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starlagurl
Travel Blissful has decided on the most walkable cities in America:

1. San Francisco (Chinatown, Financial District, Downtown)
2. New York (Tribeca, Little Italy, Soho)
3. Boston (Back-Bay Beacon Hill, South End, Fenway-Kenmore)
4. Chicago (Loop, Near North Side, Lincoln Park)
5. Philadelphia (City Center East, City Center West, Riverfront)
6. Seattle (Pioneer Square, Downtown, First Hill)
7. Washington D.C. (Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, Downtown)
8. Long Beach (Downtown, Belmont Shore, Belmont Heights)
9. Los Angeles (Mid City West, Downtown, Hollywood)
10. Portland (Pearl District, Old Town-China Town, Downtown)

I disagree with New York being so high up on the list.

I agree with Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia. I have walked a lot in those three cities and loved every second.

New York, not so much, I found the sidewalks were not very well taken care of and also that the drivers were aggressive to pedestrians.\

Where is your favourite place to walk?
mmbcross
Long Beach and Los Angeles? What poppycock! Those are cities built for cars, not pedestrians.

I favour the French Quarter of New Orleans or South Beach in Miami? Two other obvious choices are Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina.
starlagurl
That's what I figured about those places, I've never been, but their reputation is no good! Maybe they are only referring to those specific neighbourhoods?
sianeth
A couple of my friends that have lived in America told me that people used to wind their car windows down and shout things like "get a car" "why are you walking" at them when they tried to walk anywhere!
starlagurl
I've never been yelled at, but I have experienced this from people.

"You need to invest in a car" when I tell them that I commute 45 minutes on my bike to get to work. *eyeroll*

Or, the first day of snow one year, I got caught in the storm on my bike at the grocery store. When I was leaving a man said to me "Time to get a car, eh?!" and then cackled and walked away. no.gif
mmbcross
My first visit to the United States was to Los Angeles. My friend, who lives in Glendale, picked me up at the airport. My lasting impression was that in just over an hour of driving between LAX and Glendale, I saw only a couple of pedestrians and thousands of cars. To me this was the most amazing thing I had ever seen!
sianeth
Pfft, bikes are soooo much better than cars! Apart from in the rain, then its pretty awful - I need to invest in a bike umbrella instead.
mmbcross
My goodness...they actually exist!

http://www.bikeumbrella.com/
sianeth
But has anyone ever seen them in use?!

Jeez, there's also a "witch umbrella" - how funny!
starlagurl
QUOTE(mmbcross @ Jun 12 2009, 02:50 PM) *
My first visit to the United States was to Los Angeles. My friend, who lives in Glendale, picked me up at the airport. My lasting impression was that in just over an hour of driving between LAX and Glendale, I saw only a couple of pedestrians and thousands of cars. To me this was the most amazing thing I had ever seen!


That IS amazing. I would like to see this at some point.
kitkatgo
Yeah, having L.A. on there is just stupid! Just like the song says, "No-body walks in L.A.!" It *is* fun to walk around Hollywood and look at the Walk of Fame. There's nothing to look at except tall buildings in Downtown and I dont' even know what they're referring to for "Mid-city West ???).

Portland, OR is a great walking city though.
shangguan
QUOTE(sianeth @ Jun 12 2009, 04:15 PM) *

But has anyone ever seen them in use?!

Jeez, there's also a "witch umbrella" - how funny!


In China virtually every bike has one. We have some which mount on motorcycle which covers the entire motorcycle. They're huge. It looks like they could fly if they caught a big gust of wind.
resident4321
QUOTE(mmbcross @ Jun 10 2009, 02:40 PM) *

Long Beach and Los Angeles? What poppycock! Those are cities built for cars, not pedestrians.

I favour the French Quarter of New Orleans or South Beach in Miami? Two other obvious choices are Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina.


The coastal neighborhoods in both Los Angeles and Long Beach are indeed very walkable. In Coastal Long Beach (Downtown, Belmont Heights, Belmont Shore areas) one can walk to a grocery store, restaurant, the beach, pub, hardware store, paddle boarding etc. all within a 1 mile radius or even 0.5 miles depending on the block you're at. The same can be said for Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Plus, it is mostly pleasant, sunny, and in the 70's for most of the year.

Cars are not necessary until you move inland toward the suburbs. The weather also starts to get very warm inland, 90's in the summer, sometime 100+. Inland Los Angeles County is much much different than coastal.
joinborton
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travel4eternity
I disagree with San Francisco entirely! All of those hills add up fast. I loved the city, but trying to walk around for an entire day is nearly impossible - my family took a trolley down to the harbors and then attempted to walk back but soon gave up from exhaustion!

I'm not so sure about Los Angeles either. Hollywood is often quite crowded, making walking difficult in my opinion.

D.C. isn't too bad, and neither is New York City.

Of the cities I've been to (not many on that list), I would say Boston is the best for walking. I go to school there and walk nearly everywhere. I walk to and from the North End, the Back Bay, Fenway, Beacon Hill, Chinatown, Newbury Street, and several other places. The freedom trail, for example, takes you all over the city but is easily walked in a few hours.
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