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View Poll Results: What world city has the most American feel to it?
Vienna 0 0%
Zurich 0 0%
Vancouver 7 10.77%
Auckland 0 0%
Düsseldorf 0 0%
Sydney 2 3.08%
Copenhagen 0 0%
Amsterdam 0 0%
Brussels 0 0%
Luxembourg 0 0%
Stockholm 0 0%
Oslo 0 0%
Dublin 1 1.54%
Singapore 2 3.08%
Paris 1 1.54%
Helsinki 0 0%
London 1 1.54%
Tokyo 1 1.54%
Milan 0 0%
Barcelona 0 0%
Lisbon 0 0%
Geneva 0 0%
Frankfurt 1 1.54%
Wellington 1 1.54%
Toronto 40 61.54%
Some other world city 8 12.31%
Voters: 65. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-14-2014, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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The most visited by americans is by far Paris,France.
I think more Americans visit Cancun than Paris.. Having said that, it doesn't make Cancun or Paris more American just because a lot of Americans visit those places lol.

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Old 04-15-2014, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Both coasts
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I just got back from my 3rd trip to Toronto, and layout wise, it's more American-feeling (more sprawl outside the city; big freeways, etc) than Vancouver, but Vancouver is more similar to its neighboring US city (Seattle) than Toronto is to the Upstate NY cities.

However, Toronto has a lot more British-sounding street names, they have French on the freeway signs, it has a more overall global feel so I can tell I was still in a different country; the transition between Vancouver & Seattle is less stark.

Further, I think more of the traditional Canadian stereotypes are more evident in Toronto, than Vancouver

Singapore is the most American-feeling city in Asia....and Sydney will be the most outside of N America

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Old 04-15-2014, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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Milton Keynes always gets mentioned on threads like this one. The obvious ones on the list: Vancouver, Toronto, Auckland, Sydney and Wellington. The rest? Not really.
Milton Keynes is more of a town than a city, and doesn't have skyscrapers. It does however have a grid system, and is a series of massive tree lined suburbs with retail malls, tree lined office and light industrial boulevards based around the car. It is like one of those nondescript carbon copy towns you often come across in the US with the same hotel chains, drive in's and retail outlets and the same nondescript mass of suburbs.
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I just got back from my 3rd trip to Toronto, and layout wise, it's more American-feeling (more sprawl outside the city; big freeways, etc) than Vancouver, but Vancouver is more similar to its neighboring US city (Seattle) than Toronto is to the Upstate NY cities.

However, Toronto has a lot more British-sounding street names, they have French on the freeway signs, it has a more overall global feel so I can tell I was still in a different country; the transition between Vancouver & Seattle is less stark.

Further, I think more of the traditional Canadian stereotypes are more evident in Toronto, than Vancouver

Singapore is the most American-feeling city in Asia....and Sydney will be the most outside of N America
Good observations.

Well Singapore feels American in terms of it's modernity/development, lack of dirty/slummy parts, organised traffic, and of course having almost every chain store/fast food place you can get in America, but of course in some ways is as different as a first world country can get.

I'd actually say Perth is the most American-feeling city in Australia, especially to San Diego. SD is the most Australian feeling city in the US, even down to the eucalyptus trees.
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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And Toronto remains the only Canadian city with a Baseball team in MLB. To the best of my knowledge, Vancouver never had one but Montreal used to.
Only Toronto and Montreal were in the major leagues. At the highest (AAA) level of minor leagues, the last Canadian survivor was Ottawa (2007) and Edmonton (2004). Vancouver was once in AAA, until 1999, but now plays in a A-short season league, with teams like Boise and Everett. A few other Canadian cities had teams in the lower minor leagues until the late 90's, such as Medicine Hat and St. Catherines, while London and Winnipeg were in high-level Independent leagues. But now Canada is basically devoid of professional baseball, except for the Toronto Blue Jays.

However, a surprisingly high level of professional baseball is now played in leagues in very un-American countries like Italy and Netherlands, with a few former major leaguers now playing there. Not to mention Japan and the Dominican Republic, with nearly every MLB team having several players from those countries. There has been league basesball in South Africa since the Apartheid era, and a South African player was on a major league roster during spring traininig. So the presence of baseball no longer marks a city as "American" in character.
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:26 AM
 
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Only Toronto and Montreal were in the major leagues. At the highest (AAA) level of minor leagues, the last Canadian survivor was Ottawa (2007) and Edmonton (2004). Vancouver was once in AAA, until 1999, but now plays in a A-short season league, with teams like Boise and Everett. A few other Canadian cities had teams in the lower minor leagues until the late 90's, such as Medicine Hat and St. Catherines, while London and Winnipeg were in high-level Independent leagues. But now Canada is basically devoid of professional baseball, except for the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Quebec City actually has a pro baseball team called Les Capitales which plays in the small CanAm league. Not sure what level it is. Maybe A or even lower.
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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I just got back from my 3rd trip to Toronto, and layout wise, it's more American-feeling (more sprawl outside the city; big freeways, etc) than Vancouver, but Vancouver is more similar to its neighboring US city (Seattle) than Toronto is to the Upstate NY cities.

However, Toronto has a lot more British-sounding street names, they have French on the freeway signs, it has a more overall global feel so I can tell I was still in a different country; the transition between Vancouver & Seattle is less stark.

Further, I think more of the traditional Canadian stereotypes are more evident in Toronto, than Vancouver

Singapore is the most American-feeling city in Asia....and Sydney will be the most outside of N America
Vancouver maybe less of a contrast, but as far as British sounding names, I'd argue it's on par with Toronto. You do enter BRITISH COLUMBIA, driving through SURREY and past NEW WESTMINSTER into the city which has QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK which is located a few blocks KING EDWARD AVE. The capital of the province is VICTORIA. The lists goes on and on.

My take, after visiting Seattle for many, many years is, that I don't get a Vancouver vibe there at all. San Francisco has parts that make me feel I could be in Vancouver.
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:16 PM
 
Location: singapore
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I just got back from my 3rd trip to Toronto, and layout wise, it's more American-feeling (more sprawl outside the city; big freeways, etc) than Vancouver, but Vancouver is more similar to its neighboring US city (Seattle) than Toronto is to the Upstate NY cities.

However, Toronto has a lot more British-sounding street names, they have French on the freeway signs, it has a more overall global feel so I can tell I was still in a different country; the transition between Vancouver & Seattle is less stark.

Further, I think more of the traditional Canadian stereotypes are more evident in Toronto, than Vancouver

Singapore is the most American-feeling city in Asia....and Sydney will be the most outside of N America
Was waiting for someone to say that...
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Was waiting for someone to say that...
Actually one could argue KL is more 'American' because it's more car-orientated, traffic jams.etc, but residential density still seems more dense, with mostly high-rises, although there are a lot of terrace houses and a few wealthy suburbs with large bungalows among leafy surrounds.
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