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View Poll Results: Which of these Sans feel the most urban
San Jose 7 8.75%
San Diego 60 75.00%
San Antonio 13 16.25%
Voters: 80. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-25-2013, 01:01 PM
 
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San Diego easily for the most urban.

But San Jose is without a doubt more urban than San Antonio. The downtown area and immediate surrounding areas are actually very pedestrian friendly and far more urban than it gets credit for. While much of the rest of San Jose is a bit sprawly, it's nowhere near San Antonios level of sprawl. San Jose is not Phoenix or Jacksonville.

Downtown looks like this: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=san+j...338.48,,0,5.51

There are neighborhoods that look like this: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=resta...220.65,,0,4.81

And much of the City looks like this (Dense Sprawl):

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=bars&...57.96,,0,12.11

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=resta...37.17,,0,11.51
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:19 PM
 
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Default Good' ole San Antone is more urban than you think! San Antonio can give SD and SJ some competition.

Guadalupe St 2 miles west of DT.
https://maps.google.com/maps?q=1389+...mo6aqYLxOv6qfg



broadway corridor 3-4 miles outside downtown


https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Cappy...,13.66,,1,4.48


Fredericksburg Rd Corridor 3-4 miles outside downtown

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=frede...146.66,,0,7.81


Blanco Rd 3-4 miles
https://maps.google.com/maps?q=1712+...=12,81.52,,0,0

6 miles outside downtown The Alamo Quarry

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=300+E...=12,93.27,,0,0


Losoya Street level above Riverwalk...
https://maps.google.com/maps?q=235+L...359.12,,0,5.21

Market Square District
https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Vista...e3FYbAG_IX6k0g


Houston Street DT
https://maps.google.com/maps?q=texas...83.35,,0,-7.19

near Main Plaza DT
https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Main+...53.53,,0,-8.71

Med Ctr area 10-12 miles north of DT

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=3813+...13,290.96,,0,0


Olmos park
https://maps.google.com/maps?q=4207+...356.99,,0,6.01


N. St mary's
https://maps.google.com/maps?q=3006+...245.69,,0,8.71
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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San Diego

San Antonio

San Jose

In that order.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:34 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Been to San Jose and San Diego. Just did a airport stopover in San Antonio so I can't comment. Between SJ and SD, San Jose is less urban and far uglier than San Diego. San Diego has hills while San Jose is flat as Kansas and has the worst air quality in the Bay Area. Besides the overhyped and overpriced boutique shops on Santana Row with some average rated restaurants San Jose is a sea of suburban living. The nightlife is a joke. A few dance clubs on Santa Clara St. near the HP Pavillion. Add the harassment by Police if for some reason you have to make a turnaround on Santa Clara St. because they're hell bent on busting cruisers.

I can name a few Bay Area cities that have more to offer the visitor than San Jose.

San Francisco
Berkeley
Palo Alto

for starters.
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:07 AM
 
Location: yeah
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I can name a few Bay Area cities that have more to offer the visitor than San Jose.

San Francisco
Berkeley
Palo Alto
You should have started with this so we'd know what comical tone to read the rest of your post in. A place with hills on three sides being "flat as Kansas," haha...
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:09 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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You should have started with this so we'd know what comical tone to read the rest of your post in. A place with hills on three sides being "flat as Kansas," haha...
Those hills are not in San Jose proper. They are in unincorporated Santa Clara County. I've been going to San Jose since the late 70's as a kid and even then you could'nt go south out of San Jose on a freeway..LOL!! Yeah it's urban compared to San Diego
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:32 PM
 
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For those that claim S.A. is all suburban outside downtown. I can link corner after corner of commercial districts outside downtown that have blocks of retail and some multi-unit residential. S.A is not at all all suburban outside its downtown. Definitely not all cookie cutter surburban style neighborhoods until you get outside loop 410. Even outside loop 410 is not all suburban residential streets.







https://maps.google.com/maps?q=On+Ma...3,31.1,,0,5.66

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=1685+..._84O04fSxkX8LQ



suburban san antonio-City of Castle Hills outside loop 410

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=IBC+B...38.83,,0,-5.57



Downtown corner
https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Hotel...7.26,,0,-11.29


https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Chris...bp=13,0,,0,0.8

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Downt...96.67,,0,-3.25

st paul square

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=St.+P...18.07,,0,-9.31

Last edited by SweethomeSanAntonio; 03-26-2013 at 07:59 PM..
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:27 AM
 
Location: yeah
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Those hills are not in San Jose proper. They are in unincorporated Santa Clara County. I've been going to San Jose since the late 70's as a kid and even then you could'nt go south out of San Jose on a freeway..LOL!! Yeah it's urban compared to San Diego
Sorry, guy, but there are plenty of hills in San Jose, both in and outside city limits. Even Mt Hamilton has an SJ mailing address.

That aside, such a jab is clearly coming from within your bubble. Hills didn't make New York, London or Paris. They made your town and you hold that as the archetype for all. Figures.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Sandy Eggo - Kensington
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For those that claim S.A. is all suburban outside downtown. I can link corner after corner of commercial districts outside downtown that have blocks of retail and some multi-unit residential. S.A is not at all all suburban outside its downtown. Definitely not all cookie cutter surburban style neighborhoods until you get outside loop 410. Even outside loop 410 is not all suburban residential streets.
Do you think those links are impressive, as far urbanity goes? Most of them are awful. Sorry.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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Do you think those links are impressive, as far urbanity goes? Most of them are awful. Sorry.
I thought they were pertty nice actually. The Downtown views anyways.
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