The two differences between the cities (and look, I realize full well that there are about a million and a half differences between these two cities but I’m talking about experiences and impressions here so just come with me on this one) are (1) the modes in which the city accrues its layers and (2) the means by which the city supersaturates one’s senses.
In the images above, note how this spatial sensibility plays out at progressively smaller scales.
At left, superimposed traffic lanes configure not unlike Park Avenue behind Grand Central in
At center, a multilevel metro station (Estacio Se) endows the transit connection with generous monumentality and yawning efficiency.
At right, a multi-floor galleria gives the same priority to multi-level unification at much more intimate commercial dimension. Small shops, each one bay wide and more often than not packed with alternative lifestyle paraphernalia, line the promenade.