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View Poll Results: Which U.S. city has the best skyline?
Atlanta 31 4.45%
Dallas 34 4.88%
Houston 37 5.31%
Miami 26 3.73%
New York 214 30.70%
Boston 11 1.58%
Philadelphia 31 4.45%
Pittsburgh 23 3.30%
Chicago 206 29.56%
San Francisco 27 3.87%
Los Angeles 24 3.44%
Seattle 33 4.73%
Voters: 697. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-12-2012, 10:29 PM
 
Location: NY
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I think NYC is hurt by over-saturation. Not many peaks save for downtown. Just one massive plateau. The best part to me is the space between the Empire State Building and the rest of midtown. The angles arent as good as others either. Skylines should be showcased in a certain way I think. NYC is just kind of a giant mass. Too many antennas too. Buildings like Conde Nast and NYtimes spire, and BOA look awful with theirs.

Chicago's is laid out perfectly, exhibiting many different styles. Great peaks and lows, futuristic, old, etc. Picture perfect from basically every angle. The way its showcased with the water there is unbeatable IMO. It also extends miles up the shoreline. Flat terrain allows for better vantage points.

 
Old 11-13-2012, 12:47 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Yeahhh I don't really care that much for old architecture. If I had it my way, I would throw gas over every building older than the 1970's & raze it on fire. They really tick me off, I cant take those seriously. Sorry.

I'm also a fan of height & scale. San Diego, I like the location on the marina with the mountain backdrop on the other side. Modern, futuristic, & clean looking city. It reminds me of my native, Singapore.

Pittsburgh's cool, I suppose you could say. I haven't ever been so I refrain from having an opinion about the place. I just don't care for it's skyline.

Hence I stated my opinion, wasn't really looking for anyone to "contest" it. We don't live in freakin Communist USSR here.
And you don't have this?

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7083/7...e4be29bd_b.jpg

I can understand not liking Philadelphia but if you are the "skyscraper buff" you claim to be, Philadelphia would be on your list.

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Old 11-13-2012, 01:02 AM
 
Location: Orlandooooooo
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And you don't have this?


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7083/7...e4be29bd_b.jpg

I can understand not liking Philadelphia but if you are the "skyscraper buff" you claim to be, Philadelphia would be on your list.
I'm not a fan of old buildings but Im liking Philadelphia's skyline more and more I see it.
 
Old 11-13-2012, 01:29 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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I'm not a fan of old buildings but Im liking Philadelphia's skyline more and more I see it.
Surprisingly, Philadelphia has a boat load of new highrises/ skyscrapers including some being built currently.

One Liberty Place (1987)
Comcast Center (2008)
Two Liberty Place (1990)
BNY Mellon Center (1990)
Three Logan Square (1991)
IBX Tower (1990)
One Commerce Square (1987)
Two Commerce Square (1990)
Residences at the Ritz-Carlton (2009)
The St. James (2004)
The Murano (2008)
Cira Center (2005)
Two Logan Square (1987)
10 Rittenhouse (2009)
Symphony House (2007)
The Regatta (2006)
1525 Locust (1990)
The Rittenhouse (1989)
The Peninsula (2006)
Hyatt Regency Philadelphia (2000)
The Reef (2009)
Philadelphia Marriot (1995)
The Residences at Dockside (2002)
1706 Rittenhouse (2010)
Millennium Hall (2009)

etc. etc.

Highrises/ Skyscrapers under construction/ planned

2116 Chestnut
Morgan Hall
CHOP Ambulatory Care Center
Philadelphia Family Court Building
Penn Medicine at Washington Square
205 Race
Wanamaker Plaza North Tower
Chestnut Square
Drexel University LeBow College of Business
Drexel University Lancaster Residence Hall (2 towers)
3737 Market
Temple University Science, Education and Research Center
1900 Arch
1901 Arch
W Hotel
Renaissance Plaza (4 towers)
1919 Market
735 S. Columbus
1213 Walnut
Museum Towers II
Cira Center South (2 towers)
Broad and Spring Garden
Marina View
2021 Chestnut
38th and Chestnut
37th and Market
38th and Market
2040 Market
Chinatown Eastern Tower Community Center
Philadelphia Gateway (2 towers)

Rumors stirring:

Three 40 story CHOP Towers
1601 Vine
Girard Square Redevelopment (3 towers)
Several Planned Drexel University skyscrapers next to 30th street station
Wynn Philadelphia Hotel & Casino Resort

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Old 11-13-2012, 01:35 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Pretty much what I was going to say.

Summersm343, Good picture, that's the direction I like to see Philadelphia go in. I have nothing against the city of Philadelphia. I haven't been there since I was like 8 back in 1997 & all my memories have been good thus far.

It's just one persons opinion though. Honestly after the Toronto & Honolulu listing I just stopped caring after that point. I was only putting together a list of cities that have at least 2 things I like about their skylines. The thing that Philadelphia lacks to me is that it doesn't have that waterfront like Miami, Chicago, Toronto, Seattle, San Francisco, New York, Boston, & Vancouver. It's also not as modern looking as Miami, Vancouver, Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, or Honolulu, Austin which is the type of architecture I like to see. It could use more multiple CBD skylines facing each other like New York & Jersey City, Los Angeles' multiple CBD's, Houston's multiple CBD's, Atlanta's multiple CBD's. I like the "dual" skyline affect these cities have from some vantages.

