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Old December 27th, 2008, 10:22 AM   #1
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West Palm Beach, Florida

Last week I decided to drive through the city and take pictures since I'm moving soon and want some pictures to remember West Palm Beach if I get homesick which is unlikely but I still took pictures.

I'm going to post the first group of them here along with pictures I've taken in West Palm over the years I've lived here.

After that I will take more drives and take pictures of the main streets in the city. I will go take pictures of anything you want me to photograph and post it here. If you're from South Florida and know the area well comment and I will do my best to take pictures of what you want to see.

This drive took me from Belvedere Road to Forest Hill Blvd via I-95 then Congress Ave/Australian Ave to Okeechobee Blvd to I-95 northbound.






















Fried Chicken & Gun Show.




















These were taken over the past couple years:

Crossing into West Palm Beach from Palm Beach.




Find your soul mate in West Palm Beach!




Downtown Celmatis Street.


Soda aisle - City Place Publix.


Trump Plaza.


Someone got hit by a car on my way home from school.






Clematis Street fountain.






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It would be nice if Palm Tran would invest in some benches for its riders one day.






Skyline pre-financial crisis.






City Place






















I took this Christmas morning.

West Palm Beach is not a pretty city nor is it a beautiful one. I tried my hardest to show what it really is like in these pictures.
If you want to learn more about West Palm Beach click here, or just ask me.

Happy Holidays to everyone that reads this thread!
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Old December 27th, 2008, 06:23 PM   #2
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lol I've seen these around here too.


Nice pictures, especially the ones towards the end.
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Old December 27th, 2008, 07:33 PM   #3
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i hate those stupid balls. every truck in florida has them it seems. they should be outlawed.

anyway, i think you really captured the essence of not just wpb but florida as well. it's such a hodgepodge of haves and have-nots and is greatly influenced by african-american and puerto rican culture, more so than some of the tourists see. sucks that guy got hit by a car.
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Old January 3rd, 2009, 02:48 AM   #4
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Sorry about the quality of these pictures but I took them on my cellphone.
I'll post better pictures soon.


City Place.



Flagler Drive Fireworks on New Years.














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Old January 3rd, 2009, 09:30 PM   #5
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Very nice shots
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Old January 10th, 2009, 12:03 PM   #6
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There are a lot more areas of the city I'd like to photograph but it is pretty difficult since it isn't very walkable and I don't want to risk getting shot just for the sake of picture taking.
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Old January 10th, 2009, 06:16 PM   #7
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Can someone explain to me why people are doing this? Is it to piss off police officers? I see lots of 80's cars with these big pimped out wheels. I just don't get it but I find it extremely obnoxious and stupid looking.

What are the chances of seeing the above calamity in Portland?

Portland is a gorgeous city and you are lucky to be getting out of Florida into a real environmentally sound and walkable city with educated people. Sure the weather is great here but your photos reveal how substandard the architectural aesthetics are for this sleazy & cheap nook of the country.
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Old January 10th, 2009, 06:46 PM   #8
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Thanks cityscapes for the dose of reality.

I think a lot of photo threads on this forum try to glamorize "skyline" shots and do not convey the reality of average people-life on the streets.

Good job.
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Old January 10th, 2009, 07:19 PM   #9
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Can someone explain to me why people are doing this? Is it to piss off police officers? I see lots of 80's cars with these big pimped out wheels. I just don't get it but I find it extremely obnoxious and stupid looking.
They -probably- like to show their cars... think movies like "2 fast 2 furious"
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Old January 10th, 2009, 07:26 PM   #10
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"They -probably- like to show their cars... think movies like "2 fast 2 furious."

I think they are trying to offend people... it's like saying "F___ You".

The cars with the big tires are pieces of crap from the 1980's. It's like putting diamond studs on a trash bag.
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Old January 10th, 2009, 07:32 PM   #11
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btw: West Palm Beach (also from the pics) should be near to Miami city...
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Old January 12th, 2009, 05:03 AM   #12
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I took a walk today y'all.

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Circular Plaza ahead! Pioneer Plaza is the name of this accident causing roundabout near downtown WPB. Either is was badly designed or the people here can't drive because it has been damaged so much by cars crashing into the posts or benches.
The Norton Art Museum is in the background.

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Palm Beach Atlantic University's new buildings in the background.

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A funeral home in the middle of a college campus.

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New PBA library and mosque looking church with City Plaza (the giant tuscan cube) in the background.

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One way means one way and they have plenty of signs saying this but people still don't get it and get into accidents. They were probably old and from New York.

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The downtown Hyatt is almost finished. I'm hoping it adds some pedestrians to downtown.

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City Plaza II the bulkier taller version of its smaller sister City Plaza I.

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The view down Okeechobee towards City Place.

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Old building, new Hyatt, and Esperante my favorite building in West Palm in the background.

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Empty lot with The Prado and City Palms in the background.

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The Prado and Trump Plaza.

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The Prado isn't the most beautiful building but I like it just because they build around the large tree.

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This photo shows exactly why I hate the City Plaza buildings...They are so massive.

