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Old 11-27-2010, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Thunder Bay, ON
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North York, officially part of Toronto, but only as of recently. Therefore most Torontonians view it as an inner suburb North of Toronto. It has a population of about 600,000, one main skyline and multiple secondary ones.

The main skyline at North York City Center is located at the end of a subway line in the middle of North York. It is built along Yonge street, Toronto's main street. Most highrises were built between 1980 and 2010.
I would say it's the second most important suburban skyline in Canada, definitely second (or even first) in the Toronto area. It's also very dense and increasingly urban (as opposed to suburban), but I consider it a suburban skyline since it's in the middle of a suburban area, quite far from downtown Toronto, built recently and mostly residential.
Southern part:

Parts of NYCC in the fog

Entirety of NYCC

NYCC density


There are many "tower in the park" style clusters, mostly made up of commie-block rental towers (though some clusters have new towers too). The largest in North York is around Bathurst and Steeles.


There are others at Bayview and Sheppard, Don Mills and Sheppard, Don Mills and Finch and Wynford Drive.
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Old 11-27-2010, 11:50 PM
 
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Next up, Etobicoke, it has 3 skylines that might be in the top 10 or 20 NA suburban skylines. Etobicoke is an inner suburb West of downtown Toronto.

The first is Etobicoke City Centre located about 8.5miles West of downtown Toronto around a 6-way intersection, the Islington Six Points, and next to a subway line and a commuter train line. It has around 30-40 high rises, about half of which can be seen here:


Next up, Humber Bay at the mouth of the Humber River is extreme SE Etobicoke. In the next decade, new condos will fill the gap between it and two other clusters in Etobicoke.


The other main skyline is more spread out around Highway 427. This picture shows the Southern half of the 427 skyline, as well as Humber Bay by the lake, Etobicoke City Centre between the two (1 big cluster and 1 small), and downtown Toronto in the distance.
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Old 11-27-2010, 11:56 PM
 
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Scarborough is the Eastern inner suburb of Toronto. There are lots of new condos and offices being built along Highway 401, with the main cluster being Scarborough City Centre, between an Elevated Rail Line and the 401. It's about 13 miles from downtown Toronto.





Like all of Toronto's inner suburbs, Scarborough also has many smaller commie block clusters.
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Old 11-28-2010, 12:10 AM
 
Location: Thunder Bay, ON
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East York (pop 110,000) is between Scarborough and downtown Toronto, most highrises were built between 1950 and 1970, many of them part of affordable housing projects. They're about 6 miles from downtown. I'll let you guys decide if they should count as skylines, or as suburbs.

Crescent Town

Flemmington Park

Thorncliffe Park (centre of image), this is the best picture I could find, even though it's very old (from about 1960 with the CN tower and most of the big CBD office towers missing), little has changed.


The last inner suburb, York (150,000), has little major high rise clusters.
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Old 11-28-2010, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Thunder Bay, ON
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Brampton is Toronto's second largest official suburb with 510,000 people in 2010 and is growing very fast. The downtown is not very suburban, mostly main-street style with a few high rises. The main group of high rises in Brampton are built East of downtown around Bramalea shopping centre, mostly 20-30 storey 70s and 80s residential towers.
I couldn't find a very good picture, this one shows about 1/3 of the towers.


Toronto's other outer suburbs only have smaller and more spread out skylines (ex Oshawa, Bronte, Leslie & Highway 7, downtown Oakville, midtown Oakville). Toronto's suburban skylines will continue to grow, as target densities have been set that will lead to a 1.5-3 fold growth of existing suburban skylines and create some new ones by 2030 in an effort to make the suburbs less suburban.

And to give an idea of the distribution of Toronto's skyscrapers, here's the distribution for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, population of about 8.5million and 2800 high rises.

Outer Edge cities (Port Hope, Cobourg, Peterborough, Barrie, Kawartha Lakes, Orillia, Innisfill, Orangeville, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge, Welland, Port Colbourne, Brantford, Paris):
Population: ~1,300,000 (15%)
Highrises: ~150 (5%)

Inner Edge cities (Hamilton, Grimsby, St Catharines, Niagara Falls, Oshawa, Whitby, Clarington)
Population: ~1,300,000 (15%)
High Rises: ~175 (6%)

Outer Suburbs (Newmarket, Aurora, Stouffville, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Markham, Pickering, Ajax, Missisauga, Caledon, Brampton, Milton, Halton Hills, Oakville, Burlington)
Population: ~3,200,000 (38%)
High Rises: ~525 (19%)

Inner suburbs (North York, York, East York, Etobicoke, Scarborough)
Population: ~1,900,000 (22%)
High Rises: ~1300 (46%)

Inner City excluding downtown (Yonge-Eglinton, Yonge-St. Clair, St.Clair-Bathurst, Davisville, etc)
Population: ~450,000 (5%)
High Rises: ~150 (5%)

Downtown
Population: ~250,000 (3%)
High Rises: ~500 (18%)

So Toronto's suburbs actually have a huge number of high rises. Vancouver is fairly similar.
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Old 11-28-2010, 01:40 AM
 
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Surrey is the largest Vancouver suburb (pop 400,000) but the skyline is a little sparse, although there are plans to change that.

Richmond is just South of the City of Vancouver, and is becoming the new Chinatown with many Asian malls and restaurants. They also have height limits due to the airport.


In the NW Corner of Greater Vancouver (but still quite close to downtown) is West Vancouver


Just across the river from downtown Vancouver is the suburb of North Vancouver

NorthVanLonsdale.jpg picture by memphremagogness_monster - Photobucket

Coquitlam is an Eastern suburb


Port Moody, one of the smaller suburbs
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Old 11-28-2010, 01:58 AM
 
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Montreal doesn't have as many skyscrapers as Toronto or Vancouver considering how big it is, probably largely because it grew a lot before the era of the skyscraper. While most high rises are downtown, there are a couple suburban ones.

Longueuil, on the East shore of the St. Lawrence, across from downtown has a population of about 250,000.


Laval, built on the other big island, next to Montreal island has a population of about 400,000.


Dartmouth, Nova Scotia is technically a suburb of Halifax, and has a few high rises, although some might not consider it very suburban.


As far as I know that's it for Canada. Quebec City has highrises only in downtown, and it's main suburb, Levis has mostly just midrises and low rises. Ottawa has a few high rises outside of downtown, but the clusters are small and not that far from downtown. Gatineau is outside Ottawa and has a skyline, but imo it's essentially what Jersey City to New York, so not a suburb. Winnipeg, Edmonton and Calgary don't have very big suburbs, and their high rises are almost entirely in their downtown cores.
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Old 11-28-2010, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Virginia Highland, GA
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Houston has the largest suburban skyline in the USA
Well of course it does.........
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Old 11-28-2010, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Morgantown, WV
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Not the best...Buckhead or Bellevue take that one, however very few people actually acknowledge Oakland, PA for discussions like this. Everybody fixates on the river view when it comes to Pittsburgh's skyline without taking into account everything else that's still around it.





http://i.pbase.com/u42/amitis/large/35987209.pano1.jpg (broken link)
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Old 11-28-2010, 11:16 AM
 
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oakland is not a suburb of pittsburgh, it's in the city. there is no such place as "oakland, pa" unless there is some tiny township elsewhere in the state. the oakland that you pictured here is a neighborhood in the city of pittsburgh.

buckhead isn't a suburb either. it's in atlanta proper.
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