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All the cities of the world are different. However, like langauges, climates, religions they can probably be grouped according to similarities/differences in architecture, culture, economy, history, lifestyle.

E.g. Latin American cities may be all somewhat similar to each other but very different from European or Japanese cities.

Do you agree with the Global Numud city classification that classifies world cities into 18 regional groupings based on culture/architecture/economy/history/lifestyle?

If not, what would you change?
 

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Brazilian cities shouldn't be grouped with Hispanic Latin America. In fact, the description they are perfect for every Spanish-speaking country in the continent, but it has nothing to do with Brazil.
 

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Brazilian cities shouldn't be grouped with Hispanic Latin America. In fact, the description they are perfect for every Spanish-speaking country in the continent, but it has nothing to do with Brazil.
How different are they though?

I take that the "colonial languages (Spanish)" part of the description is wrong for Brazil as Brazil speaks another colonial language (Portuguese), and "Amerindians/Whites/Mestiszos + Black minority" part is also somewhat incorrect (although all these groups exist in Brazil albeit with more Blacks and less Amerindians).

However all the other things, such as an urban fabric of colonial downtown + modern apartment/office districts + well guarded "rich" villas + unsafe slums applies to Brazilian cities as well I assume?
 

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Spanish colonial cities were very well-planed, with a central square surrounded by the cathedral and the public buildings. From there, they follow a strict grid pattern. In Brazil, they just developed in an organic way, like medieval European cities.
 

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In the Nordic category it could also be mentioned that many of the cities suffers from extreme sprawl and car-based lifestyle, that there have been a depopulation of the inner city similar to US' cities, and that many cities and town (Norwegian at least) were destroyed in ww2.

Btw: The Tromsø building labelled "1960s functionalist building" was actually completed in 2003. :lol:
 

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In general an interesting categrorization, but many cities are essentially hybrids. Berlin is both a central european city and a post-soviet city, as well as many other eastern German cities.
 

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In general an interesting categrorization, but many cities are essentially hybrids. Berlin is both a central european city and a post-soviet city, as well as many other eastern German cities.
It seems the map on the website actually uses dual coloring for some places, e.g. Eastern Europe that was Sovietized only after WW2 is shown both as Central European and Post-Soviet while the former Yugoslavia is shown as both Mediterranean and Post-Soviet.

Probably however the dual coloring should be used more. E.g. northern Canadian cities may by hybrid-style Nordic and United States cities, rather than purely US-style

But, of course, any cultural classification will be a generalization. There will always be discussions whether some dialect is a language or not and where are the limits of linguistic families. Then again classifications are needed to quickly understand the thing better - nobody will learn all the languages or visit all the cities.
 

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As with Metro Manila. It can be an Asian city, a Latin city, an Oceanic city or even an American city. It has the historical influence of both east and west.

But it's identity is still Filipino.
 

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Even in South East Asia there is a split between The Indo-Chinese and Malay culture.

For example, you have the prevalent Indo-Chine culture with Thai, Burmese, Cambodian or Vietnamese cities while Malay culture is prevalent with Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and even The Philippines.
 

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have you seen the typos and spelling mistakes across the site? I kind of stopped paying attention after it stated that British cities have areas of concrete highrises usually 'filled with imigrants', and that they create a big question in society due to their 'riots.'
I always thought of Paris when it comes to this one!
 

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It seems the map on the website actually uses dual coloring for some places, e.g. Eastern Europe that was Sovietized only after WW2 is shown both as Central European and Post-Soviet while the former Yugoslavia is shown as both Mediterranean and Post-Soviet.

Probably however the dual coloring should be used more. E.g. northern Canadian cities may by hybrid-style Nordic and United States cities, rather than purely US-style

But, of course, any cultural classification will be a generalization. There will always be discussions whether some dialect is a language or not and where are the limits of linguistic families. Then again classifications are needed to quickly understand the thing better - nobody will learn all the languages or visit all the cities.
What the map misses are subnational categorizations. In France, the northern cities are more central european, whereas the southern ones are clearly mediterranean.
 

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have you seen the typos and spelling mistakes across the site? I kind of stopped paying attention after it stated that British cities have areas of concrete highrises usually 'filled with imigrants', and that they create a big question in society due to their 'riots.'
I continued after 'Cricket and various codes of football are the favorite sports in the UK' the reason being its written by someone who is clearly a teenager living in a basement in Siberia. I don't know about urban categorisation, but this guy certainly has a line in comedy.

Various codes of football? I didn't know there was more than one. I also didn't know that cricket was the favourite sport of anyone outside the rural areas comprising the space between Hampshire and Yorkshire. I also didn't know rugby and tennis had recently ceased to exist.

'Pubs with overstuffed interior and cramped bars are a common pastime.'

What's wrong with our pubs? They are not cramped, except in London maybe, and what does 'overstuffed interior' mean exactly?

'Large malls are available only in the suburbs.'

Not true, there are plenty of malls in the UK. Birmingham, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, they all have large shopping centres in the city centre.

Also 'Public schools in the USA are mostly Black/Hispanic dominated and known for violence'.
 

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Also 'Public schools in the USA are mostly Black/Hispanic dominated and known for violence'.
Yeah that's very strange. Most kids go to public schools, and most public schools are white along with the population. I mean maybe in black and Hispanic areas they're black and Hispanic. School shootings happen, but for the tens of million up on millions of school kids they're very safe places
 

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Right off the bat I have a big problem with Canadian cities being called 'United States cities'. It's as insulting as if they'd have put US cities under the heading 'Canadian cities' like they were simply an appendage of us or copied us.

Cities in the US and Canada are a product of the time they were built, climate, economy, and circumstance. Obviously some knob came up with the 'United States cities' heading or they're just very simplistic/unsophisticated in how they view the world. Can-Am cities would have been far less problematic and far more accurate.

Then again, there are 2 distinct city types in the US-Canada. There are those established before the age of the automobile like Montreal, Boston, and Philadelphia. Then there are those that largely grew post war like Phoenix, Atlanta, and Calgary.
 

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Agree. It comes across as a bit amateur and crude. It's perhaps a good starting point, but needs lots of refinement and reworking.
 

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What a useless site. Basically filled with lies.

A few examples from the Nordic city section:

"Nordic cities have been ethnically almost homogenous until 1980s when affluence and liberal immigration policy triggered rapid immigration."

Not really. Nordic cities have since the days of the Hanseatic League been ethnically mixed. During a few decades of nationalism during the mid 20th century many cities went in the other direction, only to change course again towards the end of the century.

"Social Marxism, with its emphasis of making different genders, races not only equal, but also similar (denying inborn differences) is especially popular among the establishment, even where it contradicts science. Individualism and better achievement are frowned upon since school levels, to the detriment of talented people"

This is hilarious. Social Marxism? Contradicting science? Individualism and achievement frowned upon? Finland is probably among the most individualistic countries in the world. The school system is one of the best, and many talented people and famous companies were born here. We have a right-wing government and low taxes (too low). Not even during the 70s was this country "Marxist" but social democratic. What utter propaganda.

"The working hours are short even for shops and restaurants."

Compared to where?
 
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