post the view from your window

woops

is not like other people
i can't get over @yyaldrin's picture especially when compared to yours luke. the communal pot plants vs the old discarded mattress. the towering firs vs the wire and ladder
 

yyaldrin

in je ogen waait de wind
but the courtyard is private and you need a key to enter. plus, a lot of windows face the courtyard, it's difficult to sneak around and vandalize or steal.
 

luka

Well-known member
Pippi Longstocking could come merrily tobogganing round the corner at any minute.
 

woops

is not like other people
but the courtyard is private and you need a key to enter. plus, a lot of windows face the courtyard, it's difficult to sneak around and vandalize or steal.
all i can say is this doesn't seem to stop anyone in london
The Swiss chalet where they serve hot schnapps and the rocking chair where the old fraulein knits her strudel.
mental innit
 

luka

Well-known member
Notice how not one of those bikes is a pricy, gleaming speedster. No macho attitudes, no desire to get ahead of the pack.
 

woops

is not like other people
i'm going out for a walk now while it's still daylight but i will not see anything as beautiful as @yyaldrin's courtyard
 

woops

is not like other people
i dunno if anyone else has seen that program how to with john wilson but it features some absolutely impeccable shots of urban dereliction. armchairs abandoned inside subway stations and all that. it's an interesting program for that alone

edit - in NYC. looks like they've got it even worse than we do
 

yyaldrin

in je ogen waait de wind
london is quite unique in how low little storeys most of the buildings have isn't it?
 

woops

is not like other people
it took us a while to cotton on to building blocks of flats, not til the 60s really for tower blocks but it's changing fast
 

woops

is not like other people
nearer the centre you have these blocks of "mansion flats" which are victorian and might run to 6 or 7 floors but further out it's rows of houses everywhere
 

yyaldrin

in je ogen waait de wind
well it's a good thing i think, to have a lot of low-rise buildings. it makes the city less heavy, less claustrophobic.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
london is quite unique in how low little storeys most of the buildings have isn't it?
There is - or in fact used to be - a law protecting skylines and views and suchlike. For instance you couldn't block the view to St Pauls or whatever local monument, but they've realised that it was stopping them making money so they find more and more ways to be flexible.
Even stronger in Paris, virtually no tall buildings in the centre - you can see for miles from the roof of that shopping centre that is like five stories high.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
All the tall stuff in the centre is pretty new though. You had the stuff at Canary Wharf and Natwest Tower in the city and Centrepoint I guess - but in the last few years they've added the Gherkin, Shard, Cheesegrater, Walkie Talkie etc etc which are all the tallest buildings in London.
In Paris the MP tower is huge but on the outskirts, also some tower blocks in the banlieues but it's a cast iron rule that you need to be able to see the Eiffel Tower from anywhere in central Paris even if your eyes are closed.
 
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