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Old 05-08-2013, 02:26 PM
 
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It seems every mid sized to large city is experiencing growth in the DINK, yuppie and gay population. Cities like St. Louis, Atlanta and others have street car or LRT in construction or advanced planning stages. Not to mention the growth in the Chicago Loop with apartments and retail chains like City Target, Walmart Express and restaurant like chick fil a opening in the Chicago financial district where as they use to be confined to the suburbs.

What are some of the changes you are seeing in your city that are different from what you saw 5 years ago? Are the changes good or bad for the long term?
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:13 PM
 
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I always have a good time in cities.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:51 PM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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Absolutely. None better since 1950.
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I live in a city that's hasn't yet evolved from being a teenager, there's tiny little signs that adulthood is on the horizon here, but I'm not holding my breath!
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Certainly feels like it.
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Old 12-19-2013, 01:48 PM
 
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Is this a good time for cities?

It seems every mid sized to large city is experiencing growth in the DINK, yuppie and gay population. Cities like St. Louis, Atlanta and others have street car or LRT in construction or advanced planning stages. Not to mention the growth in the Chicago Loop with apartments and retail chains like City Target, Walmart Express and restaurant like chick fil a opening in the Chicago financial district where as they use to be confined to the suburbs.

What are some of the changes you are seeing in your city that are different from what you saw 5 years ago? Are the changes good or bad for the long term?
There is multiple questions involved in this topic that are technically separate, and not exactly the same: “Is this a good time for cities?” vs. “What are some of the changes you are seeing in your city that are different from what you saw 5 years ago?”

In the 1st question, that is too much of a vast generalization, and really depends on region of the world. However, I noticed in some cities, especially in USA, there is a negative direction towards too much bureaucracy systems getting in the way of any development or progress in architecture, urban planning projects, and too emphasis on capitalistic wealth, or investment to send momentum to beneficial actions. However, there is hope and optimism to change this situation in all urban planning projects.

In the 2nd question, I noticed too much changes in Seattle compared to 3 to 5 years ago. The city of Seattle really feels less progressive, less intellectual, more dull, more conformist in a horrible way, and not the same overall character quality of life. Some of my favorite places in Seattle such as cafe bars, hookah lounge have relocated or demolished in hideous condo building projects. However, at the same time, I discovered an equal amount of new amazing cafe bars, and nightclubs I didn’t know about before in Seattle. I noticed almost no actual changes in New York City in the past 5 years, and any change is mostly subtle, such as some new stores, or slight change in a neighborhood. I developed a more entertaining urban lifestyle in both Seattle, and NYC, and discovered many new amazing destinations in each city.
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Old 12-19-2013, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Seattle becoming conformist? That's sad...

Where I live, what was once the budding Wynwood and Design District arts district is starting to get overrun with luxury brand-name retailers--everywhere seems to want to be another high end mall (or at least have it's own Starbucks and Whole Foods) instead of having it's own unique local vibe.

Are cities really so desperate for developers' money that they totally disregard how the development will affect the place's character?
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Old 12-20-2013, 02:50 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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People are becoming much more supportive of density in general.

Seattle is definitely a poster child of this. The city is undergoing the most dramatic change in any city within the US. More dense, lots of newer residential towers, cleaner, sleeker, shinier. But then as previous posters have said, it isn't the same city anymore. The grunge/punk culture is completely dead, it's much snobbier, more yuppies, much less affordable, laughably horrendous traffic, much more of a rat race, more corporate, more serious, and generally a more frustrated population as it evolves from a laid back hip city to a city of transplants all in search of wealth and money. Still a great city, but no longer grunge or bohemian anymore.
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Old 12-20-2013, 07:25 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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People are becoming much more supportive of density in general.

Seattle is definitely a poster child of this. The city is undergoing the most dramatic change in any city within the US. More dense, lots of newer residential towers, cleaner, sleeker, shinier. But then as previous posters have said, it isn't the same city anymore. The grunge/punk culture is completely dead, it's much snobbier, more yuppies, much less affordable, laughably horrendous traffic, much more of a rat race, more corporate, more serious, and generally a more frustrated population as it evolves from a laid back hip city to a city of transplants all in search of wealth and money. Still a great city, but no longer grunge or bohemian anymore.
Well, there's always Portland for that.
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Old 12-21-2013, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Richmond/Philadelphia/Brooklyn
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Considering how many cities whose populations were plummeting into the abyss 30 years ago, and now growing in population, I think it's accurate to say that we are in, or on the brink of an urban renaissance in the US. I mean, Really, who would have thought Chicago, or Philadelphia would have a GROWING population in just a few decades.
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