BizJets From France, joined Jun 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1842 times:
Bangkok? I could think of a few more futuristic cities. I.e. Osaka, Kobe, Hong Kong... interestingly, all of these are in Asia. Seattle would probably be the most modern in the USA, my European vote goes to Copenhagen and its Scandinavian counterparts.
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7991 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1776 times:
I think for futuristic city you have to include the new Pudong development near Shanghai. That place is amazing!
Yes, London's Underground is great except for one thing: their trains are just too small for American-sized passengers. Small wonder why they're designing new trains with lowered floors for more headroom.
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 16, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1717 times:
Ryan - I'd disagree with you about Bangkok. I found that most of the skyscrapers weren't even finished (economic depression), some were dangerous due to manufacturers and contracters cutting corners to stay within tight budgets. Most of the city was dirty, full of traffic, old fashioned and sometimes frightening!! First time i've ever seen male hookers at midday... Also, people swimming in the river, children?? Same place that everyone dumps their sewage!! Not very nice...
Singapore is nice, but it has a very hollow atmosphere, almost none at all. Tokyo has terrible population, traffic problems. Plus there are still alot of very old buildings and poor living conditions.
Seoul, Kuala Lumpur are both pretty nice cities, Osaka in Japan is also nice (if its a City!!).
Sydney is also surprisingly futuristic, many new buildings, good transport system (the light rail by darling harbour), etc etc, nice underground/metro system.
AerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1698 times:
I think I'm going to need to nominate my own town of San Francisco, CA.
-Computer operated underground Muni trains (complete with computerised voices).
-Nextbus tracking systems on transit vehicles to provide real-time arrival and departure information on a mobile phone.
-Digital parking meters.
-Fastrak transponders on windshields. Booth mounted readers instantly read the transponder and deduct the toll from an account. The driver doesn't even need to slow down.
-The Transamerica Pyramid, the SFMOMA building, Sony Metreon.
-San Francisco is a BIG regional transit hub with Caltrain, BART, Samtrans, Ferries and AC Transit in one small city.
Ryanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 1663 times:
EGGD - with all due respect you probably haven't been to Bangkok in the last 2 years, during which it has been transformed with draconian anti-litter laws and the completion of skyscrapers/skytrain/subway system. It is certainly cleaner than somewhere like Tokyo at present, although nowhere near the sanitisation levels of Singapore.
I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16245 posts, RR: 56
Reply 19, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 1660 times:
Bangkok? This city represents every urban nightmare! Third world poverty, uncontrolled growth, corruption, horrendous traffic, environmental devastation, a massive sex industry. No urban planners would ever emulate BKK in designing a city.
Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
Go Canada! From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2955 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 1657 times:
the london underground has more postives than negatives?
its expensive, often dirty, often overcrowed, the staff are mostly rude, there are too many stairs, a number of statiosn dont have escalators or if they dont they dont work and theres often a strike at least once a year.
the positives are that most trains do run on time and the new jubillee line is great, even if its massively over budget.
the underground is about to be part privitised which means things are likely to get worse judging by the experience of the main rail network.
It is amazing what can be accomplised when nobody takes the credit
Travelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3488 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 1643 times:
This topic title makes me laugh. "Most Futuristic City"? Is that the city that you want to be, or the city that WILL be? Honestly, I think the best combination of the two is Los Angeles. Yeah, you laugh regarding the traffic. But find me a city that is not/ will not be dealing with traffic issues like LA is already dealing with them.
LA pretty much has the market on "most XXXX inhabitants outside of the country of XXXXX." More Vietnamese, Chinese, Mexicans, Japanese, Filipinos, and pretty much any Central American all call LA home outside of their own countries.
So yeah, multicultural, multilingual, crowded, smoggy, LA:
174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1604 times:
Air Lingus said in reply number 17...
"-Fastrak transponders on windshields. Booth mounted readers instantly read the transponder and deduct the toll from an account. The driver doesn't even need to slow down."
Here in New York we have that. It's called EZ Pass. You can use it in of states like New Jersey, Mass, Delaware, New York, Penn....
Not trying to be a jack ass, but just telling you we have it in NY too.
As for the original post, I have to give props to Toronto. The city has changed a lot in the past few years. New buildings have been/are being constructed right now. Most of them are the glass and steel buildings that look really nice! But some parts are old, but it's changing!
: any other adjectives welcome. strike-prone 174th is right. EZPass allows American commutters in the Northeast to drive right through toll booths as se
: Every place has an Easy Pass system these days... Atlanta even has one, and they only have one toll in the entire STATE of Georgia (on 400, inside the
: Massachusetts also has a system like that, and has had so for some years. Basically, you pay for the transponder, and then every month you get billed
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