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Old 10-21-2013, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Finland
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I don't how or why you would consider row after row of red brick houses to be suburbanish. That certainly isn't the case here. And yes the big diff between suburbia and urban areas is housing density, and not the lack of commercial buildings. I think in your country and a lot of Europe you have many more high rise apartment buildings. In the US that is only NYC for the most part.

Maybe Finland is different. The one street you viewed there is a residential neighborhood, a very dense hood by American standards. The other is our Chinatown in the central city district. The only place you see that kind of dense commerical and residential development is near the city center. Once away from that it is all row houses. Most Americans would prefer a row home over an apartment or condo.
Yes, it's maybe differences in architecture and culture. Our inner cities are mostly houses with buildings 6 to 10 stories tall, not always neatly in dense rows, but still dominate the landscape and building style.

We don't have that rowhouse culture hardly at all, so that might be the reason why I associate them with the suburbs. I was just surprised by the scale of those neighborhoods, it wasn't meant as any kind of insult.
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Location: Western Massachusetts
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Yes, it's maybe differences in architecture and culture. Our inner cities are mostly houses with buildings 6 to 10 stories tall, not always neatly in dense rows, but still dominate the landscape and building style.

We don't have that rowhouse culture hardly at all, so that might be the reason why I associate them with the suburbs. I was just surprised by the scale of those neighborhoods, it wasn't meant as any kind of insult.
It looks like in Finland (and most of Scandinavia) you get apartment blocks or detached/semi-detached homes. In between is just apartment blocks with more space in between. Is something like this what you expected?

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Washi...55.38,,0,-9.14

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Green...55.27,,0,-0.51

rowhouses, too, but they feel bigger.
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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The apartment complexes you see in Finland are pretty unusual here, except for social housing.
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Brighton, England
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Polish inner cities in older neighbourhoods tend to look like this - https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=war...48.44,,0,-8.04

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=poz...214.08,,0,2.92

as poland was pretty much destroyed during world war 2 most of iner city residencial areas were built in the 60' 70's and 80's and look like this - https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Poz...72.47,,0,-5.57

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Gdy...20.84,,0,-6.58
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Finland
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It looks like in Finland (and most of Scandinavia) you get apartment blocks or detached/semi-detached homes. In between is just apartment blocks with more space in between. Is something like this what you expected?

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Washi...55.38,,0,-9.14

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Green...55.27,,0,-0.51

rowhouses, too, but they feel bigger.
Yes, exactly, I expected more of that, and those have a more 'city feel'.

Yes, we have much blocks or semi detached houses for 2-4 families. Land, construction and maintenance is expensive, and building restrictions strict. And zoning is very rigid, and also often very old, sometimes all the way to the 19th century.

This street is a good example, partly old:
http://goo.gl/maps/RX5Fs

And the next corner:
http://goo.gl/maps/mc38z

or so:
http://goo.gl/maps/7Fyr3

http://goo.gl/maps/rOV21

another mix:
http://goo.gl/maps/dcIlN

or something a bit newer:
http://goo.gl/maps/NJmvu

None of these are considered poor neighborhoods, even if some of them aren't aesthetically very appealing. Inside these are often very spacy, well equipped and very well maintained.

new are being built all the time:
http://goo.gl/maps/fLVH2

this area is in fact already ready:
http://goo.gl/maps/ETv4s

Finland is full of this:
http://goo.gl/maps/lP01c

and this:
http://goo.gl/maps/YrZpe

Older lowrises bit away look often like this:
http://goo.gl/maps/RjI8y

or this:
http://goo.gl/maps/hEfCp

newer like so:
http://goo.gl/maps/ZWbbB

Sorry, many links, but good to be clear and give an in-depth explanation. All the the cities are dominated by those higher buildings, and the lowrises mostly in suburbs.

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The apartment complexes you see in Finland are pretty unusual here, except for social housing.
You mean these?:
http://goo.gl/maps/81i6W

People live in these happily.

And one thing you have to remind is that there's over 1,000,000 summer cottages and 5,500,000 people in this country, so many peoples (especially a bit poorer) gardening, BBQ and own lawn -needs are fulfilled by driving to the cottage during the weekends and holidays.

Those who have the dough of course like to live in these:
http://goo.gl/maps/yjszH

or these:
http://goo.gl/maps/jMbc
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Old 10-21-2013, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Finland
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as poland was pretty much destroyed during world war 2 most of iner city residencial areas were built in the 60' 70's and 80's and look like this - https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Poz...72.47,,0,-5.57
Are you sure that isn't from Finland?
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Old 10-21-2013, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Coldwind Farm
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October 2013 in Adler, Russia
































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Location: Western Massachusetts
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beautiful greenery (botanic gardens?) Bears some resemblance to Oregon.
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Coldwind Farm
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beautiful greenery (botanic gardens?) Bears some resemblance to Oregon.
Yes, this is a botanic park, I never been here in Autumn and now it's looks like pics of the PNW, which I've seen before.
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:14 PM
 
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Beautiful pics!


Most people certainly wouldn't associate those with Russia. Then again being at the extreme southern tip on the Black Sea near Georgia, it's not a common scene.
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