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^ funny how out of date that midtown manhattan panorama became over just the past 3yrs -- 

 

 

i saw these sao paulo pics on the similar reddit thread -- i dk if you can zoom in here? but pretty cool:

 

 

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50 minutes ago, cbussoccer said:

Philadelphia, early 1930s. 

 

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Specifically, that wide boulevard running north-south is North Broad Street. The ballpark on the left side of the pic is Shibe Park, which was demolished in 1976. There is now a mega church on that site. The train tracks running southwest to northeast are the Northeast Corridor tracks and also carry SEPTA commuter rail lines. The ones going northwest to southeast are the old Reading Railroad Main Line (not to be confused with the more well-known Pennsylvania Railroad Main Line for whom the affluent suburbs are named). That track now carries five of SEPTA's commuter rail lines that go to Montgomery and Bucks County. I used to take one of them to work, so I passed through this area twice each day. The large triangular building on Broad Street is at the corner of Broad and Lehigh and is still standing. Just south of it you can see Baker Bowl, the Phillies original ballpark, which was demolished in 1950. Southeast of that, across Broad, you can see the old North Broad Street Station building. The area is pretty run down but there are plans from several developers to redevelop the area with luxury apartments and mixed use structures. Here is a street view of the intersection today:

 

https://goo.gl/maps/jCuYUkprEATyMBWMA

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This thread needs some aerial pics of Seoul and Dhaka.  Or maybe one of those Bangladeshi or Indian trains jammed full of people inside, outside, on the top, etc. -now that is density. 

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50 minutes ago, Toddguy said:


This thread needs some aerial pics of Seoul and Dhaka.  Or maybe one of those Bangladeshi or Indian trains jammed full of people inside, outside, on the top, etc. -now that is density. 

Dhaka, Guangzhou, & Seoul

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^ 1999-2004 I used to go to São Paulo 4 or 5 times a year for work. Even after many visits, I remained amazed at how when you come into land at the airport you can look out of either side of the ‘plane and see nothing but tower blocks stretching to the horizon in every direction. 

I love the city and it’s energy although I’ve spent enough time sitting at a standstill on Marginal Tiete to know that I could never live there! When it rains the place grinds to a halt. 

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23 minutes ago, roman totale XVII said:

^ 1999-2004 I used to go to São Paulo 4 or 5 times a year for work. Even after many visits, I remained amazed at how when you come into land at the airport you can look out of either side of the ‘plane and see nothing but tower blocks stretching to the horizon in every direction. 

I love the city and it’s energy although I’ve spent enough time sitting at a standstill on Marginal Tiete to know that I could never live there! When it rains the place grinds to a halt. 

 

I have a friend who lived there for 3 years. 

 

He met a girl and they broke up because they couldn't handle "long distance relationships".... He lived in Japan Town in the Liberdade District... she lived in Cerqueira César... 5 MILES APART FROM EACH OTHER... but the public transportation situation wasn't great and a car ride would take 45 minutes in regular traffic and over an hour in rush hour. 

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On 3/13/2016 at 8:39 AM, mrnyc said:

right on time, the largest photo ever taken of nyc

360 degrees and 20+ gigapixels

 

http://360gigapixels.com/nyc-skyline-photo-panorama/

 

 

Seeing this for the first time. Wow, I can even see into the windows of the Washington Square Hotel we stayed at in May. I spent about a half-hour zooming in and studying different parts of the city.

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7 minutes ago, mrnyc said:

try this on for size comrades -- commie blocks in moscow.

 

 

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Ahhhh... Communism really allows for creativity and ingenuity! 

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Wow, those commie blocks in Moscow! Anyone ever watch the Mike Looks at Maps youtube vids. There was one he did on Tirana Albania, a city that is constructed  with dense commie blocks but in a way that's honestly quite nice. As we know here at UO, it's s all about the scale of the built environment.

 

 

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46 minutes ago, YABO713 said:

 

Ahhhh... Communism really allows for creativity and ingenuity! 

 

American suburban capitalism offers so much more....

 

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34 minutes ago, viscomi said:

Wow, those commie blocks in Moscow! Anyone ever watch the Mike Looks at Maps youtube vids. There was one he did on Tirana Albania, a city that is constructed  with dense commie blocks but in a way that's honestly quite nice. As we know here at UO, it's s all about the scale of the built environment.

 

 

 

 

 

i was, well, half heartedly looking at buying something there over this past summer. tirana has a got itself low key cool vibe these days. its cheap and i keep reading about it.

 

 

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1 hour ago, mrnyc said:

 

 

 

i was, well, half heartedly looking at buying something there over this past summer. tirana has a got itself low key cool vibe these days. its cheap and i keep reading about it.

