Skip to comments.16 Ways Asian Cities Are Making Their US Counterparts Look Like The Third World
Posted on 01/05/2013 7:53:42 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Despite the global economic slowdown, Asia's cities are continuing to widen the perceived technological gap between its American counterparts.
The juxtaposition is visible from the moment your feet leave the plane. Many of the airports in Asia's biggest cities are stunning, engineering marvels and make those in the U.S. seem outdated.
Has America's early leadership in technology and engineering evaporated? Or is it hidden at first glance?
1) The Shanghai Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) floats on magnets and is the world's fastest commercially operated train, traveling at speeds up to 268 mph.
2) Seoul's local government has launched a $44 million plan to blanket the city with free Wi-fi.
3) Some Japanese street signs have heat maps to relay congestion information to drivers and directly influence traffic patterns
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Get everyone using the city's Wi-Fi. Then when the internet is being used to coordinate protests...pull the plug.
Our cities ARE Third World: Tribes of uneducated, morally bankrupt primitives warring for scare resources in economically depressed, lawless, crumbling, hell-holes. These aren’t melting pots, they’re septic tanks.
No apologies, but lots of condolences to anyone here that actually resides in one.
They’ll be able to pull the plug even if you’re paying for it.
RE: Our cities ARE Third World: Tribes of uneducated, morally bankrupt primitives warring for scare resources in economically depressed, lawless, crumbling, hell-holes.
C’mon, not every city in the USA are as bad as Detroit.
Most of the medical care is very cheap, state of the art with little or no waiting.
Someone forgot to tell them that the government should be involved!
Yeah, but Philadelphia, Cleveland, East Saint Louis, Baltimore and another dozen or so I could name without breaking a sweat, come close.
I would rather live in a rural-ish place where things stay pretty much the same, as they do where I live. Also happy to live in a place where you don’t have to collect rainwater to drink, like in Singapore.
Many US airports are run by corrupt municipalities, serviced by union contracts which pay kickbacks to the overseers.
This is a surprise?
New Orleans, Much of Houston or most any inner city area. They don’t even bother to investigate crimes in these areas. Black on black, latino on latino, asian on asian etc. and then cross pollination and then there is the white trash.
The sales tax rate in almost all states has TRIPLED since I was a kid. That is REAL dollars increase in taxes collected not just inflation. What do we get for it? Not very much. Streets of patches on top of patches, crumbling sewers and water lines. Every time there is a strain they threaten to cut police and fire protection but the big fat cats keep on trucking.
This is a corrupt and crumbling nation about to enter third world status if it is not there already in many places. 1/3 to 1/2 of the population are ignorant slovenly population of dishonorable thieves and parasites only interested in the next iSomething.
And even they look tame compared to the thieves and parasitic politicians which they elect.
The reason being they are homogeneous, meaning of the same or similar nature or kind.They are all virtually one race.
New York City is still the cultural center of the world.
Where are the MILLIONS of 3rd world muslims flooding into Japan and S. Korea?
These and others would go there if they could, but guess what? Both these countries actually have borders that they can control.
How are the borders of the UK any less defensible?
Imagine when the hacker across the street gets control of that.
I work in Newark. I literally believe I would be safer in Uganda
We were at a restaurant over the holiday. A local landmark where they post autographed pictures of notable patrons. One wall was of state and federal politicians. While we were waiting I loudly dubbed it the wall of shame. One of the toothy ones, current congress creep Dan Boren, I pointed out. My B-I-L asked if I meant the one visited by the tooth fairy. Yup, that is the one. All mouth, ears, teeth and eyes and nothing in between. Good friend of Paul Ryan.
I would dub them not the sharpest collection of arrows in the quiver but they are sharp enough to fleece the hell out of us, collect $178,000 a year, a fat pension, insider trading, all they can steal and come out millionaires. The Civil War should start in their offices.
I don’t know a single city I’d choose to live in.
Grew up outside DC; When I had to professionally, I spent at least a few years each in Memphis, Albuquerque, Cincinnati, San Diego, Nashville; more than brief visits to New York twice, Boston twice,Tucson, San Francisco, Dallas a number of times; a few days or more in Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Denver, Richmond, Phoenix, Las Vegas, LA. And all those were back when they those cities were a heck of a lot better than I hear they are lately.
Currently live an hour and a half drive from Seattle and avoid it like the plague.
Concerning American cities, I agree with Steve McQueen: “I rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.” I enjoyed London for several months when young, and a number of months in Chengdu back before China modernized. Probably not the same now.
Last year we flew out of Barcelona and I think Munich and Frankfort and those airports put ANY and ALL of ours to SHAME!!! OMG!! The shopping was like 5th AVenue and you could eat off the floors, they were so clean!! ANd then we flew into La Guardia......PUKE!!
Sorry, but NY is a dirty, ugly hellhole.....well, mybe you’re right, it IS the cultural center of the world.
But we don't need more spending.
1. A mere three years ago we passed a $600 billion stimulus package for "shovel ready" jobs. Now we need another stimulus for infrastructure? Where did the other money go?
2. The real estate bubble itself, 2003-2007, was a stimulus in real estate, including property taxes gushing into cities and states, which spent the money on things like Taj Mahal schools.
3. There aren't any cities that I know of in the US which do not have a serious pension underfunding problem, so that any rational city council would need to spend on getting pension funds funded, not buying gigantic metal "trees."
Of course Asian infrastructure is more modern, they have been building the most dazzling parts of it for only the last ten years. The Empire State building is 80 years old now. Most of the infrastructure we need, we already have.
