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Two cities that are most alike!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Perfection, Nov 9, 2005.

  1. Perfection

    Perfection The Great Head.

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    Find me a pairs of cities that are very similar! I want to see if we can find two cities with a whole lot in common with each other.

    This is just curioisty for me. How similar can two cities get?

    Be creative, be serious, be smart, be funny, be unorthodox, surprising, take whatever perspective you like. Just find me great pairs!
     
  2. SeleucusNicator

    SeleucusNicator Diadoch

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    I don't have the pictures to prove it, but Urbana, Illinois and Ann Arbor, Michigan are very similar. So much so that whenever I go to either of them, I try to find restaurants that are actually in the other city, before realizing my error.
     
  3. Leonel

    Leonel Breakfast Connoisseur

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    Let's see. Judging from what I know and have heard about San Francisco, I'd say Portland and San Francisco are very similar. High hobo populations, VERY liberal (Very being the understatement of the century), um former westward expansion towns, former playgrounds for the rich, small railed mass transit system that serves the metro, um yeah I guess that's it.
     
  4. Rambuchan

    Rambuchan The Funky President

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    I'm really fitting the urge.
     
  5. Truronian

    Truronian Quite unfamiliar Retired Moderator

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    Minneapolis and St. Paul ;)

    Actually, Glasgow and Chicago have a similar vibe, though I haven't been to many cities.
     
  6. nonconformist

    nonconformist Miserable

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    Sodom and Gomorrah.

    I win.
     
  7. marshal zhukov

    marshal zhukov good economist wannabe

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    Rio de Janeiro (where I live) and Bagda. They are both really violent cities, where you can get killed for no reason and robbed, also the citzens of both cities live in fear, and the police is just as afraid and ill-equipped.

    Of course that the 2 cities are not 100% alike, Rio is a beautiful city and women here are fantastically sexy.
     
  8. Cuivienen

    Cuivienen Chieftain

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    :lol:

    London and Boston have very similar feels. Having not been to many cities outside the US, though, I don't know if this may be more that Boston feels like an European city than that London and Boston are alike.
     
  9. Gelion

    Gelion Captain

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    Buda + Pest!!!!
     
  10. Thorgalaeg

    Thorgalaeg Chieftain

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    Cádiz - La Habana.

    Cádiz:


    La Habana:
     
  11. Leonel

    Leonel Breakfast Connoisseur

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    That is eerie... :eek:
     
  12. nonconformist

    nonconformist Miserable

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    How about London Town and Westminster City?
     
  13. Masquerouge

    Masquerouge Chieftain

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    Paris and London.
    Beautiful monuments, a nice subway system, a center-of-the country mentality, a rich cultural life, a mixed population...
     
  14. Thorgalaeg

    Thorgalaeg Chieftain

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    Leaving aside the Cadiz Cathedral skyline, La Habana is like Cadiz after a bombing. :D
     
  15. Hitro

    Hitro Feistus Raclettus

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    I bet there are loads of extremely common looking cities amoung the relatively newly founded ones, but an example that seems astonishing if you don't know the history behind it is that my home town of Bremen in Northwest German looks very similar to the Latvian capital Riga which is of course thousands of kilometers away and part of a different culture.
     
  16. Marla_Singer

    Marla_Singer United in diversity

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    Paris and London are EXTREMELY different. Paris is a very dense city when London is an urban sprawl. I agree though that both share the things you've mentionned... but those cities are really very far to be look alikes.

    Paris has actually more common points with New York City.
    Both Paris and Manhattan are organized the same way. Manhattan would be the 75 department (Paris center), Brooklyn would be the Hauts-de-Seine (Paris west side), the Queens would be the Val-de-Marne (Paris South East), and the Bronx would be Seine-St Denis (Paris North East).

    Both Paris and New York are organized the same way, both are heavily multicultural. The Golden era of Paris was in the end of the 19th century, the Golden era of New York was at the beginning of the 20th century. Both are world cities, both are very diversed. Both have become what they are thanks to immigrants. Well, to put it in a nutshell, New York and Paris share the same thing you've described about London, but they also share even more. The only difference is a matter of size, New York being bigger. But outside that proportion effect, Paris and New York are twins.

    The relationship of those cities with the rest of their respective country are also very similar. Americans dislike Newyorkers for the same reasons French people dislike Parisians : They are arrogant towards the rest of the country. The kind of bourgeoisie are the same, the cultural places are the same (Woody Allen making movies which aren't far from French cinema). Saint-Germain des Près is exactly the same as Greenwich Village. Talking about movies, Paris and New York are also famous because of their insane number of movie theatres.
     
  17. kronic

    kronic Chieftain

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    Poor Latvians. :(
     
  18. thetrooper

    thetrooper Schweinhund

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    Ha! First thing that struck my mind.
     
  19. Gelion

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    See? You do have spiritual brothers :p
     
  20. Masquerouge

    Masquerouge Chieftain

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    They are not. you say so yourself :
    Yeah, I though about New York City. But actually when you visit London, it reminds you more of Paris that when you visit New York, because New York's architecture is so much more modern. Like all these big towers everywhere ? You will not see that in London or Paris, except in some very specific area (the City and La Defense). And what you say about urban density is not something you can feel while walking through a city : the 3 of them are pretty dense, that's it. So for the casual walker visiting the 3 cities, London will look much more like Paris.

    Plus Manhattan is an island, Paris and London are not but both have a river through it. Taking the Staten Island Ferry is an experience very new-yorkese.

    And New-York has this grid structure. Paris and London have the twisted, narrow European streets.

    So again, my match was not based on statistics, but on your feelings when walking across these three cities : what you see, feel, hear...
     

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