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Old 04-13-2009, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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What things would your perfect city or town include?

I'll post my criteria later but I just wanted to see everyone's responses.
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Old 04-13-2009, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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Prague. It is perfection. I wouldn't change a thing (except maybe me learning the language).
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Old 04-13-2009, 03:39 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Prague. It is perfection. I wouldn't change a thing (except maybe me learning the language).
I would have to agree. The Old City is a wonderful place...however, the neighborhoods that came up in the Communist era are hideous. The tourists rarely see that part of the city, though.
And it would be OK with me if they blew up that grotesque Zizkov Communications Tower. Never has a structure filled me with such dread.

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I would cite Florence, Italy as a city that is ideal to me. Beautiful medieval architecture, teeming with art and culture, winding cobblestone streets filled with friendly shopkeepers, and an incredible setting in the hills of Tuscany.

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Old 04-13-2009, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM - Summerlin, NV
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Perfect town for me...

A Newer city.
A very clean city.
A city where crime is very low..
A city with a huge blend of diversity.
A city with a nice clean river running right threw it.
A mid-sized - Smaller city.

So far there is not a city that meets this..
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Old 04-13-2009, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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I would have to agree. The Old City is a wonderful place...however, the neighborhoods that came up in the Communist era are hideous. The tourists rarely see that part of the city, though.
And it would be OK with me if they blew up that grotesque Zizkov Communications Tower. Never has a structure filled me with such dread.

Žižkov Television Tower - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I would cite Florence, Italy as a city that is ideal to me. Beautiful medieval architecture, teeming with art and culture, winding cobblestone streets filled with friendly shopkeepers, and an incredible setting in the hills of Tuscany.
I never made it to any of those "newer" neighborhoods, but I detest the Commie Block Apartments that plague much of Eastern Europe. Prague is one of the few places that has had generations of architecture and density that have been relatively unaffected by societal changes and war. It's an incredible diverse array of styles in one walkable, charming area. It's a near-perfect example of urbanity. The tower can go though... it's a travesty.

Florence is excellent. I can't argue that choice either. I was impressed by how friendly the citizens of Florence were when compared to the other Italian cities I had been to either. I would be more than happy to live in either.
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:57 PM
 
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Low crime
Great public transportation
Interesting and lengthy history
Blend of architectural styles representing all periods of the city's past
Diverse population - ethnically, racially, economic level, age, family status, etc.
Strong downtown core
Interesting, thriving neighborhoods of different types
Universities and colleges
Good library system
Good public schools (and people choose to send their kids there)
Very walkable
Water of some sort - lakes, rivers, ocean, etc. (and the city is oriented towards that water)
Plenty of cultural opportunities of different types
Within daytrip distance of other cities, as well as some rural areas and smaller towns
Affordable housing
Strong sense of community
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Old 04-13-2009, 11:17 PM
 
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Low crime
Great public transportation
Interesting and lengthy history
Blend of architectural styles representing all periods of the city's past
Diverse population - ethnically, racially, economic level, age, family status, etc.
Strong downtown core
Interesting, thriving neighborhoods of different types
Universities and colleges
Good library system
Good public schools (and people choose to send their kids there)
Very walkable
Water of some sort - lakes, rivers, ocean, etc. (and the city is oriented towards that water)
Plenty of cultural opportunities of different types
Within daytrip distance of other cities, as well as some rural areas and smaller towns
Affordable housing
Strong sense of community
Sounds about right
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:19 AM
 
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I would cite Florence, Italy as a city that is ideal to me. Beautiful medieval architecture, teeming with art and culture, winding cobblestone streets filled with friendly shopkeepers, and an incredible setting in the hills of Tuscany.
Florence is lovely.
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:22 AM
 
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Sounds about right
Yeah, that's an excellent list of criteria.
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Old 04-14-2009, 01:26 PM
 
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Low crime
Great public transportation
Interesting and lengthy history
Blend of architectural styles representing all periods of the city's past
Diverse population - ethnically, racially, economic level, age, family status, etc.
Strong downtown core
Interesting, thriving neighborhoods of different types
Universities and colleges
Good library system
Good public schools (and people choose to send their kids there)
Very walkable
Water of some sort - lakes, rivers, ocean, etc. (and the city is oriented towards that water)
Plenty of cultural opportunities of different types
Within daytrip distance of other cities, as well as some rural areas and smaller towns
Affordable housing
Strong sense of community
What US city(s) do you think would fit this profile?
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