Underfunded pensions?????? Gaaak!!!!!! You’re being sarcastic.....right? The taxes you refer to gushing into cities and states and going “missing” paid for CONTRACTS with PUBLIC SERVICE EMPLOYEE UNIONS which specified RETIREMENT PACKAGES pegged at FULL ANNUAL WAGE LEVELS in perpetuity for every single union retiree. It is what has sunk ALL of the cities in California, DETROIT in Michigan, AND the U.S. Postal Service.
What happened to you, did you visit NYC 30 years ago? Go to stay with relatives living in a slum section of the city? What cities, if any, do you prefer?
My youngest brother couldn't understand when my wife and visited him and his family last year why we didn't especially want to visit Seattle. He lives in Olympia. We explained to him, with some difficulty, that we enjoy the "empty" spaces of America far more than congested cities no matter what attractions the big cities may occasionally offer as far as services and entertainment. Nothing makes me happier on a trip out west than to look out the car window and see "nothing." By that I mean no signs of "civilization."
Some parts of China are modernized. And even certain civilized parts, for example Beijing, are only modernized in certain touristy areas. Even so my younger brother and his wife took a trip to China a few years ago and said they'd never go back. Off the beaten path was exceptionally filthy and many of the Chinese were rude to foreigners. Nevertheless, I'd like to visit China some day. But after she heard my brother and his wife describe their horrible experience, I'll have a difficult time convincing my wife to go.
How could forget Chicago and LA? Atlanta? Dallas? Yes, our cities are becoming Third World.
I have vivid memories of walking through high rise housing projects near Tokyo which, according to the theories of BO and JJ, should have been breeding grounds for poverty induced crime. The loudest sound I heard was a kid, a couple of floors up, practicing a piano. What is it about these parents in crowded substandard public housing buying their kids pianos?
Then there was Kobe, after the quake, my eldest daughter, then 10 years old, stood in line for over an hour to get fresh water for the household. She reported the loudest sound in the line were other people trying to get an elderly woman to move to the front of the line and she insisting she could wait her turn. Can you imagine anything like that happening in New Orleans post Katrina?
Have the Supertrees already been built?
They are part of Gardens by the Bay - a botanical park - so they are more of a demonstration of the technology. If they are going to get deployed anywhere, Singapore would be the place.
Libertarian though I am, I have become convinced that no large city filled with fallible humans can be governed without imposition of a Lee Kwan Yew- or Rudy Giuliani-style benevolent dictatorship. An efficient and honest system for detention or deportation of undesirables is essential. Otherwise, criminals and deadbeats quickly game the system and overwhelm the good citizens.
Obama is trying to take this human failing national for political gain...and he's doing a damned good job.
I did see a lot of well-dressed, wealthy Gulf Arabs and Iranians in Shanghai, where they were on vacation and busy shopping in a country that is much friendlier to their money than our own. China, of course, isn't letting economic refugees flood across their borders from any direction.
Traveling to Asia makes me feel poor and backward, these days. The way an Asian visitor to the USA might have felt fifty years ago...
RE: Have the Supertrees already been built?
I believe they already have.
I’ve lived in NY, downtown Chicago, and Kensington, London......New York is the UGLIEST and DIRTIEST and has almost no tree-lined streets like Chicago and London. We go to NY at least once a year.
Thanks for that those amazing anecdotes. I work in a tall tower office building in Newark and often have to work late (amazing how that translates into pay raises-but I digress). When I see the sun go down I feel like the scene in I Am Legend when he is giving the dog a bath. No one is on the streets at 7 in the morning but when that sun goes down, they come out and you better be sure to have a clear means of escape at red lights.
What? No scientific, technological or cultural scenes from Pyongyang? It’s been a long time, forty or more years, since I’ve been in an East Aian city. Manila was always my favorite. Stationed outside the Tokyo/Yokohama metroplex for three years and didn’t think much of the area. Spent a short time in Saigon, and I didn’t think much of it in 1967. Does Teheran count as an Asian city?
Some politicians here are talking about city-wide wi-fi. Maybe it will come. Not sure it will be a big deal. Urbanists will complain if you can get free Internet access without even bothering to go to a coffee-shop for minimal socialization with other hipsters.
That "heat map" looks hard to read. Maybe not the best technology. Hands-free toilets have also been around for a while in the US as well.
We'll see just how successful automated customs entry and "earthquake and tidal surge-proofed man made islands" in earthquake- and tsunami-prone areas will be. And we'll see how Seoul's river measures up to, say, San Antonio's once the brand-new sheen wears off.
'Green Kites' in Beijing are used to measure the wind, gauge distances, and test for pollution. 'Green Kites' in Beijing are used to measure the wind, gauge distances, and test for pollution.
PLEASE NOTE: These are not the 'Green Kites'
Uh, okay. I guess "Green Kites" are too important to show to foreigners.
Is THAT Pyongyang? I’m alll in favor of moving the UN out of the US.
bunch of bull of course
China has a maglev that is full of problems and so expensive that most folks don’t use it.
Korea might have WiFi, but maybe instead of doing that, they should pay the US back for the 50 thousand soldiers that died keeping them from being taken over by the commies.
Malaysia’s dream is run by the local (christian or buddhist) chinese colony...give them a few years and the Muslims will throw them out.
And all of these countries spend all their money on fancy cities to show off...go a few miles outside the showy areas, and you will find slums and rural poverty.
Cool pics but they don’t shw they SQUALOR of NY!!
They show the jewel of it, however, in Central Park. (You wanted trees.) I’ve lived in England and yes, Kensington is nice. Chicago never really spoke to me, though I know it has its merits. Living in Midtown Manhattan has never seemed to squalid to me, post-Rudy but I guess the world-class culture, business capital, and unmatched energy are more important to me than urban cleanliness to your standards.
Chacun a son gout!