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View Poll Results: Which city?
Boston 0 0%
Seattle 2 18.18%
San Francisco 6 54.55%
Other 3 27.27%
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:37 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I would say Boston and Seattle both come to mind. Both have an MSA of about 4 million, similar to Melbourne, both are well known for being sort of arty and cultural, Boston and Melbourne both have that Italian culture. Seattle also has street-cars. Both seem fairly similar in stature/GDP, being second or third tier financial hubs. San Francisco would come in third. Like Melbourne it has trams (cable cars).
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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None.

If the US had something like Melbourne or something even 10% like Melbourne I would be living there instead.

However, I suppose maybe if you mashed up Boston + San Diego, it would probably be somewhat non-farfetched to say it's like Melbourne.
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:54 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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None.

If the US had something like Melbourne or something even 10% like Melbourne I would be living there instead.

However, I suppose maybe if you mashed up Boston + San Diego, it would probably be somewhat non-farfetched to say it's like Melbourne.
You'd choose Melbourne over Washington, D.C.? That's interesting. I haven't been to Australia, but I'm not particularly interested in the cities of that country for some reason. The wilderness of Australia is what attracts me.
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:58 PM
 
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You'd choose Melbourne over Washington, D.C.? That's interesting. I haven't been to Australia, but I'm not particularly interested in the cities of that country for some reason. The wilderness of Australia is what attracts me.
Sorry, typed too fast. What I really mean is that it would be up there with my American favorites right alongside Washington, Chicago, and Miami.

Nah, I like Melbourne as much as Washington DC, Toronto, Chicago, Miami, and Vancouver for North American cities, Boston just slightly behind the others. Pretty much for preference all of them are the same tier for me. All behind New York though. Melbourne is my (by far) and favorite of the cities in Australia.

If we had something like Melbourne in the United States though, it would be like a dream come true. We get stuck with choppy alternatives of everything. Seattle is a choppy alternative to Vancouver (just visited Seattle for the first time recently) and so on. Really disappointed with the place.
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:23 PM
 
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You'd choose Melbourne over Washington, D.C.? That's interesting. I haven't been to Australia, but I'm not particularly interested in the cities of that country for some reason. The wilderness of Australia is what attracts me.
When people think of Oz the cities don't usually come to mind, even though we're very urbanised and that's the Australia you'll see most of, probably. Melbourne is a world class city, not just in Australia. I had such high hopes for say Boston, and while it's a fantastic city with architecture Melbourne could never compare to, in some ways I prefer Melbourne too.
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:08 PM
 
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You'd choose Melbourne over Washington, D.C.? That's interesting. I haven't been to Australia, but I'm not particularly interested in the cities of that country for some reason. The wilderness of Australia is what attracts me.
Melbourne skyline

Melbourne at street level

Cable car lines

Melbourne

Vibrant streetlife

Laneway

Collins Street

More of Collins Street

Chinatown

More of Chinatown

Vibrancy of Chinatown

More vibrancy of Chinatown

Transit terminal

Horse drawn carriages

Street art in Melbourne

Street art corner in Melbourne

Melbourne's skyline from the docks

Melbourne skyline from park

Swanson Street

More of Swanson Street

Fitzroy Gardens

Public garden

Royal Botanic Gardens

Carlton Gardens

Aerial of Melbourne at night

Continued aerial of Melbourne at night

Scenery next to Melbourne

Continued scenery

Yarra Valley

Grampian Range

Continued Grampian Range

Absolutely stunning Victorian Alpines

Continued of the Alpines

Panorama from a park in Melbourne

Laneways at night

Outdoor event

More public art

Day view of Melbourne's skyline

A lighthouse

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More of laneways

Continued laneways and arcades

Amazing skyline shot

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The architecture

Night overview aerial of downtown

More at street level

The character and build up of the laneways and arcades

Fireworks

Total skyline pano during the day

That's the first part of the tour of Melbourne

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...e_by_night.jpg
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:37 PM
 
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Those pictures look great. Thanks for sharing. Maybe I don't give Australian cities enough thought because, well, they're too far down the other side of the world. lol. But Melbourne looks like a city I'd want to visit.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:16 PM
 
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Excellent pics of Melbourne, valentro, I assume you took those on your trip?

Melbourne really is one of the IT cities in the world atm. Really come a long way in the past few decades. Even since I first visited in 2002, I've noticed many changes on my 6 subsequent visits.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:29 PM
 
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Las Vegas.


It's quite surprising that no one mentions it.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:34 PM
 
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Las Vegas.


It's quite surprising that no one mentions it.
Are you being serious?
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