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Old February 10th, 2014 #33
N.B. Forrest
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US stuff was built quick and cheap - people were always moving on, moving west. That has to be part of it. Not many were settled and rich enought to really build something marvelous like a plantation, say Monticello, or some of the rich houses up in Rhode Island.
Yeah, I've thought that that must be the reason for most of the makeshift ugliness: the itch to move on in a vast new continental nation; people in Europe were far more settled in their towns & villages.

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It's easy to romanticize Europe, but remember that Europe lacks basic functionality in stuff like toilets and showers - by our standards. I'm not kidding. In the stuff where functionality and convenience matter most, the US is better than Europe, generally. At least in countries outside of Germany.
No toilet bowl shelves to facilitate the close examination of turds here, eh?
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