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Old 10-05-2007, 03:37 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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TEHRAN, Iran - The shops are full of Western pop music and movies the latest Harry Potter film, even "The Simpsons." Young women stroll the streets in skinny jeans and short coats, their heads barely covered, arm-in-arm with boys in muscle shirts and spiky hair.

This is affluent north Tehran, where clerics are rare, lifestyles are relatively liberal and Iran's growing isolation from the world is a source of deep anxiety.

Not far to the south, though, in a dilapidated bureaucratic building near the city's government center, and farther to the south in Tehran's sprawling poorer neighborhoods, things are different.

Tehran a paradox of rich and poor - Focus on Iran - MSNBC.com
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Old 10-05-2007, 11:23 PM
 
Location: In exile, plotting my coup
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I frequent another board devoted to urban photography (not sure if I'm permitted to post the link) in which there have been a number of threads showing Tehran and I was amazed by just how modern and Westernized the city (or at least some parts of it) appear to be. It is also in a rather beautiful natural setting, in terms of mountains and trees and flowers in the city and it's surrounding areas.
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Old 10-06-2007, 02:55 AM
 
Location: the midwest
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I read that article, or at least a similar one last night. It was fascinating. It made me want to visit Tehran, but just the northern part
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