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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, 11:04 AM
 
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Which city would you describe as more urban, and why?
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:19 AM
 
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We need a working definition of urban first.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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We need a working definition of urban first.
Which means we won't know which city is more urban for another 10 pages...
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Thunder Bay, ON
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Detroit's bigger but it's more disjointed. Detroit seems to have very few neighbourhoods that are in decent shape...

Outside downtown, the healthiest looking commercial street I could find is Vernor Hwy: Detroit, MI, USA - Google Maps
Second best: Detroit, MI, USA - Google Maps
Third, already looking quite run down: Detroit, MI, USA - Google Maps
There's a few like the third one, and then every other commercial street is just filled with vacant lots and abandonned buildings.

Hamtramck's main street is comparable to Vernor Hwy:
Detroit, MI, USA - Google Maps

Looking at walkscore's map, Detroit's suburbs have more walkable areas than the city.
Detroit Neighborhoods | Walk Score

At least New Orleans has some relatively walkable neighbourhoods along the North bank of the Mississippi outside just downtown.
New Orleans Neighborhoods | Walk Score

The overall walkscores of both are still a little below that of Mississauga though...
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:22 PM
 
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Worth noting that Hamtramck is politically seperate from Detroit.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:25 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, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Thunder Bay, ON
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Worth noting that Hamtramck is politically seperate from Detroit.
Which is kind of my point, the suburbs of Detroit seem more walkable than the city... except maybe Midtown and Downtown.
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Which is kind of my point, the suburbs of Detroit seem more walkable than the city... except maybe Midtown and Downtown.
Much of Detroit is multi-nodal development. Many of the suburbs started as independent villages (not necessarily street-car suburbs though it's not inaccurate to call them that). Then through out much of the post-war era, suburban development acted as infill between all the nodes.
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Detroit's bigger but it's more disjointed. Detroit seems to have very few neighbourhoods that are in decent shape...

Outside downtown, the healthiest looking commercial street I could find is Vernor Hwy: Detroit, MI, USA - Google Maps
Second best: Detroit, MI, USA - Google Maps
Third, already looking quite run down: Detroit, MI, USA - Google Maps
There's a few like the third one, and then every other commercial street is just filled with vacant lots and abandonned buildings.

Hamtramck's main street is comparable to Vernor Hwy:
Detroit, MI, USA - Google Maps

Looking at walkscore's map, Detroit's suburbs have more walkable areas than the city.
Detroit Neighborhoods | Walk Score

At least New Orleans has some relatively walkable neighbourhoods along the North bank of the Mississippi outside just downtown.
New Orleans Neighborhoods | Walk Score

The overall walkscores of both are still a little below that of Mississauga though...
Some of Detroit's commercial corridors remind me in some ways of a really depressed Los Angeles. Maybe similar to areas in South LA like Adams Blvd. The streets may be narrower though.

I think the two areas are about equally urban though New Orleans is much more walkable and has a better appearance to it. It also seems to have more walkable areas outside of the downtown.
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:29 PM
 
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Originally Posted by memph View Post
Detroit's bigger but it's more disjointed. Detroit seems to have very few neighbourhoods that are in decent shape...

Outside downtown, the healthiest looking commercial street I could find is Vernor Hwy: Detroit, MI, USA - Google Maps
Second best: Detroit, MI, USA - Google Maps
Third, already looking quite run down: Detroit, MI, USA - Google Maps
There's a few like the third one, and then every other commercial street is just filled with vacant lots and abandonned buildings.

Hamtramck's main street is comparable to Vernor Hwy:
Detroit, MI, USA - Google Maps

Looking at walkscore's map, Detroit's suburbs have more walkable areas than the city.
Detroit Neighborhoods | Walk Score

At least New Orleans has some relatively walkable neighbourhoods along the North bank of the Mississippi outside just downtown.
New Orleans Neighborhoods | Walk Score

The overall walkscores of both are still a little below that of Mississauga though...
ever been to Detroit? or just looking up google maps?
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