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Phillips Point one of the many pink buildings built in the US during the 80's.

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During a hurricane, the crane used to build City Plaza II came crashing onto the building in the foreground cutting it in two.

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Downtown?

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Is this a city?

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HELLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!?

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Where are all the people?
Only one person lives in that condo. The guy working the front desk of the condo told me this so it isn't a lie. He also said he wouldn't ever buy a unit in the building because the rooms are small and they are over priced. I'm just thankful it isn't another Italian looking box.

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I found the people! City Place was packed.
I wonder if they could find a car more West Palm Beachers could afford to display at City Place, like a used Honda or something, not a Mercedes ML and E class...

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City Place fountains. Every hour there is a fountain show that shoots water way up into the air while music from well known music plays.

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Luxury Cars.

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Three cop cars on a City Place side street. The cop cars are a constant reminder "the hood" isn't far away.

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Sorry this is dark but these weren't taken with my Nikon... City Place tower on the left with the old school house looking things on top. I've heard a whopping 5 people live in this building. City Place Office Tower on the right, hopefully isn't as vacant since it is the only office building to go up in West Palm Beach in more than 10 years.

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Full moon between the City Plazas.

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The Aston Martin - Jaguar dealership.

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A better shot of City Place Tower and Office Tower. Skateboarders are always on that smooth concrete floor. There used to be a big pavillon there but after the convention center was build it was removed and now it is a giant parking lot/skate park/ empty lot when cars aren't there.

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If you like contemporary art and live in South Florida I suggest you come to the Palm Beach 3. It is kind of like a mini Art Basel. Its a great show which is why I always go, and getting free tickets from my mom helps.

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Bleeding pedestrians.

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The new library at PBA.

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The Norton Museum Park, which is really just a field. It used to have a snaked shaped mound and a maze on it.

All of the pictures were taken today/tonight. I hope you enjoyed them.
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Old January 12th, 2009, 08:36 AM   #13
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Aside from downtown, West Palm Beach looks like a typical trashy suburban city.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 07:12 AM   #14
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Taken from the roof top pool at City Plaza I.

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Other than the weather, ocean, Palm Beach, Key West, South Beach and the plants. Florida is a trashy state with no sense of planning, social interaction, class and the rudest people you will ever encounter. This is a police state. Cops stop everyone and search them. This includes grandmothers and the innocent tourist. Watch the show "COPS" and see how many episodes are filmed here. Florida is a stupid state with a low IQ and a disregard for the environment.

I like aspects of living here but am appalled by how ugly most of the architecture is and how rude the drivers are. Never drink and drive here or else you will be in jail so fast you wont even have time to chance your bar outfit. All of the lowlifes of the US come to Florida for their last chance and it shows.
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Old January 19th, 2009, 03:55 AM   #16
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Other than the weather, ocean, Palm Beach, Key West, South Beach and the plants. Florida is a trashy state with no sense of planning, social interaction, class and the rudest people you will ever encounter. This is a police state. Cops stop everyone and search them. This includes grandmothers and the innocent tourist. Watch the show "COPS" and see how many episodes are filmed here. Florida is a stupid state with a low IQ and a disregard for the environment.

I like aspects of living here but am appalled by how ugly most of the architecture is and how rude the drivers are. Never drink and drive here or else you will be in jail so fast you wont even have time to chance your bar outfit. All of the lowlifes of the US come to Florida for their last chance and it shows.
We would get along great discussing the regions shortcomings. Everyone else tells me to shut up because I'm being negative and I am wrong about South Florida. Since when has realistic become negative?

Today I went to the Palm Beach 3 Contemporary Art show at the convention center. It truly a world class art show and I really enjoy going each year.

No photography was allowed so I couldn't take pictures inside but trust me there was some great art being displayed.



Chunky skyline from the PBCCC parking lot.


Convention center interior.


Kravis Center across the street. The Kravis is a performing art center that has an amphitheater and often hosts plays and concerts and sometimes high school graduations.


New 600,000 dollar public art on the convention center. It lights up in blue at night.






I think the Kravis Center looks like a cross between R2D2 and Jabba the hutt.




If they made the street smaller they could probably fit a few condos or office towers in the space since the street is so huge or maybe it could be used as one of those emergency landing spaces for the space shuttle.




Yay public housing!
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Ok, I have lived here my whole life and I recognize every place he took a picture of. This guys hates WPB, he has a right to. But he purposefully took pics of the WORST parts of town to degrade this city. I can tell you that were I live in Boynton, is no worse then the rest of america (Trust me, Ive been around), and in alot of ways better. And the majority of Palm Beach looks nothing like those suburban shit holes he posted. And though there are a lot of subdivisions, hardly anywhere looks like that last pic he posted, which isnt even as bad as the place I lived in Minnesota. Ive seen people glamorize where they live, and Ive seen people degrade where they live, this is the latter dramatization.
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Wow! Awesome tour!
Isn't there like a lot of Multi-millionares and some billionares in West Palm Beach?

BTW, love this picture:
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