 

 

Some of the beaches in Albania look really beautiful. I even started a marketing slogan that they can have.

 

Conveniently located between Greece and Italy....Albania! 

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5 hours ago, cbussoccer said:

 

Now try urban capitalism. 

 

Okay, here ya go @cbussoccer. Including rail/transit lines either built by the private sector or still operated by the private sector....

 

 

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These aerial photos tell us nothing about what these places look like at ground level.  And that's what makes density suffocating or invigorating.

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On 10/25/2019 at 11:59 AM, mrnyc said:

i was, well, half heartedly looking at buying something there over this past summer.

I support this. Especially if you install an urbanohio guest room. 

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On 10/27/2019 at 11:43 PM, mrnyc said:

mais bien sur, we must include zee parisian density.

 

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speaking of europe, here is the most dense part -- its in barcelona

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-5558193/The-fascinating-maps-reveal-Europes-densely-populated-countries.html

 

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That Paris density view looks beautiful to me. 

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On 10/30/2019 at 7:15 AM, Toddguy said:

That Paris density view looks beautiful to me. 

Looks and use can be deceiving.

 

Many of those interior units building can be horrific on the inside.  When I lived in London, buildings like this I hated.  As you had to enter from the street, then you may be in an alley or secondary court yard that would lead to stairs to your building or unit.  Many times that courtyard was unusable.

 

If anyone has seen the first Taken movie, they showcase some of these buildings.  Many can conceal illegal businesses.

 

I do love the "square block" Catalan developed buildings/districts in Barcelona.  I would love to see that instituted here in Cleveland.  Those Rubic's cube "looking" streets pack a lot of density and retail.  No cars on interior streets only walkways and access to transportation.

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22 hours ago, MyTwoSense said:

Looks and use can be deceiving.

 

Many of those interior units building can be horrific on the inside.  When I lived in London, buildings like this I hated.  As you had to enter from the street, then you may be in an alley or secondary court yard that would lead to stairs to your building or unit.  Many times that courtyard was unusable.

 

If anyone has seen the first Taken movie, they showcase some of these buildings.  Many can conceal illegal businesses.

 

I do love the "square block" Catalan developed buildings/districts in Barcelona.  I would love to see that instituted here in Cleveland.  Those Rubic's cube "looking" streets pack a lot of density and retail.  No cars on interior streets only walkways and access to transportation.

Yeah I was just going on looks from the pics. I admit I don't know about the rest.  Also yeah the courtyards look less like courtyards and more like light wells-on the small side. Still looks attractive from the air. That Barcelona pic looks particularly claustrophobic to me. Is that close to any open green areas or parks?

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1 hour ago, Toddguy said:

Yeah I was just going on looks from the pics. I admit I don't know about the rest.  Also yeah the courtyards look less like courtyards and more like light wells-on the small side. Still looks attractive from the air. That Barcelona pic looks particularly claustrophobic to me. Is that close to any open green areas or parks?

look at the Barcelona photo on google maps.  I'm not super familiar with Central B, as I've spent most of my time on the East and Coast.

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On 11/3/2019 at 12:02 PM, Toddguy said:

Yeah I was just going on looks from the pics. I admit I don't know about the rest.  Also yeah the courtyards look less like courtyards and more like light wells-on the small side. Still looks attractive from the air. That Barcelona pic looks particularly claustrophobic to me. Is that close to any open green areas or parks?

 

 

re the barca neighborhoods -- its not that highest density neighborhood, he is talking about this (via the interesting photos thread).

 

its a contender for thee urban density ideal.

 

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20 hours ago, mrnyc said:

 

 

re the barca neighborhoods -- its not that highest density neighborhood, he is talking about this (via the interesting photos thread).

 

its a contender for thee urban density ideal.

 

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I have seen these type of blocks before and as long as there is some parkland nearby(looks like there is by the Sagrada Familia)then it would be cool. Also given the climate I would really like to see the rooftops activated as much as possible. Pedestrian wise those are pretty big blocks actually.-I would not want anything bigger. The corner cuts do make it look attractive from the air as well. If they had full alleys bisecting them they would be perfect. Ideally(if I had the money to actually live there)I would want a rooftop garden.

 

I have read somewhere that the people of Barcelona really love living in these type of apartments almost like no other city...is that true?  

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23 hours ago, mrnyc said:

its a contender for thee urban density ideal.

 

If we're talking American cities and urban density ideal, then my vote is for Rittenhouse Square.

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@Toddguy You should visit 😉 Give time to adjust and settle in. 5 hours on a cruise ship stop is not enough. If you still find the blocks too big you can always go to the old city.

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