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Old 08-17-2009, 03:38 PM
 
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How are suburbs outside of US like? Similar, middle class neighborhoods or different social classes? What is the lifestyle around these areas if anyone visited them before?
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Old 08-17-2009, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Bergen, Norway
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everything outside the US is a third world wasteland. even paris - the capital of europe!!

but seriously, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA and many EUROPEAN countries are already covered in google street view.

here you can look not only the suburbs of different cities, but also the city centers and even the countrysides.

from my experience, european cities are different than american ones. most american cities have huge suburbs with a rather small % of the population living in the city center.. while in europe, people tend to prefer the ultimate urban life, rather than the suburban one.

there are some exceptions, though - like paris. you can tell this by looking at the city population, and comparing it to the metro population.

boston is a typical city where the metro population is much bigger than the population within city limits, and moscow is the exact opposite.

as far as quality goes, though, obviously nothing is ever going to come close to the mighty US.
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Old 08-17-2009, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Suburbs in Mexico (at least in Monterrey) are generally middle class.
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Old 08-17-2009, 04:39 PM
 
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everything outside the US is a third world wasteland.

as far as quality goes, though, obviously nothing is ever going to come close to the mighty US.
lol
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Old 08-17-2009, 06:23 PM
 
Location: SWE
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Atleast here, suburbs are basically just the same. But if it has rowhouses/apartments it can be more lower class. The real differences are in the inner city areas.
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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In oz the idea of high density housing outside of the central business district has not really caught on yet (although its becoming far more popular these days). As a result Australian Cities cover huge areas. Bisbane my home city is approx 60 miles North to South and 40 Miles east to west and has a population of 1.5 million. Nearly everyone lives in a 3 or 4 Bedroom house on a quarter of an acre of Land. Basically the closer the suburd is to the business district the more expensive the housing becomes.On the whole they are basically middle class neighbourhoods. (with some exceptions of course) Parks and sports grounds are also very numerous. I live in a normal middle class suburb and have 7 full size football (Soccer) and rugby grounds available for public use within 5 minutes drive of my house and as well as 3 public parks (I might be lucky though!). Never being to the USA, assume its quite similar?

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Old 08-19-2009, 04:54 AM
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Location: Munich + FL, 32082
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The main difference I see here in Germany is that suburbs aren't planned developments. Usually, they are former little villages in the countryside. They grew over time, as well as the big city, and finally they were incorporated. Suburbs are normally accessible by public transportation, mostly metros. Many people prefer to live in a house with a garden in a suburb than to live in a condo or apartment in the city. When size and quality are similar, it's also cheaper to rent/buy in a suburb.
I'd say most suburbs are middle class, while some are upper and some are lower class.
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Old 08-19-2009, 04:53 PM
 
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everything outside the US is a third world wasteland. even paris - the capital of europe!!

but seriously, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA and many EUROPEAN countries are already covered in google street view.

here you can look not only the suburbs of different cities, but also the city centers and even the countrysides.

from my experience, european cities are different than american ones. most american cities have huge suburbs with a rather small % of the population living in the city center.. while in europe, people tend to prefer the ultimate urban life, rather than the suburban one.

there are some exceptions, though - like paris. you can tell this by looking at the city population, and comparing it to the metro population.

boston is a typical city where the metro population is much bigger than the population within city limits, and moscow is the exact opposite.

as far as quality goes, though, obviously nothing is ever going to come close to the mighty US.
This guiy is 100% right paris and europe is a wasteland comparaed to america. I been down to some nice usa suburbs in new york, michigan, indian, and chicago and can say toronto has some comparable suburbs but they are outside the actually city. Otherwise don;t waste your time.
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Old 08-20-2009, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, Alaska (most of the time)
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This guiy is 100% right paris and europe is a wasteland comparaed to america. I been down to some nice usa suburbs in new york, michigan, indian, and chicago and can say toronto has some comparable suburbs but they are outside the actually city. Otherwise don;t waste your time.
Ok, just clearing some things out for you... he was being ironic. But you're right - he was 100% right. In what he meant...


Suburbs in Sweden aren't usually the place where you want to live. Nothing wrong with them, it's just... they're not "the place to live". Most people, if they are going to live in a city, want to live IN the city. Not the suburbs.
Suburbs are mostly just "plain" residental areas, i.e. mostly (mostly, not completely or always) taller building complexes and rather (in Swedish standards) crammed together. Not much to do there, since most "fun" and "interesting" things to do are IN the city.
Suburbs is usually where you live when you can't afford to live in the city. Or, as the city is the most popular place to live, when you can't find an appartment in the city.

(I have a cousin, for example, who has been living in different suburbs of Stockholm for close to 9 years now. He's been in a what's called "appartment queue" for 7 years, and NOW he's finally getting an appartment IN the city. He could have afforded one all these years, it's just that he hasn't been able to get one until now.)
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Old 08-21-2009, 12:55 PM
 
Location: MN
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Markham, Ontario, Canada.

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