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Old Posted Dec 17, 2017, 4:24 PM
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^ Well, they do have their own mounted patrol, as any respectable anchor city should:


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I think it's safe to say that commieblock, tower-in-park-sprawl is much worse than regular detached home sprawl.
From what perspective? Maybe visually if you prefer the tree cover of a more mature detached SFH neighbourhood. Every building in that picture of North York though is within walking distance of a subway station that connects them to Downtown Toronto. Very possible to live the 9-5 grind there without a car if you don't leave the city much.
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Old Posted Dec 20, 2017, 5:18 PM
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The Woodlands is considered an anchor city of the MSA, which is just absurd. It'd be like Hempstead being considered an anchor city of NYC or Glendale for LA.
Why? So are Galveston and Baytown...and they are both smaller. Houston has no other city in it's metro that comes even remotely close to it's size. Pasadena is second largest city in metro and it's only around 150k.
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Why? So are Galveston and Baytown...and they are both smaller. Houston has no other city in it's metro that comes even remotely close to it's size. Pasadena is second largest city in metro and it's only around 150k.
I wondered about that, too. It's clearly an important part of the metro and it's definitely a notable city, including a nice developing skyline. The population was about 110,000 in 2015 so should be larger now.
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Why? So are Galveston and Baytown...and they are both smaller. Houston has no other city in it's metro that comes even remotely close to it's size. Pasadena is second largest city in metro and it's only around 150k.
Which is why it's a joke that any other city is considered an anchor city. Galveston as an anchor makes sense because it is the hub of its own mini-metro area but they shouldn't be putting out-and-out suburbs on the same line as Houston. Baytown, are you kidding me?
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^ Well, they do have their own mounted patrol, as any respectable anchor city should:


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When did The Woodlands get annexed by Canada?
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Can we consider Milton Keynes to be a suburb of London for purposes of this thread?

It's in the commuter belt, and deserves a special shout out for its awfulness.
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Is Milton Keynes the one that's mostly premier league footballers driving Bentleys and Range Rovers?
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Is Milton Keynes the one that's mostly premier league footballers driving Bentleys and Range Rovers?
I can't imagine why anyone with any money would want to live there but perhaps.

This is the center city:



https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_Keynes


For a laugh... they actually did bid to be European Capital of Culture for a year:

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/a...20171123139688
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^ holy crap, that's almost Schaumburg bad.

I had no idea Europe had such awfulness.
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Though Milton Keynes is not really like a Schaumburg. It's a planned postwar New Town, like Columbia, MD or Reston, VA. Crap but planned crap.
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^ holy crap, that's almost Schaumburg bad.

I had no idea Europe had such awfulness.
Milton Keynes is like that hack Le Corbusier's wet dream. Planned city from the 1960s.
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I can't imagine why anyone with any money would want to live there but perhaps.

This is the center city:



https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_Keynes


For a laugh... they actually did bid to be European Capital of Culture for a year:

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/a...20171123139688


I wonder if anyone important lives, or ever lived there. But that's just me.
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It's probably not the worst, but Cape Coral, Florida really gives me the creeps. It's just endless spawl of boring suburban houses and strip malls. What's worse about it is that half the city just isn't fully developed meaning that you get streets like this and this. And this is a typical street scene in Cape Coral.

Florida has some really REALLY terrible suburbs, and I honestly wouldn't be surprised if there's worse ones than Cape Coral in the state.

Cape Coral from above:


And as for The Woodlands, it is not anywhere near the worst suburb. At least there's trees and generally a decent variety in home designs. And though it is by no means urban, it appears that some areas of the city are at least giving it a try, which is more than I can say about most suburbs. For example:


^ This area at least feels kind of urban. Granted it feels like more of a lifestyle center than a city, but it's something.... But my biggest gripe is: If they are putting the effort in to make a downtown type area (in the photo) why the hell is it so disconnected from the Market Street lifestyle center? If you connected the two you could possibly argue that its an urban area. But instead there's a four lane boulevard and surface parking in between them.... And they could have done the same to connect it to the mall, but they put two boring suburban office buildings in between - if they had first floor retail on those, it would work so well.

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having driven across the country some three dozen times, I find the area stretching from Akron towards Cleveland one of the most most depressing and soul sucking old decaying suburbia in America.

When is the last time you drove it? The area with Montgomery Ward has been a outdoor "lifestyle center" for years now.
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I wonder if anyone important lives, or ever lived there. But that's just me.
Computer pioneer Alan Turing lived there during WWII, that was before it was a new town though, it was just a collection of villages then before the gaps were filled during the 60s and 70s
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Is Milton Keynes the one that's mostly premier league footballers driving Bentleys and Range Rovers?
I very much doubt that!
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Florida has some really REALLY terrible suburbs, and I honestly wouldn't be surprised if there's worse ones than Cape Coral in the state.

Cape Coral from above:

From this picture Cape Coral doesn't look too bad. The canals are an asset.

Once you zoom in and take a stroll on street view, the extreme low density sprawl is strange. It's like it never met it's full potential or something. A master-planned city that did not attract the amount of people it envisioned or something along those lines.

Maybe in the future it will fill in as Florida becomes more and more crowded.
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My ex lives in Cape Coral. Simply based on that...it is terrible.
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