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Old 12-04-2011, 09:03 AM
 
Location: btw Bmore and DC but in the Bmore Metro Stat Area
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Both aren't considered dense, walkable cities on this site, although parts are. San Diego's downtown probably beats Atlanta's.

There are areas like Midtown in Atlanta.

Old City in San Diego etc.
Atlanta has MARTA (subway)
San Diego has a trolley system
think MARTA is more comprehensive.
I think San Diego has Non-Amtrak Commuter rail.
Don't know how the bus systems compare.


San Diego MSA probably is and will be denser than Atlanta due to location/climate. prob cost of living as well.

Nov 21st article regarding Atlanta Transit:

Expanding transit a necessity *| ajc.com

Over the next nine months, metro Atlanta will engage in a debate over its transportation future. But in a larger sense this is really a debate over the region’s economic future.

Last month, a regional roundtable of 21 local elected officials approved a list of transportation projects to be financed by a 1 percent sales tax. This levy must be approved in a 10-county regional referendum scheduled for July 31.

From a transit standpoint, here’s what’s on the list:
● Three new rail lines (the Beltline, Clifton Corridor and the I-75 Corridor to Cobb County (http://g.ajc.com/r/Ch/ - broken link)) that will serve an estimated 40,000 new riders daily and provide 22 miles of new capacity;
● Significantly expanded regional bus service including a new high-capacity line to South DeKalb County (http://g.ajc.com/r/Cj/ - broken link), restoration of the Clayton County (http://g.ajc.com/r/Cd/ - broken link) system, and expanded service in other parts of the region;
● $600 million in badly needed capital improvement investment in the existing MARTA system; and
● Planning and engineering money to lay the groundwork for the “next generation” of rail transit projects, including Gwinnett rail, 400 North heavy rail extension and Atlanta-Griffin commuter rail.
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Old 12-04-2011, 05:40 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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San Diego has a much better downtown. Atlanta has far better mass transit. Atlanta has more edge cities within the city limits and metro (Midtown, Buckhead, Sandy Springs). Though they are both spread out I tend to think of San Diego as a laid back city and Atlanta having a bit more of an urban pulse in its vibe.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:33 AM
 
Location: btw Bmore and DC but in the Bmore Metro Stat Area
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in in 20 years, I'm guessing Atlanta will be making more progress towards urbanity than SD.
just a guess. haven't kept up with SD development news.
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Old 12-05-2011, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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San Diego has a much better downtown. Atlanta has far better mass transit. Atlanta has more edge cities within the city limits and metro (Midtown, Buckhead, Sandy Springs). Though they are both spread out I tend to think of San Diego as a laid back city and Atlanta having a bit more of an urban pulse in its vibe.

Midtown isn't an edge city, outside of the Anlsey Park area, Midtown is probably one of the more urban parts of Atlanta. Same with Buckhead, but to a lesser extent.
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Old 12-05-2011, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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My ex is from San Diego, went out there a couple of times with her and by my definition of urban it wasn't urban at all. Went thru Southeast San Diego, the part that they say is ghetto, and it was very small and pretty low key compared to the ghettos in Atlanta. I was shocked, I guess I was expecting something like what is in LA or the Bay area, but San Diego wasn't even close. Atlanta may be spread out, but as far as urban problems like pollution, crime, and traffic among others, San Diego was no where near it.
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Old 12-05-2011, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Movin' on Up
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San Diego is the most walkable downtown in the sunbelt. Not NY or SF, but much nicer than dt Atlanta.
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