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View Poll Results: Which is the second most urban city in Washington State?
Tacoma 13 46.43%
Bellevue 8 28.57%
Spokane 6 21.43%
Bellingham 1 3.57%
Vancouver (WA) 0 0%
Other (Please name) 0 0%
Voters: 28. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 02-09-2012, 11:44 AM
 
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By urban I mean vibrant, walkable, bustling downtown, good neighborhood centers, feels relatively dense, people out on the streets, good urban fabric, public transit, etc.

Which of these cities do you think is the second most urban city in the state?
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:00 PM
 
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I'd put Tacoma over Bellevue and Spokane because it's the most urban of the three outside of downtown.
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Old 02-10-2012, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Aloverton
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By urban I mean vibrant, walkable, bustling downtown, good neighborhood centers, feels relatively dense, people out on the streets, good urban fabric, public transit, etc.
So all the positives, right; discounting property crime, muggings, junkies, traffic snarls, gang violence, litter, urban decay, police brutality and so on?

Not being sarcastic, just want to make sure I don't include urban aspects that don't interest you.
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:13 PM
 
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I vote Bellevue. It is the second most urban city to me, exception Tacoma has commuter rail and streetcar line and Bellevue doesn't have that.
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:56 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Even during the day I find downtown Tacoma without the bustle that you find in an urban city. Bellevue has crowded sidewalks and gridlocked traffic all day long.
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Downtown Tacoma
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Even during the day I find downtown Tacoma without the bustle that you find in an urban city. Bellevue has crowded sidewalks and gridlocked traffic all day long.
Downtown Tacoma is very large for a city its size. It is about the size of Downtown Seattle area-wise. Downtown Bellevue is very compact in size.
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Old 02-13-2012, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Currently, I would say Bellevue. While it still has a lot of room to grow, I think it has the most vibrant and diverse downtown.
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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I'm the one who (accidentally) voted for Bellingham. I meant to vote for Tacoma.
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Old 02-14-2012, 04:31 AM
 
Location: New Mexico --> Vermont in 2019
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I'd put Tacoma over Bellevue and Spokane because it's the most urban of the three outside of downtown.
Agreed. Tacoma is an urban city in and around downtown and throughout most of it's neighborhoods. Outside of downtown and a bit of Overlake, Bellevue is mostly a modern suburban landscape.
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Auburn, WA
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Bellevue feels like a really tall suburb to me. I like it. Heck, I'd love to move with my teenagers in one of the shiny high-rises and let them run around downtown willy-nilly to the movies and the mall. But I think that's part of the problem. That and the shopping is so full of chain establishments. Independents give a community the edge.

Tacoma's streets are not packed with pedestrians, but it has the feel of a city which developed organically, a mix of business and industry, and a certain grittiness than makes it feel more urban and less HOA. Nice eats, great open spaces. I used to mock Tacoma like most northenders who only know the mill smell where I-5 crosses the tide flats, but I've learned to really *ahem* love the city (I still can't believe I use "love" and "Tacoma" together. It's strange but it's true).

Spokane's downtown feels like a ghost town, but I had a fantastic time there for the NCAA tournament. Great restaurants, hotels & bars, packed with people (tournament weekend) even if walking the streets felt like the Twilight Zone.
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