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Old 02-02-2009, 04:21 PM
 
Location: moving again
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The inner Harbor - Never Ever dead (maybe at 4 am )
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Old 02-02-2009, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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^How about Fells Point? I haven't been in a few years, but it used to really buzz there.
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Old 02-02-2009, 04:32 PM
 
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I guess tiny is relative, but 35 restaurants/bars/coffee shops and over 40 retail outlets is anything but tiny in most peoples minds.

You must have only seen a small corner of the neighborhood. You do realize that this is an old streetcar suburb? The commercial district of this neighborhood is split into three different nodes.
I saw the area right around the intersection of Virginia and Highland. The neighborhood is by far one of the nicest in the South and probably #1 or #2 in the Atlanta area. It was nice and it was walkable but it struck me more as a NE-US-style streetcar suburb than a bustling urban neighborhood. I think I went in with very high expectations and was a little underwhelmed by what I saw. As soon as you turned onto a sidestreet, you found yourself among detached, single family homes with yards... definitely not what I would expect in one of the densest, most "urban" areas of Atlanta. Furthermore - and this is more the fault of Atlanta and not of Virginia-Higland - I felt that one would be inconvenienced living there without a car due to that many weekly activities would have to be done outside of the neighborhood. With that said, it is a very nice place that beats well over 99% of the developed area of the Atlanta metro.
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Old 02-02-2009, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Yeah, you only saw about a third of the hood then. It is a wonderful neighborhood, but the cute bungalows you saw are standard fare for most of our old streetcar suburbs.

This is by and large a bungalow city.
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Old 02-02-2009, 04:38 PM
 
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^How about Fells Point? I haven't been in a few years, but it used to really buzz there.
Yep - Inner Harbor/Fells Point/Federal Hill/Canton are the buzz. Luckly its spreading! Locust point and Patterson park are the up and coming buzz
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Old 02-02-2009, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Good news, thanks!

If I could afford a place in Federal Hill, I would have to spend several weekends a year in Balmer.
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:39 AM
 
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I would think we're avoiding downtowns or large business districts, correct?

Those are busy in most cities, but it's not really a neighborhood with "real" street traffic. It's people coming and going to jobs. Commuting.


Also you can't really count pictures of some street festival. I could post a picture of a small town in Nebraska having their annual festival and call it "amazing street life"
My thoughts, exactly!
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Old 02-03-2009, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Living in Hampton, VA
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South Street in Philly has an abundance of Streetlife. Also Georgetown in DC is pretty busy.
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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South Street in Philly has an abundance of Streetlife. Also Georgetown in DC is pretty busy.
Definitely agree with both of those.

Here's some South Street in Philly:





http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...en-us%26sa%3DN



http://flickr.com/photos/plecojan/87...n/photostream/



http://www.flickr.com/photos/moocat/2606432602/ (broken link)

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Old 02-04-2009, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Montrose in Houston. It's an old neighborhood unmarred by Houston's characteristic suburban sprawl. Its old oaks provide plenty of shade even during our blistering summers to make the outdoors bearable. Last year's gas price hikes sent people outdoors in droves. Even now that prices have since dropped, people are still on the street. Any remotely socially active person will spot friends and neighbors everywhere they go.
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