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First Gulf Bank Station in Dubai – UAE

May 27th, 2017

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2012 – Volvo XC70 at FGB Metro Station in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

2017 – First Gulf Bank Station in Dubai (Google Streetview)

2017 – First Gulf Bank Station in Dubai (Google Streetview)

First Gulf Bank Metro Station is located on the Sheikh Zayed Rd in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The Red Line is one of the two lines on the Dubai Metro network in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The first section was inaugurated on 9 September 2009. Construction was declared complete on 28 April 2010.

The Red Line runs from Al Rashidiya to UAE Exchange and travels along Sheikh Zayed Road for most of its length. It has 29 stations spanning 52.1 km, which have been opened in phases from 2009 to 2011. The line is the world’s longest single metro line to use driverless trains, as recognized by Guinness World Records in 2011.

On 15 October 2010 the First Gulf Bank (Burj Al Arab) was opened.

On 13 May 2010, The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that the Al Quoz metro station, which opened on 15 May, would instead be called Noor Islamic Bank Station. This latest announcement that Noor Islamic Bank has won the right to name Al Quoz Station for a period of ten years was made in the presence of the bank’s representatives at the RTA headquarters in Dubai.

The naming initiative has so far generated Dh2 billion in revenue for the RTA. On average, each station has brought in Dh90-100 million. As many as 21 stations on both Red and Green Lines have already been named after local and international corporate giants, including Etisalat, Emirates Airlines, GGICO, Nakheel, Sharaf DG, First Gulf Bank and Danube for Jebel Ali Industrial Station.[12] Noor Islamic Bank is the latest to join the pantheon.

On 28 June 2015, Jebel Ali station was renamed UAE Exchange. The station was the 16th company to join the Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) station rebranding programme.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and architypereview.com.

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Emirates Towers Metro Station in Dubai – UAE

May 27th, 2017

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2012 – Volvo V70 at Emirates Towers Metro Station in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

2017 – Emirates Towers Station in Dubai (Google Streetview)

2017 – Emirates Towers Station in Dubai (Google Streetview)

Emirates Towers Metyro Station is a rapid transit station on the Red Line of the Dubai Metro in Dubai.

Located on Sheikh Zayed Road in the centre of Dubai’s commercial business district. The station connects to the Emirates Towers hotel and Office buildings, among the tallest buildings in the world.

Located southwest of the historic centre of Dubai, Emirates Towers station lies between Bur Dubai and many of the city’s larger new developments. To the east are the Emirates Towers, after which the station is named. Also nearby are numerous hotels.

Emirates Towers station opened on 30 April 2010 along with five other stations along the already-operating Red Line and a westward extension to Ibn Battuta, also a new station.

Like many other stations on the Red Line, emirates Towers lies on a viaduct paralleling the eastern side of Sheikh Zayed Road. It is classified as a type 1 station, indicating a setup with a ground-level concourse and two elevated side platforms with two tracks.

More information at en.wikipedia.org.

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Al Mamzar Beach in Sharjah – UAE

May 27th, 2017

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2012 – Volvo V70 at Al Mamzar near Al Khan – Sharjah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2017 – Al Mamzar Beach in Sharjah – UAE (Google Streetview)

2017 – Al Mamzar Beach in Sharjah – UAE (Google Streetview)

Al Mamzar is a peninsula near Sharjah, north of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Al Mamzar is located in the area of Deira, in the north-east of Dubai. The locality is bordered by the Persian Gulf to the north, Al Waheda to the west, Hor Al Anz to the south and the emirate of Sharjah to the east.

The north-east section of the locality is residential. Al Ittihad School, Dubai Cultural and Scientific Association, Al Gaz Mosque, Dubai Police Headquarters and Al Mamzar Park are important landmarks in the locality.

Al Mamzar Park is home to beautiful beaches and acres of green fields, making it one of Dubai’s hidden gems. Whether you want to stroll on the beach or swim in the pool, picnic on the lawns or have a kick about, take to the playground or skate in the park, there’s no shortage of activities to do. And if you want to do it all, simply jump on the scenic train and visit all the park pit stops. The array of facilities at this beautiful park by the sea makes it a hit with water sports lovers, beachgoers, families and groups looking for fun in the sun.

