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Old April 22nd, 2008, 03:51 PM   #21
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^ thanks. there's a height limit based on the angle of the top of the building to the street in front. there was a tall building (i think 18 stories) built in the 1890s, and a lot of residents protested. you can see this building in one of the pics from the monument.

can we please get this thread moved to Urban Showcase? thanks.

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Old April 22nd, 2008, 05:33 PM   #22
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 12:45 AM   #23
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But these pics have changed my image of it being quite boring, looks lovely and cosmepolitan.
I used to have the same image of D.C.

It's much better in person and well, since I love American history is was even more fun for me.
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 12:46 AM   #24
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Not quite. D.C. only has a bit of a European feel around the area where the government buildings and museums are located. Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture, etc. are all contained in enormous Neo-Classical buildings. On the other hand, the rest of the city is pretty commercialized but Melbourne Separatist was right in saying it doesn't look like an average American city. It doesn't. I'd say it reminded me A LOT of Taipei's business districts. D.C. is indeed a very unique city and its metro resembles a huge bomb shelter.
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 05:05 AM   #25
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DC has some stunning architecture... I've always wanted to visit, and really should sometime in the future!
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 05:34 AM   #26
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Definitely one of the best cities in the world.
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 09:52 AM   #27
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It looks very european, kind of like paris- it doesn't look like what i thought a typical american city would look like
DC does not feel European at all. Maybe a bit more than Oklahoma city but it still is a quite essentially north American city, although clearly of east coast stock.

It's not because the buildings are shorter that it isn't north American. DC itself is organized in a grid pattern, it has a CBD just like most other american cities and a somehow dense inner city that is a mix of wealthy and gentrified districts with impoverished ones. The more you get away from the center, and the more it ressembles your usual east-coast suburbs.
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 07:39 PM   #28
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The center of DC doesn't look like other American cities, east coast or not. The subway stations don't look American either. The architecture is mostly Greco-Roman neoclassicism for official buildings, while the other could be American if they weren't all of the same height, which is very unusual for America but can be found in planned cities like Paris. Although the actual architecture of those buildings is American, so Washington doesn't look like neither America or Europe, it looks only like itself.
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Old April 25th, 2008, 02:19 AM   #29
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DC is made of what, 0,1% of neoclassic buildings? They hardly define the city.
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Old April 25th, 2008, 04:59 PM   #30
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City center defines city. It's not Bronx that defined NYC, but Manhattan skyscrapers, and it's the neoclassical buildings that define Washington.
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Old April 26th, 2008, 02:06 PM   #31
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These neoclassical buildings are hardly representative of DC's center, not only do they make a small proportion of the mall and the federal districts (you don't feel like walking in an ancient greek city when you're there...) but these areas of the urban area are not necessarily the only ones having central functions in the agglomeration.

And more generally, what defines a city is subjective, if city centers maybe define a city on post cards, you can hardly say that it is a general truth in all cases and for everyone. If you consider that touristic city centers define a city, fine , but it's not a general truth.
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Old April 26th, 2008, 10:53 PM   #32
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One of the most beautifuls cities in the USA.
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Old April 26th, 2008, 10:59 PM   #33
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Lovely pictures there of a very elegant looking city. Some of the pictures remind of London and Birmingham in the UK.
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These neoclassical buildings are hardly representative of DC's center, not only do they make a small proportion of the mall and the federal districts (you don't feel like walking in an ancient greek city when you're there...) but these areas of the urban area are not necessarily the only ones having central functions in the agglomeration.

And more generally, what defines a city is subjective, if city centers maybe define a city on post cards, you can hardly say that it is a general truth in all cases and for everyone. If you consider that touristic city centers define a city, fine , but it's not a general truth.
My opinion defines the truth. Because everyone else are merely a figment of my imagination.
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These pics... Wow. This is honestly, probably the best photo thread that I've seen. Wonderful job.
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Worth the second look!

I'd love to go back.
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Old April 29th, 2008, 02:55 AM   #37
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These pics... Wow. This is honestly, probably the best photo thread that I've seen. Wonderful job.
thanks to you and all the other forumers with positive, constructive responses.

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DC does not feel European at all. Maybe a bit more than Oklahoma city but it still is a quite essentially north American city, although clearly of east coast stock.

It's not because the buildings are shorter that it isn't north American. DC itself is organized in a grid pattern, it has a CBD just like most other american cities and a somehow dense inner city that is a mix of wealthy and gentrified districts with impoverished ones. The more you get away from the center, and the more it ressembles your usual east-coast suburbs.
i see you have some serious issues over people saying D.C. feels "European." i'll go so far to say that D.C. feels European (and American) in parts outside the CBD (like Rosslyn and Ballston.) granted, it's "new-European," but still "European."

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Old April 29th, 2008, 02:56 AM   #38
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Lovely pictures there of a very elegant looking city. Some of the pictures remind of London and Birmingham in the UK.
i can see London, but i'm curious which ones remind you of Birmingham, and which parts of Birmingham?

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Old April 29th, 2008, 03:21 AM   #39
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i see you have some serious issues over people saying D.C. feels "European." i'll go so far to say that D.C. feels European (and American) in parts outside the CBD (like Rosslyn and Ballston.) granted, it's "new-European," but still "European."
I have "issues"? Why try to sound insulting for something as trivial as this? To say the exact same thing, "you seem against the idea of DC feeling European" would have done the job. It means the same thing and is much more neutral.

That said, I don't have any "issues" about the question. It's just that DC is a city where I spent 5 years of my life, so when I say it doesn't feel European, it's because in my experience it doesn't.

Sure DC has a dense center and has other dense districts (such as those you mentioned in Virginia, and it's the same in downtown Bethesda or Silver Spring) but so do New York, Boston and other East Coast cities.

So, why would DC be "European" and not the others? Only because the buildings are shorter? Personally I find this to be a bit short for such a comparison...

And since Europe is anything but homogenous, what part of Europe exactly does DC feels like?
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Old April 30th, 2008, 06:24 AM   #40
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People often throw around the word "European" too often. These dense, Eastcoast cities are American cities, or at least what American cities were supposed to be before our ultra reliance on cars.

The worst is when people say New York City, Boston, and Philly are European. I can at least understand when people throw D.C. in there.
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