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Old April 28th, 2006, 10:04 PM   #1
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UK Cities like US Cities?

If you could compare your Future UK City to an American One, what would it be, and why?

For example:

Manchester = Chicago

Tall (Mainly boxy) skyscrapers proposed, which could make a vast but tall future skyline! One's rainy the others windy, nice!


Liverpool = New York

The potential is amazing, the setting is perfect, if only it was realised! The current skyline is becoming a mini-manhattan!


Birmingham = Detroit

Already quite a dense skyline, but still a little rough around the edges, but going through a resurgence, Car industry links obviously!


London = Los Angeles

Vast, huge suburbs, small skyline/s for its size, but starting to combat that...also celebs of course!!


These are quite obvious ones i know, but i'd be interested to find out what you would compare other cities to, like Leeds, Bristol, Newcastle etc maybe with ones like Boston, Houston, Seattle etc...

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Old April 28th, 2006, 10:16 PM   #2
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Those aren't obvious infact they are all awful.
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Old April 28th, 2006, 10:17 PM   #3
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I see where you're coming from with the Liverpool one, Liverpool has a waterfront (like New York) and Old tall buildings (Liver building?) which associate to New York very well.

but Manchester = Chicago

or Birmingham = Detroit...


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Old April 28th, 2006, 10:37 PM   #4
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Manchester-Chicago, Liverpool-New York ?! About as over the top as Hull-San Francisco!
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Old April 28th, 2006, 10:55 PM   #5
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Comparing our cities to theirs is like comparing chalk to cheese. London to L.A is the worst comparison in your list. There are few similarities but I suppose Glasgow with its grid system and huge motorway in the city centre would be the closest.
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Old April 29th, 2006, 04:18 AM   #6
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milton keynes - any of the medium sized midwest cities (eg somewhere crap like wichita, kansas) minus tornados
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Old April 29th, 2006, 05:04 AM   #7
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Pudsey = Manhattan
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Old April 29th, 2006, 01:22 PM   #8
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I can see Manchester and Chicago, but the others are too far a stretch.
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Old April 29th, 2006, 01:45 PM   #9
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How is Manchester like Chicago? Only London and New York go- all other British cities are too small to compare to any major US cities like Chicago, LA..
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Old April 29th, 2006, 01:51 PM   #10
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Manchester is more like Los Angeles, albeit a much smaller version, it is the centre of a conurbation of towns, some rich some poor, it has many motorways and the population of the surrounding urban area is higher than the city itself.
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Old April 29th, 2006, 04:32 PM   #11
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I didn't say currently!! I said future!! Blimey, comparing them now would be daft!! It's what they are 'becoming' which is what i hoped the debate would be about! Haha!
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Old April 29th, 2006, 05:45 PM   #12
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London=LA???
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Old April 29th, 2006, 06:08 PM   #13
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Which city would you compare Sheffield to?
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Well Brighton has been compared to San Francisco many times (obviously a much smaller version), what with it's large gay population and bohemian atmosphere, and also Miami (who wanted to twin with us but our stupid council turned down the offer).
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Old April 29th, 2006, 07:59 PM   #15
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Appearance wise, Manchester looks alot like new york and Philladelphia, east coast cities.














































gotta love this one













See what i mean.

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Old April 30th, 2006, 01:16 AM   #16
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London is too unique to look like any other city in the US, i can't really think of one, LA sounds Ok i suppose but i think maybe New York?. Is it which city it would LOOK like (in terms of buildings) or what the city would BE like, e.g. similar activities etc.
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Old April 30th, 2006, 03:14 PM   #18
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Wolverhampton = Chicago
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Old April 30th, 2006, 03:54 PM   #19
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Sheffield=Memphis
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Old April 30th, 2006, 04:15 PM   #20
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Which city would you compare Sheffield to?
I would personally say Pittsburgh. Largely because of the steel (they are both known as the Steel City) but also they have a similar topogrpahy, ie hilly, and they had similar problem with the steel industry in the '70s which led to a closure of many steel mills. They are infact already sister cities.
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