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Old 09-13-2015, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Philadelphia seems to have a mix. Some very nice midrise infill and some crumby midrise infill. These are pretty good:

The Granary
http://nakedphilly.com/wp-content/up...9/IMG_5986.jpg

SouthStar Lofts
http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/111257760.jpg

John C. Anderson Apartments
http://www.ocfrealty.com/sites/www.o...20anderson.JPG

The Study Hotel - under construction
http://drexel.edu/~/media/Images/now...dy%20Crop.ashx

Dalian on the Park - under construction
http://media.bizj.us/view/img/359152...3330-0-600.jpg


These are pretty bad:

Hilton Home2Suites
https://images.trvl-media.com/hotels...47271_13_z.jpg

810 Arch
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5698/...50a88f18_b.jpg
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Old 09-13-2015, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Seattle aka tier 3 city :)
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Seattle's midrises suck. Very bland and cookie cutter. Developers trying to make a quick buck with the boom so they don't put much into design. A lot of people akin it to Soviet style housing.

Anyways, IMO, The NC cities has the best midrise architecture. Maybe NYC too.
The whole westcoast midrises suck, DC has the best imo.
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Old 09-13-2015, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Downtown LA
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LA certainly doesn't have the best, but it may have the most. 7-story stumpies everywhere.
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Old 09-13-2015, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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7-story stumpies today would be considered low-rise. I think mid-rise is 10-story plus, up to about 25, depending on floor to height ratios.

Seattle, granted, is not developing architectural masterpieces, but comparing them to Soviet style housing is a bit of a reach.
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Old 09-13-2015, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Seattle's midrises suck. Very bland and cookie cutter. Developers trying to make a quick buck with the boom so they don't put much into design. A lot of people akin it to Soviet style housing.

Anyways, IMO, The NC cities has the best midrise architecture. Maybe NYC too.
This may be a PNW thing. The midrises in Portland are the same. Those buildings look like they were built with erector sets. Very bland and little landscaping if any at all. Most go right up to the sidewalk with no grass in between the buildings and the walk. They remind me of the old Chicago tenements built in the '50's except they are fancy and expensive.
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Old 09-14-2015, 08:19 AM
 
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Yeah, it seems Seattle's Pike and Pine area maybe the most rapidly developing mid-rise district. The place is on fire right now. Plus, there seems to be tons of mid-rises going up in Ballard, West Seattle, U-District, Lower Queen Ann, and SLU.

https://www.google.com/maps/@47.6140...8i6656!6m1!1e1

https://www.google.com/maps/@47.6129...8i6656!6m1!1e1


San Francisco also seems to be pretty strong in mid-rise development in the Hayes Valley, Van Ness Corridor, and around the Mission:
https://www.google.com/maps/@37.7780...8i6656!6m1!1e1

https://www.google.com/maps/@37.7762...8i6656!6m1!1e1

https://www.google.com/maps/@37.7931...8i6656!6m1!1e1

DC also has seen a tons of new infill around it's mid city area:
https://www.google.com/maps/@38.9167...8i6656!6m1!1e1

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Wa...885d2a!6m1!1e1

Denver also seems to be in filling at a strong in pace. Although, their mid-rises don't seem quite as urban at street level. Perhaps it is a matter of reaching a critical urban mass. Portland and San Diego also seem pretty strong.
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Old 09-14-2015, 08:20 AM
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Location: Trumpville
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Portland and Seattle. Denver isn't too bad either.
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Old 09-14-2015, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Seattle likely has the most going up around the entire city (most notably in South Lake Union). They are definitely monotonous and not architecturally interesting, albeit they are sleek and some do look quite nice.

Los Angeles, for some bizarre reason, has many new projects being built over a hideous above-ground, concrete parking garage. What is up with developers in LA because NEVER do you see a project in Seattle have an above ground parking garage? That's just hideous. Why is all parking not required to be underground in LA? Do they have a design review committee?
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Old 09-14-2015, 12:51 PM
 
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Minneapolis has seen a lot of mid-rise development and IMO, the majority of it looks very cheap.

Here are just a few examples that opened in Downtown MPLS during 2014. This garbage has been popping up throughout the city and there is no end in sight.

Third North Completed
http://sr-re.com/userfiles/fck/image/exterior_5.jpg

Soltva
http://www.soltva.com/sites/default/...?itok=_QY_wM7N

Solhavn
http://temillerdevelopment.com/wp-co...n-Exterior.jpg

Brunsfield
http://photonet.hotpads.com/search/l...1199_large.jpg

222 Hennepin
http://stmedia.startribune.com/image...36_222henn.jpg

The Vue
https://media.glassdoor.com/l/89/6e/...inneapolis.jpg

RS Eden Emanuel
http://finance-commerce.com/files/20...herGround3.jpg

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Old 09-14-2015, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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7-story stumpies today would be considered low-rise. I think mid-rise is 10-story plus, up to about 25, depending on floor to height ratios.

Seattle, granted, is not developing architectural masterpieces, but comparing them to Soviet style housing is a bit of a reach.
I'm going to point out that the OP specified mid-rise is 4-12 stories in the original post so it makes sense to stick with that def. Besides, your first post used South Lake Union for an exemplar which is predominately currently built to under 11 stories. For an area in Seattle building up to 25 stories I think you'd still pick Belltown or the Denny Triangle at this point.

What makes South Lake Union interesting is the street feel given the amount of construction. The creation of courtyards and alleys, landscaping and retail layout is fairly significant since so much has been rebuilt. The buildings themselves are not that exciting in my book but I also don't see any significant difference between examples in any of the cities. There is so much standardization in materials and designs right now I think you could interchange individual recent buildings between any city without noticing much change. That said I always like photos if someone has a particularly striking new building to talk about.
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