Since you’re bound to work up an appetite, whether you’re jogging, jet skiing, or playing with the kids, there are also over 25 barbecue areas, complete with grills, tables and chairs. The setting is fabulous with over 1,600 palm trees, 300 coconut trees and 6,000 various kinds of cultivated green life, making the park’s landscape as lively as its activities.

More information at en.wikipedia.org.

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Bush St and Stockton St in San Francisco – USA

May 27th, 2017

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2009 – Volvo XC60 at Bush St and Stockton St in SF USA

2017 – Bush St and Stockton St in San Francisco in USA (Google Streetview)

2017 – Bush St and Stockton St in San Francisco in USA (Google Streetview)

Bush St and Stockton St are two streets in Nob Hill in Down Town San Francisco in California, USA.

At this crossing with Bush St and Stockton St, the Stockton Street Tunnel begins, a tunnel in San Francisco, California, and carries its namesake street underneath a section of Nob Hill near Chinatown for about three blocks. The south portal is located just shy of Bush Street, which is about two blocks to the north of Union Square. The north portal is located just to the south of the Sacramento Street intersection.

The tunnel was primarily built for the streetcars of the now defunct F Stockton line, and inaugurated by mayor James Rolph on December 29, 1914. Construction involved lowering Stockton Street near where it passes into the tunnel from the South, evidence for which can still be seen at the building of 417 Stockton Street (Mystic Hotel), where the basement became the ground floor and the former front door is now a visibly marked window bay on the second floor.

Nob Hill is a neighborhood in San Francisco, California, centered on the intersection of California Street and Powell Street. It is one of San Francisco’s 44 hills, and one of its original “Seven Hills.” Prior to the 1850s, Nob Hill was called California Hill (after California Street, which climbs its steep eastern face). It was renamed after the Central Pacific Railroad’s Big Four – called the Nobs – built mansions there.

Nob Hill is an affluent district, home to many of the city’s upper-class families as well as a large young urban professional population, and a growing Chinese immigrant population from Chinatown to the east. Nob is disparaging British slang abbreviation of “noble/nobility” referring to the monied, often titled upper-classes. The location is also derisively referred to as Snob Hill. The intersection of California and Powell streets is the location of two of its four well-known and most expensive hotels: the Fairmont Hotel, the Mark Hopkins Hotel, the Stanford Court. The Mark Hopkins Hotel and the Huntington Hotel are located one block away at Mason & California.

More information at en.wikipedia.org.

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California St in San Francisco – USA

May 26th, 2017

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2017 – Volvo XC60 at California St in San Francisco USA

2017 – California St (near Sansome St) in San Francisco USA (Google Streetview)

2017 – California St (near Sansome St) in San Francisco USA (Google Streetview)

California Street is a major thoroughfare in San Francisco, California. Fifty-four blocks of California Street, from Van Ness Avenue westward to 32nd Avenue, comprised the last major leg of the final 1928 alignment of the Lincoln Highway, the first road across America, leading out to the highway’s western terminus in Lincoln Park.

California Street is one of the longest streets in San Francisco, and includes a number of important landmarks. It runs in an approximately straight 8.4 km east-west line from the Financial District to Lincoln Park in the far Northwest corner of the City. It begins at the intersection of Market Street and Spear Street in front of the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Center, one block from the Ferry Building, then travels over Nob Hill, through Lower Pacific Heights, Laurel Heights, and the Lake District. The street makes a slight bend in at the intersection of Cornwall Street and 7th Avenue, then parallels the edge of the Presidio of San Francisco through the Richmond District until its dead-end terminus at 32nd Avenue, at Lincoln Park. The route has four to six lanes for its entire length, and a cable car line on the Eastern portion from Market to Van Ness Avenue.

More information at en.wikipedia.org.

