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    What are your favorite neighborhoods?

    The question isn't which cities are your favs, but which parts of ANY city grabbed you in some way. Like I hate LA (sorry) but love Venice Beach. Another example of what I'm talking about would be a certain part of Brooklyn: I like Manhattan but it feels a little gentrified; I'm not a hipster but I enjoyed Williamsburg, Brooklyn a lot - art everywhere, young people...it was just cool. I definitely like Queens and the Lower East Side, and Harlem is pretty cool, but Williamsburg stuck out and is one of my fav neighborhoods I've been to, even if I was a little put off by the island.

    Another example would be Condesa/Roma in Mexico City - like a mutant slice of Europe in the new world, so cool. I would move there tomorrow if the pollution didn't give me nosebleeds, haha. Georgetown in DC is pretty tight IMO. Also the Miraflores district in Lima, Peru.

    Anyone want to chime in?

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    Bucktown/Wicker Park, Chicago
    Lakeview, Chicago
    Pearl District, Portland
    Hollywood District, Portland
    Capitol Hill, Seattle
    Lake Union, Seattle
    Midtown, Sacramento
    Venice Beach, LA
    The Fan, Richmond
    LoDo, Denver
    Rittenhouse Square, Philly
    Midtown, St. Louis
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    • Elmwood Village, Buffalo NY
    • Allentown, Buffalo NY
    • Coventry, Cleveland Heights OH
    • West Highland, Denver CO
    • Washington Park, Denver CO
    • Capitol Hill, Denver CO
    • Park Hill, Denver CO
    • Downtown, Santa Monica, CA
    • Georgetown, Washington DC
    • Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh PA
    • Southside Flats, Pittsburgh PA
    • Kensington, Toronto ON
    • Too many in Chicago to list individually
    • Pearl District, Portland OR
    • Nob Hill, Portland OR
    • Country Club Plaza, Kansas City MO
    • Merriam Park, St Paul MN (I think.)
    • Old Mesilla Village, Las Cruces NM (Really a suburb of LC.)
    • Collegetown, Ithaca NY
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    • Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL
    • Pilsen, Chicago, IL
    • Bridgeport, Chicago, IL
    • Central Campus, Ann Arbor, MI
    • North End, Boston, MA
    • Copley Square, Boston, MA
    • Downtown Arlington Heights, IL
    • Downtown Oak Park, IL
    • The old City, Corboba, Spain
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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post

    Merriam Park, St Paul MN (I think.)
    You may be thinking of the wrong neighborhood. Do you have any landmarks in mind from the neighborhood you are thinking of?
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    Merriam Park is a neighborhood in Saint Paul.

    Some of the places I saw listed are more commercial areas than neighborhoods- for example, Copley Square in Boston. The Back Bay and Fenway are the nearby neighborhoods.

    Here's my list:
    - Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN
    - Inman Square, Cambridge/Somerville, MA
    - Munjoy Hill, Portland, ME
    - Westmount, Montreal, PQ
    - Mount Hope, Providence, RI
    - East Rock/Cedar Hill,New Haven, CT
    - Third Ward, Mllwaukee, WI

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    Quote Originally posted by Masswich View post
    Merriam Park is a neighborhood in Saint Paul.
    I was born near there - it's not really a neighborhood or streetcar suburb - it's almost exclusively residential. Although it is across the river from a neat neighborhood in Mpls.
    I burned down the church to atone for my transgressions.

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    Aren't Selby and Marshall Streets somewhat commercial? Its been years since I've lived there (in Mac-Groveland) so my geography might be off.

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    Sesame Street seems like a pretty hip 'hood.

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    More for the list.

    North Buffalo (North Park/Parkside/Central Park), Buffalo NY
    Kaisertown, Buffalo NY (Along with Lovejoy, they're the East Side's last intact old-school ethnic blue-collar neighborhoods.)
    Kenmore Village, Kenmore NY
    Cedar-Lee, Cleveland Heights OH
    Berkeley, Denver CO
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    I'm not surprised that no one has mentioned any place in NJ.

