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Old June 25th, 2009, 12:50 AM   #21
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warsaw looks nice. i like the old more than the new.
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Old June 25th, 2009, 06:29 PM   #22
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warsaw is amaizing
this is place where something like boring just doesnt exist
so inspirating
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Old June 25th, 2009, 09:05 PM   #23
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I agree somewhat. Thinning out the urban fabric did bring in much needed light, air and open space but you lose some dynamism. I also like socialist realism done well. I think ornamentation to old tenements can be restored always as long as there is the money to do it. Too many old poor people live in these flats/
"Lose some dynamism" - what did you mean?
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Old June 26th, 2009, 02:40 AM   #24
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I went to Warsaw in 2003, what a great city!
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Old June 26th, 2009, 07:38 PM   #25
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"Lose some dynamism" - what did you mean?

I mean lose some population density which provides the critical mass that supports succesful commercial and retail enterprises. People always attract more people and that is whaty makes cities succesful. According to Jane Jacobs, what makes cities work essentially is density, mixed use, walkability and a varied building stock to name a few basic principles.

Of course haven't been to Warsaw in 15 years, so maybe there are a lot more people walking around. Krakowskie Przedmiescie was one of the most beautiful and interesting streets in the world when I was there in 95, but now after it has been all paved in gorgeous granite with new street furnishings it must be amazing. But the pictures I see don;t show enough people - maybe because they are taken in the early morning.
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Old June 26th, 2009, 11:36 PM   #26
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I mean lose some population density which provides the critical mass that supports succesful commercial and retail enterprises. People always attract more people and that is whaty makes cities succesful. According to Jane Jacobs, what makes cities work essentially is density, mixed use, walkability and a varied building stock to name a few basic principles.

Of course haven't been to Warsaw in 15 years, so maybe there are a lot more people walking around. Krakowskie Przedmiescie was one of the most beautiful and interesting streets in the world when I was there in 95, but now after it has been all paved in gorgeous granite with new street furnishings it must be amazing. But the pictures I see don;t show enough people - maybe because they are taken in the early morning.
Now I understand. I took these photos in Wednesday morning and the weather was quite bad. In sunny Sunday afternoon Krakowskie Przedmieście is more crowded.
I don't live in Warsaw (btw my town is ugly ) and I can't say about how, when and where is the biggest crowd. Now the government is going to improve the density - it supports new appartments in downtown. I showed it in the last photos. It is very constroversial, because many people protest against this "big wardrobs" (they say that Warsaw isn't Beijing). Communists built 19 blocks (15 floors) in the centre of the downtown:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/198/4...569dbd.jpg?v=0
And did You see the biggest Warsaw's "wardrobe" called "Łucka City"?
http://www.propertiesuncovered.co.uk/graphics/Lucka.jpg
Do You think that is a good way?
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 10:32 PM   #27
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I went to Warsaw in 2003, what a great city!
2003? When I see pictures from this year I think that it was ages ago but it's only six years... It's amazing.
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Old July 24th, 2009, 10:32 PM   #28
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To EURO 2012 will be more amazing And now I hope that changes on Plac Defilad will be faster. Have You seen fights between traders of KDT and police?
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Old September 27th, 2009, 06:55 PM   #29
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New trip

My new trip to Warsaw lasted in the end of August.


Big old houses near Unii Lubelskiej Square.


Houses behind Smyk (near Jerozolimskie Avenues).


Wedel's cake shop - the best chocolate in the world


Protestant church.


One more big old house in the downtown.


Dom pod Orłami (House under Eagles) - a residence of a bank and one of the most popular gay clubs in Warsaw - "Utopia".


Modernist Wiecha Walkway near Marszałkowska Street.


We will visit 30th floor on Palace of Culture - there is an amazing viewpoint.


Modernist Marszałkowska Street and behind some old houses and Wisła river (Eastern side).


New development in the downtown (Northern side).


Skyscrapers in the downtown (N -W side).


Golden Terraces (West side).


Hotel Marriott and Central Train Station (S - W side).


Modernist Hotel Novotel and Rotunda PKO (S - E side).


Warsaw Financial Center and Rondo I.


Golden Terraces officeblock (left), Warsaw Financial Center (right), Hotel Intercontinental (in the centre, there Madonna stayed).

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Old September 27th, 2009, 11:08 PM   #30
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Great pics. Thanks
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Old October 18th, 2009, 02:05 PM   #31
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Three more

Only three new photos.


Crossing of Jana Pawła II Avenue and Grzybowska Street. In the foreground Westin Hotel. In the background JM Tower (under construction), residence of PeKaO bank and Hilton Hotel.


Rondo I skyscraper. It also hosts a headquarter of FRONTEX (EU's agency of borders and immigrants).


View from Świętokrzyska Street.
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Old October 18th, 2009, 02:50 PM   #32
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Thanks for the photos.

These eastern cities just look so exotic and familiar at the same time for a parisian, it's very interesting.
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Old October 18th, 2009, 10:06 PM   #33
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This face clearly shows that this is an eastern european city, not western one.

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Old October 18th, 2009, 11:04 PM   #34
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These eastern cities just look so exotic and familiar at the same time for a parisian, it's very interesting.
Why are you writing about eastern cities in thread about Warsaw?
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Old October 18th, 2009, 11:33 PM   #35
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Why are you writing about eastern cities in thread about Warsaw?
For some people the border W/E is still where was an iron courtain. I don't say that this is bad. Do we really need to call us Central to feel better?
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Old October 18th, 2009, 11:33 PM   #36
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Some very fine buildings, streets and parks. General impression: megalomanic.
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Old October 21st, 2009, 06:58 PM   #37
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well there are big distinctions in cultural traditions between central and eastern Europe. POland is primarily a western-oriented central European slavic nation which shares a similar language to its neighbours to the east.
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Old November 15th, 2009, 04:15 PM   #38
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Why are you writing about eastern cities in thread about Warsaw?
For us in France, even germany is eastern Europe
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Old November 19th, 2009, 08:11 PM   #39
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FOR PORTUGUES EVEN FRANCE IS EASTERN EUROPE
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Old November 19th, 2009, 11:11 PM   #40
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Lovely pictures of a city that´s improving a lot. Congratulations to all the people from Warsaw.
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