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Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver – CAN

May 26th, 2017

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2017 – Volvo XC60 at Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver CAN

2017 – Volvo XC60 at Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver

2017 – Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver – (Google Streetview)

2017 – Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver Canada

The Lions Gate Bridge, opened in 1938, officially known as the First Narrows Bridge, is a suspension bridge that crosses the first narrows of Burrard Inlet and connects the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, to the North Shore municipalities of the District of North Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, and West Vancouver. The term “Lions Gate” refers to The Lions, a pair of mountain peaks north of Vancouver. Northbound traffic on the bridge heads in their general direction. A pair of cast concrete lions, designed by sculptor Charles Marega, were placed on either side of the south approach to the bridge in January 1939.

The total length of the bridge including the north viaduct is 1,823 m. The length including approach spans is 1,517.3 m, the main span alone is 473 m, the tower height is 111 m, and it has a ship’s clearance of 61 m. Prospect Point in Stanley Park offered a good high south end to the bridge, but the low flat delta land to the north required construction of the extensive North Viaduct.

The bridge has three reversible lanes, the use of which is indicated by signals. The centre lane changes direction to accommodate for traffic patterns. The traffic volume on the bridge is 60,000 – 70,000 vehicles per day. Trucks exceeding 13 tonnes (12.8 long tons; 14.3 short tons) are prohibited, as are vehicles using studded tires. The bridge forms part of Highways 99 and 1A.

On March 24, 2005, the Lions Gate Bridge was designated a National Historic Site of Canada.

More information at en.wikipedia.org, www.vancouverisawesome.com and www.th.gov.bc.ca.

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Thurlow St & Melville St in Vancouver – CAN

May 26th, 2017

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2017 – Volvo XC60 at Thurlow St and Melville St in Vancouver CAN

2017 – Thurlow St & Melville St in Vancouver CAN (Google Streetview)

2017 – Thurlow St & Melville St in Vancouver CAN (Google Streetview)

Thurlow St & Melville St are two streets in Vancouver in Canada. They are part of the Coal Harbour District in Downtown Vancouver.

Coal Harbour is the name for a section of Burrard Inlet lying between Vancouver, Canada’s downtown peninsula and the Brockton Peninsula of Stanley Park. It has also now become the name of the neighbourhood adjacent to its southern shoreline.

Coal Harbour is used to designate the relatively new official neighbourhood of the City of Vancouver bounded by roughly Burrard Street and Pender near the Financial District to West Georgia Street near the West End in the south to Stanley Park in the north. The neighbourhood consists of numerous high-rise residential apartment and condo towers with luxury townhome podiums catering to the upper-crust.

1973 – Docksteader Volvo Dealership on south east corner of Thurlow Street and Georgia Street in Vancouver

The northwestern section near Stanley Park features picturesque parkland, private marinas, several rowing and boating clubs, high-end shoppes and restaurants, and a community centre designed by architect Gregory Henriquez. To the east is Deadman’s Island, the site of the naval station and museum HMCS Discovery, where the harbour itself opens up to the Burrard Inlet. Towards the Financial District in the southeast, the neighbourhood is dominated by high-rise office buildings, hotels and numerous apartment towers. Immediately south lies Vancouver’s Luxury Zone along Alberni Street.

Coal Harbour is home to Vancouver Harbour Water Aerodrome, located a few blocks from Canada Place and the Vancouver Convention Centre. Within the harbour is a floating gas station for marine vessels.

The six floating homes in Coal Harbour, along with the twelve across town in False Creek are the only legal floating homes within the city of Vancouver.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and www.navajonationparks.org.

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John Ford Point in Monument Valley – USA

May 25th, 2017

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1985 – Volvo 760 GLE in Monument Valley, Arizona, USA

1985 – Volvo 760 GLE a John Ford Point in Monument Valley, Arizona, USA

2017 – John Ford Point in Monument Valley – USA

2017 – John Ford Point in Monument Valley – USA

2017 – John Ford Point in Monument Valley – USA

Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 300 m above the valley floor. It is located on the Arizona–Utah border, near the Four Corners area. The valley lies within the range of the Navajo Nation Reservation and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163.

Monument Valley has been featured in many forms of media since the 1930s. Director John Ford used the location for a number of his best-known films and thus, in the words of critic Keith Phipps, “its five square miles [13 square kilometers] have defined what decades of moviegoers think of when they imagine the American West.

