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View Poll Results: Monuments/Icons: East or West?
East Coast Monuments!! 32 76.19%
West Coast Monuments!! 10 23.81%
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Old 08-12-2013, 12:17 PM
 
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I think the East Coast wins for famous monuments and buildings, since there are more of them, they have more significance to the country and many are part of its history. But, as mentioned earlier, the West definitely wins as far as natural landmarks go.
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Old 08-12-2013, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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Gateway Arch in St. Louis trumps them all in terms of architecture, majesty, engineering and cool factor.
No, not really. It's too simple to me.
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Old 08-12-2013, 03:18 PM
 
Location: The city of champions
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Gateway Arch in St. Louis trumps them all in terms of architecture, majesty, engineering and cool factor.
The Arch is ok and it's nice to look at, but it's nothing more than a set piece and isn't interesting enough to lure tourists like ther other monuments/landmarks/cities.
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Old 08-12-2013, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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The East Coast is practically a different country in terms of the difference of history and city design. Save for the rise of the Hollywood film industry, the rise of the citrus industry (yeah, California is so hard up for history, we count growing fruit as historical), and some references to Spanish Colonialists and Missions, the West Coast has little to no history. Lots of shopping centers and houses all built to look identical in full stucco glory.

The history of the West Coast is basically just a mad rush to build/purchase property and to profit from its natural resources before everyone else depleted them. West Coast doesn't have historical landmarks. The landmarks people try to boost (Hollywood sign, Space Needle, Las Vegas Strip) are nothing more than consumer advertising meant to achieve nothing more than to draw in money.
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Old 08-12-2013, 03:58 PM
 
Location: The city of champions
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The East Coast is practically a different country in terms of the difference of history and city design. Save for the rise of the Hollywood film industry, the rise of the citrus industry (yeah, California is so hard up for history, we count growing fruit as historical), and some references to Spanish Colonialists and Missions, the West Coast has little to no history. Lots of shopping centers and houses all built to look identical in full stucco glory.

The history of the West Coast is basically just a mad rush to build/purchase property and to profit from its natural resources before everyone else depleted them. West Coast doesn't have historical landmarks. The landmarks people try to boost (Hollywood sign, Space Needle, Las Vegas Strip) are nothing more than consumer advertising meant to achieve nothing more than to draw in money.
Eventually though they will be historical. Give them another 100 + years or a few a generations.
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Old 08-12-2013, 05:31 PM
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Location: Ontario
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The West has Mount Rushmore

I also like Wyoming's Devils Tower
Monument Valley at Utah/Arizona border is cool too.
New Mexico's shiprock and Taos Pueblo are great as well
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Old 08-12-2013, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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The East Coast is practically a different country in terms of the difference of history and city design. Save for the rise of the Hollywood film industry, the rise of the citrus industry (yeah, California is so hard up for history, we count growing fruit as historical), and some references to Spanish Colonialists and Missions, the West Coast has little to no history. Lots of shopping centers and houses all built to look identical in full stucco glory.

The history of the West Coast is basically just a mad rush to build/purchase property and to profit from its natural resources before everyone else depleted them. West Coast doesn't have historical landmarks. The landmarks people try to boost (Hollywood sign, Space Needle, Las Vegas Strip) are nothing more than consumer advertising meant to achieve nothing more than to draw in money.
Did you live in California in 4th grade? There is a ton of history here, though not necessarily American history.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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Not to mention the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Lake Tahoe, Arches National Park, huge volcanos, ice glaciers, the Hawaiian islands, Redwoods(tallest trees in the world) etc.

The West has natural icons that are world famous and pretty much crumple the East in majesty and breadth.
The East has the iconic man-made monuments on lockdown but we also have our decent fair share of natural landmarks (Places like Niagara Falls, The Appalachian Mountains, The Everglades, Chesapeake Bay, Great Falls, Hudson Valley, The Piedmont, Great Smokey Mountains, Allegheny Mountains, The Outer Banks, and the scenic & varied coastlines from Maine to the Florida Keys can definitely punch well above their weight imo). All that said, The West is definitely more superior to The East in regarding natural monuments/icons.

Another thing about natural landmarks that I will like to add for The West are the evergreen temperate rainforests, Big Sur, sequoias (Are these subspecies of redwoods?), and every natural beauty in Alaska. And The West isn't too bad on man-made monuments/icons such as Mount Rushmore, The Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, The Vegas Strip, The Sunset Strip, The Space Needle, The Hollywood Sign, Route 66, The San Francisco Trolley, The Painted Ladies, Disney Hall in L.A. and several more.

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Old 08-12-2013, 08:12 PM
 
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The Native American pueblos (Taos, Zuni, etc) are definitely a major boost to the West that haven't been mentioned.
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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For the man-made monuments/icons out here in the eastern half of the country, I honestly don't know where to start lol.

Empire State Building, World Trade Center (Old and New), Chrysler Building, NYC Taxi Cab, NYC Subway, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Madison Avenue, Broadway (NYC), Brooklyn Brownstones, Times Square, Central Park (It's man-made as well all know ), Apollo Theater, Grand Central Terminal, Butler Library & Low Memorial Library at Columbia University, Ellis Island Immigration Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Atlantic City Boardwalk, John Hancock Center (Chicago), Sears Tower, Nassau Hall at Princeton University, Chicago El, U.S. Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, White House, Supreme Court, Smithsonian Castle, Embassy Row, National Mall, Reflecting Pool (DC), Vietnam Veterans Memorial (DC), World War II Memorial (DC), Healy Hall at Georgetown University, Old Post Office Pavilion, Founders Library at Howard University, National Cathedral, Union Station (DC), Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Philadelphia City Hall, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Baltimore Inner Harbor, Fort McHenry, Monticello, Stone Mountain (Despite its pro-confederate meanings, it still looks magnificent in a way), Cinderella Castle in Disney World (Along with Spaceship Earth, The Sorcerer's Hat, and Tree of Life), etc., etc., etc., etc. THERE'S JUST TOO DAMN MANY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL Somebody else can do rest.
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