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Old 03-14-2014, 06:08 PM
 
Location: East coast
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All these countries are New World by the definition of newly settled. Indeed, I think any of these have general parts, if they are not famous landmarks or locations, (especially downtowns with shiny buildings, or houses in suburbs) that could pass for American cities. I'm not talking about particular famous landmarks, like Sydney's Opera House or features particular to any one city.

I'm wondering about features (be they architectural, layout etc.) that if you just saw a city, you could say "That's a Canadian city", or "That's an Aussie city" or "That's in NZ". I can't really think of any that comes to mind in the ones I've been to.

Of course I don't mean stuff like nationwide brands being advertised on billboards, signs or flags, license plates on the cars that would give away the country. I'm talking more about is there say "style" of house or street something for these non-US Anglo countries that just shouts out "Canada", "Australia", "New Zealand" from street level.
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Well obviously traffic is on the left in Australia and New Zealand, as well as more roundabouts than the US (dunno about Canada).

We have these shopping centres that seem less common in the US, more like mini-malls rather than the sort of strip mall type thing you see in the US (though we have that too).

Terrace houses like this:

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=t...w=1309&bih=651

Are just something I associate with Sydney and Melbourne in particular.
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Old 03-15-2014, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Neo-gothic or Canadian chateau style architecture always makes me immediately recognize a Canadian city. Plexes are pretty unique to Southern Quebec, Bay and Gables to the Toronto area, and certainly the architectural vernacular of St. John's is pretty distinctive. The US has that distinctive greco-roman look for official buildings that always sets it apart from Canadian settlements. The houses on either side of the border seem kind of different in the east, but not so much in the West. Armories always distinguish Canadian cities, as do the legion halls.
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Old 03-15-2014, 06:05 PM
 
Location: The Downunderverse
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Terracotta and coregated iron roofs are very common in Australia, I don't associate them with North America.
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Old 03-15-2014, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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^^ There's all sorts of terracotta roofs in the south western States.
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Old 03-15-2014, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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^^ There's all sorts of terracotta roofs in the south western States.
Same in much of Australia. Come to think, American cities tend to have a lot more wooden houses than here, with a few exceptions.
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Paris
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For Canada, more numerous condo and apartment developments scattered over the suburbs:
https://maps.google.fr/maps?q=vancou...2,35.18,,0,3.1
https://maps.google.fr/maps?q=missis...1.46,,0,-10.71

Looks almost European:
https://maps.google.fr/maps?q=toront...12,158,,0,-1.7
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Central AL, USA
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Streetside post/mail boxes???

In my town (country: USA / color: blue) the few we have are gradually being removed.

A Wiki articles shows that the color in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom is red.
Post box - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Montreal and Quebec City are French-speaking cities so that definitely separates them from any US city.
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Old 03-19-2014, 01:59 AM
 
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
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Imperial and metic, for me most notable when driving.
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