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View Poll Results: Pick only 6 that you find the most important for this topic in the poll:
Vibrancy 11 47.83%
Diversity 5 21.74%
Quality of Neighborhood options. 3 13.04%
Distinct/Unique neighborhoods 4 17.39%
Neighborhoods with Character. 7 30.43%
Architecture 8 34.78%
Pedestrian Friendliness/Walkability 21 91.30%
Parks/Squares 9 39.13%
Entertainment options 9 39.13%
Nightlife 5 21.74%
Music scene/Music venues 3 13.04%
Coffee shops/Espresso bars 2 8.70%
Restaurants 9 39.13%
Tourist attractions 2 8.70%
Monthly/Yearly Cultural events and festivals. 4 17.39%
Shopping 8 34.78%
Workforce and economy 7 30.43%
Renting/Real Estate for residential and commercial establishments. 5 21.74%
Overall Cost of Living/Affordability 3 13.04%
Skyline 3 13.04%
Museums 2 8.70%
Art scene 4 17.39%
Theater scene 1 4.35%
Public transportation 15 65.22%
Cleanliness 4 17.39%
Quality of general inhabitants of a location. 4 17.39%
Level of balance and harmony between best and worst neighborhoods. 1 4.35%
General aesthetics of scenery. 3 13.04%
Harmony and balance for aesthetics of scenery. 1 4.35%
Some other things too? 1 4.35%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 23. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-16-2012, 12:42 AM
 
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Out of the ones listed, which 6 factors do you think are the most important and the 6 least important?

I think all of those specific factors I listed are important to some extent but some are probably significantly more important than others. I would like a discussion and observe which 6 of those factors different people find most important and which 6 factors people find least important.

There are up to 29 different factors I mentioned and I tried to come up with as many as possible. Maybe there are even a few more factors I forgot to mention.

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Old 05-16-2012, 05:41 AM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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You might want to Add "people." so many downtowns are empty after business hours.
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:46 AM
 
Location: The City
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You might want to Add "people." so many downtowns are empty after business hours.
Fair point though to me this is vibrancy; I think vibrancy is more the post business hours time frame
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:50 AM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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Fair point though to me this is vibrancy; I think vibrancy is more the post business hours time frame
Yeah, you're right. I'd like to see some sort of "after 5 p.m. density:empty parking lot sq.mi" ratio sometime.
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:55 AM
 
Location: The City
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Yeah, you're right. I'd like to see some sort of "after 5 p.m. density:empty parking lot sq.mi" ratio sometime.

Would be interesting.

Honestly though though this list includes many aspects that make a great DT. It is hard to say only 6 as the combinations and synergies of these attributes make the place more than any single element.

And to your point people or actually residents en masse can change the whole character of a place .
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:39 AM
 
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Don't really like buzzwords.
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:24 AM
 
Location: New York City
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I think the most important is mixed-use zoning, which seems to be covered by "Renting/Real Estate for residential and commercial establishments."

Almost every city now has a refurbished downtown with charming parks, a few good restaurants and a theater or two, but they're frequently deserted. Des Moines, for example, is immaculately clean, very walkable and quite pleasant, however in the few times that I've been there, the streets were empty.
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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This isn't for DTs only right?

I feel like my neighborhood meets all of my 6 chosen criteria (and a lot of others) but is not necessarily a downtown - though I guess it kind of is the downtown of Hollywood.

Either way, my streetcar suburb neighborhood in Boston met most of my criteria as well and is definitely not a downtown neighborhood.
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Old 05-16-2012, 01:40 PM
 
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Thread title is "Comprehensive and specific factors that can help make a great city/downtown/neighborhood/and urban amenities..." so no, not downtowns only.
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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This is one of the most bizarre polls I've ever seen.

Most important ... for what? Living? Working? Recreation? All of the above? None of the above?

Where is "safety" (actual, perceived, or otherwise)? If you don't have that, all the other stuff isn't worth squat.
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