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Michael van der Galien

The Difference Between the U.S. and Europe

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Posted on January 15 2010 1:00 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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by Megan McArdle

When Paul Krugman said “Europe’s economic success should be obvious even without statistics. For those Americans who have visited Paris: did it look poor and backward? What about Frankfurt or London? You should always bear in mind that when the question is which to believe — official economic statistics or your own lying eyes — the eyes have it.” I had roughly the same reaction that Matt Welch did: having lived in London for intermittent (short) periods, I found it noticeably poorer than the United States.

It is not noticeable to tourists, mind you. London, like any European city that wasn’t actually flattened in the war, is rich in architectural assets that make it feel very posh–low rise buildings older than thirty or forty years are a luxury in most American cities. Walking around a European city, the diversity and beauty of the architecture is dazzling.

Read the whole thing at Megan’s blog at The Atlantic.

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