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Old 03-16-2017, 02:59 PM
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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Not compared to Denmark, or better yet, Iceland.
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Old 03-16-2017, 03:16 PM
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Originally Posted by Frihed89 View Post
Not compared to Denmark, or better yet, Iceland.
Iceland really only has one city. 39% of the people live in Reykjavík - 64% if you include its suburbs, and the two largest suburbs are the second and third biggest cities in the country. The biggest standalone city is Akureyri, and it only has around 18,000 people.
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Old 01-24-2021, 12:10 PM
Location: Washington DC
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As an American, I can tell you that (with the exception of a few) all of our cities look the same. Put a cluster of skyscrapers/high-rises in the center with a highly congested interstate freeway passing right by downtown. Plus little to no public transportation.

Charlotte NC

Tulsa OK

Cedar Rapids IA

They could all be the same place
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Old 01-24-2021, 12:14 PM
Location: planet earth
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To answer the OP's question: Because art-inspired architects aren't a thing anymore, because no one has read "A Patterned Language," because "urban planners" don't have vision, because people are greedy and just erect trash . . .

"America" equates to trashy and gauche these days.
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Old 01-24-2021, 09:19 PM
Location: Bergen County, New Jersey
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Even some of the legacy cities:

New York City:



Washington DC:

Providence RI

Hartford CT

All have some sort of threaded together design. Any of the above pics could be interchangeable with eachother. Theres probably more similar pics but I got lazy.
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Old 01-25-2021, 10:30 AM
Location: United States
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I like the idea of a homogenized USA, so I don't have a problem with our cities looking the "same". I do have a problem with them looking boring and ugly.

Not only do Eurasian cities have more beautiful historic architecture, but the postmodern structures are also much more creative and interesting


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Old 01-25-2021, 04:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike2050 View Post
Just a bunch of concrete sky scrapers in the city centre does not make a city for me. Great cities have their individual characteristics that develop over time. It's almost like all the cities use the same template.

The screaming fallacy of what you've written is this: Most American cities have experienced the very large majority of their growth in the past 100 years. In fact, in the Sun Belt, most cities have experienced the very large majority of their growth in the past fifty years.

Good grief. Hard to believe that we have to explain this to people.
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Old 01-25-2021, 05:41 PM
Location: Beautiful Rhode Island
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Originally Posted by masssachoicetts View Post
OH come on. You pick one view and say it's all the same?

I can safely vouch for you that Providence does not resemble DC in the slightest and I'm certain the other cities don't resemble each other overall either.
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Old 01-26-2021, 05:32 PM
Location: BC Canada
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Certainly not all American cities look a like and there are wide variations in the urban fabric. That said, considering the sheer number of American metros over one million, the variation is rather small. This was not always the case except in areas where the cities had roughly the same topography, climate, economy, and date of foundation. The problem is that much of the real variations in a city's urban fabric took place before 1950 and the massive expansion of suburban living.

The problem the US cities have which has resulted in the 'sameness' of so many cities is that much of the pre-war urban areas have been flattened by massive urban freeways ripping the cities apart and destroying it's pre-war heritage. You did not get this on near the scale in other Western cities because of that unique US problem...........race.

In much of the West, urban freeways were stunted, limited in scope, or just abandoned due to political pressure of well off inner city residents. In the US however, much of the inner cities after the Great Migration of Blacks to established northern cities resulted in very large black inner city neighbourhoods. The Blacks had little wealth and absolutely no political power and racism was rampant. Therefore building mega urban freeways met with no politically meaningful resistance. The inner city old stock housing, architecture, and neighbourhoods were gutted and divided being replaced by suburban monotony.
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Old 01-27-2021, 07:14 PM
Location: Northern United States
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I really really REALLY disagree with this entire thread. American Cities even in their suburbs often look different. Overall most American cities pre-world war 2 also have their own organic styles, even within the same region.

Lakewood Ohio is a urban, pre-world war 2 suburb of Cleveland on its west side, looks completely different from Cleveland Heights, another similar suburb on its east side. There’s a million other examples of this.

I think you see really stark differences in suburbia between different regions and states, the suburbs of Los Angeles are COMPLETELY different from the suburbs of Boston, or Atlanta, or Miami, etc, etc, etc.

I think the most egregious thing about this thread is that most cities in most if not all countries are going to look somewhat similar with regional differences. I just totally fail to see how this is an American thing, when honestly we have one of the most diverse range of urban areas and forms in the entire world.
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