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Old September 17th, 2007, 01:28 AM   #501
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Imagine u go for a walk with your baby in a stroller; where are lift in London?
I think u get in trouble.
You'd also get in trouble in Paris, New York, Moscow and much of Tokyo

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plus u can be deaf with the noise in the trains.
No, you can't.
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Old September 17th, 2007, 05:08 AM   #502
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Old September 17th, 2007, 08:32 AM   #503
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You'd also get in trouble in Paris, New York, Moscow and much of Tokyo

Right, but i didn't talked about Paris, New york and Moscow ( I know all these network); I don't know Tokyo but i hope to go there some day.

Paris, new york and Moscow are far better than "The Tube"; I agree access for stroller or disable people are not easy; but for Paris and Nyc stations are not deep so you can have an help even if it's not easy.

Ok, One good point for London: Map is easy to use and informations on platforms are simple
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Old September 17th, 2007, 04:56 PM   #504
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Right, but i didn't talked about Paris, New york and Moscow
Well if you're going to slag off London for something that many other systems are guilty of, then I think I have a right to point out the ridiculousness of such claims.

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Old September 17th, 2007, 05:10 PM   #505
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That's what I thought when you said the Delhi Metro was fashionable
He didn't say it was fashionable - he said it was fashionable compared to the London and North American ones.
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Old September 18th, 2007, 01:59 AM   #506
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That's what I thought when you said the Delhi Metro was fashionable
Excuse me, but are you delusional?
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Old September 18th, 2007, 09:26 PM   #507
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That's what I thought when you said the Delhi Metro was fashionable compared to the London and North American ones.
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Old September 18th, 2007, 11:08 PM   #508
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That's what I thought when you said the Delhi Metro was fashionable compared to the London and North American ones.
Oh, so you are delusional then...

Compared to the London...?
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Old September 19th, 2007, 02:02 AM   #509
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If being delusional means having taste then yeah I am.
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Old September 19th, 2007, 02:45 AM   #510
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If being delusional means having taste then yeah I am.
I love how you criticise opinion, and then, on top of that, propagate your own as the correct one. Nice touch.
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Old September 19th, 2007, 12:58 PM   #511
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I love it how you take silly banter seriously.
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Old September 19th, 2007, 11:40 PM   #512
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I love it how you take silly banter seriously.
Sorry, thats just how I roll.

Lets get this thread back on topic now...I have nothing else to contribute.
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Old September 21st, 2007, 06:50 AM   #513
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The World's Best Subway Stations
http://images.businessweek.com/ss/06/11/1120_metro_stations/index_01.htm

Magic in the Metro
How cities all over the world make important public works of art out of their underground mass-transit systems


With 8 million people passing through each day, Moscow's metro system is the busiest in the world. It's also one of most of the beautiful.

Built during Stalin's rule, the stations are known as "the people's palaces" for their elegant design and lavish use of marble, mosaics, sculptures, and even chandeliers. The intricate mosaics lining Kievskaya station, the stained-glass panels at the Novoslobodskaya stop, and the gold-trimmed white porcelain caverns at Prospekt Mira are more museum than metro.

Most subway systems are dank and grimyŚnot places you'd want to linger. But a growing number of cities are taking a page from Moscow and investing in design and art for their underground transit.

Doing so not only makes an architectural and aesthetic statement but also helps attract more passengers. "Evocative metro stations are just as important to the whole experience of public transport as good-quality carriages," says John Smith, an architect and professor at London's Royal College of Art (RCA).

That's why a number of cities, especially in Europe, are turning their once-dreary public transport systems into stunning works of art. London, home to the world's first underground, tapped the services of world-famous architect Sir Norman Foster, who designed the modern station at Canary Wharf.

With its high, vaulted ceilings and glass exterior surrounding the platform, the station feels clean, sleek, and futuristic. Foster used a similar approach when designing stations for Bilbao's metro in 1995. The stations are unique for their striking, glass-enclosed entrances, which locals have dubbed "Fosteritos" in honor of the architect.

Other metro systems house historical treasures or precious works of art. Indeed, the Athens subway is a museum in its own right. At the Syntagma station, for instance, visitors can check out ancient objects unearthed when the station was built. And passengers to Lisbon's Olaias station enjoy contemporary works of Portuguese artists, many using the country's colorful ceramic tiles.
World's Longest Art Gallery

Art also is a selling point for visitors to Stockholm's subway, or tunnelbana, whose 108 kilometers (65 miles) of tunnels have been dubbed the "world's longest art gallery." Seventy of the 101 stations are decorated with colorful and constantly changing art exhibits.

Credit Stockholm's savvy city council, which recognized way back in 1955 the potential for the subways to be about more than just transport. The city called on painters, sculptors, architects, and engineers to join forces in making metro stations attractive and stimulating environments: "underground cathedrals" with a "fanfare of color and rhythm," according to the city

Building beautiful metro stations isn't just a chance for cities to show off. It also provides valuable exposure for up-and-coming local artists and architects, giving them a chance to bring their work to the masses. "Artists have a captive audience," says Edward Barber, director of programs at the London College of Fashion, who has been involved in the city's Platform for Art initiative.

Launched three years ago, the London program is designed to showcase and celebrate the city's rich and vibrant art scene. One current exhibition is a collection of student work from the RCA's printmaking department; the works range from a handmade woodcut of a fossil to a digitally created image of London's contemporary cityscape.

It's not just up-and-comers toiling underground, either. A growing number of big-name architects also are helping improve the subterranean world.

Italy's Renzo Piano designed part of the new metro in Genoa, while American Peter Eisenmann has recently been commissioned to plan the refurbishment of the railway station at Pompeii. It's not hard to understand the attraction. Public transport works, says Smith of the RCA, offer "a combination of prestige and civic pride." Not to mention the chance to improve the daily lives of millions.

Kamenev is an intern in BusinessWeek's London bureau.
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Old September 25th, 2007, 05:56 PM   #514
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Canary Wharf station does not have "art" in it, it's just good architecture.

IMO, "art" is like an art installation, like a painting or sculpture, not something that was there from day one and designed into the actual station.

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Old September 25th, 2007, 07:34 PM   #515
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^ That first one is Gloucester Road on the District/Circle platform, right? I recognize it being very familiar.
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Old September 27th, 2007, 01:11 AM   #516
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Yep, Gloucester Road, looking westwards on the Eastbound platform...
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Old October 5th, 2007, 04:26 PM   #517
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Interesting. Found this from an Australian news agency today:
London's public transport voted best
source: http://www.news.com.au/travel/story/...-27977,00.html

WORLD travellers have voted London's public transport system the best, for the second year tunning.

London also topped the poll, by holiday review site TripAdvisor, for having the safest public transport, best subway and the best taxis, the BBC online reported.

But travellers also said London's transport system was the most expensive.

The UK capital was considered to have the fourth cleanest transport system, with Washington DC first, Tokyo second and Paris third.

New York had the second best transport system, as well as being the second most expensive city for public transport.

Los Angeles came out as having the worst public transport system.

"It's proof that even when it comes to riding a bus or a subway, you get what you pay for," TripAdvisor spokeswoman Michele Perry said.
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Old October 5th, 2007, 04:58 PM   #518
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The Tube is my favourite, but i'm not naive enough to think it's the most reliable, most efficient or most comfortable system... I do think the people polled must be mad...
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Old October 6th, 2007, 02:32 AM   #519
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The Tube is my favourite,
Did we ever have any doubt about that?
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Old October 6th, 2007, 03:08 AM   #520
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Munich is the best i know,but there are probably better ones,but Munich has a very efficient and modern subway!
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