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GumboPot
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Is the charm of European cities due to the lack of strip malls and big box stores?

I know Walmart has a presence in UK but nowhere else in Europe. Also Cosco is making some inroads into Spain and France. Other than that, are strip malls and big box stores essentially banned in old world European cities?


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I’d rather wal marts than mosques


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You're overthinking it. Compare populations and go from there.


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LSUcdro
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demographics


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GumboPot
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I’d rather wal marts than mosques





No doubt. Both can be detrimental to existing cultural and architectural norms.


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cubsfan5150
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Town squares. I love them in Europe. Every American city should have had one.


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Is the charm of European cities due to the lack of strip malls and big box stores?



Uhh no. As someone who has traveled through Europe for both work and pleasure, the only draw for me is history. In no way shape or form do I find their lifestyles better than mine. Sure there are some exceptions. As the US becomes more globalist it will be harder to distinguish.


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crewdepoo
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Walkability is something people like about European countries. Strip malls and big box stores don’t fit with that.


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crazy4lsu
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Yes. Most of the US is a parking lot. We have so few third spaces anymore. We also destroyed a lot of really wonderful examples of US architecture for these places. The City Museum in St. Louis had examples of the stonework done by masons in the Midwest, particularly Chicago, and the attention to detail and scope was amazing. Designing cities around exclusive use of the car has been beyond detrimental to Americans.


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BhamDore
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Here goes another poster romanticizing Europe. Nothing charming about loading up a Ford fiesta with enough food to fit inside a dorm room fridge.


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Nothing charming about loading up a Ford fiesta with enough food to fit inside a dorm room fridge.



But that's the thing, you don't need giant refrigerator/freezer if your source of fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy and meats are walking distance from your kitchen.
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europoors don't know what they're missing out on


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atxfan
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Architecture and non processed food.


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Nothing charming about loading up a Ford fiesta with enough food to fit inside a dorm room fridge.
is filling up an f150 at costco supposed to be charming?


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It’s architecture, most of the cities were built before the US was even a fleeting thought

Back then people had pride in the things they built. Structures were built with an eye towards art and beauty rather than just simple utility. From small character and details of lesser structures to the grandiose cathedrals and libraries


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Here goes another poster romanticizing Europe. Nothing charming about loading up a Ford fiesta with enough food to fit inside a dorm room fridge.


People don’t realize that the more “culture” a place has, the less receptive it is to change. There’s a reason places like TX continue to grow so fast, there’s no ‘norms’ to hold them back.


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The roads and highways there were built around town/cities.

Here, the towns and cities are built around roads/interstates.


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justaniceguy
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Texas has more “culture” than most states do.


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The “charm” is walkable communities where people live and work in historic looking mid-rise structures and never need a car. In most places in the U.S., zoning insured there would never be enough population density for those kinds of neighborhoods outside a few old cities that developed well-before the car.
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Pettifogger
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I guess if you're talking about city centers/old towns but I'm sure most of those cities have big box stores elsewhere in the city proper.

The charm is the same as core neighborhoods in old US cities, and just like in those cities you'll usually find a Starbucks or some other major chain snuck in subtly to a historic building.


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