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    Name of this town?

    So... I was cruising along looking to refresh my wallpaper collection when I saw this:



    Jeeeeez... but this makes me miss Europe (having been born there and living there as a child). Anyway... sigh... this town is in Norway. Anyone know it's name?
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    Re: Name of this town?

    That would be ┼lesund.
    Same picture actually: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/┼lesund

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    Thanks. What a beautiful town. And now that I read about it, what a fascinating history. Burned to the ground in 1904, and rebuilt at the height of Art Deco by some of Europe's most famous architects. Wow. Now I want to go there...

    What other beautiful cities or towns are there in the world - besides the famous ones?
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    Re: Name of this town?

    First thought that comes to mind is some Nordic country.

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    If the town were in the US, the first thing we'd do is spruce it up with two or three McDonalds, a 200 foot tall dingy yellow M next to each of them. then I could see clearing a few houses to make way for a Walmart, and then the whole neighborhood (or two) for the parking lot. There are just not enough fast food restaurants or big box stores on those islands.
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    Re: Name of this town?

    Quote Originally Posted by VTPoet View Post
    If the town were in the US, the first thing we'd do is spruce it up with two or three McDonalds, a 200 foot tall dingy yellow M next to each of them. then I could see clearing a few houses to make way for a Walmart, and then the whole neighborhood (or two) for the parking lot. There are just not enough fast food restaurants or big box stores on those islands.
    If the people want it, why not?

    Snarkiness aside, that is a really great picture. Whereabouts in Europe did you live?

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    Re: Name of this town?

    As an aside, dragging an image on to google images search page is a good way of finding information about it.
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    Re: Name of this town?

    Quote Originally Posted by VTPoet View Post
    If the town were in the US, the first thing we'd do is spruce it up with two or three McDonalds, a 200 foot tall dingy yellow M next to each of them. then I could see clearing a few houses to make way for a Walmart, and then the whole neighborhood (or two) for the parking lot. There are just not enough fast food restaurants or big box stores on those islands.


    I know you were being tongue in cheek, but there are some places in the U.S. I'm proud of a little bit; the rural part of Virginia for example seems more relaxed and traditional. I enjoy visiting that area (I don't actually live there).




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    Re: Name of this town?

    Quote Originally Posted by VTPoet View Post
    If the town were in the US, the first thing we'd do is spruce it up with two or three McDonalds, a 200 foot tall dingy yellow M next to each of them. then I could see clearing a few houses to make way for a Walmart, and then the whole neighborhood (or two) for the parking lot. There are just not enough fast food restaurants or big box stores on those islands.
    eyesore comes mind

    Some years back Sao Paulo banned outdoor advertising, have look at the before and after pics to see how much visual pollution advertising creates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mips View Post
    eyesore comes mind

    Some years back Sao Paulo banned outdoor advertising, have look at the before and after pics to see how much visual pollution advertising creates.
    Wow! I just watched the youtube video of the before and after pics. They were trying to do the same thing in Houston Texas. Don't know if they ever succeeded. I used to visit Lake Livingston with my girlfriend (lived for a summer in Houston). Driving back down on route 69 was UN-[frankly]-believable. The billboards were so thick that a driver could not, once, see the Houston skyline even though it's flat as a ping-pong table. There must have been hundreds of them. Seriously. Hundreds. And not small ones. Texas sized billboards big enough to stop a 747. Cold. And midflight.

    Here's my fav. US city:







    It's hard to find a picture that really does it justice.



    The best architecture in Burlington is a sort of Gothic, Victorian brick. Unfortunately, Route 7 going South is a five mile long strip mall and a daily traffic jamb. A real pity.
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