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Old 06-26-2009, 10:52 AM
 
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Everyone that I know who has ever been to Alaska has said that the architecture in Alaskan cities and towns is terrible. I saw many pictures of various buildings and homes and the architecture is not pleasing to the eye. Why did Alaska build such ugly buildings? Why are they like that?
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Old 06-26-2009, 11:24 AM
 
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It's called FREEDOM OF CHOICE. Who cares what they look like? As long as they keep people warm and dry that should be all the really matters. No need to inflate and bloat costs with frilly stuff. I'm glad that Alaska doesn't look like the dumpy frumpy cities from back on the east coast.
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Old 06-26-2009, 11:27 AM
 
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Apparently your friends never looked at Anchorage very closely. There are plenty of architecturally pleasing buildings there, but they are extremely expensive to build. Most people can't afford to have an architecturally pleasing home due to the extremely expensive cost of building materials. They build for essentials & insulation primarily.
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Old 06-26-2009, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Over the Rainbow...
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Everyone that I know who has ever been to Alaska has said that the architecture in Alaskan cities and towns is terrible. I saw many pictures of various buildings and homes and the architecture is not pleasing to the eye. Why did Alaska build such ugly buildings? Why are they like that?
What cities were your friends from and what part of Alaska did they visit? Anchorage has many pretty buildings and some beautiful homes as well as other parts of Alaska. Every State I have been to has some pretty and some downright ugly buildings and areas.
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Old 06-26-2009, 12:02 PM
 
Location: The end of the road Alaska
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It's called FREEDOM OF CHOICE. Who cares what they look like? As long as they keep people warm and dry that should be all the really matters. No need to inflate and bloat costs with frilly stuff. I'm glad that Alaska doesn't look like the dumpy frumpy cities from back on the east coast.
Ditto that! We have too many outdoor activities and too many friends and family to spend our time and money on to worry about "asthetically pleasing buildings". I'd sooner have a tarpaper shack in the woods filled with laughter and good friends any day over that million dollar condo in New York. Want something "pleasing to the eye" -we just look out the window!
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Old 06-26-2009, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Better than living in one of these where each house looks the same!

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Old 06-26-2009, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Over the Rainbow...
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Ditto that! We have too many outdoor activities and too many friends and family to spend our time and money on to worry about "asthetically pleasing buildings". I'd sooner have a tarpaper shack in the woods filled with laughter and good friends any day over that million dollar condo in New York. Want something "pleasing to the eye" -we just look out the window!
Absolutely!!!
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Old 06-26-2009, 01:57 PM
 
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Everyone that I know who has ever been to Alaska has said that the architecture in Alaskan cities and towns is terrible. I saw many pictures of various buildings and homes and the architecture is not pleasing to the eye. Why did Alaska build such ugly buildings? Why are they like that?
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Old 06-26-2009, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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I wonder how many people come to Alaska and actually pay attention to the buildings and houses? I figure they came to see glaciers, mountains, and wildlife. "What a crummy vacation, those buildings were sure ugly!"
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Old 06-26-2009, 03:20 PM
 
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aesthetics arent nearly as important as a building that will retain heat when its 60 below outside
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