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bobliocatt

Underrated Dense City Cores

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I'll start this off with a couple of Southern cities, Houston & Richmond. Houston gets a lot of bad press for being sprawlly, having no zoning, but it still has a very large dense core, mixed with historic and modern towers. I don't know why Richmond gets overlooked, but its core is just as old school and impressive as any city that boomed in the late 19th - early 20th century era.

Houston

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(Houston pics by Southend Tex)

Richmond

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(from www.richmondcitywatch.com)

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I have to add Atlanta to the list. It gets alot of bad press on several forums for being only sprawl, but its Downtown/Midtown is pretty dense.

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Atlanta does get some unfair criticism, since some areas of DT/Midtown as you mentioned are very dense and urban. But it's still not on par with a lot of other "true" urban cities Atlanta often is compared to. It's moving along, but not there.

I can tell you that the number of visible surface level parking lots in Midtown and around olympic park DT had dropped considerably and Midtown has been increasingly dense.

DT hotel/business district along peachtree is pretty dense, but lacks a dense feel because of lack of residential and ground level retail.

But to me, the important thing is it is improving, by leaps and bounds in some cases.

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Maybe its just becuase I'm from a small town, but when I go to Downtown Atlanta it feels dense to me :)

Maybe not in term of residents, but in terms of alot of midrise and highrise buildings... much more so than in Spartanburg or Columbia.

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