Risky thread. I know it. Try to stay on track, yes? The question I'm asking is surface and simple, not metaphorical, and certainly not political. Literal. What does it look like to you when you see it / have seen it? When I moved to Berlin, I remember how stout, square and pragmatic the buildings looked, sensibly lining streets that were unexpectedly wide for a city as old as this, as confined by a Wall as this, and as city as this. Tempelhof was a mythical structure from a Science Fiction story, or a castle, impossibly huge, meant for giants, not humans. When I moved to Puerto Rico the architecture looked like it was made of Lego™ bricks, all square and flat-roofed and everything was so random, no two houses looked alike, mansions next to shacks, next to moderately suburban homes, all with that square geometry that screams "South America", not a pitched roof in sight, heavy fences of cement and steel and gates everywhere, and always the almost audible approach of the jungle just waiting for you to turn your back to reclaim what is rightfully Hers. I'm just curious to know what the U.S. looks like to others. If you've never been here, describe where you live. Think of it as an exercise in setting.