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Old 02-22-2013, 03:44 PM
 
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I'm especially wondering about cultural comparisons. Obviously the cultural heritage of the two countries is different, but I assume that Australia has it's version of a New York (Sydney, I suppose), or it's Dallas (Brisbane?), etc.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:24 PM
 
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He's a yank.

Don't you hate people who claim to be experts in countries other than their own?
Yes, definitely. I also hate it when they don't know how to spell simple words; although that's usually a good tip off that they are talking out of their butts.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:44 PM
 
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To me, Adelaide feels like a mini-LA.
However, if you were to compare Aussie cities to those in the US, you would generally be limited to California and Florida cities, as they are the most similar both topographically climate-wise.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:29 PM
 
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Brisbane reminds me of a hodge-podge of a bunch of different cities from the Carolinas. Obviously the architecture and flora are going to be different but New Farm felt like parts of Charleston. West End more like parts of Asheville. Driving around the northern suburbs sometimes feels like Charlotte or Raleigh.

The river and CBD of Brisbane are distinct - the downtowns of Australian cities are an unusual animal to me (coming from the eastern US) because they're generally really clean, dense, bustling during the day (lots of shopping) but very few people live in them - which would be like a lot of southern/western downtowns in the US but then those US downtowns are usually dominated by parking lots and aren't typically bustling during the day either.
The trend is a lot of people moving into the city and inner suburbs. A lot of the people living there are foreigners, though.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:57 PM
 
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I'm especially wondering about cultural comparisons. Obviously the cultural heritage of the two countries is different, but I assume that Australia has it's version of a New York (Sydney, I suppose), or it's Dallas (Brisbane?), etc.
The cultural heritage is very similar. Both former British colonies, common language, common law system. Successive waves of migration from Europe, largely from the same source countries.
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:01 PM
 
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To me, Adelaide feels like a mini-LA.
However, if you were to compare Aussie cities to those in the US, you would generally be limited to California and Florida cities, as they are the most similar both topographically climate-wise.
What reminds you of LA in Adelaide?

The fact that its surrounded by parkland? the large stock of classic buildings? Good public transport around the CBD? No pollution? People who will say Good Morning or smile when you stroll about on a lazy Sunday morning?
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:05 PM
 
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Brisbane reminds me of a hodge-podge of a bunch of different cities from the Carolinas. Obviously the architecture and flora are going to be different but New Farm felt like parts of Charleston. West End more like parts of Asheville. Driving around the northern suburbs sometimes feels like Charlotte or Raleigh.

The river and CBD of Brisbane are distinct - the downtowns of Australian cities are an unusual animal to me (coming from the easterhn US) because they're generally really clean, dense, bustling during the day (lots of shopping) but very few people live in them - which would be like a lot of southern/western downtowns in the US but then those US downtowns are usually dominated by parking lots and aren't typically bustling during the day either.
I have acutally read about Brisbanes similarities to cities the the Carolinas a few times now. If my mind serves me right you live in Brisbane at the moment?

You should have being here 5-10 years ago, the residental population in the CBD was about 1/3rd of what it is now.

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Old 02-22-2013, 11:37 PM
 
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What reminds you of LA in Adelaide?

The fact that its surrounded by parkland? the large stock of classic buildings? Good public transport around the CBD? No pollution? People who will say Good Morning or smile when you stroll about on a lazy Sunday morning?
The climate and the topography mostly. I guess that's all though.
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:11 AM
 
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Grew up in the States and have lived in Australia for many years. There is no comparison. Different population numbers, very different cultures, different building styles, different climates, animals and plants. Though I did hear that some US cities now has "round a bouts" which is very popular on Australian roads.
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Old 02-23-2013, 05:32 AM
 
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I have acutally read about Brisbanes similarities to cities the the Carolinas a few times now. If my mind serves me right you live in Brisbane at the moment?

You should have being here 5-10 years ago, the residental population in the CBD was about 1/3rd of what it is now.
Yes, I'm in Brisbane now.

It's pretty plain to see that a lot of buildings and infrastructure in and around the urban core are brand new so I can imagine what things were like 5 years ago.
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