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Old 10-20-2019, 11:16 AM
 
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"Urban Suburb" is a bit of an oxymoron, isn't it? Lol.

Many suburbs of Philadelphia have little walkable "downtown" areas (especially along the main line), though I wouldn't say any suburbs are exactly "urban". Suburbs will always have a certain amount of sprawl to them and have much lower density compared to the city.
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Old 10-20-2019, 10:33 PM
 
Location: North Jackson
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"Urban Suburb" is a bit of an oxymoron, isn't it? Lol.
Chicago has Oak Park and Evanston, both of which feel like extensions of the city.
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Old 10-21-2019, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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Conshohocken has been killing it lately and there is a lot of construction.

Probably the most significant move is AmerisourceBergen's HQ move from Chesterbrook to Conshohocken. It's the largest company in PA by revenue and #10 on the Fortune 500.

This is a pretty good rundown of what's going on there with tons of urban developments: https://morethanthecurve.com/a-wave-...ockens-future/

I always thought Doylestown had a lot of potential to get bigger buildings and urban projects, but it hasn't really happened. Most developments are just townhouses for empty nesters looking to do downsize.
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Old 10-21-2019, 01:56 PM
 
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High-rises are fairly rare in the Philly suburbs (particularly compared to other major urban areas -- a result of strict NIMBYism and zoning) but the region definitely has its fair share of pretty dense, urban "nodes" outside of the city.

Other than Conshohocken, here is a list (not comprehensive) of other relatively urban suburbs (although some are more blighted than others and not all have high-rises):

Inner-suburbs - PA

- Upper Darby
- Norristown/Bridgeport
- Bala Cynwyd
- Chester
- Yeadon
- Lansdowne
- Media
- Jenkintown
- Ambler
- Ardmore
- Narberth
- Bryn Mawr
- Wayne
- Glenside
- Lansdale
- Swarthmore
- North Wales
- Bristol

Inner-suburbs - NJ

- Collingswood
- Haddonfield
- Moorestown

Outer-suburbs - PA

- Malvern
- Newtown
- West Chester
- Downingtown
- Pottstown
- Doylestown
- Phoenixville
- Kennett Square
- Oxford
Philly is actually one of the last cities that comes to mind when I think about nimbyism. The city seems pretty unaffected by nimbyism. I guess this is because I'm only thinking about the City. I think just about every major city's suburbs are heavily nimby. They're trying to preserve the suburban nature of their city.
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Old 10-21-2019, 01:59 PM
 
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"Urban Suburb" is a bit of an oxymoron, isn't it? Lol.

Many suburbs of Philadelphia have little walkable "downtown" areas (especially along the main line), though I wouldn't say any suburbs are exactly "urban". Suburbs will always have a certain amount of sprawl to them and have much lower density compared to the city.
Not really. Just look at Cambridge Massachusetts, density 18,500 people per square mile. It's technically more urban than the city it is a suburb of.
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