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Old 01-26-2008, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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I was wondering what everyone thought were the best skylines in each category of metro areas.

We all know that New York and Chicago stand above the rest, but what about the rest of the skylines? I'm curious to know your opinions and your thoughts.

I separated them into categories like these-

5 mil and above

2-5 mil

1-2 mil

500,000-1 mil

0-500,000

If you'd like to post pictures or whatever, that's fine, and thanks for your time.

 
Old 01-26-2008, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Cities that fall into each category-

5+ million-
Los Angeles
Dallas
Houston
Atlanta
Miami
Philadelphia

2-5 million
Detroit
Boston
San Francisco
Phoenix
Seattle
Minneapolis
Saint Paul
San Diego
Saint Louis
Tampa
Baltimore
Denver
Cleveland
Portland
Pittsburgh
Cincinnati
New Orleans
Fort Worth

1-2 mil
Sacramento
Kansas City
Orlando
San Antonio
San Jose
Las Vegas
Columbus
Charlotte
Milwaukee
Nashville
Austin
Jacksonville
Louisville
Memphis
Oklahoma City
Richmond
Buffalo
Omaha
Salt Lake City
Birmingham
Honolulu

500,000-1 mil

Raleigh
Tuscon
Tulsa
Dayton
Albuquerque
Baton Rouge
El Paso
Columbia, SC
Toledo
Colorado Springs
Des Moines
Jackson
Madison
Boise
Wichita

0-500,000
Chattanooga
Durham
Winston-Salem
Spokane
Lexington
Corpus Christi
Fort Wayne
Mobile
Asheville
Shreveport
Anchorage
Evansville
Lincoln
Amarillo



Did I miss any??
 
Old 01-26-2008, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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5+ million: NYC or Chicago. There's already been lots of debate over this.

2-5 million: Seattle. Beautiful.

http://img115.imageshack.us/img115/3...picturein7.jpg

1-2 million: Gotta go with Vegas. Not a normal skyline, but I think it's the best of the 1-2 million cities.

0-500,000: Well, you did miss a lot in this area. There are lots of cities in this category. From what I've personally seen, been a washingtonian, I'd say Bellevue, but I haven't seen all the cities in this range.

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Old 01-26-2008, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Doesn't the Bellevue count into the Seattle metropolitan area?

Yes, I agree with you on that. It already has 3 buildings over 400 feet, and has a couple more coming.
 
Old 01-26-2008, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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What about Reno for 0-500,000:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...g?t=1199749398
http://renoscasinos.com/misc/reno2.jpg
http://www.nevadamax.com/page16/sv2.jpg

Also, Sacramento should be in the 2-5 million category.

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Old 01-26-2008, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Iowa, Des Moines Metro
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I'll give 500,000-1 million to Des Moines. (surprise!!)

http://pics4.city-data.com/cpicv/vfiles6826.jpg

Last edited by JMT; 10-25-2012 at 08:13 AM..
 
Old 01-26-2008, 02:54 PM
 
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Since Knoxville TN was regrettably omitted from the list of metro areas in the 500,000 - 1 million range, I'll post a couple of pictures of our modest downtown with the beautiful Smoky Mountains in the background (and that ugly Sunsphere in the midst of it all):

http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL164.../300781610.jpg
http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL164.../300781606.jpg

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Old 01-26-2008, 04:22 PM
 
Location: yeah
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There aren't even a million people on Oahu so Honolulu can't be in the 1M-2M range.
 
Old 01-26-2008, 05:05 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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1-2 mil:

Louisville KY... now
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...wnSkyline2.jpg

...in 2011
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d1.../skyline01.jpg

Last edited by JMT; 10-25-2012 at 08:14 AM..
 
Old 01-26-2008, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Chariton, Iowa
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+5m: Outside of NYC and Chicago, I think Dallas has the best skyline. Interesting architecture plus the iconic Reunion Tower building.

2-5m: Seattle, hands down. Space Needle and Columbia Seafirst are awesome. Denver's a close second in this category.

1-2m: Right now I'm partial to Kansas City, for the density of their downtown, plus the art deco Power and Light building, which I think adds something historical that other newer metros don't have. I also think this category has the most potential for change. If for example, Austin continues building skyscrapers or Louisville builds that bizarre building censusdata posted then they could take the title.

500k-1m: I'm biased here, but I like Des Moines. Good density of the skyline, variety of buildings. However, unless they start building some high rises instead of the mid-rises they've been building lately, they'll lose out.

0-500k: For natural beauty nothing beats Anchorage. For building height, variety and density, I like Mobile.

As a side note, I'd be interested in seeing what people think are the best, smallest skylines. I'm thinking specifically of cities under 100k.
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