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You could write it about almost any American city.  By our standards, London has spectacular public transport, though.  It is, however, much like an inland American city, with the obvious difference -- aside from transport -- being the density of population.

I'd add that a major problem is London is the prevalence of terraced houses above high-rises.  You've essentially got the New York Metro area with no apartment towers with comparing.

I'm not sure a comparison between London and Frisco is reasonable, aside from both being prone to environmental disaster.  (No offense to folks in San Fran, but the earthquakes alone are enough to keep me as far away as possible.  I'll stick to hurricane territory, thank you.)  San Fran doesn't include a lot of room to begin with, whereas London has simply expanded to the point that, when Helen and I visited Brighton, I couldn't tell where one ended and the other began.  And we're not talking about a brief ride on the Underground here.  We're talking about fifty or sixty miles on a straight shot.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed Oct 31st, 2007 at 07:33:32 AM EST
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