Kaunas and Pittsburgh: Twin cities ?

by vytasvulgaris

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The unbelievable topographical similarity of the two cities is an amazing and unique case for a potential urban study. However, Pittsburgh ( 305,704 inh.) and Kaunas (321,200 inh.) seem to share only some similarities and  probably many more differences especially concerning the development history resulting  in different urban shape, distribution of densities, demography etc. herewith intriguing to open such questions as: how important is the topography for urban development?;  how (totally opposite) political systems can influence urban development?; what are the results of extreme (suburban) sprawl vs. extreme (suburban) containment? …to mention just a few.  (at least worth a research paper- anyone?)

For the start: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaunas  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pittsburgh

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