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Old 05-03-2009, 07:34 PM
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Both are great and underrated 2nd tier skylines. Which one do you like better?

San Francisco:


Old 05-03-2009, 07:47 PM
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Those photos make for a bad comparison because they are from such different angles.

Overall, SF has more 'large buildings' (and, yes, a greater 'large building density') but only a few supertalls. So Id say its a draw
Old 05-03-2009, 11:35 PM
Location: Villanova Pa.
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I have SF #3 in the usa followed by Philadelphia in usa skyline rankings.

I'm not saying Philadelphia doesnt have a formidable skyline but what I am saying is that SF's overall package is too impressive for any other skyline other than Manhattan and Chicago.


San Francisco

Old 05-04-2009, 05:04 AM
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SF has a better skyline than Philly

But, I would rathern live in Philly over SF
Old 05-04-2009, 07:37 AM
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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SF has more density and a cool backdrop, but i like the Philly talls. if only we get around to building the ACC. man, that would be sweet!

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Old 05-04-2009, 08:34 AM
Location: Denver
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This is an awesome comparison! They're pretty neck and neck. For the natural backdrop, San Francisco...but for the actual skyline, I like Philly just because it has the picture perfect, "Tallest buildings in the direct-center" skyline, which I love. I have 1. Manhattan 2. Chi 3. Philly and a very close 4. SF for the best skylines in the country.
Old 05-04-2009, 09:34 AM
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Philadelphia has done a nice job over the past 20 years with their skyline. Up until then they had a building height limit of 517'(tip of William Penns statue). Since they allowed the taller skyscrapers downtown (1989) Philadlephia has seen a renaissance and helped stop businesses fleeing to the suburbs.

Old 05-04-2009, 05:30 PM
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Both are equal IMO. Though SF is more dense.
Old 05-04-2009, 07:11 PM
Location: Jersey City
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Philadelphia got a late start in the skyscraper game after the "Gentlemens' Agreement" was breached in the '80s. They're certainly making up for lost time down there. I'm a bit of a skeptic re: ACC, but it would be REALLY awesome if it were to happen.
Old 05-04-2009, 07:14 PM
Location: roaming gnome
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isn't sf set to have a ton of new high rises?
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