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Old 03-01-2012, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I highlighted the cities/metro areas with over 1 million people:
That's 12 cities and you are talking about two countries, so it's not even one country you are talking about.

I don't think anyone is denying European cities' grandeur and beauty. European cities are my favorite in terms of beauty and history.

But compare those cities you listed to each other. Then compare American cities like Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, Chicago, Las Vegas, Washington DC, San Francisco and Seattle all to each other. There is absolutely nothing bland about these cities.

The American cities standout more and are more unique compared to each other.

European cities are more beautiful but when compared to each other aren't "as" unique or don't standout as much against each other. It's more so the much larger primate cities that do.
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Chicago (from pittsburgh)
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America boring? Sure. NYC, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, Boston, and Seattle, just to name a few, must be some of the most boring, culturally deplete places on earth. I don't know how people live day to day in these places, they must be so bored! Such a monotonous and undiversified climate and geography in these places too. All the same!
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:06 PM
 
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I highlighted the cities/metro areas with over 1 million people:
Ok Boston, New York, Washington, Miami, Chicago, Los Angleles, Seattle, San Francisco, Atlanta, Philly, St Louis, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Houston, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Providence, Portland, Kansas City. ect are are unique cities completly different from each other, and MUCH more diverse than anything in Europe.
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Ok Boston, New York, Washington, Miami, Chicago, Los Angleles, Seattle, San Francisco, Atlanta, Philly, St Louis, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Houston, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Providence, Portland, Kansas City. ect are are unique cities completly different from each other, and MUCH more diverse than anything in Europe.
That was my point too.

As I have said before, overall European cities are more beautiful, but they are also much more similar, with the the larger primate cities being an exception.
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:11 PM
 
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Cities in France and Germany: Hamburg, Berlin. Munich, Wurzburg, Regensburg, Mainz, Cologne, Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Landshut, Ulm, Frankfurt, Bamberg, Dusseldorf, Dresden, Nurnberg, Paris, Bordeaux, Limoges, Toulouse, Montpellier, Lille, Marseille, Nice, Cahors, Nantes, Tours, Orleans, La Rochelle, Avignon, Nimes, Arles, Angouleme...
the architecture is unique is each city.
Well, Europe has the advantage of a couple millenia of history. All the same it's not like every French city you listed is so much more unique than the rest. I've travelled around Europe, there's plenty of regional differences in each country, but it's not as if Nantes or Montepellier or Orleans is that different from other cities in France. Every city has a main focal area with a square and an old cathedral and maybe some older medieval or rennaisance architecture--but once you've gone to one historic French or German city, it's not as if it's that mindblowing to travel to the next one. They start to feel pretty similar although there's regional variation(Southern France is different from the rest of France as Bavaria is from the rest of Germany) however the suburbs are just as bland as the USA in many places, it's just a different style of development.

There's unique places in the US though too. Boston feels nothing like New Orleans which feels nothing like San Francisco which feels different than Savannah, Georgia which feels different than Santa Fe which is much different than a place like Chicago which is a world away from Honolulu, Hawaii. A New England fishing village is nothing like a town in the Cajun County of Louisana--and neither compare to town full of Native Americans on the Olympic Peninsula. There's plenty of variety and interesting regional cultures in the US if you're willing to explore them. The US is just a newer country, so we don't have medieval or baroque architecture--we were mostly small colonial settlements until the 19th Century. That being said, there's more diversity in terms of eco-systems and landscapes in one western US state than there is over large chunks of Western Europe covering several countries. Northern France doesn't look all that different from Northern Germany...

One thing that's better in a lot of US major cities is that we have much more integrated and diverse ethnic neighborhoods. It's not like Paris where the majority of the immigrants end up in tower block suburbs on the outskirts--in New York or San Francisco or Los Angeles you can find a range of ethnic communities right near the center. As much as Europe has become more diverse, it's much more recent and feels a lot more conflicted regarding immigration. New York on the other hand has been a city of immigrants for 200 years...
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Mid Atlantic USA
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Ok Boston, New York, Washington, Miami, Chicago, Los Angleles, Seattle, San Francisco, Atlanta, Philly, St Louis, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Houston, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Providence, Portland, Kansas City. ect are are unique cities completly different from each other, and MUCH more diverse than anything in Europe.
How unique and interesting are the bland suburban strip malls and shopping centers surrounding those towns in their suburbs?
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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How unique and interesting are the bland suburban strip malls and shopping centers surrounding those towns in their suburbs?
Not unique at all, but the poster was talking about CITIES. What? You think European cities have interesting suburbs compared to their cities? Or any country for that matter.
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:38 PM
 
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How unique and interesting are the bland suburban strip malls and shopping centers surrounding those towns in their suburbs?
Look at Taunton or Concord Massachusetts (Boston suburbs) and tell me the same as Westmont California (La Suburb)
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:44 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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How unique and interesting are the bland suburban strip malls and shopping centers surrounding those towns in their suburbs?
All around a half hour outside the Twin Cities

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Lake Minnetonka
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Downtown Stillwater
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Edina
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Blankity-blank!
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Did anyone consider that Americans have little interest in what their cities look like?
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