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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 04-15-2014, 07:50 PM
 
Location: USA
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Out of these cities... Vancouver and Toronto

Canadian
& Australian cities are very similar to American cities.
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:53 PM
 
Location: singapore
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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.
I dont know KL well, but well whatever..

Seems like with a few exceptions, most of the places mentioned in this thread are anglosphere cities/nations.
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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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.
Take into account that Seattle and Van are closer in size to one another than Toronto and Buffalo or Toronto and Rochester
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Old 04-17-2014, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Both coasts
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Take into account that Seattle and Van are closer in size to one another than Toronto and Buffalo or Toronto and Rochester
No. Culturally, Seattle & Vancouver have more in common, than Toronto does to its parallel US cities, and it's not so much related to size. The demographics are more drastically different between Toronto and Upstate NY....or Toronto & Detroit. Economic situations. Social issues. More stark between that part of the border than what exists between Seattle & Vancouver.

Still, of course Vancouver & Toronto are more culturally linked despite distance, than Vancouver is to Seattle as no matter what being in the same country binds things together. (There are vibes in Vancouver that you don't feel in Seattle but that you do in Toronto- despite the distance, is what I'm getting at).
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Old 04-17-2014, 04:06 AM
 
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I think Manila is culturally the most American city in Asia, but it doesn't look very American, so it wont feel very American to most people. Most people speak at least some English, and the people who are really fluent have an American-influenced accent. Most of the same songs that are currently on the radio in the US will also be on the radios in the Philippines. American hip-hop is especially popular and this has also influenced the clothing styles for young men. Basketball is the most popular sport by far. Everyone knows the big NBA players, and if you're in Manila during the NBA playoffs or championship, you'll always see tons of people glued to their TVs. American movies and TV shows are not dubbed or subtitled; people are just expected to understand. Most people are Christian- Catholic to be specific, so churches are everywhere. You also see a strong Evangelical influence like in the Southern US. You see bumper stickers, T-shirts, and billboards with Bible verses or cheesy religious phrases like "God is awesome." These kinds of things are everywhere in Manila. American restaurants are also everywhere, and they have everything from Dunkin Donuts to Chilis. There are at least 100 Starbucks. Mall culture is huge, even more-so than in the US. Some of the biggest malls in the world are in Manila, and there seems to be a mall on every corner.

But like I said, most of it doesn't look like any American city because there's just too much poverty and the population density is very high. But I think 3-4 districts could pass as American cities. The newest one is this one, it's still being built


Bonifacio Global City, Philippines - YouTube
I think it looks like Southern California is something

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Old 04-17-2014, 05:19 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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Bradford, no question.
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Old 04-17-2014, 02:10 PM
 
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While each has its differences, Vancouver fits *very well* into that Pac and NW city mold of Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. They all seem to share a lot of attributes, both in their physical layout, as well as their cultural ethos.
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Old 04-17-2014, 03:52 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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No. Culturally, Seattle & Vancouver have more in common, than Toronto does to its parallel US cities, and it's not so much related to size. The demographics are more drastically different between Toronto and Upstate NY....or Toronto & Detroit. Economic situations. Social issues. More stark between that part of the border than what exists between Seattle & Vancouver.
Toronto is much more like New York City or Chicago than it is like any city in Upstate New York or Detroit.
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Old 04-17-2014, 04:51 PM
 
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I vote Chicago.
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Old 04-17-2014, 05:11 PM
 
Location: LONDON BABY
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The future of world cities is the European/Asian model of dense urban cities.

Sprawling American type cities are outdated and are considered a construct of the past. New cities are more dense and urban.

Modern cities are based on public transport infrastructure, not surburban sprawl.

American cities can feel rural. there is a small core surrounded by diffuse rural suburbia, and miles of highways.
This model has been a failure.

European and Asian cities feel urban, dense and alive and American cities feel rural and surburban.

The modern model for cities is for people to live close to where they work and where their kids go to school.
Modern cities are based on new efficient public transport infrastructure, high speed rail, subways etc. modern cities are dense and urban all the way throughout the city, not just the core.

American cities with a few highrises in the centre surrounded by miles of rural suburbia and remote shopping malls is a defunct city model and is being fazed out around the world, it was only really used in North America anyway, European and Asian cities have always been more urban and dense.
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