I like the direction it's (Philadelphia) headed though. Utilizing the riverfront the best it can & develop around it. Adding more tall buildings with modern architecture around the skyline & river, and also developing multiple skylines too.
Philadelphia's core sits between two rivers (Delaware and Schuylkill).... the Schuylkill is pretty well developed already, with only the University City side lacking (all though that is all about to change). The Delaware River side is extremely lacking but currently there are 8 highrise plans for the Delaware Waterfront including 3 stalled developments (Waterfront Square, Two Sugarhouse Casino Hotel Towers and Trump Tower Philadelphia)... will be interesting to see what the Delaware Waterfront looks like 10 years from now.

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Old 11-13-2012, 02:02 AM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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will be interesting to see what the Delaware Waterfront looks like 10 years from now.
Yeah definitely.

I also happen to like night time glowing lights quite a bit too. Let me clarify, I like how something as basic as "light" on really tall illuminative skyscrapers can make the city "look more alive" like it doesn't go all dark at night. Another cool thing about skylines are that some cities have select tall skyscraper have those roatational beam lights that fly through the sky, it looks kind of like those Lord of the Rings scenes with the eye tower thing- it's very cool to the imaginative people- at night. Those casinos in Philadelphia will be a huge favor in that light department.
 
Old 11-13-2012, 08:31 AM
 
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Chicago's is laid out perfectly, exhibiting many different styles. Great peaks and lows, futuristic, old, etc. Picture perfect from basically every angle.
Chicago has almost no old skyscrapers visible on the skyline, and has very few styles outside of postmodern and international style.

You're certainly entitled to your opinion, but if your main standard is diversity of "styles", then NYC is like 1000 times better.

NYC has tons of prewar visible on the skyline, and has a massive current building boom. Chicago has almost nothing prewar or recent (and very little planned), though it has lots from the mid-60's through early 00's (though even in this 60's-'00 era, NYC has many times more, and far more famous/iconic like Seagram, Lever and tons of others).
 
Old 11-13-2012, 09:04 AM
 
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Chicago has almost no old skyscrapers visible on the skyline, and has very few styles outside of postmodern and international style.

You're certainly entitled to your opinion, but if your main standard is diversity of "styles", then NYC is like 1000 times better.

NYC has tons of prewar visible on the skyline, and has a massive current building boom. Chicago has almost nothing prewar or recent (and very little planned), though it has lots from the mid-60's through early 00's (though even in this 60's-'00 era, NYC has many times more, and far more famous/iconic like Seagram, Lever and tons of others).
Do you really have that much of an issue that people liking Chicago's skyline more?! Geez get over yourself. No one is downplaying NYC's skyline. It's called opinion, and when it comes to aesthetics people like Chicago's skyline just as much as they do NYC's. Some like NYC's more some like Chicago's more.

Have you been to Chicago btw? A lot of it's older skyscrapers, while not seen from far away are easily seen within downtown, if anything they are almost "presented" to pedestrians. Stand in the middle of Michigan Ave Bridge, look around and you will be surprised at how beautiful those the Gothic skyscrapers look.
 
Old 11-13-2012, 09:08 AM
 
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Chicago has almost no old skyscrapers visible on the skyline, and has very few styles outside of postmodern and international style.

You're certainly entitled to your opinion, but if your main standard is diversity of "styles", then NYC is like 1000 times better.

NYC has tons of prewar visible on the skyline, and has a massive current building boom. Chicago has almost nothing prewar or recent (and very little planned), though it has lots from the mid-60's through early 00's (though even in this 60's-'00 era, NYC has many times more, and far more famous/iconic like Seagram, Lever and tons of others).
BTW take a look at this thread and see how many times Chicago pops up more than NYC:

Top 10+ best countries to view architecture.

I think you need to give Chicago the respect it deserves when it comes to architecture.
 
Old 11-13-2012, 09:41 AM
 
Location: State of Superior
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Do you really have that much of an issue that people liking Chicago's skyline more?! Geez get over yourself. No one is downplaying NYC's skyline. It's called opinion, and when it comes to aesthetics people like Chicago's skyline just as much as they do NYC's. Some like NYC's more some like Chicago's more.

Have you been to Chicago btw? A lot of it's older skyscrapers, while not seen from far away are easily seen within downtown, if anything they are almost "presented" to pedestrians. Stand in the middle of Michigan Ave Bridge, look around and you will be surprised at how beautiful those the Gothic skyscrapers look.
Good post. While many of the posts on here have been running for a long time, often revisited, the bottom line is whats there and what you can see. Vantage points vary. Lots of water helps. Fly overs do not do any city justice because of the angle. What Chicago has going is enhanced by Lake Michigan no doubt about it. You need to go off shore a few miles and return, makes all the difference in the world.
Too be honest, I am sure there is a lot of city pride influencing these votes, comments, experience counts too. I know many will and have disputed this, thinking their opinion is totally based on structures themselves, I find that to be a load of bull . Yes Chicago did have a building boom in the early 60s, mostly resident structures. I once owned a Mid century modern home that was designed and drafted by the premier architect B. Schwartz who did many of the highrise structures off Lake Shore Drive. There was considerable influence from FLR school of architecture in the home I restored ( with lots of pain ) as well as so many buildings all over Chicago and the close in Burbs. I think a vote for Chicago does go behond just living there or those who have had good experiences there. Anyone who states that Chicago grew out of the ashes after the Fire, never had direction in Architecture, with only post modern buildings does not know Chicago.
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