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Old 10-15-2008, 08:45 PM
 
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Houston is....uh, a little on the ...uh, "bland" side you could say....
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Old 10-15-2008, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Atlanta's sprawl is somewhat attractive. However, I do think that Gwinnett County has some tacky areas, as does the Conyers area along I-20.
You're right on.

Atlanta's sprawl is very tolerable and even attractive in certain areas such as N Fulton, Cobb and Forsyth counties, especially along the 400 corridor. Much of west Gwinnett is a pit... IMO.
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Old 10-15-2008, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Hell's Kitchen, NYC
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"No zoning", wide concrete roads, and the flat topography contributes to some of houston's tackiness.

versus atlanta whose sprawl is hidden by forests and tall hills, the roads are asphalt and there's zoning.
I don't think the topography has anything to do with tackniess, though it does take away/hide some of the sting. In any case, I thought we were talking about commercial development.
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Houston is....uh, a little on the ...uh, "bland" side you could say....
Hahah, now bland is not anywhere in a description of Houston, using a thousand adjectives. The lack of zoning makes it anything BUT bland---the suburbs maybe, but the city never. Appauling, of course. Tacky, maybe. Ugly, yes there's some, but I have yet to see bland here, especially after Mexican dinner.
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Houston
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"No zoning", wide concrete roads, and the flat topography contributes to some of houston's tackiness.

versus atlanta whose sprawl is hidden by forests and tall hills, the roads are asphalt and there's zoning.
I think all U.S. cities are beautiful. When i think of tacky cities the only ones that come to mind are the overpopulated cities in India, China, and South America

Here is one of my favorite pics of Houston

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Old 10-15-2008, 09:18 PM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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I don't think the topography has anything to do with tackniess, though it does take away/hide some of the sting. In any case, I thought we were talking about commercial development.
not by itself, no the topography doesn't make houston tacky. but i've heard a lot of people say how they feel that the set up of houston would not look so bad if there were hills, and i think i agree.

the grid system, also. while it makes traveling through the city easier, it also makes it a bit more dull.
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Hell's Kitchen, NYC
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not by itself, no the topography doesn't make houston tacky. but i've heard a lot of people say how they feel that the set up of houston would not look so bad if there were hills, and i think i agree.

the grid system, also. while it makes traveling through the city easier, it also makes it a bit more dull.
Well that's exactly what I said.
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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sprawl is not always tacky. a lot of it is very tastefully done. i'd rather live down here in the sprawled sunbelt than the dense north any day.
Many North East residents live in sprawling suburbs as well so the northern cities can suffer from this also. Only 13% of the Boston metro area lives in very dense Boston, but the rest lives in relatively undense suburbs. While the city of Boston itself is very very dense, the outer areas of the region sprawl just as bad, if not worse than the "sunbelt." What the sunbelt lacks are the dense cores, but much of the population of the North East is just as much living in sprawl as the other areas of the USA.

Boston suburbs
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:57 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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^^ Hideous!!!


Los Angeles is not Ugly, but Houston is, no matter what you say.
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Can you show us some examples? Id like to see some attractive sprawl if you don't mind
Sprawl happens even in all those cities that you dream of living in that are listed in your location section of your profile
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:26 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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You're right on.

Atlanta's sprawl is very tolerable and even attractive in certain areas such as N Fulton, Cobb and Forsyth counties, especially along the 400 corridor. Much of west Gwinnett is a pit... IMO.
ITA...it's a shambles and a testament to poor planning in the face of explosive growth.
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