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Old 01-22-2013, 07:45 PM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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I've read a little bit about a community called American Venice on the south shore of LI. It was a really ambitious development of a resort community modeled after Venice that quickly became an NYC suburb. It hasn't really been preserved at all, though.

Just curious if you all have any other examples of this type of development. Maybe utopian isn't the right idea.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:11 PM
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Perhaps more details on it would be helpful, since I don't have much of a clue what that community is.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:20 PM
 
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Copiague (Images of America) (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)): Mary Cascone, foreword by Steven Bellone: 9780738573311: Amazon.com: Books What I learned came from this book, which don't have here with me. There isn't very much about it online.

There's little that resembles it's original form, though the marina that replaced the entranceway above still has a few of the columns:

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At one point there were gondolas. A few years ago someone proposed bringing them back, but I don't think it happened: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/25/ny...linoticed.html
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:26 PM
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Your streetview would have been underwater during Hurricane Sandy.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:40 PM
 
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You may be after something about strongly esthetic design, I'm not sure. The American Venice is in Los Angeles. Many of the canals were filled in, but a little piece of Abbott Kinney's (that's a name, not a title) original community remains and is gorgeous.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Copiague (Images of America) (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)): Mary Cascone, foreword by Steven Bellone: 9780738573311: Amazon.com: Books What I learned came from this book, which don't have here with me. There isn't very much about it online.
Fascinating! Who knew? I love those Images of America books. At least the Amazon preview gives you an inkling of the developers' plans.

You really have to squint to find those columns ...
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:36 AM
 
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Yeah that series of books is pretty neat. Hyperlocal history.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:16 PM
 
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heres a 1922 development called grayhaven in detroit, described as an american venice.

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Old 01-24-2013, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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You may be after something about strongly esthetic design, I'm not sure. The American Venice is in Los Angeles. Many of the canals were filled in, but a little piece of Abbott Kinney's (that's a name, not a title) original community remains and is gorgeous.
Yeah I was about to say, looks a bit like the Venice in Los Angeles. I think Naples in Long Beach was built with a similar aesthetic in mind (not positive about that though).
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:32 AM
 
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I've read a little bit about a community called American Venice on the south shore of LI. It was a really ambitious development of a resort community modeled after Venice that quickly became an NYC suburb. It hasn't really been preserved at all, though.

Just curious if you all have any other examples of this type of development. Maybe utopian isn't the right idea.
The first thing I think of when I see that picture is "that place is very vulnerable to storm surge and flooding". If I were to create a utopian city it would be situated on a hill.
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