I chose Gridania as my starting city for the beta. I spent a few days traveling around the beginner's are around the city, then I decided to pack my bags and travel from city to city exploring and seeing what I can see. After my travels I came back to Gridania and realized my beef with it. The entire map surrounding the city is one big corridor fest. You can't see anything except two walls one either side of you and you spend most of your time looking at your map to make sure you're taking the correct path to your destination.
Look at Ul'dah, when I was making my run to the city, I can see the lights of the city in the far distance. I can see a lone tower in the distance. The same with Limsa Lominsa, I can see the city from far away. The beginning areas are open, I can see everything. Gridania, I see a corridor and an intersection, then an open space before going through another corridor. If the colors were brown and there was a roof, I could swear I was going to some underground city.
I understand that this is a dense forest, but I don't think I have seen an a single tree just standing there in the open (all I recall are giant bushes). All the trees make the walls or are beyond the carved out rut I'm forced to travel through. I hope that the next forested area I'm in will be an open area with trees instead of a hedge maze.