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Old 09-16-2012, 08:48 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Judging solely from the DOWNTOWN area, in terms of downtown area, vibrancy, amount of shops, restaurants, entertainment/nightlife, culture, crowds, population...

LA's downtown is of course very underwhelming consider it's home to a vast metro of 17 million, qualifying it as a mega-city. Most American cities fit the bill, like San Diego, Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, Detroit.

Australia seems medium to low, they're sprawling but they seem befitting of their size. Same with Canadian cities.

Asian cities seem on par or 'big' for their size, as do European ones, although Ho Chi Minh's downtown actually felt kind of 'small in scale' despite being so large and bustling.

I imagine a city like Copenhagen probably beats Houston for vibrancy. Amsterdam probably kills Phoenix.
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Saskatchewan's two cities, Regina and Saskatoon, both have big, urban downtowns full of skyscrapers that you wouldn't expect of tiny prairie cities of 250 thousand that were only founded around the turn of twentieth century. The downtowns certainly surprise people who aren't expecting them of such tiny little North American cities.
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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big for their size: BA
small for their siza: LA

Having been to both cities (and actually living in BA) i would say that BA looks 20 times the size of LA in terms of people on the streets/vibrancy/stuff going on.
While empty LA looks like a dead town except for all the highways and cars, lol.

And LA is considerably bigger!
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:43 PM
 
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Detroit is an odd example to give? Since it was a city with about 2 million people in its peak to well under 800,000 now. So it is literally a city at half capacity to what its infrastructure was built for. Not exactly reflective of most north american cities at least with respect to extreme urban decline.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:04 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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big for their size: BA
small for their siza: LA

Having been to both cities (and actually living in BA) i would say that BA looks 20 times the size of LA in terms of people on the streets/vibrancy/stuff going on.
While empty LA looks like a dead town except for all the highways and cars, lol.

And LA is considerably bigger!
BA has a metropolitan area of 12.8 million people! Why are South American cities so huge? That's bigger than London, Paris.etc., so it would have to feel damn huge to feel big for it's size.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:45 AM
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Location: Norwich, UK
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London has more than 12.8 million in the metro. It's more like 14-15 million.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:48 AM
 
Location: DC/Brooklyn, NY/Miami, FL
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DC feels way bigger than a city of only 630K. The metro population feels larger too.
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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Aberdeen - 210,000 people but it feels like it is as big as Glasgow.
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Geneva, Switzerland. The biggest-feeling city of less than a million people I have ever been in.
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:51 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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London imo is very small for the population size. The actual city bit.

I think that Belfast is biggish for its size. Its not a typical city as it is just a sprawl of houses.
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