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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 11-29-2013, 12:29 PM
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Hemisphere Park Redevelopment Civic, Mixed Use, Residential.
San Antonio’s Big Bet on Public Art: Hemisfair Park and the San Antonio River | The Rivard Report

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Old 11-29-2013, 12:52 PM
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More Riverwalk developments outside CBD.

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Old 11-30-2013, 08:13 PM
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San Antonio “Ghost Buildings” Renovated into Beautiful Mixed-Use Project by Lake|Flato Architects Lake|Flato Architects Broadway Mixed-Use - Gallery Page 2

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Old 12-01-2013, 01:06 PM
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I lived in San Antonio (Alamo Heights, an old-money district just north of downtown) for two years, lived and worked in and around San Diego and have been to San Jose several times. If urban meant a two-square mile circle around the city's hub, then San Antonio would win. Extending it out, though, probably gives the edge to San Diego and its more urban secondary areas -- North Park, Hillcrest, OB, PB. San Jose's downtown is OK, but it feels more like a suburban vision of an urban landscape.
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Old 12-03-2013, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Big San Jose View Post
Of course San Jose is the most dense urban area: San Jose is 5,400 sq. miles as supposed to San Diego's 3,400 and San Antonio's 2,500. San Jose has the most dense downtown area, too.
As I understand it, San Diego is ~4,200 ppl/sq. mi. It's not a comparison of equivalents, given San Diego's total area and its geography: 324 sq. mi. vs. San Jose's 175.

San Jose has been adding density, albeit at a snail's pace, in locations such as around and near San Pedro's Square, along Southwest Expressway, and in north San Jose, near Tasman and Zanker. It has also added density over the years in east San Jose, as families (usually recent immigrants) have lived with aging grandparents and children simultaneously. But no-one in their right mind would say San Jose is urban or has an urban "feel."

But, assuming plans become realities, DTSJ could become far more urban between now and 2020. There are some projects in construction, some more in the design phase, and some in the concept phase. Just take a look at this slideshow of what's happening downtown.

So, SJ could gain some "urban" feel and tip the scales that direction.

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Old 12-04-2013, 11:11 AM
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All cities are working on becoming more urban.

As far as density San Antonio has 1.4 million people within 300 square miles, the other 100 plus square miles is on the far southern side of the city which was recently annexed land that is very low density and annexed to balance growth. There are also several small independent bedroom cities such as Leon Valley, Kirby, Alamo Heights, Terrel Hills, Olmos Park, Balcones Heights, and a couple others add another 75,000 to 100,000 people to San Antonio's central core population. I would estimate the density in reality is between 4,500 to 5,500 ppl/sq.
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Old 04-09-2018, 07:21 PM
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After living and working in Silicon Valley for the past 3 years, working in San Diego before that and being born in San Antonio I can attest that San Jose is the least urban of all three centers. The order is still:

San Diego
San Antonio
San Jose

Also I thought I should include a few links to update the case for SA's urbanity as the evidence has been lacking... and mind you all of these are in San Antonio proper.

San Antonio urban core:

And also 17 miles from the city center is:
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Old 04-09-2018, 07:57 PM
Location: Portland, Maine
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That last view is a little silly to post it is a tiny spot of development that is essentially a mixed use outdoor mall and it is surrounded by empty land and strip malls.
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Old 04-09-2018, 11:28 PM
Location: South Park, San Diego
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Old post but SD blows SA out of the water in terms of urban density. It has over 350k people living in neighborhoods/zipcodes with over 9000ppsm, my neighborhood zip code is well over 12,500ppsm, and I’ve got a big yard lol. SA densest zip code is 7500ppsm with about 56k people and density falls off pretty steadily down from there.
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