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Old May 17th, 2008, 03:16 PM   #121
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Old May 17th, 2008, 11:01 PM   #122
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Is it safe to say that New York and Toronto are the commieblock capitals of North America?
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Old May 17th, 2008, 11:34 PM   #123
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commieblocks and water a perfect combination
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Old May 18th, 2008, 08:21 PM   #124
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Is it safe to say that New York and Toronto are the commieblock capitals of North America?
Isn't a central requirement of a 'commieblock' that it must have been built by a government-run housing agency?

If so, then NYC would certainly be tops in that department.

I don't consider high-density residential buildings built on a 'market rate' basis by private developers to be true 'commieblocks', even though some of them might look like them. Ie, some people might think of the Lakeshore East complex, as well as some of the other high-rises in the area, in Chicago to have many (at least on the surface) attributes of 'commieblocks', but I would never think of them in such a manner. OTOH, most of the Chicago Housing Authority's 'projects', many now gone, certainly are/were.

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Old May 19th, 2008, 09:02 AM   #125
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Is it safe to say that New York and Toronto are the commieblock capitals of North America?
There was also Chicago but they demolished most of them including the infamous Cabrini Green.
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Old May 19th, 2008, 10:50 AM   #126
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Is it safe to say that New York and Toronto are the commieblock capitals of North America?
There are many blocks in DC as well.
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Old May 19th, 2008, 06:02 PM   #127
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There are many blocks in DC as well.
Now that I look, there certainly do seem to be alot, but not nearly as many as NY and TO. Even Chicago probably has more, Montreal too. DC's are mostly low-rise as well, so a much smaller share of the population actually lives in one.


Anyway, I found this and thought it was interesting - a map of Toronto showing apartment towers constructed between 1945 and 1980s-ish. Mostly in the 60s and 70s however.


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Old May 20th, 2008, 05:30 AM   #128
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Is it safe to say that New York and Toronto are the commieblock capitals of North America?
Toronto really has a lot of commieblocks (70's apartment towers), probably more than i've seen in any other city, even in Europe(probably some EE cities have more and possibly Paris or Berlin have more,though none of the cities that i know have more.) NYC also seems to have a lot, though my guess would be that
Toronto has more (they seem to be everywhere in Toronto, in almost every district, especially in North York there are tons of them), though most of them seem to be rental apartments rather than public housing, i wonder that there're so many commies in Toronto ,anybody knows why ? was there such a huge demand for them in the 60's and 70's?

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Yes DC's blocks are mostly low-rise. Outside NY and Chicago, commieblocks are mostly low to mid-rise. Other US cities with high concentrations of commieblocks that still exist today would be Buffalo and Detroit.

There were major projects in other US cities but were demolished. One infamous project would be the pruitt iggoe housing in Saint Louis, MO.



This housing were actually designed by Minoru Yamasaki who designed the WTC in NY.
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Old May 20th, 2008, 09:05 PM   #130
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This one in St. Louis looks massive .
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Old May 20th, 2008, 09:24 PM   #131
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eh, that was demolished in 1972. pruitt igoe was hailed as an architectural breakthrough, then criticized as a hellhole a few years later.
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Old May 20th, 2008, 10:17 PM   #132
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Yeah... too bad for that though . It didn't look bad at all.
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Old May 20th, 2008, 11:22 PM   #133
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A nice pruitt iggoe movie:

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Old May 20th, 2008, 11:42 PM   #134
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athens... not really commie blocks but looks like especially the 1st one... most of them are offices...
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Old May 21st, 2008, 12:54 AM   #135
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Commieblocks in Buenos Aires...

Villa Lugano neighborhood, really scary...






La Calle Soldado de la Frontera que va por la mitad del barrio



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Old May 21st, 2008, 01:08 AM   #136
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Old May 21st, 2008, 07:19 AM   #137
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eh, that was demolished in 1972. pruitt igoe was hailed as an architectural breakthrough, then criticized as a hellhole a few years later.
One reason is the segregation plan for its residents. One area of Pruitt Igoe were for caucasians while the other were for african americans.

Another is the lack of government support plus the "skip stop" lifts
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Old May 21st, 2008, 08:25 AM   #138
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Another pic of my complex:



My school (graduated though ):

I would not consider your complex to be "commie block", 1) its not as massive, and 2) it has some colour. Actually I wouldn't consider about 40% of the pictures posted on this thread to be true commie blocks - they have more interest to them, or are smaller than the bland massive expanses. The BAs buildings are pretty spot on tho.

For me the quintessential commieblocks are still those that are found surrounding the cities of the former soviet union. Prague . I think that they are ugly, but the one I stayed in (Hurka, great Prague) had great selection of shops, restuarants & services along the ground floor of each building, the metro station was right there. Aside from the lack of cheer, balcony and ensuite laundry, it was very livable.

I couldn't find a picture of Hurka, but this is the next stop on the metro: Luziny, also Prague (the part tourists don't usually go to).

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One reason is the segregation plan for its residents. One area of Pruitt Igoe were for caucasians while the other were for african americans.
Was that legal??
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Was that legal??
Definitely no!

Here's from Wikipedia

Designed in 1951 by architect Minoru Yamasaki (who would later design New York's World Trade Center), the complex was named for St. Louisans Wendell O. Pruitt, an African-American fighter pilot in World War II, and William L. Igoe, a former U.S. Congressional representative. Originally, the city planned two partitions: Pruitt for black residents, and Igoe for whites. But as segregation was ruled unconstitutional in the 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, the project was opened as racially integrated that same year. But within two years, most white residents had found the means to relocate.
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