From city to wilderness

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Interestingly, in Russia many cities end abruptly into wilderness. Forest begins right after you leave densely built urban areas. There are few suburbs similar to what you see in the U.S. Below is a photo that I took a few weeks ago from my window facing east in one of my hometowns (Tomsk, Siberia, Russia), a city of half million residents. The temperature is -40 degrees, birch trees. The apartment is on the fifth floor, and this is the last building on our street. The wilderness begins right behind the building. The second photo is from the same apartment, but from another window in the opposite direction looking west. I think in Russia and the U.S. people have distinct approaches to how cities and suburbs should be developed.

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