Originally Posted by Illithid Dude
But I love that love that wall to sidewalk look....
I like it too in moderate quantities. But even in NY, avenues like Park, 5th and Madison have setbacks and occasional plazas, etc. Smaller streets have steps and stoops, pocket parks, churches, etc., creating breathing space. This actually characerizes famous districts like the Village and Gramercy Park and Brooklyn Heights, for that matter.
European cities are famous for parks, squares, plazas, roundabouts, etc.
Much of Wilshire has the right idea for LA as a whole: medium or high-rise, but access to space and sunlight.