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Old September 24th, 2010, 11:02 AM   #21
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What does the term cookie-cutter city mean?
I cannot find it on wikipedia, so can anyone explain it?
When you use a cookie-cutter, you generally end up with a bunch of cookies all looking the same. When the term is used in reference to suburbs or estates, it just means that all the houses look the same (that's how I interpret it anyway )

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Old September 26th, 2010, 01:05 AM   #22
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Athens' center looks chaotic from tha air...

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But, talking about the city center, even it looks like concrete-jungle from the air, the surprise for the visitors is that it is really lovely when it comes to street level:

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Old September 26th, 2010, 01:06 AM   #23
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that's Barcelona / Spain
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Old September 26th, 2010, 01:48 AM   #24
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Most of the buildings in the center have received face lift after 2004 and the city looks decent enough from the hills nowdays. Plus there is more green than it looks like.
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Old September 26th, 2010, 03:04 AM   #25
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the Eixample is sort of generic yes, also in architecture (...speculation...). Mostly outspokenly ugly even. It's the villages and cities inside the city that have the charm, and the diagonal and the old roads connecting them.

Easy to navigate though - uphill is away from the sea, downhill is towards the sea
What are you talking about? Do you know Eixample dret and a very important area of Eixample esquerre? That's not speculation darling, that's ART.
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Old September 26th, 2010, 03:14 AM   #26
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Cookie cutter suburbs in North Phoenix

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Old September 26th, 2010, 11:09 AM   #27
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definitely: Athens is the most generic city i've visited
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Old September 26th, 2010, 11:51 AM   #28
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When you use a cookie-cutter, you generally end up with a bunch of cookies all looking the same. When the term is used in reference to suburbs or estates, it just means that all the houses look the same (that's how I interpret it anyway )
So cookie-cutter cities are huge anonimous non-places. Places with no identities, places where you have no longer a name but where you are just a number, places where your presence has only minimal additional value for population statistics.

Now it makes sense to me. Thanks
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Old September 26th, 2010, 09:48 PM   #29
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I would say that cookie-cutter cities have a very strong identity. I like homogeneity, planning. These cities show a line, a style.
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Old September 26th, 2010, 10:29 PM   #30
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au contraire Athens looks amazing from the air. I hope it somehow gets preserved like that, in a coupla hundred years it will be a treasured urban example form as equally 'homogenous' UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Hausmannian Paris or medieval Fez.
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Old September 26th, 2010, 11:43 PM   #31
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Miami's wetern suburbs look like an abstract painting from air. They also finish abruptly into the Everglades (see the left of the pic).

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Old September 27th, 2010, 02:17 AM   #32
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A few more from the northern "suburb" of Athens, not that it has any real suburbs since city center density expands to the horizon, but anyway...




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A group of people, which had too much time on their hands, made the entire city center of Athens 3D in google earth,
among the few cities in GE that are like that.
If you think your computer is good and you brave enough, go to GE and allow terrain and 3d buildings.
(It works in the updated free version)

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Old September 27th, 2010, 02:39 AM   #33
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Old September 28th, 2010, 12:01 AM   #34
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levittown is disgusting
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Old October 3rd, 2010, 06:18 AM   #35
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I think Florida takes the lead...

There you go: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/201...w_florida.html

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Old October 3rd, 2010, 07:00 AM   #36
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^ Oh my god that is absolutely horrific!!! If I had an A-bomb that is exactly where I would drop it...
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Old October 3rd, 2010, 12:44 PM   #37
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^ Oh my god that is absolutely horrific!!! If I had an A-bomb that is exactly where I would drop it...
just take a look at cape coral and shit your pants while watching it on GE
I always get sad when you can still see that USA is building tons of these new neigbourhoods
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Old October 4th, 2010, 03:44 AM   #39
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just take a look at cape coral and shit your pants while watching it on GE
I always get sad when you can still see that USA is building tons of these new neigbourhoods
florida is too beautiful for this sort of home building. With around 25 million people by 2020 I have no clue how this kind of urban sprawl can be sustained. I think the population needs to concentrated in select areas to limit sprawl so we don't end up using more uninhabited land. Florida needs just 3 megaregions to concentrate the population in (in my opinion):
South Florida (including St. Lucie and Martin county too)
Orlando-Jacksonville
Ft. Meyers-St.Petersburg-Tampa

If growth was limited to these 3 regions florida would have cookie cutter cities w/ the density and height of present day Athens.
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Old October 4th, 2010, 04:06 AM   #40
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just take a look at cape coral and shit your pants while watching it on GE
I always get sad when you can still see that USA is building tons of these new neigbourhoods
That's what I was refering to. And I agree completely, you would think that we would join the race with Asia for vertical sprawl by now...
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