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View Poll Results: Which city is more urban?
Detroit 12 41.38%
New Orleans 17 58.62%
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:32 PM
 
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FWIW, metro Detroit's economy is much better than NOLA's. Although Detroit is nothing short of a hellish dreamscape, there is much more of a broad middle class in the area than around New Orleans. And that's very typical when comparing the Midwest to the South, both in large cities and small towns.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:56 PM
 
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ever been to Detroit? or just looking up google maps?
I haven't been to Detroit. Do you disagree with what I've said?
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:17 AM
 
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This thread makes no sense at all.
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:15 PM
 
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I haven't been to Detroit. Do you disagree with what I've said?
I just figured that because you couldn't seem to find any neighborhoods outside of downtown area
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:45 PM
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I just figured that because you couldn't seem to find any neighborhoods outside of downtown area
If you think he missed something, if willing, it'd be helpful if you add your own example(s). Outsiders obviously can't pick up on everything, but we can try the best we can.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:29 PM
 
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how urban can detroit be? it's called the motor city. its the birthplace of the automotive industry and car production capital of the world. when I think of vibrant, dynamic, thriving world class urban centers the last place I think of is detroit. but I do expect there to be plenty of traffic congestion and an extremely autocentric landscape.
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:27 PM
 
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I imagine that New Orleans is more urban over the entirety of the city. Especially considering the state of Detroit.
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:22 PM
 
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Detroit has so much empty space there is talk of converting some land to agriculture. I go with New Orleans.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:11 PM
 
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how urban can detroit be? it's called the motor city. its the birthplace of the automotive industry and car production capital of the world. when I think of vibrant, dynamic, thriving world class urban centers the last place I think of is detroit. but I do expect there to be plenty of traffic congestion and an extremely autocentric landscape.
Despite what many modern urbanists think, there's nothing inherently non-urban about the automobile. Detroit is, or was, a classic US city with a downtown full of tall buildings and dense development all around.

It's now perhaps "post urban" in the sense of "post apocalyptic", but that's another story, and more linked to the fall of the US automobile industry than its rise.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:04 PM
 
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Despite what many modern urbanists think, there's nothing inherently non-urban about the automobile. Detroit is, or was, a classic US city with a downtown full of tall buildings and dense development all around.

It's now perhaps "post urban" in the sense of "post apocalyptic", but that's another story, and more linked to the fall of the US automobile industry than its rise.

I agree, but I think its a matter of degree. any city is going to plenty of car traffic. but if a city offers you little or no alternative to getting around without a car then I would not consider it to be very 'urban.' the great urban cities of the world tend to have world-class modern transit systems. but detroit has no light rail, no subway system, no nothing. but it does have an antiquated bus system that barely functions and no one uses except the poorest of the poor who live in the inner city.
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