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Old 04-20-2010, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I think Houston's BOA Center is the only thing that distinguishes our skyline. I can remember as a little kid, seeing pictures of different cities and being able to pick out Houston b/c of the BOA center (it's also my favorite skyscraper downtown)

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Old 04-20-2010, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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I think Houston's BOA Center is the only thing that distinguishes our skyline. I can remember as a little kid, seeing pictures of different cities and being able to pick out Houston b/c of the BOA center (it's also my favorite skyscraper downtown)
How about Williams Tower? I can't think of any other building in America besides the Sears Tower & Empire State Building that stand out as much as Williams does. It sticks out like a sore thumb dwarfing everything & everyone around it.
 
Old 04-21-2010, 12:04 AM
 
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Dallas - Reunion Tower, Bank of America Plaza (green neon building), & Renaissance Tower (the double X building) not to mention the famed TV show Dallas which showed the Downtown Dallas skyline to the whole world.
Most people outside Texas couldn't tell the Reunion Tower from the Tower of the Americas in San Antonio. The others aren't really any more distinctive than, say, the Bank of America building in Houston (pictured above).

The TV show is an obscure pop culture artifact to anyone under the age of 40 and/or outside the US. We've been over this.

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New Orleans - Lake Ponchartrain & the French Quarter
We're taking skylines, not natural features or things you can't see from further away. Can you see Bourbon Street when you're crossing the bridge over the lake? Now if you said the Superdome...Katrina gave that exposure in more ways than one. Now, show them a picture of Bourbon Street and everyone knows where it is, but that's not a skyline shot.

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Atlanta - The Weather Channel & CNN media exposure
How often do you actually see the Atlanta skyline there though? And even when they do, what do they see that makes people the world over say "hey, that's Atlanta!"

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Miami - Miami Vice TV series & CSI: Miami
Like I said earlier, it's the beach that gives it away. Otherwise it's hardly distinguishable from LA to those who've only seen either one in pictures.
 
Old 04-21-2010, 03:04 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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How about Williams Tower? I can't think of any other building in America besides the Sears Tower & Empire State Building that stand out as much as Williams does. It sticks out like a sore thumb dwarfing everything & everyone around it.
John Hancock Center in Chicago is a landmark building.
As is the Aon Center in Chicago
The new Trump International Tower in Chicago
The Chrysler Building in New York
The US Bank Tower in LA
Space Needle in Seattle
The St. Louis Arch in St. Louis

That's all I could think up for trademark structures/buildings in downtowns across the country.
 
Old 04-21-2010, 03:48 AM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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John Hancock Center in Chicago is a landmark building.
As is the Aon Center in Chicago
The new Trump International Tower in Chicago
The Chrysler Building in New York
The US Bank Tower in LA
Space Needle in Seattle
The St. Louis Arch in St. Louis

That's all I could think up for trademark structures/buildings in downtowns across the country.
For downtowns yes.

I was talking about city skylines in which Houston's Uptown should be included as well. In that case, no other cities skyline has a building that sticks out as much as the Williams Tower does because of its over all height & lack of high rise density surrounding it which both New York & Chicago have plenty of. The tallest building anywhere near the Williams Tower at 901 feet tall is 400 ft. which if you do the math is less than half of its over all height.
 
Old 04-21-2010, 04:05 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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For downtowns yes.

I was talking about city skylines in which Houston's Uptown should be included as well. In that case, no other cities skyline has a building that sticks out as much as the Williams Tower does because of its over all height & lack of high rise density surrounding it which both New York & Chicago have plenty of. The tallest building anywhere near the Williams Tower at 901 feet tall is 400 ft. which if you do the math is less than half of its over all height.
It's the tallest building outside of a downtown, and right next to the Water Wall.

That building certainly is a Houston trademark. Quite possibly even a Texas trademark.
 
Old 08-11-2011, 04:29 PM
 
Location: One of the 13 original colonies.
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there isnt much skyline in the south -- thats why
Ignorance prevails.
 
Old 08-11-2011, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Quite a few people cannot recognize this view. It's not in the south.


Downtown (http://www.flickr.com/photos/imagicdigital/6033199973/ - broken link) by imagic digital (http://www.flickr.com/people/imagicdigital/ - broken link), on Flickr
 
Old 08-11-2011, 04:40 PM
 
Location: The City
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Quite a few people cannot recognize this view. It's not in the south.


Downtown (http://www.flickr.com/photos/imagicdigital/6033199973/ - broken link) by imagic digital (http://www.flickr.com/people/imagicdigital/ - broken link), on Flickr

Many folks from Staten Island would know this well. Most Americans are horrible at skylines, this forum is by no means an example of how well people know places.

On the Williams Tower honestly outside of this forum and in isolation probably less than 25%, maybe as little as 10% would have a clue
 
Old 08-11-2011, 05:05 PM
 
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Quite a few people cannot recognize this view. It's not in the south.


Downtown (http://www.flickr.com/photos/imagicdigital/6033199973/ - broken link) by imagic digital (http://www.flickr.com/people/imagicdigital/ - broken link), on Flickr
Ironicly enough, of you showed people a picture of Bostons Downtown Skyline from the Harbour, many americans would say it is DT Manhatten, because often Hollywood uses Dt boston for a NYC fill in for its finantal district, until the WTC comes back.
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