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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 11-15-2012, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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You're talking a few blocks on one street. I really don't get it.

I have a feeling that most commenters here have never been to either city and are making comments based on internet pics.

It boggles the mind that people think the Chicago skyline is dominated by prewar buildings moreso than NYC. Anyone who has spent 5 minutes in either city would know this is an absurd comment.
I'm not sure about the pre-war buildings as I haven't spend a lot of time in both cities, but I have been to both and prefer the layout of Chicago. I might even like San Francisco's skyline more than New York City's. NYC's is incredible and the vastness of the highrises is like nothing else in the US, but IMO doesn't make for a very attractive or organized skyline (my favorite view would have to be facing Lower Manhattan / Battery Park, or maybe at an angle that shows Lower Manhattan, the dip in height, and then Midtown).

 
Old 11-17-2012, 08:05 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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Originally Posted by cranecom View Post
You're talking a few blocks on one street. I really don't get it.

I have a feeling that most commenters here have never been to either city and are making comments based on internet pics.

It boggles the mind that people think the Chicago skyline is dominated by prewar buildings moreso than NYC. Anyone who has spent 5 minutes in either city would know this is an absurd comment.
There is a big different between the visible skyline, i.e. what you see from the side, than what the city contains walking around which I'm sure NYC has more of practically every style than Chicago. If you are looking at Chicago from the east, as most people generally do for the skyline views, you see the front facing buildings as rather old. This isn't an architecture battle, it's a "skyline" battle, meaning what you can see once you are outside the contained mass of buildings looking back at it. I was just in NYC this summer and viewed the skyline several times from West from JC, SE from Brooklyn Heights promenade, East side from Queens while driving, Brooklyn while driving, and even north from the Cloisters driving south all the way down to Battery Park, from inside Central Park, in addition to my friends apartment in Grenwich Village and from the highline, which offered some different angles. Chicago has better skyline angles to me b/c you can get direct fullon views from many points on the lake, as well as coming in from the west side and south sides of the city, not sure why that is so hard to believe. Chicago skyline is also very linear, though not as wide as Manhattan, but when looking at the skyline you don't really see the depth.

Last edited by grapico; 11-17-2012 at 08:17 PM..
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