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Old 10-11-2008, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Dayton, OH/Portland, OR
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What are the most DENSE downtowns or "Main Streets" that you've been to or lived in? There is data out there on the major metro areas but not on the small to mid-size towns. I am looking for towns that go "up, not out". Buildings very close together or better yet - attached, maybe w/housing up top. Vibrant atmosphere. Many shops/pubs/etc. in a very small area (dense). Lots of foot traffic. Narrow roads. Historic charm. Artsy. Unique. Well, you get the picture. A few places that come to mind for me are Park City, UT and Galena, IL and Lambertville, NJ/New Era, PA. Thanks!
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Old 10-11-2008, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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Sioux City, IA has a very dense downtown because it is hilly and against a river. They have a good share of highrises and skywalks for a town of about 100,000.
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Old 10-14-2008, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Dayton, OH/Portland, OR
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Thanks for the input, DannyBanany! I'll have to check out Sioux City one of these days. Nobody else out there can think of any?? Nobody?? Up, not out (DENSE!). Historic. Foot traffic. Vibrant.... I *know* you can think of some more! Maybe even a neighborhood or district within a larger city. C'mon peoples! Help me out here!! )
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Old 10-14-2008, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Teaneck, NJ
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Paterson, NJ.. havnt lived there.. but it's dense, very compact and i dont know why.
its like 8 sq miles and has 17,400 people per squaremile.. craziness
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Old 10-14-2008, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Anything in the Northeast, Chicago, San Francisco.
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Dayton, OH/Portland, OR
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Newarkbomb! Thanks!!! I peeked at Paterson on Street View and that is EXACTLY the type of place I'm making a list of. (plus, I have an undying love for NJ... ) LOL
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Jim Thorpe, PA











Sigh...I'm going to miss NEPA.
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Old 10-15-2008, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Dayton, OH/Portland, OR
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awwwwww! what a cute town ScranBarre!! Thanks for the pics! That one's going on my list too
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Old 10-15-2008, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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What are the most DENSE downtowns or "Main Streets" that you've been to or lived in? There is data out there on the major metro areas but not on the small to mid-size towns. I am looking for towns that go "up, not out". Buildings very close together or better yet - attached, maybe w/housing up top. Vibrant atmosphere. Many shops/pubs/etc. in a very small area (dense). Lots of foot traffic. Narrow roads. Historic charm. Artsy. Unique. Well, you get the picture. A few places that come to mind for me are Park City, UT and Galena, IL and Lambertville, NJ/New Era, PA. Thanks!
My city, Stamford, CT, is quite dense downtown. It has a nice skyline--and growing--for a city of about 122,000 people. For much, much smaller towns, have you ever been to Greenville, TN? It has about 15,000 people and its downtown is very quaint, historic, and has good density, for its size anyway.
On a much, much smaller scale, the resort town of Gatlinburg, TN (about 4k people) is pretty tightly packed into the narrow valley just outside the Great Smokies. That may be stretching it though.
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Old 10-15-2008, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Chariton, Iowa
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Iowa City (67,000 pop, 131,000 metro pop) has a surprisingly dense downtown for Iowa. Not as large an area or as many tall buildings (13 stories is our tallest), but remarkably dense. Having the University of Iowa literally across the street from downtown helps that a lot.

View of Linn St.


View of Dubuque St. and the UI Biology Building footbridge.
http://www.absolutedsm.com/images/Iowa%20City%20Photo%20Page/Downtown%20Iowa%20City/biology%20bridge.jpg (broken link)

Plaza Towers as seen from the Pedestrian Mall.
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