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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 05-01-2013, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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I grew up in the suburbs of LA and I also grew up in LA proper and lived there for quite a while (I also grew up and lived in various parts of East Asia including big, dense cities with the vibrancy that the US seldom sees as well as out in the countryside (and I mean countryside as in terraced rice paddies, twenty minute scooter ride to town, catching frogs in the fields for eating) and villages of East Asia).
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Also, I've lived in at least one month stretches (but often longer) in over a dozen places in NYC over six going on seven years. I've hit all the boroughs (and multiple neighborhoods) except Staten Island and have done Westchester as well. It's been fun and I do feel decently comfortable talking about some NYC neighborhoods more than others when I've actually lived in the general area before.
So either you're the Asian version of James Bond or you're moving to avoid some serious child support obligations. Which one is it?
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Sure - here are a couple more.

7th from Figueroa to San Pedro
Yucca Street from Highland to Cahuenga
Wilshire from Roberston to Santa Monica Blvd
Robertson from Beverly to Olympic

Not really trying to blow you away with the urban-ness with these, just give a slice of a couple different places in Los Angeles that have decent structure.
No, that is good structural density. And the pedestrian presence is stronger so I would be inclined to walk a much longer distance on that route.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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A few more, at roughly half a mile:

LA:

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Old 05-01-2013, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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No, that is good structural density. And the pedestrian presence is stronger so I would be inclined to walk a much longer distance on that route.
I'm assuming you are talking about 7th Street. It's probably the most "complete" of the DTLA streets and turning into a pretty formidable "restaurant row" - including Bottega Louie which was ranked "most popular" restaurant by Yelp, whatever that means. Also because it runs E-W it gives you a pretty decent cross-section of DTLA - Financial District, Jewelry District, Historic Core, Skid Row.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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I'm assuming you are talking about 7th Street. It's probably the most "complete" of the DTLA streets and turning into a pretty formidable "restaurant row" - including Bottega Louie which was ranked "most popular" restaurant by Yelp, whatever that means. Also because it runs E-W it gives you a pretty decent cross-section of DTLA - Financial District, Jewelry District, Historic Core, Skid Row.
Yes, that's what I was talking about. That indeed is very urban.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:57 PM
 
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Regarding the discussion on how much and which Angelenos know about central LA: Los Angeles is unfortunately the posterchild when it comes to metropolitan residents not knowing about their region's urban core. It was only very recently (within the past decade) that Downtown started to become a place that draws in a diverse mix of the region's residents. LA still lacks a central location for the region's culture... and I don't think whatever materializes downtown will ever truly feel like the "heart" of LA.

Growing up here, I used to take people on tours of central LA just to show them that a big, dense, historic city exists.

Also, I've found that cool/hip/young/adventurous/culture types in LA are much broader in their awareness of the metro region than, say, the comparable group in NYC (You have people like Jonathan Gold extolling the virtues of food all over the metro area, and this kind of exploratory, all-encompassing spirit is unique to LA), but that doesn't mean that the average Angeleno explores the entire metro area. I would wager that most Angelenos have very limited knowledge of the world beyond a 5-10 mile radius of their home. LA is famous for this kind of fragmentation and balkanization.

Personally, I think this creates a really exciting urban culture without a hierarchy of urban space. Everyone believes they live in the quintessential Los Angeles. At the same time, it can be frustrating because this means people have very little awareness of the incredible diversity of this region.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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I work in film and programming (usually separately but sometimes together) on pretty good freelance for the last several years and travel a lot because of it; and my parents went through an incredibly long and messy divorce with multiple remarriages and divorces to others and some mild stalking and death threat issues along with it across two continents and multiple cities, so that accounts for the earlier years. TMI?
Nope. You should just snort some cocaine, write an autobiography, and run for office. That worked for this one guy I know.

But you're not a secret Muslim, are you?

And let's see that birth certificate while you're at it...
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:41 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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Nope. You should just snort some cocaine, write an autobiography, and run for office. That worked for this one guy I know.

But you're not a secret Muslim, are you?

And let's see that birth certificate while you're at it...
Fair enough, it is the Internet.

Arguments about the actual bits regarding LA still apply.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Fair enough, it is the Internet.

Arguments about the actual bits regarding LA still apply.
Nah, I wasn't doubting you. It was in jest.
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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Some more off-topic views. South Bronx:

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Midway is rather crowded with pedestrians. London:

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Starting to get to outer London:

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Beacon St., Brookline to Boston:

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