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Edinburgh, Scotland

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I was in Edinburgh, Scotland, for business a couple of weekends ago, and I was impressed with the urban density of the central city.  They are in the process of installing a streetcar system, so many of the major streets in the downtown are torn up.

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One thing that St. Louis definitely does better is the placement of street trees; the facades of Edinburgh’s buildings are beautiful, but they lack that green that St. Louis enjoys.

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The Scottish National Gallery is built on a giant pile of dirt called The Mound, which sits over the railroad tracks that go through the center of the city.

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Edinburgh Castle is by far my favorite fortress in Europe, sitting atop an extinct volcano in the middle of town; it is a focal point throughout the city.

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The first public park, built on Calton Hill, features numerous Neo-Classical landmarks.  Edinburgh is an impressive city that I will revisit in future posts.

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