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View Poll Results: Which skyline is better?
San Francisco 175 74.15%
Los Angeles 67 28.39%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 236. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-02-2009, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Shawnee, KS
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Which city has a better skyline and why? Which has better architecture, buildings, etc. I think that San Fran's skyline is better because the buildings have such a diverse range of many things.

 
Old 07-02-2009, 10:27 AM
rah
 
Location: Oakland
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LA has height on SF, and also has more highrises, seeing as it's such a huge city. Many of the highrises are separated out into different clusters though. When it comes to just downtown LA, minus places like century city, etc, Downtown SF wins hands down. LA's downtown is impressive but it's not on the same scale as SF's, and and doesn't have as much density or pedestrian activity overall.

According to emporis.com, when it comes to all buildings of 12 stories or more, SF has 414, and LA has 497...SF's are all concentrated within just 46 square miles though, and most are in and around downtown, rather than having a bunch spread out all over the place.

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Old 07-02-2009, 10:46 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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In pictures SF's looks better and more impressive as it's denser. Plus the Transamerica Pyramid has always been one of my favorite skyscrapers.

But in person I think LA's skyline is more impressive b/c it is taller and more imposing. I believe the US Bank Tower, or whatever its called now, is the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.
 
Old 07-02-2009, 11:03 AM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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L.A.
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1004/...d7e3d9.jpg?v=0

San Fran
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3476/...g?v=1232339436

SF just winds by a landslide.
La has one of the most pathetic skylines in America, even with it being the 2nd largest city in America.
SF has a really impressive skyline

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Old 07-02-2009, 11:19 AM
 
Location: NYC
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La has one of the most pathetic skylines in America
I picked San Francisco as well, but come on, LA's skyline is by no means pathetic.
 
Old 07-02-2009, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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I like LAs main cluster more than SFs. I also like more of LAs individual bldgs more than SFs.

That said, overall, SF I think wins because of diversity of architectual styles and density.
 
Old 07-02-2009, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Denver
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I picked San Francisco as well, but come on, LA's skyline is by no means pathetic.
I'm in the same boat as you. Los Angeles gets a real bad wrap on this forum. Whether it's skyline, urbanity, etc., everyone seems to love to trash Los Angeles. I think even though its skyline isn't gigantic, it's pretty big. It's got a building over 1,000 ft which can't be claimed by any American cities with the exception of New York City Chicago, and Houston by two feet (I guess Atlanta's birdcage counts too.

Century City is a seperate skyline from downtown, and it's pretty impressive too. Los Angeles may not be a top five skyline, but it certainly isn't pathetic.
 
Old 07-02-2009, 11:55 AM
 
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Being a city with peers like New York and Chicago, it's expected that LA would have a large skyline. I wouldn't care much if it had no skyline in the city proper at all, like Washington and most European cities. It's dense enough to make up for that.

But it's the fact that they try anyway...and don't do as well as you'd expect. For a city like LA, I'd rather it have no skyline at all.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2020/...61a8b4b6_o.jpg

It looks wonderfully Mediterranean. A skyline just kind of skcuf that up.

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Old 07-02-2009, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Being a city with peers like New York and Chicago, it's expected that LA would have a large skyline. I wouldn't care much if it had no skyline in the city proper at all, like Washington and most European cities. It's dense enough to make up for that.

But it's the fact that they try anyway...and don't do as well as you'd expect. For a city like LA, I'd rather it have no skyline at all.



It looks wonderfully Mediterranean. A skyline just kind of skcuf that up.
That picture shows the main problem with Los Angeles: Major Smog.
 
Old 07-02-2009, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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I love LA from this vantage point.

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u...g?t=1246558515
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2167/...0943c565_o.jpg

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