Monument Valley is officially a large area that includes much of the area surrounding Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, a Navajo Nation equivalent to a national park. Oljato, for example, is also within the area designated as Monument Valley.

Visitors may pay an access fee and drive through the park on a 27 km dirt road (a 2-3 hour trip). Parts of Monument Valley, such as Mystery Valley and Hunts Mesa, are accessible only by guided tour.

Thank you Peter Ohlson for finding this location!

More information at en.wikipedia.org and www.navajonationparks.org.

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Verve Coffee Roasters on Bronson St in Santa Cruz – USA

May 25th, 2017

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2017 – Volvo XC60 at Verve Coffee Roasters on Bronson St in Santa Cruz, California USA.

2017 – Volvo XC60 at Verve Coffee Roasters on Bronson St in Santa Cruz, California USA.

2017 – Verve Coffee Roasters on Bronson St in Santa Cruz USA (Google Streetview)

2017 – Verve Coffee Roasters on Bronson St in Santa Cruz USA (Google Streetview)

Verve Coffee Roasters is located on Bronson St in Santa Cruz, California, USA.

Verve is a Californian coffee roaster which came to be through the serendipitous union of surf, sweat and a love of life and living. In 2007, founders Ryan and Colby built and opened their first Verve cafe on 41st Ave in Santa Cruz, California. Today, Verve has locations in cities from Los Angeles to San Francisco to Tokyo, but their roots remain planted in Santa Cruz, where they roast their coffee on vintage roasters and enjoy the endless surf of the rugged California coast.

Santa Cruz is situated on the northern edge of Monterey Bay, about 51 km south of San Jose and 120 km south of San Francisco, the city is part of the 12-county San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland Combined Statistical Area.

Santa Cruz is known for its moderate climate, natural environment, coastline, redwood forests, alternative community lifestyles, and socially liberal leanings. It is also home to the University of California, Santa Cruz, a premier research institution and educational hub, as well as the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, an oceanfront amusement park operating continuously since 1907.

The present-day site of Santa Cruz was the location of Spanish settlement beginning in 1791, including Mission Santa Cruz and the pueblo of Branciforte. Following the Mexican–American War of 1846–48, California became the 31st state in 1850. The City of Santa Cruz was incorporated in 1866 and chartered in April 1876. Important early industries included lumber, gunpowder, lime and agriculture. Late in the 19th century, Santa Cruz established itself as a beach resort community.

More information at en.wikipedia.org, www.vervecoffee.com and www.yelp.com.

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Broad St in New York – USA

May 25th, 2017

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1960 – Volvo 122S Amazon in Broad St with the Federal Hall in the background on Wall St, New York, USA.

2017 – Broad St in New York City – USA (Google Streetview)

2017 – Broad St in New York City – USA (Google Streetview)

Broad Street is a narrow street located in the Financial District in the New York City borough of Manhattan. It stretches from South Street to Wall Street.

Originally the Broad Canal in New Amsterdam drawing from the East River, the canal was filled in 1676 after numerous fruit and vegetable vendors made it difficult for boats to enter the canal. Early establishments on Broad Street in the 1600s included the Lovelace Tavern, the Fraunces Tavern, and the Royal Exchange. Later on the area became the center of financial activity, and all smaller buildings in turn were replaced with grand banks and stock exchange buildings. Most of the structures that stand today date from the turn of the 20th century, along with more modern buildings constructed after the 1950s.

1905 – Broad Street NYC

2013 – Broad Street NYC

North of Wall Street, Broad Street continues onto Nassau Street. The two southernmost skyscrapers in Manhattan are 1 New York Plaza on the west side of Broad Street, and 125 Broad Street on the east. The famous neo-Roman facade of the New York Stock Exchange and its main entrance is located on 18 Broad Street. Opposite it is the former J.P. Morgan headquarters 23 Wall Street and 15 Broad Street, which has been converted into a luxury condominium. Other buildings of note are the Broad Exchange Building at number 25, the Continental Bank Building at number 30 and the American Bank Note Company Building at number 70.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and www.nyc-grid.com.

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