American Sprawl and Dutch Neighborhoods

Experience of Dutch neighborhoods and American suburbia from a Norwegian point of view.

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Downtown Amsterdam, Netherlands, but not the type of area we will explore in this story.

Dense Neighborhoods, But with Plenty of Green Areas

A typical neighborhood in a dutch suburb.
A typical neighborhood in a dutch suburb.
While dense, Dutch neighborhoods still have plenty of green public spaces. Notice two playgrounds and green canal area.
While dense, Dutch neighborhoods still have plenty of green public spaces. Notice two playgrounds and green canal area.
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A classic American suburb in Grand Forks.
A classic American suburb in Grand Forks.
The American suburb has a lot of green space but it is all private backyards. There are no public areas.
The American suburb has a lot of green space but it is all private backyards. There are no public areas.

Biking

Main road in a suburb featuring bike lanes and the always present canals.
Main road in a suburb featuring bike lanes and the always present canals.
In the Netherlands bike lanes are isolated from main traffic by parked cars.
In the Netherlands bike lanes are isolated from main traffic by parked cars.

Health and Autonomy

The Countryside

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Hiking paths along the Kromme Rijn outside of Utrech, Netherlands.
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Theehuis Rhinjauwen, a popular destination for families in Utrecht taking a bike trip in the countryside.
The "countryside" in the American midwest.
The “countryside” in the American midwest.
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Old windmill outside Utrecht, Netherlands.
You can hike in some beautiful nature outside of Salt Lake City. But you need your hiking gear and drive with a car.
You can hike in some beautiful nature outside of Salt Lake City. But you need your hiking gear and drive with a car.

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