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Old 12-14-2016, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Crook County, Illinois
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but isn't the french quarter mainly well preserved old buildings, I don't really see any newer buildings.

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.8425...7i13312!8i6656

this is the newest building that I could find.

https://www.google.com/maps/@29.9594...7i13312!8i6656
Exactly! I had a hard time telling if the building was a historic original or a well-designed modern replica. (The latter is indeed possible, if done right.)

Another example of a new building is the Four Points Sheraton hotel, which has a look very similar to the new building you showed. They both blend in so well, that you can barely tell you have a 20th-century corporation operating in a neighborhood older than America itself. Heck, even the garish neon signs advertising alcohol and adult material don't seem to take away from the historic character. (Although that's something unique to the French Quarter; you'd be hard-pressed to find that anywhere else, with a possible exception of Key West and maybe Montreal.)

Conversely, I've seen situations where a corporate chain operates a franchise in a historic area, and it just sticks out. It happens when the franchise owner doesn't modify the signage and/or the exterior design to make the building blend in, when such an action isn't required by law.

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Old 12-14-2016, 08:04 AM
 
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I will add photos that include old and new

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.4428...8i6656!6m1!1e1

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.4427...8i6656!6m1!1e1

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.4396...8i6656!6m1!1e1

The block below includes Colonial (One of the only surviving colonial structures in Pittsburgh. This building survived the great fire.), victorian, mid century brutalist, and post modern architecture.

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.4398...8i6656!6m1!1e1

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.4390...8i6656!6m1!1e1

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.4389...8i6656!6m1!1e1

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.4409...8i6656!6m1!1e1

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.4415...8i6656!6m1!1e1

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.4422...8i6656!6m1!1e1
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Old 12-14-2016, 08:05 AM
 
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Another city that does a good job of blending old and new is Washington DC since all the buildings are of similar height.

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.8954...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.8997...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.9032...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.9012...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.9028...7i13312!8i6656

One thing that makes me wonder is what DC looked like before all these modern buildings where built? It kind of makes me feel sad that so much was destroyed.

I completely disagree. DC is filling up with cookie-cutter mid-rise buildings that look nothing like the extant neighborhood architecture.
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Old 12-14-2016, 08:23 AM
 
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I completely disagree. DC is filling up with cookie-cutter mid-rise buildings that look nothing like the extant neighborhood architecture.
The buildings are all uniform but I agree that most of the newer stuff is animated and cheesy compared to the older neighbors. There are some exceptions.
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Old 12-14-2016, 10:09 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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I completely disagree. DC is filling up with cookie-cutter mid-rise buildings that look nothing like the extant neighborhood architecture.
This is becoming a problem in many of the larger cities, particularly those experiencing rapid growth.
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Old 12-14-2016, 10:19 AM
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Location: Miami
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I don't think this is what OP means.

From what I understand, it's a bit along the lines of.

https://www.google.com/maps/@32.7915...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@32.7843...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@33.5155...7i13312!8i6656
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Old 12-14-2016, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Cbus
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German Village is a good example in Columbus but sadly "urban renewal", poor planning etc. destroyed so much in our city.

The "old south" does a great job in my opinion, Savannah, Charleston, New Orleans etc.
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Old 12-14-2016, 11:09 AM
 
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I actually DON'T think Pittsburgh does a good job with this:

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.4663...8i6656!6m1!1e1

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.4599...8i6656!6m1!1e1

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.4602...8i6656!6m1!1e1

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.4564...8i6656!6m1!1e1
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Old 12-14-2016, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and wherever planes fly
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FT. Worth, Texas.

also San Antonio, TX

Atlanta, Georgia
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Old 12-14-2016, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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Greenville SC does. Charleston doesn't, feels like a museum in a way, not a lot of new corporate buildings and the like, due to height restrictions and lack of space.
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