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    Thus far, based on my relatively limited travels (only been to about 20 states), my favorites include:

    Central Historic District, Geneva, IL
    Downtown Batavia, IL
    Downtown Naperville, IL
    Downtown Elmhurst, IL
    Dundee Township Historic District, Dundee, IL
    Old Town, Algonquin, IL
    Downtown Des Plaines, IL
    The Square (Historic District), Woodstock, IL
    Historic District, Sycamore, IL
    Downtown DeKalb, IL
    Historic District, Barrington, IL
    Lakeview, Chicago, IL
    Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL
    Jefferson Park, Chicago, IL
    Cedar-Riverside, Minneapolis, MN
    Georgetown, Washington, DC
    Rosslyn-Ballston, Arlington, VA
    Downtown Ann Arbor, MI
    Broad Ripple-Rocky Ripple, Indianapolis, IN
    Downtown Loveland, OH
    Beale Street, Memphis, TN
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    adding a few more...

    Ukranian Village, Chicago
    River West, Chicago
    Westport, KC
    Country Club Plaza, KC
    Crown Center, KC
    River Market, KC
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    Quote Originally posted by HomerJ9139 View post
    Westport, KC
    I was in KC this summer - loved Westport.

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    Tree Streets neighborhood in Johnson City, Tennessee

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    Park Slope, in Brooklyn NY, Harlem, NYC, ana NoDA in Charlotte are a few of my favorite neighborhoods.

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    My favorite neighborhoods (in no particular order), limited to places I've actually visited (obviously):

    Bridgeport, Chicago
    Mesta Park/Paseo, Oklahoma City
    Garden District, New Orleans
    Bayou St. John, New Orleans
    North End, Boston
    Morningside Heights, New York City
    Park Slope, Brooklyn
    Ohio City, Cleveland
    Arlington Heights, Fort Worth
    Downtown, Fort Worth
    East End, Galveston
    Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles
    San Pedro, Los Angeles
    Willow Glen, San Jose
    Westport, Kansas City
    Downtown, Nashville

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    Not ranked:

    South End, Boston
    Willow Glen, San Jose
    Mid Wiltshire, Los Angeles
    Lake view, Chicago
    Victoria Park, Ft. Lauderdale

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    Ballard - Seattle
    U District - Seattle
    Pearl District - Portland
    Downtown - Greenville, SC
    Downtown - Asheville, NC

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    I throw this into the ring, but I am biased.

    The Ironbound, Newark, NJ

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    I love the Back Bay area of Boston, broadly defined, lots of neat narrow streets, good shopping, eating, drinking sight seeing along Newbury Street (some of the best in the country, I’d say). I was also in Jamaica Plain (Boston) which had a hip feel to it, with lots of local restaurants, coffee shops, transit connections, and great old, dense structures, yet still seemed to be a working authentic neighborhood, not a tourist attraction (although it is gentrifying as I understand it, not necessarily a bad thing but this cuts against the reason I liked it so much). Central Square in Cambridge is cool too.

    I also love the res neighborhoods surrounding downtown Portsmouth, NH and if anyone is in Portland, ME be sure to check out the west end, as well as Munjoy Hill and the up and coming east end (lots of local shops, markets, restaurants, all short distance from downtown).

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    I like the Lincoln Park neighborhood in Chicago
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    Quote Originally posted by RPfresh View post
    I definitely like Queens and the Lower East Side, and Harlem is pretty cool, but Williamsburg stuck out and is one of my fav neighborhoods I've been to, even if I was a little put off by the island.
    What part of Queens? Queens is HUGE, encompassing many, many neighborhoods. My favorite? Jackson Heights. It's perfect--historic pre-war buildings with their own private gardens, a vibrant immigrant community from dozens of countries and all the cheap, good eats you could ever want. Plus, there are quite a few parks and easy access to Manhattan as well as other parts of Queens.

    And Williamsburg? Blegh. Gentrification 'R Us!

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    Never spent much time in NYC, but I think there's be some neighborhood in Queens that would remind me of the pre-ghetto version of the neighborhood in Buffalo where I grew up, Kensington; a lower-middle class bungalow beltish kind of place that went from farmland to almost complete buildout in 10 years.

    "The Ironbound" sounds like something out of Game of Thrones.

    Any recommendations for neighborhoods in Binghamton, Syracuse, or Utica that might be worth checking out?
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