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View Poll Results: Which city is more Urban
Chicago 114 79.17%
Los Angeles 30 20.83%
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:45 AM
 
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Here are some other examples of dense walkable neighborhoods far from the core of Los Angeles in the city of Long Beach which is about 20 miles away from downtown LA.

4th street and cherry avenue long beach ca - Google Maps
2nd Street and Park Avenue Long Beach CA - Google Maps
2nd Street and Park Avenue Long Beach CA - Google Maps
2nd Street and Park Avenue Long Beach CA - Google Maps
2nd Street and Park Avenue Long Beach CA - Google Maps
ocean avenue and orange ave Long Beach CA - Google Maps
ocean avenue and orange ave Long Beach CA - Google Maps
pine avenue and ocean avenue Long Beach CA - Google Maps
broadway avenue and redondo avenue Long Beach CA - Google Maps
anaheim avenue and redondo avenue Long Beach CA - Google Maps
san antonio avenue and atlantic avenue Long Beach CA - Google Maps
magnolia avenue and 6th street Long Beach CA - Google Maps
Well Long Beach is a city of its own, not really a suburb of L.A, just like Oakland is the SF Metro
And those pictures are nice but I didn't see anything dense or walkable here ... Walkable in L.A is more like this :
Promenade Cafe, 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA, United States - Google Maps
Venice beach - Google Maps
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:20 AM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Los Angeles metro is more urban.
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:55 PM
 
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Well Long Beach is a city of its own, not really a suburb of L.A, just like Oakland is the SF Metro
And those pictures are nice but I didn't see anything dense or walkable here ... Walkable in L.A is more like this :
Promenade Cafe, 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA, United States - Google Maps
Venice beach - Google Maps

Tell me something I don't already know, I'm well aware Long Beach is it's own city and so is the majority of southern california cities in the LA metro. Still it's part of the greater metro area in which Los Angeles is the dominate city. In Chicago Evanston, Naperville, Elgin, Arlington Heights, Cicero, Skokie, etc are all their own cities but still are considered suburbs of this metro. So my point is these areas are far from the larger city LA, and yet not some sparsely populated Exburb like so many other american cities metros.

The photos I posted are of dense walkable areas where the locals can easily walk to the shops and have access to public transportation. I can't think of many Chicago suburbs that have anything similar, Evanston is one of the few. In some of Chicago's suburbs I know they have downtowns that are close to metra stations but overall from my experience living there they don't have many suburbs set up in the same manner as LA's

Besides those walkable areas you posted in Venice and Santa Monica are mostly tourist zones and people drive to them and then walk. The ones I posted are of actual areas where many people in the local community venture to by the locals, and if they so choose they don't need to drive since they easily reachable by foot, some are just at the end of the block.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Chicago has the densest census tract in the United States, a 500k ppsm anomaly: https://www.flickr.com/photos/beyond...7633049989738/

But really, I think this graph shows that Chicago is heads and shoulders above Los Angeles, at least in the core. Ignoring NYC, San Francisco seems to be the only other city that is close to Chicago in its housing units per square mile.

The good news is Los Angeles is no slouch either, and is just about even with Philadelphia, Boston and DC.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:06 AM
 
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Mexico city may have a denser population than Chicago but i wouldn't call it more urban.
I would - have you ever been to Mexico City? It is far more bustling, crowded, and densely built than Chciago.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:05 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Easy... Chicago
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:39 PM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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Chicago of 1950 would be clearly ahead. Just this out for the differences:

Chicago community area populations 1950 vs. 2010 - SkyscraperPage Forum
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:16 AM
 
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You can't be serious. It would be easy to find FAR more urban cities than Chicago right here in the U.S. NYC, anyone?

And globally? I would say almost all cities Chicago's size (9 million+) feel more urban than Chicago. Chicago is actually very non-urban compared to most major cities of its size.

The vast majority of Chicagoland residents live in single family homes on spacious lots, while in most major global cities people live in apartment buildings or extremely tiny single family home lots.

Chicago only feels dense downtown, but 95% of the metro area doesn't feel dense by huge city standards.
This. Chicago is a very American city.

Why is this question even being asked?
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What is it with these "ubanity" contests on this forum?
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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What is it with these "ubanity" contests on this forum?
Urban = Superior
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