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Old 10-31-2013, 03:51 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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Camden vs Monaco... classic.

Oh and take a chill pill not everyone jerks off about European cities, sorry but give me anything in America over Europe any day.
Umm... you started the whole scenario. Did you have a memory lapse at the stuff you posted just prior posting the banlieus of Paris and ranting about the mediterrannean coast was ugly? No wonder Europeans think Americans are hicks, please stay in the US and don't go there. We don't need any more americans eating at McDo waddling around champs-élysées.
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:59 PM
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Location: Western Massachusetts
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Is it not true that pretty much everything in Europe is smaller than America?
Apartments, Homes, Cars, etc...
People in Europe live very frugal so its sometimes a challenge to find a nice flat with a closet, dryer, garbage disposable and/or air conditioning.
Idk how they do it but i would go insane living over there.
Personally, don't see the big deal.

I liked growing up in a big home, but looking back I can't really see what it was all for. Can't see the need for it. We didn't have garbage disposals, though, are they really that important? Ditto with cars, not really interested in big cars, either. I don't have A/C either.
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:09 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Umm... you started the whole scenario. Did you have a memory lapse at the stuff you posted just prior posting the banlieus of Paris and ranting about the mediterrannean coast was ugly? No wonder Europeans think Americans are hicks, please stay in the US and don't go there. We don't need any more americans eating at McDo waddling around champs-élysées.
Sure aint good at taking criticism? lol
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Kent, UK/ Rhode Island, US
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Sure aint good at taking criticism? lol
Lol, the irony. I've seen many of your posts, and it seems that you can't take any sort of criticism of the United States, you think everything American is perfect.
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Old 11-01-2013, 01:52 PM
 
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Is it not true that pretty much everything in Europe is smaller than America?
Apartments, Homes, Cars, etc...
People in Europe live very frugal so its sometimes a challenge to find a nice flat with a closet, dryer, garbage disposable and/or air conditioning.
Idk how they do it but i would go insane living over there.
How typically American, somehow bigger is always better. Many find there is more to life than glitzy consumer items and the search for something even bigger.
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Old 11-01-2013, 02:35 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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How typically American, somehow bigger is always better. Many find there is more to life than glitzy consumer items and the search for something even bigger.
I know i'm talking about me personally. I don't like it over there and i don't want this country to be more "European"
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:22 AM
 
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No. Our ancestors moved here to get away from all that.
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Frankfurt, London, Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Milan.
Next time i go visit that part of the world i'm only gonna go to UK and Ireland. Italy, France and Germany had wayyy too much concrete, almost every building is made out of this very ugly white-tannish concrete and everything was so compact and small.
Just droppin' in here for a moment. Have to say I agree about the concrete. Riverbanks lined with concrete, concrete, concrete everywhere! Certainly little appreciation of nature, greenery, etc.
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:01 AM
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Just droppin' in here for a moment. Have to say I agree about the concrete. Riverbanks lined with concrete, concrete, concrete everywhere! Certainly little appreciation of nature, greenery, etc.
Personally, I don't think greenery in the center city is that important. I'd rather it be full of pedestrians, have the pedestrian-only shopping streets and squares many European cities have, lots going on, etc. Though I might prefer to live a bit further out where it's greener, for visiting I don't mind too much. Interesting architecture can make up for the lack of greenery, US commercial roads are often eyesores IMO with the strip malls, which are worse than the lack of trees. Give me this treeless commercial street:

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Brook...2.66,,0,-10.51

over this treed one:

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Jeric...2,256.86,,0,-3

Considering how much of the latter we have, we have plenty of our own ugliness. I guess people don't mind the latter as much as I do. In a crowded city, a few trees aren't going to make a huge difference. I care more about trees and good natural places further outside. Which the US has lots of them, far far more than Europe, where nature has been drastically altered. Cities are a small area, losing nature there isn't a tremendous loss, but in much of Europe the natural landscape has been drastically changed. One of the biggest strengths of the US is its natural spaces and just wide open spaces in general. I'm rather appalled no one has brought it up and overlooked it.

Of course, some spots in Europe are relatively close to their natural condition, and not all of the US is, but on average the US is far better. Likewise not all European cities are concrete jungles, it depends where. I remember some photo thread with green European cities, I'd have to dig them up. And if the US city you're used to is NYC, you wouldn't find the lack of trees in the center that noteable:

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Skimmed over a few bird's eye views of Amsterdam. There's more trees than I expected in the center city.

Bing Maps - Driving Directions, Traffic and Road Conditions

in the canal area. A bit space limited. Further out:

Bing Maps - Driving Directions, Traffic and Road Conditions

a bit greener. Manhattan is more concrete. More residential East Village:

Bing Maps - Driving Directions, Traffic and Road Conditions

in a more commercial area:

Bing Maps - Driving Directions, Traffic and Road Conditions

almost none whatsoever. Old Brooklyn neighborhoods are roughly similar in form to the second Amsterdam view:

Bing Maps - Driving Directions, Traffic and Road Conditions
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Old 11-02-2013, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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Umm... you started the whole scenario. Did you have a memory lapse at the stuff you posted just prior posting the banlieus of Paris and ranting about the mediterrannean coast was ugly? No wonder Europeans think Americans are hicks, please stay in the US and don't go there. We don't need any more americans eating at McDo waddling around champs-élysées.
lol That's actually funny because when I was in Paris the McDonalds were packed with French people, we got lunch there once because well it's McDonalds and you know been there done that, but surprised at how busy they were. Also surprised by how much A&F, and Hollister logos and clothing I saw people wearing (not the older folks, people around my age and a little older,) besides the old buildings and foreign words it could have been any crowded American city.
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