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If a city satisfies a certain condition, it is a pedestrian-friendly city. Here's some examples.

Pedestrian-friendly Not pedestrian-friendly
Davenport Fremont
Asunción Dallas
Ikast Istanbul
Tucson Phoenix
Tampa Irvine
Abidjan Chicago
Indore Dublin

What is a pedestrian-friendly city?

Hint 1:

The tag applies. The tag does not apply.

Hint 2:

Iraq and Iran are pedestrian-friendly countries. Delaware is a pedestrian-friendly state. Tammy, Thomas, Augustín (note the accent!), and Inez are pedestrian-friendly people. Tacos are a pedestrian-friendly food.

Hint 3(a):

Pedestrian-friendliness, in a sense, is all about meters...

Hint 3(b):

...but initially, it’s a matter of feet.

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  • $\begingroup$ I am struggling to reconcile the presence of the tag [knowledge] with the first hint. $\endgroup$
    – Evargalo
    Jan 18 at 9:55
  • $\begingroup$ @Evargalo Yep, I could see that being confusing. (Not to mention the second hint!) $\endgroup$
    – Sneftel
    Jan 18 at 9:58
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    $\begingroup$ I think I know what the intent is here. Hint 3(a) confirms what I guessed after Hint 2 appeared, but I'm still at a loss to fit that to the given lists. ROT13(Vf gurer fbzr ertvbany inevngvba ng cynl urer? Sbe zr, Ghpfba, Gnzcn, Qnyynf naq Qhoyva nyy orybat va gur fnzr yvfg.) $\endgroup$
    – fljx
    Jan 19 at 11:13
  • $\begingroup$ @fljx Lbh'er irel pybfr. Gubfr orybat gb gur fnzr frg va bar frafr, ohg abg va gur bgure frafr. $\endgroup$
    – Sneftel
    Jan 19 at 12:14
  • $\begingroup$ @fljx Erjneq obahf uvag: Ghynar naq Veivar pbhyq or crqrfgevna-sevraqyl va fbzr abarkvfgrag ertvbany inevngvba, ohg Serzbag naq Cubravk arire pbhyq. $\endgroup$
    – Sneftel
    Jan 19 at 12:18

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Based on hint 3(a) and 3(b), it's clear that this is about

Poetic meters. The city name first letter ("initially" in hint 3(b)) must match the first letter of the meter of that word.
The list of meters (/ is stressed, x is unstressed):
* Iambic (x /)
* Trochaic (/ x)
* Spondaic (/ /)
* Anapestic (x x /)
* Dactylic (/ x x)

And the list of cities and their property:

Davenport (Dactylic)
Fremont (Iambic)
Asunción (Anapestic)
Dallas (Trochaic)
Ikast (Iambic)
Istanbul (Dactylic)
Tucson (Trochaic)
Phoenix (Trochaic)
Tampa (Trochaic)
Irvine (Trochaic)
Abidjan (Anapestic)
Chicago (Dactylic)
Indore (Iambic)
Dublin (Trochaic)

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  • $\begingroup$ Well done. rot13(V nibvqrq fcbaqrrf, orpnhfr gurl'er fb fhowrpgvir bhg bs pbagrkg.) $\endgroup$
    – Sneftel
    Jan 21 at 10:32
  • $\begingroup$ Yea. I am not native English speaker, but I feel that can only appear in a phrase and not in a word. $\endgroup$
    – justhalf
    Jan 21 at 10:33
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Could a pedestrian-friendly city be one…

that has its accent on the final syllable?

The break in point for this was

Augustín. I speak Spanish, so it all clicked with this and Hint 3A.

Here are some examples of it:

PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY CITIES ARE:

Moscow (mahs-KAU), London (lohn-DUHN), etc.

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  • $\begingroup$ You’re on the right track, but your rule doesn’t fit cities such as Davenport or Tuscon. (It also doesn’t fit the two other cities you named; I think the English pronunciation is different for those.) $\endgroup$
    – Sneftel
    Jan 20 at 12:38
  • $\begingroup$ The English… ugh. Well, it has to be poetic, or something along those lines. $\endgroup$
    – user79541
    Jan 20 at 12:39
  • $\begingroup$ @parz your last comment is so close to the answer! $\endgroup$
    – justhalf
    Jan 21 at 10:34

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