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Modern Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt

May 14th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Modern Heliopolis is a district of Cairo, Egypt. The town was established by the Heliopolis Oasis Company, headed by the Belgian industrialist Édouard Louis Joseph, Baron Empain, beginning in 1905. The Baron, a well known amateur Egyptologist and prominent European entrepreneur, arrived in Egypt in January 1904, intending to rescue one of his Belgian company's projects in Egypt; the construction of a railway line linking Matariya to Port Said. Despite losing the railway contract to the British, Empain stayed on in Egypt; a decision due to his love of the desert and/or relationship with Yvette Boghdadli.

In 1905, Empain established the Cairo Electric Railways and Heliopolis Oases Company, which bought a large stretch of desert some distance to the northeast of Cairo at a low price from the colonial government. His efforts culminated in 1907 with the building of the new town of Heliopolis, in the desert ten kilometers from the center of Cairo. It was designed as a "city of luxury and leisure", with broad avenues and equipped with all necessary conveniences and infrastructure; water, drains, electricity, hotel facilities, such as the Palace Hotel and Heliopolis House, and recreational amenities including a golf course, racetrack and park. In addition, there was housing for rent, offered in a range of innovative design types targeting specific social classes with detached and terraced villas, apartment buildings, tenement blocks with balcony access and workers' bungalows.

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Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt

May 5th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Nasr City is a district of Cairo, Egypt. It is located to the east of the CBD and mostly consists of condominiums. It was established in the 1960s as an extension to neighboring Heliopolis.

It is the largest district in Cairo, occupying nearly 250 km² of the capital's total area of 1,445 km². For this reason, it is divided into 10 sub-districts, which are simply numbered instead of named. It was also locally known for its well designed modern road system. Unfortunately bad management of the traffic crisis converted every road intersection to a U-turn.

Nasr City is famous for its numerous shopping malls (Genena Mall, Tiba Mall, City Center, Serag Mall and City Stars - the biggest mall in Egypt to date -). Among its major landmarks is the pyramid-like Unknown Soldier Memorial, which is opposite the grandstand at which President Sadat was assassinated. It is home to the new premises of Al-Azhar University, the Cairo International Conference Center, the Cairo International Stadium and several government buildings.

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Blanowice, Zawiercie, Poland

February 22nd, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Blanowice - a disctrict of Zawiercie, small city in southern Poland.

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Podzamcze, Wałbrzych, Poland

January 9th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Podzamcze - district of Wałbrzych in Poland.

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Camden Town, London, England

December 6th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Camden Town is a town in North London, England, in the London Borough of Camden. Camden Town is sometimes referred to simply as "Camden", but it should not be confused with the borough. Camden Town is an inner-city district located 2.3 miles (3.7 km) north of Charing Cross, and is famous for its crowded market and as a centre for alternative lifestyles. The area is popular with students, including those from overseas. It is also an area with a large congregation of people following alternative subcultures, most notably goth, punk and emo.

[Source: Wikipedia]

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Housing estate, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA

September 11th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Housing estate, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA

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Letnica (Letniewo), Gdańsk, Poland

August 19th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Letnica (Letniewo) - district of Gdańsk, Poland.

In this place Baltic Arena - EURO 2012 stadium will be built.

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Osiedle Młodych Hutników (housing estate), Ząbkowice, Poland

July 31st, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Osiedle Młodych Hutników - housing estate in Ząbkowice near Katowice in Poland

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