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Old 12-16-2010, 11:37 AM
 
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Well I guess it depends on what we're talking as far as "24 hour cities". Bars and clubs? A dense area with plenty you can walk to?


I mean looking back at growing up in Iowa City, we had a lot of things open 24 hours a day. Multiple full-service fitness clubs, 5 large supermarkets, Super Wal Mart, all the gas stations, multiple Pharmacies/Walgreens, the library, fast food restaurants, multiple sit down restaurants, laundromats, cabs were all 24 hours a day.

Certainly you couldn't get ANYTHING, but between those options you could rationally go buy a lot of stuff you might suddenly need in the middle of the night.

The key is what cities have a lot of services that are open all night, not just retail stores.
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:54 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Well I guess it depends on what we're talking as far as "24 hour cities". Bars and clubs? A dense area with plenty you can walk to?


I mean looking back at growing up in Iowa City, we had a lot of things open 24 hours a day. Multiple full-service fitness clubs, 5 large supermarkets, Super Wal Mart, all the gas stations, multiple Pharmacies/Walgreens, the library, fast food restaurants, multiple sit down restaurants, laundromats, cabs were all 24 hours a day.

Certainly you couldn't get ANYTHING, but between those options you could rationally go buy a lot of stuff you might suddenly need in the middle of the night.

The key is what cities have a lot of services that are open all night, not just retail stores.
Not bad for Iowa. I've never heard of a 24 hour library, sounds like my kinda place though . Are they common in the States?
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:08 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Well I guess it depends on what we're talking as far as "24 hour cities". Bars and clubs? A dense area with plenty you can walk to?


I mean looking back at growing up in Iowa City, we had a lot of things open 24 hours a day. Multiple full-service fitness clubs, 5 large supermarkets, Super Wal Mart, all the gas stations, multiple Pharmacies/Walgreens, the library, fast food restaurants, multiple sit down restaurants, laundromats, cabs were all 24 hours a day.

Certainly you couldn't get ANYTHING, but between those options you could rationally go buy a lot of stuff you might suddenly need in the middle of the night.

The key is what cities have a lot of services that are open all night, not just retail stores.
I think 24 hours refers to a critical mass of local stores and restaurants, bars, clubs, etc., and not just chain establishments.
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I think 24 hours refers to a critical mass of local stores and restaurants, bars, clubs, etc., and not just chain establishments.
That in conjunction with volume of human activity. IMO that's what sets Vegas apart, at least around the strip.
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Old 12-16-2010, 11:44 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I'm going to be controversial here, but if we're going to put some cities on the list, then we must include Atlanta. There are over 50 twenty four hour restaurants within 3 miles of where I live (and only a few of those are Waffle House), bars are open til 3 here and some push it later, there are a few after hours places I have heard about, cabs are more prevalent than cars on the road after 12 or 1, grocery stores and many of the convenience stores/CVS's are open at least late if not 24/7, and there are a ton of college students in the area that are up late and contributing to the all day and night status (and providing demand for at least three large 24 hour libraries on the campuses).

I would not say Atl is 24 hours, though, but I would give it 7 a.m. to 4 a.m. (21 hours). MARTA used to run later, but now even with budget cuts busses run 5 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. and trains sadly only run from 4:45 a.m. to 1 a.m. (I think it used to be 2 or 2:30).

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Old 12-16-2010, 11:47 PM
 
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Not bad for Iowa. I've never heard of a 24 hour library, sounds like my kinda place though . Are they common in the States?
No, 24-hour libraries are not common in the States, but Iowa City has a large university, which probably accounts for the demand for access to libraries.
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Old 12-23-2010, 02:28 AM
 
Location: Orlandooooooo
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While its not the type of Nightlife or favorite of most on CD Orlando ranks high on Nightlife . More so than cities bigger than it. It does exceptionally well. Im saying this assuming 24 hour you mean Live Work and Play correct?
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Old 12-23-2010, 08:55 AM
 
Location: DC
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Coming from NYC and having moved to DC a year ago, I'm frustrated at how you have to make sure to hit the last train at 3am to get home. But having said that, I realize DC is light years ahead of most american cities for nightlife and 24-hour ness. I'd say its a pretty solid 22 hour city on weekends. And the fact that bars/clubs are open to 3am, that's plenty late.

But can't they just let the trains run all night!? it'd make things so much easier.

Weekdays are even worse: the trains stop running at midnight!

Compared to LA though....DC is way ahead. LA is dead by 1:30am and there's absolutely no public transit to speak of.
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Old 12-23-2010, 09:29 PM
 
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I was surprised how early things shut down in LA... even in KC we have many bars (in urban core) open til 3:30. There is one bar (jazz/blues club) in KC that jams until dawn on weekends. The club is about 100 years old so grandfathered in before 3:30am licenses started. A handful of non-chain diners/restaurants are open 24 hours and a handful of others til 4am - some CVS/Walgreens 24 hours too. The 4 casinos are open til 5am weekdays and 24 hours on weekends - and serve booze. Bus stops service at 1AM but getting a cab anytime is a non-issue. So by definition, you can do things 24 hours (or nearly so) even in KC.
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