How does Piedmont Park compare with other urban parks you're familiar with? 

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Valentino: Compared to Piedmont Park, Lincoln Park (Chicago) is not the place you would like to walk through in the middle of the night. There's no police officers when you need them. And the people in Lincoln Park do not accept the gay lifestyle. You come to Piedmont Park and enjoy yourself without anybody trying to violate, discriminate or hurt you. Lincoln Park is not clean. It gets dirty, they fail to clean it. Piedmont gets dirty, they come out and do their job.

Rebecca: It's a great park, great location. Forest Park in St. Louis is right near the University (Washington) which makes it great for the students, but for the rest of St. Louis it's a little harder to get to. But (unlike Forest Park) one thing Piedmont Park lacks -- it doesn't have a zoo. It's less of a good park for kids. It gets a lot of points because of all the weekend activities and all the fairs and it's better just to go for a stroll.

Chip: It's the best of the best. The energy is terrific and the place is beautiful. I've traveled all over, and most parks are not kept up and you don't see the people really using them like you see here, with the exception of Central Park. But Piedmont is more of an intimate feel. Central Park is too big. You get wild and dazzled with a lot of the stuff, but you get lost in it, too. And in Central Park you never feel safe. You see a lot of homeless. You see rats everywhere.



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