Boston
Cambridge, MA
North End, Boston
Upper East Side, NYC
Upper West Side, NYC
Greenwich Village, NYC
Brooklyn Heights, NYC
Cobble Hill / Boerum Hill / Carroll Gardens, NYC
Park Slope, NYC
South Beach, Miami Beach
Lincoln Park, Chicago
Capitol Hill, Seattle
Center City, Philadelphia
Haight/Ashbury, San Francisco
Marina District, San Francisco
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Old 01-31-2009, 12:12 AM
 
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No because its not heavy streetlife the Only place i can think thats
usually heavy is Atlantic station on the weekends and Lil 5 points and Midtown by peidmont park . when i think about bust streets Times Square and union sqaure come to mind because there is lots of foot traffic Atlanta doesnt have anything that brings the people to a center core like those types of places maybe after midtown mile yeah but now No
You don't think that the neighborhoods in my earlier post have street life? Virginia-Highland is probably the best in that regard...Downtown or Midtown might be just as lively...Atlantic Station and L5P are good examples as well. I would also add Castleberry Hill, Decatur, West End, East Atlanta, Lindbergh, and Candler Park. I'm not comparing them to Times Square, but these areas do have decent to heavy amounts of foot traffic and colorful, lively activities and destinations.
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Old 01-31-2009, 12:21 AM
 
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You don't think that the neighborhoods in my earlier post have street life? Virginia-Highland is probably the best in that regard...Downtown or Midtown might be just as lively...Atlantic Station and L5P are good examples as well. I would also add Castleberry Hill, Decatur, West End, East Atlanta, Lindbergh, and Candler Park. I'm not comparing them to Times Square, but these areas do have decent to heavy amounts of foot traffic and colorful, lively activities and destinations.

yeah they do but there not popping like alot of places i have been too i have walked in those nieghborhoods. Virgina highlands is the best With urbanoutfitters and bill holliman my 2 favorite stores. Atlanta Nieghborhoods just need just a lil more
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Old 01-31-2009, 01:35 AM
 
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yeah they do but there not popping like alot of places i have been too i have walked in those nieghborhoods. Virgina highlands is the best With urbanoutfitters and bill holliman my 2 favorite stores. Atlanta Nieghborhoods just need just a lil more
I've seen those places you're talking about too...I would never expect the little Virginia-Highland district to be anything like Union Square or Times Square, and I wouldn't want it to be. To me, those are not necessarily the gauge by which to judge all neighborhood street life because all neighborhoods have unique layouts/amenities/pedestrian traffic patterns/capacities/etc. VA-HI isn't a tourist spot and the atmostphere is very laid back...and the only chains I can think of in the area are Starbucks, Ben & Jerry's and CVS. It's just a different kind of place that has its own style of lively street life (like any neighborhood does) and I don't see comparing it to something like Union Square.

What are you doing up so late anyway?
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Old 01-31-2009, 02:33 AM
 
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I've seen those places you're talking about too...I would never expect the little Virginia-Highland district to be anything like Union Square or Times Square, and I wouldn't want it to be. To me, those are not necessarily the gauge by which to judge all neighborhood street life because all neighborhoods have unique layouts/amenities/pedestrian traffic patterns/capacities/etc. VA-HI isn't a tourist spot and the atmostphere is very laid back...and the only chains I can think of in the area are Starbucks, Ben & Jerry's and CVS. It's just a different kind of place that has its own style of lively street life (like any neighborhood does) and I don't see comparing it to something like Union Square.

What are you doing up so late anyway?

I cant sleep man i need to be in Bed. And another thing have you been to those city vs city threads? Why is Atlanta in just about everyone of them and Im thinking people really like Atlanta. They bash it like hell and then people are always trying to compare it to other places
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Old 01-31-2009, 11:24 AM
 
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The top 100 are all in Canada. College towns and Tourist towns in the US have some steet life, but that's about it.
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Old 01-31-2009, 12:08 PM
 
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Have you been to any of the neighborhoods I mentioned in the list I posted above? Most of the Canadian developed landscalpe is post-WWII auto-oriented suburbia just as it is in the US. I agree that Canadian cities do have street life - Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver all come to mind - but overall I would never say that Canada overwhelmingly beats the US when it comes to this aspect of urbanity.
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Old 01-31-2009, 06:15 PM
 
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This is a great topic. Streetlife is the cornerstone of urbanity. The funny thing is that even small towns in this country that were built before the rise of the automobile had far more streetlife than your average American city of 2009. The rise of car-oriented suburbia even invaded many big-city downtowns. As a result, there are very few places in this country where one can go to the theater, to the drugstore, do your shopping, eat dinner out, walk your dog, and attend church without having to depend on an automobile. I adore the very few places where this can be done. Having lived in Europe (Madrid), I know have satisfying it is to live somewhere that feels alive and is not soulless, car-dominated suburbia. With that said, here are some of my favorite neighborhoods/cities/districts in the US that meet the criteria expressed in this thread:

Back Bay, Boston
Beacon Hill, Boston
Brookline, MA
South End, Boston
Cambridge, MA
North End, Boston
Upper East Side, NYC
Upper West Side, NYC
Greenwich Village, NYC
Brooklyn Heights, NYC
Cobble Hill / Boerum Hill / Carroll Gardens, NYC
Park Slope, NYC
South Beach, Miami Beach
Lincoln Park, Chicago
Capitol Hill, Seattle
Center City, Philadelphia
Haight/Ashbury, San Francisco
Marina District, San Francisco
There are a lot more places that meet the criteria than those you listed...
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