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Old 01-25-2009, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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One thing about the U.S. that sets it apart from many other countries is the lack of people on the streets and the lack of opportunity to socialize on the streets. The prevailing attitude in the U.S. is that a neighborhood with lots of people "hanging around" on the street is a "bad" neighborhood to be avoided.

In contrast, day to day life in many Latin American and European towns is centered on the street. This is where you encounter your friends and carry on your social existence.

My question is: which neighborhoods in the U.S. are most similar to Latin American/European towns? In your answer, please list the neighborhood/city and a short description why.
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:52 AM
 
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Miami: There are a lot of Latin Americans so there is a Latin American influence. Plus the weather is good year round so people want to be outside.
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Old 01-25-2009, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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Federal Hill, Providence and North End Boston stand out to me as some of the better ones.
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Old 01-25-2009, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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People on Long Island hang out outside their houses and have bbq's with other families in the neighborhood.
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Old 01-25-2009, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Albany (school) NYC (home)
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I usually think of Manhattan, Center City Philadelphia, Downtown Seattle, and parts of San Fran to have very active street scenes.
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Old 01-25-2009, 07:03 PM
 
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Manhattan is not a neighborhood
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Old 01-25-2009, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Albany (school) NYC (home)
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Manhattan is not a neighborhood
Ok. Than Midtown, The Village, Downtown (during business hours), Upper East Side, Upper West Side, SoHo
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Old 01-25-2009, 09:41 PM
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Don't live there any more but Rockridge in Oakland/Berkeley is quite nice. Same with Piedmont Avenue in Oakland.
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Old 01-25-2009, 09:45 PM
 
Location: St Louis County, MO
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I visited San Fran and was blown away, but most especially by Chinatown. The streets were packed.
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Old 01-25-2009, 09:58 PM
 
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Yes Chinatowns in NYC, LA, etc

also Ridge Rd in Kearny NJ is pretty alive with rotten local kids roaming

Also JFK Blvd in North Bergen, West NY, and Weehawken in NJ are also busy all the time

College Ave in State College PA is also bustling, as are many College Town Streets
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