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Old February 9th, 2015, 06:04 AM   #5121
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Old February 9th, 2015, 06:54 AM   #5122
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That's one front yard I spend a lot of time manicuring!
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Old February 9th, 2015, 06:55 AM   #5123
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So many of NYC. It can get a bit suffocating don't you guys think?
Going through the last few pages, actually no. There seems to be a pretty good balance of cities
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Old February 9th, 2015, 06:58 AM   #5124
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So many of NYC. It can get a bit suffocating don't you guys think?
I could never get tired of looking at NYC's skyline
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Old February 9th, 2015, 07:52 AM   #5125
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Old February 9th, 2015, 09:57 AM   #5126
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Old February 9th, 2015, 11:11 AM   #5127
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That's one front yard I spend a lot of time manicuring!
It's a pretty sweet spot to live and 100% car free. It's taken from the Toronto Islands (formerly called the Island of Hiawatha). The city tried to bulldoze all the houses there in the 1960s; 300 survived. Further demolitions and new house construction are forbidden. They have their own school and a few other amenities.
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Old February 10th, 2015, 01:36 AM   #5128
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I wonder if Houston or LA (or countless other North American cities) will ever get rid of their highway atrocities. Both have great skylines which I think could only be made better if their highways were used for infill development to connect surrounding communities to their cores or in the case of LA even build other skyscrapers in their cores.
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Old February 10th, 2015, 06:52 AM   #5129
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Tunneling while keeping existing highways open is extremely expensive and complicated. It's a problem lots of cities debate but Boston is the only one I'm aware of that actually went that route. Highways in city cores will likely be with us for a long time.
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Old February 10th, 2015, 07:52 AM   #5130
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Steel City - one of North America's more iconic mid-tier skylines


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Old February 10th, 2015, 08:12 AM   #5131
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Tunneling while keeping existing highways open is extremely expensive and complicated. It's a problem lots of cities debate but Boston is the only one I'm aware of that actually went that route. Highways in city cores will likely be with us for a long time.
San Francisco demolished an elevated freeway that used to run next to the waterfront in front of downtown.
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Old February 10th, 2015, 08:29 AM   #5132
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San Francisco demolished an elevated freeway that used to run next to the waterfront in front of downtown.
But that was already heavily damaged from an earthquake. That said, it is doable and the movement to demolish urban highways is arguably picking up speed.

http://www.citylab.com/commute/2011/...ys/411/#slide1

http://www.citylab.com/commute/2012/...s-part-2/1170/

http://www.citylab.com/commute/2012/...s-part-3/1471/

http://www.citylab.com/commute/2014/...syracuse/8419/

One city that comes to mind that would benefit greatly from this is Seattle...I-5 looks pretty in photos but it needs to go.
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Old February 10th, 2015, 08:51 AM   #5133
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San Francisco demolished an elevated freeway that used to run next to the waterfront in front of downtown.
They should forget about such foolishness as building gazillion dollar expressway tunnels and just increase public transit to compensate for the highway closure. Not sure why people think having a freeway leading right into downtown is somehow a necessity for a city. Not only is it not necessary, I'm not sure I'd even consider it a benefit.
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Old February 10th, 2015, 09:27 AM   #5134
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They should forget about such foolishness as building gazillion dollar expressway tunnels and just increase public transit to compensate for the highway closure. Not sure why people think having a freeway leading right into downtown is somehow a necessity for a city. Not only is it not necessary, I'm not sure I'd even consider it a benefit.
I'm a downtown guy who gave up his car 15 years ago but even I recognize that such a move would be a disaster for Toronto. Expecting hundreds of thousands of people living in suburbs to start walking to bus/street car stops to get to a subway isn't realistic. Not only is the subway massively under built to handle such a transition, but vast tracts of this city just don't have the density to support a subway.

It's wishful thinking expecting that they'll ditch their cars and get on LRT. I used to live 6 km west of downtown and took LRT for 3 years. Every morning 2-3 would pass me without stopping as they were too full to pick up more passengers. Even if I lucked out and boarded the first that came along a journey that should take 15 minutes I'd have to give 80 minutes to ensure I'd get there on time. I couldn't do it any more and bought a condo downtown. People with big families don't have the option of moving downtown. It's not affordable nor are there places big enough to house them. Add on that the huge disruption to people's lives this would cause.

People love to shit on cars because cars aren't PC these days but they're part of the transportation puzzle whether people like it or not. North Americans don't live in cities built like Copenhagen nor do I see the wisdom in trying to become European. I moved to north America because it was north American. Put highways underground, but eliminating them will have disastrous economic effects on this city. You'd start seeing businesses and people leaving. Downtown Toronto would grind to a halt if you demolished the Gardiner without building a replacement underground.
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Old February 10th, 2015, 05:45 PM   #5135
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Streetcar or subway?? Suburbs are best served by commuter expressrail. Think of Paris RER or SF BART. Expecting hundreds of thousands of people living in suburbs to use that type of service is in no way unreasonable as it happens every day in many dozens or even hundreds of cities.

But I agree that expecting them to start using a completely inappropriate type of transit that would be too slow and crowded is unrealistic.

Btw, check out RER C and imagine that replacing the Lakeshore East and West lines.
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Old February 10th, 2015, 09:49 PM   #5136
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^ RIP QuantumX, you'll be missed. He shared such great photos of Miami ...
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^ RIP QuantumX, you'll be missed. He shared such great photos of Miami ...
So sad. This thread and SSC won't be the same without him RIP.
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I posted the picture of Miami and was waiting for his comment. Then I found the news about his passing on the Miami forum. So sad to see a dear SSC friend go. You will be missed, QuantumX.
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WHAT?!? Omg I hadn't heard about it. My condolences to his family and acquaintances...
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