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Old 08-23-2016, 09:57 PM
 
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Gotta go with Russia. Huge ass country with tons of diversity. USA would be second and India third
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Old 08-23-2016, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Yes. By far. Russia and India don't have the diversity in built form that the US has. Almost all of Russia's cities are cold and look the same (commieblocks, historic center) with a few exceptions (Kazan, Saint Petersburg, Sochi). India has a ton of differences in built form due to it being governed by hundreds of different principalities. That said, most Indian cities are jungle/swamp with a Rajasthan being a desert exception and the Himalayas having some influence in the North.
Couldn't you say the same thing about the US that it's all the same suburbia with the same strip malls and single family housing? And even then all downtowns of major cities just a bunch of glass and concrete skyscrapers? and even in terms of climate and geography the majority of the population and thus cities are in the north eastern quadrant of the US meaning the average city in the US is just your typical midwestern/north eastern city?
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Old 08-24-2016, 11:55 AM
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Couldn't you say the same thing about the US that it's all the same suburbia with the same strip malls and single family housing? And even then all downtowns of major cities just a bunch of glass and concrete skyscrapers? and even in terms of climate and geography the majority of the population and thus cities are in the north eastern quadrant of the US meaning the average city in the US is just your typical midwestern/north eastern city?
See, if you're speaking in terms of diversity then you have to include various aspects. An individuals experience in El Paso is going to be significantly different in a place like Mobile; you can't sit here and tell me Portland is similar to Baltimore, they both attract and build different types of people. In the South alone there's climate and topography diversity, the built environment is different as well.
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Old 08-24-2016, 12:14 PM
 
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See, if you're speaking in terms of diversity then you have to include various aspects. An individuals experience in El Paso is going to be significantly different in a place like Mobile; you can't sit here and tell me Portland is similar to Baltimore, they both attract and build different types of people. In the South alone there's climate and topography diversity, the built environment is different as well.
I am sure if one were to go to a different country they would say the same as well though...we just happen to know more about the USA...Southern Brazil is very different from the beach and samba vibe that Brazil is known for...the three main tribes of Nigeria (each over 30 million) occupy different regions of the country and are divided to a certain extent by language and religion...India is the same and probably even more extreme (over 150 million muslims in that Hindu country)...Russia changes dramatically as you go eastward


I would also argue that the USA, through corporate monopolization, is more homogenous in many aspects even as we welcome more diverse immigrants from the rest of the world


The USA might win this one but it is a very interesting question
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Old 08-24-2016, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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Gotta go with Russia. Huge ass country with tons of diversity. USA would be second and India third
Russia is huge but lacks climate diversity and to an extent cultural diversity due to what Soviet Union has done to native Siberians (with by all technicalities, are part of the Native American race). You see this lack of diversity as well in countries that used to be a part of the Soviet Union, like Mongolia, Kyrgyz Republic, etc.

But on a face level Russia is very different in city structure in a lot of it. Remember Russia is the same land size as Pluto.
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Old 08-27-2016, 11:15 AM
 
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I would say the US is the most diverse in those aspects. The US not only covers a huge amount of latitudes, but also covers A LOT of longitude, varying elevations and landforms. No two regions of the US are exactly the same:


-New England
-Mid-Atlantic
-Great Lakes region
-Desert Southwest
-Appalachia
-Great Plains
-Pacific NW
-Alaska and Hawaii
-etc.
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Old 08-27-2016, 01:02 PM
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Couldn't you say the same thing about the US that it's all the same suburbia with the same strip malls and single family housing? And even then all downtowns of major cities just a bunch of glass and concrete skyscrapers? and even in terms of climate and geography the majority of the population and thus cities are in the north eastern quadrant of the US meaning the average city in the US is just your typical midwestern/north eastern city?
Plenty of NYC skyscrapers aren't mostly glass-walled (Empire State Building, Chrysler Building). And not all downtown street have views of glass skyscrapers:

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7099...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7331...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7246...7i13312!8i6656
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Old 08-27-2016, 05:09 PM
 
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The US has the most diversity in general. Climate, topography, race, religion, ethnicity, culture, architecture etc. etc.

Much of the diversity in European, Asian and African country can be accredited to constantly changing political borders, where America's is due to its large immigrant base. The reason some country's like India or Russia have such varying architecture, is probably cuz a lot of parts of those country's used to belong to other nations. Look at Africa where tons of different tribes live in the same country, only because colonial powers drew their borders in certain ways with no regard to the indigenous cultures.
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Old 08-31-2016, 11:03 AM
 
Location: crafton pa
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Couldn't you say the same thing about the US that it's all the same suburbia with the same strip malls and single family housing? And even then all downtowns of major cities just a bunch of glass and concrete skyscrapers? and even in terms of climate and geography the majority of the population and thus cities are in the north eastern quadrant of the US meaning the average city in the US is just your typical midwestern/north eastern city?
According to 2015 US Census Bureau estimates, the following 16 states contain ~51% of the US population, and none are even remotely in the northeast quadrant of the US: CA, TX, FL, GA, NC, SC, IA, MO, MN, CO, WA, AZ, AL, LA, OR, and OK. Therefore it cannot be true that the majority of the population of the US is in the northeast quadrant.


I haven't done a count, but it also seems unlikely that the majority of cities is in the NE. The NE is the most populous region, but neither the majority of the people or the majority of the cities is located there.
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Old 08-31-2016, 01:39 PM
 
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Too be fair though New England is tiny. And how does New York not make that list??
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