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Old 02-11-2010, 02:01 PM
 
Location: moving again
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Honestly, that's a very tiny part of American architecture.
I know. Its just people always think Europe is the oldest place on earth. It's not. Mesa Verde was settled in 600 AD. New York is older than St. Petersburg also,for an example of European civilization in America
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Old 02-11-2010, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Long Island/NYC
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Never, not everyone prefers mostly historic buildings & narrow streets, some people like glass & wide streets lol j/k.

Its preference.
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Old 02-11-2010, 04:42 PM
 
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This is hilarious. How old are you - 17? Please enlighten me on how many European cities you have explored. It must be quite a few for you to have such a good grasp on the types of cities, lifestyles and architecture available.

Also, weren't you the one who started a thread awhile back about wanting to study abroad in Switzerland? Why would you subject yourself the horror of it all?
Exactly. That's the point. The OP categorized all of America when they asked are American cities "too ugly". Even though they haven't seen all of America. So I, too, can categorize all of Europe when I say Europe is ugly to me. Same script, different continent.

And again, Switzerland was simply a result of a naive freshman desperate to get out of his lame high school and home life and see different sights. I no longer have any desire to step onto Swiss soil. They are racist and unworthy of my time. I feel sorry though that I probably won't ever get to contact or see my family roots that are from there.
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:40 PM
 
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American cities still have different vernacular architecture. Dallas, Atlanta, and Phoenix suburban architecture are not the same. I just want to bring into play how Metros and regions differ.

Dallas-FT Worth Metroplex
Arlington TX - Google Maps
 
Metro Atlanta
ellenwood ga - Google Maps

Phoenix Metropolitan
Phoenix - Google Maps

And those are all sunbelt cities and they differ, so even being sprawl out cities don't clump them into a box by saying oh strip malls and single family homes.
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:49 PM
 
Location: RVA
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Exactly. That's the point. The OP categorized all of America when they asked are American cities "too ugly". Even though they haven't seen all of America. So I, too, can categorize all of Europe when I say Europe is ugly to me. Same script, different continent.

And again, Switzerland was simply a result of a naive freshman desperate to get out of his lame high school and home life and see different sights. I no longer have any desire to step onto Swiss soil. They are racist and unworthy of my time. I feel sorry though that I probably won't ever get to contact or see my family roots that are from there.
Do you understand the difference between asking a question and making sweeping generalizations? Your post leads me to believe you don't.
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Old 02-11-2010, 07:56 PM
 
Location: South South Jersey
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But! - Oh la la, those Parisian suburbs are sooooo gorgeous. *swoon*

/sarcasm
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Old 09-05-2015, 02:06 PM
 
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I do not believe that any cities are entirely ugly or beautiful. As it's been stated here, the original, old architecture in many American cities is very beautiful. Where I think American architecture began to go wrong was with the rise of automobiles and corporate chain stores. Companies began building what was cost-effective: a large, single-floor building with a big parking lot out front. There was plenty of land available, and it was considered convenient. If they were willing to spend more money and look ahead to the future, they would have built parking garages behind the stores and put other spaces such as offices or apartments above them and placed the buildings right on the sidewalk by the road, but that was not practical to them at the time. Now, America is aesthetically suffering with huge oceans of parking lots and islands of all the same ugly chain stores all over the country. It's completely utilitarian and massively wasteful of land.

I am definitely biased toward the beautiful, renaissance-era buildings of Europe and would love to see more towns like that being built here in America, but honestly any kind of architecture which stacks space upwards and conceals parking areas and has a strong focus on aesthetic beauty is what we seriously need here.
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Old 09-05-2015, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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America became super industrialized after the war. Our infrastructure reflects being built to stop the tyranny of fascism. Especially since at wars end, unlike the comparison, American cities were left as intact, utilitarian war machines.
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Old 09-05-2015, 07:28 PM
 
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too many suburbias, big boxed stores, highways...
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Old 09-05-2015, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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too many suburbias, big boxed stores, highways...
That would be a consequence of American car culture. After the war, with surplus fuel and tires, cities tended to develope around the automobile and sprawl more.
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