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View Poll Results: Most like England?
Boston, MA 69 49.29%
Portland, ME 14 10.00%
Providence, RI 5 3.57%
New York City, NY 8 5.71%
Philadelphia, PA 24 17.14%
Washington, D.C. 4 2.86%
Pittsburgh, PA 3 2.14%
Other (please write) 13 9.29%
Voters: 140. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-08-2019, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I still vote Portland and that region of Maine.

But, there are parts of Philly that are like outer parts of major cities. Inner cities of the UK generally lack the grid patterns of Philly, but their newer neighborhoods (still old) have grid to them and are full of rowhomes ore semi-detached rowhomes that look like some parts of NE Philly.
London:
https://goo.gl/maps/ZEkmtvfKZtR9nDHy5

Philly:
https://goo.gl/maps/aqmQNjSnmDyRRZQj6
https://goo.gl/maps/C5sCQ9mQzM9J8ndQ8
https://goo.gl/maps/XaSFqQCEMH3JiF597
https://goo.gl/maps/ztBmWapkj2V8712KA

Birmingham:
https://goo.gl/maps/5RyWBwKs6aMU1bFBA

Manchester (long rows of red brick):
https://goo.gl/maps/PPGYD5hj96PrXzHR7
https://goo.gl/maps/nFb3XuHy3yWirSpS6

Southampton:
https://goo.gl/maps/2cG9To5D7myzuB8V6

Philly rowhomes look pretty similar to this, just without the white bay windows and white accents.
https://goo.gl/maps/NzTYGNvs6YfkDxC16

And no, I'm still not saying Philly looks the most like the UK. I'm just saying it has some similarities.
I guess when I stroll around some of the wealthier parts near the center of Philly, I could definitely see a resemblance in an "old-timey" way. In North Philly, I just feel too much grit for it to feel akin to London (obviously my experience in London is severely limited).

The color is another interesting point. In London, it feels like there's more white buildings, whereas Philly tends to stay much more in faded, dark brown/biege/some sickly lighter color brick (although some of the newer construction has slightly lighter colors). Some of your pictures show those white connected homes in England, and I'm curious now how these general color schemes are decided.

One thing I appreciate more now in Philly is the color variation I see between rowhomes. I never really thought of it, but those Manchester pictures don't look quite exciting with all the homes being colored the same.

I can definitely see some similarities. I'm probably injecting too much of the "feel" of the cities as well. I only got to experience the UK on vacation and only see some highlights, while I'm all over Philly every so often. When I think on Philly, I can feel the humidity and smell that thicker air that's hard to describe. Thanks for the pics too, it's interesting to see architecture all over the world. I can certainly see the international inspirations.

It is really interesting though how Portland, ME is an entirely different animal. I'm Northeast-biased, but I don't think I've ever seen a city as clean as Portland, ME. Felt almost unreal. The cobblestone sticks out a lot more in my mind there too. It's not clean in a "new" way either, but as if it has been well-maintained since its inception.
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Old 05-08-2019, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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I think part of the clean feeling of Portland, ME is because the city works very hard to keep that feeling. I took a class this spring that assigned a book on the history of Portland and the city has been marketing itself as a tourist destination to escape to from other dirty/industrial cities since the mid 1800's so I think there has been a very long standing effort to keep things clean and well maintained as a result of that.
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Old 05-08-2019, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Greater Boston (Formerly Orlando and New York)
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Id say Boston for a few reasons

-Most Suburbs are named after popular British cities. (Essex, Concord, Leicester, Manchester, Acton, Amesbury, Cambridge, Chilmark, Dartmouth, Danbury, Windsor, Woburn, Worcester, Haverhill, Sudbury, Lynn, Ludlow, Reading, Ipswich, Marlborough, Manchester by the Sea, Milton, Milford, Norfolk, Middlesex, Middleborough, Hingham, Dorchester, Braintree, Bridgewater, etc)
-Boston feels the most British (Chiefly Marshall Street area)
-Strong Pub Culture
-Founded/Settled by Brits.
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Old 05-08-2019, 03:42 PM
 
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Id say Boston for a few reasons

-Most Suburbs are named after popular British cities. (Essex, Concord, Leicester, Manchester, Acton, Amesbury, Cambridge, Chilmark, Dartmouth, Danbury, Windsor, Woburn, Worcester, Haverhill, Sudbury, Lynn, Ludlow, Reading, Ipswich, Marlborough, Manchester by the Sea, Milton, Milford, Norfolk, Middlesex, Middleborough, Hingham, Dorchester, Braintree, Bridgewater, etc)
-Boston feels the most British (Chiefly Marshall Street area)
-Strong Pub Culture
-Founded/Settled by Brits.
I'm not saying you're wrong. Just a question for real. Besides the suburb names, what makes Boston decidedly so much more British than Portland to you?
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Old 05-08-2019, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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I'm not saying you're wrong. Just a question for real. Besides the suburb names, what makes Boston decidedly so much more British than Portland to you?
I don't really think anything in New England (or the U.S.) looks or feels British. But Boston is the only city in New England with anything rivaling the density at the core that you'd find in a comparable British city. Pockets of central Boston/Cambridge have enough in common with larger cities in England architecturally, density wise, and in terms of layout that you can draw some reasonable comparisons. Really, if you tone down the red brick in Harvard Square it would fit into a city in the British Isles without standing out too much.

Frankly, I have a hard time drawing parallels between Portland and anything in the British Isles. I lived in Portland and am in the UK quite a bit and I just don't see it. Cobblestones? Meh. They're everywhere and Portland just happens to be one of the more heavily trafficked tourist destinations that has them. Portland is a lot like St. John, New Brunswick. Neither of them are a lot like cities in the UK or Ireland. Portland has way too much red brick in its built environment to resemble much in the UK. The street layout also isn't typical of what you'd find in the UK and there's no central rail/transit hub. There are a few single buildings that may fit into a UK city, but mostly the built environment looks different. The topography is quite different. Hallowell, Bath, and some of the Mid-Coast towns like Rockland and Camden look a lot more like similarly sized UK/Irish villages than Portland does to comparably sized cities over there.

Outside of Maine, I'd say Portsmouth NH, Newburyport MA, Nantucket MA, Newport RI, and New London CT look more like places I've experienced in the British Isles than Portland, and even most of Boston.
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Old 05-08-2019, 08:56 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Victoria, BC. Not in the US but close.
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Old 05-08-2019, 11:44 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Charleston SC and Savannah both have city centers that date all the way to British colonial times and are known for their large historic districts with Victorian architecture.

I think Washington DC resembles a French city more so than a British city especially with its layout.

If you include Canada, then Victoria BC is very British.
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Old 05-09-2019, 06:53 AM
 
Location: New York, N.Y.
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I'll try to make a case for certain NYC neighborhoods with a superficial London vibe:

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7234...thumbfov%3D100

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7218...7i16384!8i8192

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7147...7i16384!8i8192

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7051...7i16384!8i8192

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7179...7i11100!8i5550

This is just a sampler - there are hundreds of other streetscapes like the above that has a quasi London feel to them.

Any opinions?
I am bumping this because the above pics are the closest I have seen to London than any other pictures on this thread.
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Old 05-09-2019, 08:27 AM
 
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I am bumping this because the above pics are the closest I have seen to London than any other pictures on this thread.
NYC just has too much height IMO.
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Old 05-09-2019, 08:39 AM
 
Location: New York, N.Y.
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NYC just has too much height IMO.
The areas most like London (apart from FiDi) are primarily low rise, e.g., SoHo, West Village, Tribeca, Brooklyn Heights, etc.

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7234...7i16384!8i8192
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