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Old 01-11-2011, 04:07 PM
Location: yeah
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It's not one of the prettiest, durf, but it's not at the bottom either...

Old 01-11-2011, 08:39 PM
Location: People's republic of California
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Great skylines like Houston, LA(imo) KC, Detroit are great welcoming sites when entering downtown or the city. Except for a few cities like Toronto, Montreal, San Diego, most of those downtowns are just dissapointing with empty buildings and desolate streets. I guess I would prefer a downtown with more activity, shopping, nightlife, people watching ect. Even small cities in Mexico with 1 church as their skyline have more going on in their downtown than what one would assume of Houston, LA or KC in their downtown with their imposing skylines. Those cities just seem dead on a weekday night. I do think Phoenix does get picked on alot on this subject, but like others mentioned this city just grew wayyyy to fast, and with so much land why would they build upwards, plus it is too close to the airport. I will mention that there are about 3 new tall buildings in downtown Phoenix that I can think of that have been built within the last 3 years. Phoenix skyline for 2011 is still pretty different than Phoenix skyline of 2008.
Old 01-11-2011, 09:18 PM
Location: Fort Worth
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Part of the reason why Fort Worth's skyline isn't so great is because this city doesn't take advantage of some of the land we have here.

Look at this pic. Believe it or not, this is the west side of Downtown:

I can count at least 7 spots for 25+ story buildings. In fact, those two residential highrises you see on the left was supposed to add THIS:

STILL wondering what happened to that. It was supposed to have been built last year.
Old 01-11-2011, 09:38 PM
Location: yeah
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Around the nation, a lot of those projects are on hold, just getting started again.
Old 01-11-2011, 09:46 PM
Location: Fort Worth
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Originally Posted by krudmonk View Post
Around the nation, a lot of those projects are on hold, just getting started again.
Yeah... uh, thing is, Fort Worth didn't really build many highrises even before this recession. You can just look at it and tell for a city with over 2 million in its county. There were several chances for more skyscrapers than we have now (two that would have been the new tallest just last decade), but because of the Bass Family's want to keep downtown Fort Worth as more of a tourist destination than a CBD.

There's a good and bad side to that...
Old 01-11-2011, 10:05 PM
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Phoenix is no where NEAR one of the worse skylines in america. Are you kiddin me??
Old 01-11-2011, 10:05 PM
Location: Albuquerque, NM - Summerlin, NV
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Originally Posted by japster28 View Post
Did you take that last photo in a graveyard!?!?
The bottom one yes. It is about 3 miles from Downtown, It was near my grandmas house. So I decided to go for a walk one night... like 4 years ago.
Old 01-12-2011, 12:43 AM
Location: Atlanta
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Sorry Phoenix, but I must agree with the others. It isn't about height restrictions or anything like that... It is just ugly. The buildings are so boxy and don't look that interesting, classy, or vibrant.

It seems like out of many of the cities people are nominating the biggest problem is bland boxy looking buildings.
Old 01-12-2011, 02:07 AM
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Originally Posted by krudmonk View Post
still Washington
D.C. is surrounded by skylines in the northern and southern borders of the city.

Northern Border of D.C.
http://www.thebethesdalife.com/image/event/2943-bethesda-skyline.jpg (broken link)
Silver Spring

Southern Border of D.C.


Court House

Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor seen at the top of the picture

Last edited by MDAllstar; 01-12-2011 at 02:28 AM..
Old 01-15-2011, 12:32 AM
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Originally Posted by PDX_LAX View Post
Yeah, because all of those pictures make Portland look so ugly. LOL!
You must be kidding...

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