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View Poll Results: Which city is more lively and urban?
Tokyo 19 82.61%
Paris 4 17.39%
Voters: 23. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-27-2013, 11:30 PM
 
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Which city would you describe as more lively, based off sheer mass of people. Then which city is the best case example of hyper-dense, hyper-intense urbanity?

You could look into infrastructure, transit, so on.
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Old 12-27-2013, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I wish I'd gone to Paris to be able to compare.
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Old 12-27-2013, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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Buenos Aires.
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Old 12-28-2013, 12:16 AM
 
Location: Blighty
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Paris is more about beauty, opulence and culture, rather than the busy, urban experience you're looking for. I don't think there's a major international city that matches Paris on that front, maybe with the exception of London which has very impressive opulence and cultural heritage.
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Old 12-28-2013, 01:53 AM
 
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Still Paris is a very busy and intense even if the beauty tend to overlook that makes some people a bit blind.
The quaint Paris (of the movies) exists only in little number of district.

Anyway compared with the world's biggest city, obviously Paris will be less hyperbusy.
On the other hand, it is easier to find very quiet areas near hyper dense/busy central hubs in Tokyo than in Paris.
In Tokyo, you don't need to go far of the famous crosswalk of Shibuya to be in single familly house dominated area with no one around.
In Paris, those kind of areas would be further in suburbs. Paris is more like Manhattan with high density everywhere.

The overall winner would be Tokyo because there are no place as busy as Shinjuku station or Shibuya crossing (famous examples) in Paris.
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Old 12-28-2013, 03:45 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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The comparison you're trying to make between Tokyo and Paris doesn't really seem fair.
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Old 12-28-2013, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Paris
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Tokyo is 3 times bigger, so expect a lopsided poll. I hope to visit it someday, it seems like the ultimate experience for urban buffs.

Took a couple shots in typically busy streets last Sunday. They're busier on Saturdays though.
http://imageshack.com/a/img20/1096/fii1.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img15/7691/48nh.jpg
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Old 12-28-2013, 09:48 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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Do you guys feel that Tokyo is much too car-oriented as in the city was designed way too much for the car with too many wide streets, especially in comparison to Paris?
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Old 12-28-2013, 10:33 AM
 
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It is a very difficult question, the answer will be yes and no.

Central Paris has also big boulevards, full of traffic.
The famous Champs Elysées, Boulevard Haussmann, Boulevard Saint Germain, Avenue de l’Opéra, Rue de Rivoli are not quiet little pedestrian streets.
Obviously there are less car friendly infrastructure as Paris is an older city than Tokyo, it wasn't razed during the WWII and plans to build freeways inside the center of Paris have never been realized.

While Central Tokyo has more freeways and wide avenues, it has also a lot of little semi pedestrian streets with almost no traffic, much more than in Central Paris.
The little streets of Paris have car traffic but in Tokyo the car traffic is almost only restricted to big roads.

If you take the metropolitan area as whole, Paris is definitely more car-oriented and dependent than Tokyo.
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Old 12-28-2013, 02:25 PM
 
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beauty, opulence and culture

(yawn)
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