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1. Pet Shop - 2 buildings!
2. Green Grocer - nice color, detail, interior
3. Parisian Restaurant - so much detail
4. Cafe Corner - no interior, but exterior is great
5. Fire Brigade - it's ok, nice truck
6. Palace Cinema - stickers really hurt it + limo?
7. Grand Emporium - repetitive, cold
8. Town Hall - expensive, but big, cold
9. Market Street - smallest, no interior
1) Fire Brigade - still hands down the most beautiful of the modulars, even if it is a 'generic fire station.'
2) Palace Cinema - I really love the exterior on this one, but the interior needed a bit of work, and I agree that the stickers are a shame
3) Pet Shop - Although I'm not a huge fan of the Pet Shop half, the brownstone is really nice. I kind of wish you could buy JUST the brownstone, honestly, cause my street would be littered with them at that point.
4) Town Hall - I more or less enjoy the Town Hall, but I wasn't a huge fan of the color, and the 'modern' elements like the computer don't seem to fit with the feel of the rest of the street.
5) Grand Emporium - I could really take or leave this one. I LOVE the chandelier and revolving door... but that's also all that really stands out to me on this set.
6) Parisian Restaurant - As a standalone piece, I really like this set. Connected to any of the other modulars, it looks quite bad.
7) Green Grocer - Kind of a bland looking building with only the first floor interior as a standout
8) Café Corner - I didn't really care for it when it came out, and it hasn't aged particularly well on top of that
And Market Street I don't even count, although I recognize that some people do. It would obviously be last, were I to include it.
I'm mixed with Market Street. I know everyone has different opinions and although my desire to collect that versus CC or GG is far less, I may still one day BL it and see how it goes.
Once you leave the core of the city, they allow tacky larger buildings, some of which look okay, like at Le Defense, but would not make a great neighbor if you lived nearby. The older buildings inside the city look so much more inviting.
In the US, I don't know of a large city with such height limits except for DC, which I also love to visit. When lost driving around there, I just look for the Washington Monument, and easily find my directions. It makes the scale of the city perfect because you usually have an idea of where you are. Life would be much better if more cities had height limits so that folks don't have to live totally within the shadow of the crass, gigantic skyscrapers being built all over NYC, etc. Buildings over about six stories scare me because it is hard to run down so many stairs in case of a fire or each quake, both of which are common in the US. A fellow named Christopher wrote an excellent book on the scale of livable buildings, and he also liked opening windows in those smaller buildings. That is one of my favorite books period.
I too would like to see inserts for the arched window parts as they look a bit odd without them.
The dumpster with the Kwik-E Mart is best version.