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Old 08-21-2016, 03:13 AM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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By this, I don't necessarily mean racial/ethnic diversity. I'm talking about things such as architecture, build environment, climates, topography, etc. I really can't think of many places that have the same variation (Maybe China?). For example

Phoenix/Las Vegas- Hot and dry Desert cities with a suburban nature and mountainous desert surroundings
Seattle/Portland- Oceanic climate/temperate rain forest cities with compact centers and abundance of pine trees, mountains and water
Miami- Flat Tropical city with beautiful beaches, islands, and palm trees everywhere
Honolulu- Tropical city with mountains, beaches and secluded island location
New Orleans/Houston- Flat Subtropical swamp cities (One a little more historic, one a little more sprawling)
Atlanta/Charlotte- Humid Subtropical hilly cities with sprawl and heavy tree coverage
LA/San Diego/San Francisco- Mediterranean climates with mild/dry weather, beaches, and mountains

I didn't go into as much detail as I could've and there are a lot more examples of course, but I hope you can see what i'm trying to say.

I was looking around Brazil and Australia on Google maps, and although there are some clearly differences in their cities, they seem interchangeable for the most part (In the way they look). I don't feel like the same applies for many US cities. Seattle is completely different than Phoenix. Miami is completely different from LA. Etc.

So is there any other country you can think of with such vast differences from city to city? Does the USA have the most variation in it's cities?
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Old 08-21-2016, 03:31 AM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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India is comparable. Most other nations are not as large , do not have as much climate diversity, and/or cities are more concentrated to certain areas (think Australia has like a completely uninhabited interior while everyone mostly lives in the SE coast). China and Brazil are the same, most living on the coast with empty interiors.

India however has multiple cities in very different areas. It should be noted that for a long time the country we now know as Pakistan was also in India, meaning Karachi used to be a part of India. India still has settlements in its mostly Muslim western portions that should be noted, along with cold mountainous areas near Nepal and the debated but not officially claimed territories of Jammu and Kashimir should also be noted. A lot of India is in tropical and subtropical areas but again I think for this thread along India is the most comparable.
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Old 08-21-2016, 12:01 PM
 
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Argentina has a wide range of cities in climates ranging from humid subtropical to desert and oceanic however roughly half of the population in the country resides around Buenos Aires which is in a humid subtropical climate. Same with Chile since the entire country spans over 2,000 miles north to south and has cities located in desert, Mediterranean, and oceanic climate zones., but has the majority of the population residing around Santiago which is in a Meditteranean climate zone.
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Old 08-21-2016, 12:35 PM
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Sante Fe, NM
New Orleans, LA
Boston, MA
San Francisco, CA


You tell me.
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Old 08-21-2016, 05:18 PM
 
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Yes?
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Old 08-21-2016, 05:25 PM
 
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I believe that Nigeria has huge architectural diversity and landscape diversity, due to many people not being able to afford uniform materials for buildings and use local practices, also the linguistic and cultural diversity allows chains to not become like McDonald's serving a he same uniform food throughout which affect landscape. The country only lacks large mountains.
Look at the difference between Port Harcourt- Kano- Abuja- Ibadan- and Lagos on google images. Outside of wealthy people poor people live I completely different buildings and areas in each city. Lagos has density many midrises. Port Harocurt has a hint of British architecture in some neighborhoods from colonial days. Kano is nearly in the the Sahel and has Islamic influences. Ibadan is the center of Oyo Kingdom and has a distinct style of houses IMO.
I think India is a similar country in the diversity.
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Old 08-21-2016, 07:16 PM
 
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I think it would have to be the US. I can't think of a single other country with the kind of geographic diversity that the United States has.
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Old 08-21-2016, 07:37 PM
 
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I believe that Nigeria has huge architectural diversity and landscape diversity, due to many people not being able to afford uniform materials for buildings and use local practices, also the linguistic and cultural diversity allows chains to not become like McDonald's serving a he same uniform food throughout which affect landscape. The country only lacks large mountains.
Look at the difference between Port Harcourt- Kano- Abuja- Ibadan- and Lagos on google images. Outside of wealthy people poor people live I completely different buildings and areas in each city. Lagos has density many midrises. Port Harocurt has a hint of British architecture in some neighborhoods from colonial days. Kano is nearly in the the Sahel and has Islamic influences. Ibadan is the center of Oyo Kingdom and has a distinct style of houses IMO.
I think India is a similar country in the diversity.
Interesting facts about Nigeria. I did not know anything about that.

I also voted for India because India is at the crossroads of most of Asia: the Middle East, Central Asia (Jammu and Kashimir) and Southeast Asia. India also borders the Himalayas and China and sees influence from there. India is a very unique country and because of being at the crossroads of all these major, different cultures will see a little bit of each on top of India's own unique and major culture. India should I think be the closest to the United States, I agree.

China does not really have any civilization in its western territories of Tibet and Xinjiang though if it did I could see myself voting for that one. China however focuses all of it's attention to its coast, purposely ignoring its interior and the other tribes that exist in China in favor of the Han ethnicity versus the Mongolians in northern China, the Tibetans, and even Turkic ethnicities in the Xinjiang province.
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Old 08-21-2016, 08:10 PM
 
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I think Russian cities are fairly diverse.

Moscow https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscow


St petersburg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Petersburg


Sochi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sochi


Grozny https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grozny


Kazan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazan


Elista https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elista


Derbent https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derbent


Yekaterinburg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yekaterinburg


Vladivostok https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yekaterinburg


Yakutsk https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakutsk


Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky


and a bunch more cities, sure many of the cities have similar architecture, but then again so does the US.
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Old 08-23-2016, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, Commonwealth of Virginia
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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.
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