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Old Posted Sep 15, 2019, 11:11 PM
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What is your favorite suburb of your city?

For Chicago:

Leaving aside the town where I reside (Libertyville), my choice would be Oak Park, IL.

I’m guessing a lot of Chicago forumers would say Evanston (my number 2 choice), but Evanston is too ritzy, North Shore-y to me, and the skyline just seems generic.

Oak Park feels more grainy, has more charm to me, more comfortable and has the right amount of luxury without seeming snooty. Plus it’s building a lot of skyscrapers.

I would live there if I had to live in another suburb.
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Old Posted Sep 16, 2019, 12:11 AM
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The only acceptable suburb to me in St. John's is Georgestown. It was the city's first planned suburb, built in the late 1800s. But it's practically downtown now, the city has grown so much since.



For most people, Churchill Park is an acceptable suburb. It was built from 1945-50. It was the first example in what is now Canada (we were still a separate country when this was built) of many of the things today associated with suburbia. Today, it's most well-known for its corner windows.





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Old Posted Sep 16, 2019, 12:38 AM
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Santa Monica probably, but that might not be considered a real suburb by many.
Same for Beverly Hills/West Hollywood.

I'd go with Pasadena.

For Chicago, Evanston. Oak Park, second. Kind of obvious choices here but I don't remember a lot of interesting burbs there.
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For Montreal, I'd say Rosemere or Lorraine on the North Shore. Saint-Lambert on the South Shore.
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Decatur is Atlanta's in my opinion, and most locals would probably agree. It's 6 miles east of Downtown, and actually predates Atlanta. With a lively Downtown full of indy bars, shops and restaurants and a subway station under the Courthouse Square, it's a very cool blend of small town meets big city. Some have dubbed it 'where Berkeley meets Mayberry,' in part due to being Emory adjacent and decidedly left of center.
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Old Posted Sep 16, 2019, 1:18 AM
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For urban fabric in Vancouver, without a doubt New Westminster:

New Westminster Urban Heart by Ian, on Flickr

Skytrain Through New Westminster by Ian, on Flickr

New Westminster Summer by Ian, on Flickr

New Westminster Vibe by Ian, on Flickr

New Westminster Summer Streets by Ian, on Flickr

Urban Skytrain by Ian, on Flickr

For Skylines, definitely Burnaby's Metrotown Skyline:

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Metrotown Reaching by Ian, on Flickr
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SCHAUMBURG!!!!!!

Its skyline is almost as good as Jacksonville's!

And it's very responsibly dense, just like Plano.

And they also have a Legoland Discovery Center.
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Old Posted Sep 16, 2019, 1:36 AM
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Decatur is Atlanta's in my opinion, and most locals would probably agree. It's 6 miles east of Downtown, and actually predates Atlanta. With a lively Downtown full of indy bars, shops and restaurants and a subway station under the Courthouse Square, it's a very cool blend of small town meets big city. Some have dubbed it 'where Berkeley meets Mayberry,' in part due to being Emory adjacent and decidedly left of center.
I think Alpharetta could give Decatur a run for its money on an all around basis.
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Old Posted Sep 16, 2019, 1:48 AM
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I think Brookline, MA is the best suburb in the country.
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Since this entire area is pretty much burbs(Hampton Roads) I think my favorite burb would be Williamsburg.

Downtown area of Williamsburg:

https://www.google.com/maps/@37.2721...7i16384!8i8192

https://www.google.com/maps/@37.2728...7i16384!8i8192

https://www.google.com/maps/@37.2708...7i13312!8i6656

Historic area:

https://www.google.com/maps/@37.2713...7i13312!8i6656
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Old Posted Sep 16, 2019, 2:09 AM
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For Austin: San Marcos
For San Antonio: New Braunfels
For Columbia: Forest Acres
For Chicago: Park Ridge or Oak Park
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I think Alpharetta could give Decatur a run for its money on an all around basis.
I don't know about that. Get the Red Line out there, beef up Downtown and make it cohesive with Avalon and maybe we'll talk.

There's really no comparison at this point in time, and Decatur has gorgeous historic bones that Alpharetta can't duplicate. They are doing a lot of things right out there, though.
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For Chicago:

Leaving aside the town where I reside (Libertyville), my choice would be Oak Park, IL.

I’m guessing a lot of Chicago forumers would say Evanston (my number 2 choice), but Evanston is too ritzy, North Shore-y to me, and the skyline just seems generic.

Oak Park feels more grainy, has more charm to me, more comfortable and has the right amount of luxury without seeming snooty. Plus it’s building a lot of skyscrapers.

I would live there if I had to live in another suburb.
It's not a suburb if it has a CTA station. but yeah Oak Park.

Oak Park | Eleven33 by Harry Carmichael, on Flickr

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Chicago | Albion Oak Park by Harry Carmichael, on Flickr

And how many tours are there in Evanston ?
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Old Posted Sep 16, 2019, 2:44 AM
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For Houston, aside from any of the areas I've resided in or spent significant time in (especially League City), I'd say Bellaire.

Since that's an enclave and roughly a city neighborhood, I'm partial to The Woodlands. Not directly bordering the city in any way, I say Summerwood/Sheldon/CE King. PS, the place I hate the most is Pearland (for petty reasons).

For Galveston's tiny sphere of influence, I enjoy Kemah if that counts. If not, then I guess Texas City wins by default (I don't travel much on Galveston or Bolivar except the city).

For LA, my favorite is and likely always will be Carson, especially if Pomona is considered unique and not a suburb.

For the IE, excluding Pomona perhaps, I enjoy Ontario and Rialto.
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For Houston, probably also the Woodlands. It's the really only suburb that feels like it's own city rather than a far flung bedroom community. Sugarland tries but fails. I like some of the smaller areas in an around the Clear Lake area and towards Galveston; e.g., Tiki Island.

Not a fan of Pearland either. It's Schaumburg with pick-up trucks and palm trees.
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Pasadena, hands down... If we're considering a world famous city of 150,000 people a suburb
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I like Pearland, I just don't like some people's vibes and attitudes.
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LA has more than it’s fair share of beautiful suburbs, and many of them have their own vibe. I’m going with some not so famous ones, and some others that are well known.

Inland Empire- definitely Claremont, love The Village, and adjacent Claremont Colleges. It’s beautiful leafy green tree lined streets and walkable neighborhoods, good train service to downtown LA, and even 24 hour bus service to LA.

Inland Empire- Redlands similar to Claremont, just a bit far from LA. Beautiful historic homes, and wintertime scenery is quite awesome with a back drop of snow capped mountains, honorable mention, Upland CA.

LA County-Manhattan Beach, beautiful dense walkable city with clean beaches. Although it can get crowded, and touristy, but not like Santa Monica & Venice. It has a very different vibe altogether much more laid back. Beautiful upscale downtown with ocean and pier view.

LA County-San Marino, Arcadia, Pasadena, well basically all of the cities in the San Gabriel Valley along the 210 freeway corridor. Much of these cities have quaint downtowns, and beautiful leafy tree lined streets and look very similar to Pasadena.

Orange County-Laguna Beach probably the most beautiful beach in Southern California, nice walkable vibrant downtown full of Art Galleries next to the beach.

Orange County-Orange, specifically Old Town Orange and the historic walkable neighborhood surrounding it.

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Honorable mention to Santa Monica, by far my favorite LA County beach town.

And I HATE Beverly Hills, talk about overhype and boredom. I wish Hollywood was a suburb, because I'd toss it into the hate pile too (It'd be a core city anyways just as BH kinda sorta is).
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I liked Manhattan/ Laguna Beaches and Santa Monica.
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