Arthur75 wrote:NO cities are not the same, the difference is density (in terms of square meters builded per square meters on the ground), the US suburbia is totally ridiculous (starting with the road/street width).
An alternative design scheme which you don't see very often in the USA :
This is a panoramic photo taken near where I live, in Sengkang, Singapore. It is located at the north-eastern part of the country, way out there in suburban territory. Each apartment block is about 15 storeys high, with an average of 6 units per floor. Not counting the ground floor which is mostly unoccupied, we have 84 families per block.
We have a shopping mall with an underground subway that reaches the city/downturn area in 25 minutes, above-ground light rail system which reaches the rest of the town/estate, and an integrated bus interchange (located within the far side of the mall from the photo). In the shopping mall, we have shops, restaurants, cafes, a supermarket, ATM machines, two bank branches, a library, 7-11, and a Starbucks.
The photo was taken from the rooftop of a building with the following facilities : a government polyclinic, post office, police station, community centre, education rooms for cooking, children's lessons, dance, etc, a basketball court, and auditorium.
So we've got a few hundred families within 5 to 10 minutes *walking distance* of these facilities.
It's hardly a perfect solution, but I'm pretty happy with the walking distance. I stay across the road. 2 minutes.
There's only one thing missing that the local residents sometimes grumble about, and that's a cinema.
For that, I could take the MRT/subway down to the city area. Or I'll just drive down for the occasional show.