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View Poll Results: Which city is more urban? Chattanooga or Memphis?
Chattanooga is more urban 5 20.83%
Memphis is more urban 19 79.17%
Other, explain 0 0%
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Old 01-14-2016, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Which city is more urban? Chattanooga or Memphis?
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Old 01-14-2016, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Memphis is more urban, in my experience. Mostly because it's just a larger city in general, and had the luck to grow quite early in its history, back when traditional neighborhoods (e.g., Cooper-Young, Soulsville) developed naturally.

Also, the core of the city feels more dense, to me. Downtown Chattanooga is quite nice -- I actually greatly enjoy it every time I go -- but downtown Memphis feels larger, denser, and more well connected.
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Old 01-14-2016, 12:24 PM
 
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I'm not really sure its fair to compare a city of 173,000 to a city of 654,000.
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Old 01-14-2016, 12:44 PM
 
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And the Chattanooga MSA is 500,000, while the Memphis is 1.3 million or thereabouts. Pretty unequal comparison.
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Old 01-14-2016, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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I'm not really sure its fair to compare a city of 173,000 to a city of 654,000.
By that logic, Jacksonville Florida is more urban than Savannah Georgia.
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Old 01-14-2016, 07:56 PM
 
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Jacksonville is more urban than Savannah.
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Old 01-14-2016, 08:26 PM
 
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The only way this could be a comparison is if you are comparing the percentages of urban/suburban development for the entire metro areas....which Memphis likely still wins.

If you're talking straight up urban areas, Memphis wins by a lot. Memphis beats most cities in the Southeast in that category.
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Old 01-15-2016, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Jacksonville is more urban than Savannah.
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Old 01-15-2016, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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The only way this could be a comparison is if you are comparing the percentages of urban/suburban development for the entire metro areas....which Memphis likely still wins.

If you're talking straight up urban areas, Memphis wins by a lot. Memphis beats most cities in the Southeast in that category.
What are your thoughts on each city's downtown area?
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Old 01-15-2016, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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I've never seen downtown Memphis, but Chattanooga's downtown is vibrant. A nearby "art district", very walkable, rental bike stands everywhere, free electric shuttles, lots of stores and restaurants (both chain and locally-owned) open at night and on weekends. There are apartments and condos in the area. UT-Chattanooga is nearby.

Oh, and no question, Memphis is more urban. Because of all the natural barriers (mountains, rivers, ridges) Chattanooga is quite spread out.
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