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Old 01-26-2015, 12:40 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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They look pretty terrible, don't they.

Btw the last one isn't really countryside. It's just a park/bikeway. A random metro stop is probably just half a mile away.
Actually looks pretty cool in my opinion.
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Old 01-26-2015, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Finland
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Actually I think they wouldn't look that bad if the pictures were taken on a sunny day.
Actually, they were. Those areas was in the process of ghettoing, and city planners wondered that why even immigrants don't want to live in those but move away. So the cities (Helsinki and Turku) spent a lot of money facelifting these projects, and demolishing some.

Was:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-l9Iwrb6ZaA...0/PB290018.JPG

Is now:
http://www.hekaoy.fi/jakomaki/sites/...?itok=HD4m4In0
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Old 01-26-2015, 12:47 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Now this is the life

https://www.google.com/maps/@23.7175...Gp0ySwBNrg!2e0

https://www.google.com/maps/@23.7193...AlyzPWtCZQ!2e0
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Old 01-26-2015, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Yeah this neighborhood looks nicer, but I'd say the ugly ones make up the majority of the view of the city.
How about showing us where the rich people live in Taipei?
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Old 01-26-2015, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
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Actually, they were. Those areas was in the process of ghettoing, and city planners wondered that why even immigrants don't want to live in those but move away. So the cities (Helsinki and Turku) spent a lot of money facelifting these projects, and demolishing some.

Was:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-l9Iwrb6ZaA...0/PB290018.JPG

Is now:
http://www.hekaoy.fi/jakomaki/sites/...?itok=HD4m4In0
That's great.
But our ugly(and illegal) buildings are everywhere so we'd probably need to bomb the entire city into dust if we're "facelifting" the cities.

They are not ghettos though, those that live in all these ugly houses usually can afford a couple of huge LCD televisions set up in their living rooms and bedrooms and multiple smartphones lol.


Actually Taipei wasn't this ugly prior to the WWII. The city planning was pretty nice under Japanese rule, however during the war Taipei was bombed by the Americans then the Japanese were forced to leave, so we were stuck with the Chinese nationalists, who couldn't care less about how the city looked like.
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Old 01-26-2015, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
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How about showing us where the rich people live in Taipei?
The thing is, Taipei is not the kind of city where there are distinct rich neighborhoods and poor neighborhoods. For example my grandmother lives in one of those ugly **** but she also has three televisions set up in her house, one of them is a 60-inches long LCD television(which I don't like, I mean who the hell needs a television that big?), she used to own like 6 properties located in Taipei metro(were given to her sons though), and has been to more than 20 countries. Cases like her are not uncommon here.
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Old 01-26-2015, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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The thing is, Taipei is not the kind of city where there are distinct rich neighborhoods and poor neighborhoods. For example my grandmother lives in one of those ugly **** but she also has three televisions set up in her house, one of them is a 60-inches long LCD television(which I don't like, I mean who the hell needs a television that big?), she used to own like 6 properties located in Taipei metro(were given to her sons though), and has been to more than 20 countries. Cases like her are not uncommon here.
But there must be some streets that are considered nicer than others?
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Old 01-26-2015, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
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But there must be some streets that are considered nicer than others?
Well, I guess I can find a couple...

Like this one?
https://www.google.com.tw/maps/@25.0...1!1e1?hl=zh-TW
This street is one of the most expensive in Taipei, but the small alleys are more or less the same as those ugliness you encountered several posts above.

Or this one.
https://www.google.com.tw/maps/@25.1...DQ!2e0!6m1!1e1
It's pretty far away from the city center, actually it's in the mountains, those that live here are definitely rich.
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Old 01-26-2015, 01:24 PM
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Location: Western Massachusetts
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Like this one?
https://www.google.com.tw/maps/@25.0...1!1e1?hl=zh-TW
This street is one of the most expensive in Taipei, but the small alleys are more or less the same as those ugliness you encountered several posts above.
I'd actually prefer the alleys over that, living in the above would have too much traffic noise. This looks relatively ok:

https://maps.google.com.tw/maps?ll=2...c243da98cba64b
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Old 01-26-2015, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Finland
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The Pasila area in Helsinki was built in two phases, the first one in the early 60's with the ideals of Le Corbusier, Eastern Pasila, and it's hideous: https://www.google.fi/maps/@60.19894...qnvXDoeYTw!2e0

The Western Pasila was the last slum of Helsinki, and it was rebuilt in the mid 80's as the "critisism of the suburbs": https://www.google.fi/maps/@60.19856...OzR9-fJU7g!2e0

https://www.google.fi/maps/@60.19654...zxarPANuTQ!2e0

https://www.google.fi/maps/@60.20015...5gGC9LkKFg!2e0

Though it doesn't look very attractive it was a reaction, and as I've lived there, it is an extremely functioning part of the city. It combined commerce and residental, and the Finnish BBC still have their headquarters there.
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