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The International Style: sterile, mind-numbingly boring buildings set in a sterile, mind-numbingly boring unused Green Space© so people can "enjoy" living in sterile, mind-numbingly boring neighborhoods as a background to sterile, mind-numbingly boring lives except when they - foolishly - try to walk and get mowed down by a car.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Oct 24th, 2011 at 01:57:15 PM EST
It's the palm trees.  They're soul-sucking Hellspawn.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Mon Oct 24th, 2011 at 04:38:32 PM EST
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Well, listen, I wouldn't know what to say...I do not live in one of this places but I feel OK when I visit. Actually I like it, but I am not sure if I would like to live there...As I am getting older I have a feeling that I could, but as I said I am city girl and it may become boring at some point. However Gold Coast central, Surfers Paradise and other places are very close if one needs to feel "urban", ha-ha.
When my brother's wife visited us here in Brisbane at some point she said to me "Everything is so manicured here, I am getting seek of it, take me to the woods".
Maybe I am just used to "manicured landscape" and I like it. I was happy to see that Belgrade centre is manicured now as opposed to "untidiness" that I could remember.

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Mon Oct 24th, 2011 at 08:03:39 PM EST
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Manicured is certainly better than littered.

I think the sameness is the problem, which is partly caused by the homeowners' Association rules forbidding individuality - no real range of choice in styles and colors, types of landscaping, etc.

The minimum asset requirement enforced by the purchase prices is another factor, as you find yourself sealed off from those who are of lower income status. If one truly believes that variety is the spice of life, then subdivision living could prove too bland.

That doesn't mean it wouldn't be a nice respite from too much spice, though, yes?

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher

by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Wed Oct 26th, 2011 at 03:57:51 AM EST
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