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View Poll Results: Which skyline do you like better?
Seattle 210 77.49%
Minneapolis 61 22.51%
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Old 03-06-2012, 08:39 AM
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Uhm, no. The Space Needle certainly isn't a cheap knock off of the LV Stratosphere nor was it built by a Minneapolis developer.
I was referring to the bigger, more spectacular tower in Vegas not the little one in Seattle.
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Old 03-06-2012, 08:44 AM
 
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Uhm, no. The Space Needle certainly isn't a cheap knock off of the LV Stratosphere nor was it built by a Minneapolis developer.
Good point, and how is the Space Needle a knock off of the Stratosphere when it was built about 40 years before the Stratosphere?
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:53 PM
 
Location: The Most Livable City in America
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Well, I'm from and love minneapolis, i always vote for it, but seattle is one of the best in the world, and it has the space needle. But we also need to remember, it always depends on the viewpoint. Without mountains or the spaceneedle, seattle looks, more dull.
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The viewpoints of Minneapolis shown at the start... were some of my least favorite, and not that high of quality, while the seattle pictures were much more high quality. And when people say "it has a small amount of buildings, but is large for a city of its size.", neither are true. There are many buildings in downtown Minneapolis when viewed from the southeast, north, northeast or northwest. But some angles dont look as good. Also, although Minneapolis only has about 380,000 people, the metro area has about 3.5 million people, one behind Seatle. And the number of buildings in downtown depend more on METRO size than CITY size. E.G. Colorado Springs vs. Minneapolis, they are the same size city.

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Old 03-07-2012, 11:42 AM
 
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Excellent point and for me, I'll often hold my hand out and when looking at Seattle block the mountain(s) in the background. All your left with is some non-nondescript grey and white buildings and a cheap knock-off of the Las Vegas Stratosphere Tower, built by a Minneapolis developer I might add.
Wow, could you possibly be more wrong if you tried? Let's start with who designed and built the Needle

Howard S. Wright (Portland)
Baqley Wright (Seattle)
Ned Skinner (Seattle)
Norton Clapp (Seattle)
JoHn Graham (Seattle)

Now if you were trying to say that the Stratosphere was built by a Minneapolis developer, you would be wrong again. Bob Stupak was from Pittsburgh originally and died in Vegas. And the Stratosphere was a colossal failure which went bankrupt 3 months after it opened.

As to the Space Needle being a cheap knock off of the Stratosphere...the term backasswards comes to mind.

The Space Needle was completed in 1962.
The Stratosphere was completed in 1996.

Do I need to do the math for you?

Sorry, but you'll have do a little better than that.
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Columbus OH
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Wow, could you possibly be more wrong if you tried? Let's start with who designed and built the Needle

Howard S. Wright (Portland)
Baqley Wright (Seattle)
Ned Skinner (Seattle)
Norton Clapp (Seattle)
JoHn Graham (Seattle)

Now if you were trying to say that the Stratosphere was built by a Minneapolis developer, you would be wrong again. Bob Stupak was from Pittsburgh originally and died in Vegas. And the Stratosphere was a colossal failure which went bankrupt 3 months after it opened.

As to the Space Needle being a cheap knock off of the Stratosphere...the term backasswards comes to mind.

The Space Needle was completed in 1962.
The Stratosphere was completed in 1996.

Do I need to do the math for you?

Sorry, but you'll have do a little better than that.
After reading many of Ghengis's posts, I think he was being satirical in a difficult to decifer way. Anyway, the Stratosphere was actually a joint venture between Bob Stupak and Lyle Berman, who was the CEO of Grand Casinos, and was a Minnesota based entrepreneur. So at least that much of his comment was accurate-I can't vouch for anything else though. Obviously, the Stratosphere wasn't exactly a home run for them.
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:13 PM
 
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Minneapolis but I am biased for the mini Apple
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:19 PM
 
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Yes, in RE: to "Knock-offs"... the only real knock-off is the Stratosphere. And it wasn't the Space Needle it was trying to knock off-- but the CN tower (you know... the one in Toronto). (FWIW, the Space Needle was also constructed/completed way before the CN tower. But they have different purposes.)

Space Needle was revolutionary for its time and also... for a time: the tallest building West of the Mississippi. There are plenty of things to appreciate about the Space Needle... but to compare it to a newer constructions completely disregards what the Space Needle is all about. It wasn't built simply for the sake of building or even profit, it was our way of coming into the world stage.
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Old 03-07-2012, 03:21 PM
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Location: Bel Air, California
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Wow, could you possibly be more wrong if you tried? Let's start with who designed and built the Needle

Howard S. Wright (Portland)
Baqley Wright (Seattle)
Ned Skinner (Seattle)
Norton Clapp (Seattle)
JoHn Graham (Seattle)

Now if you were trying to say that the Stratosphere was built by a Minneapolis developer, you would be wrong again. Bob Stupak was from Pittsburgh originally and died in Vegas. And the Stratosphere was a colossal failure which went bankrupt 3 months after it opened.

As to the Space Needle being a cheap knock off of the Stratosphere...the term backasswards comes to mind.

The Space Needle was completed in 1962.
The Stratosphere was completed in 1996.

Do I need to do the math for you?

Sorry, but you'll have do a little better than that.
old and dingy then?
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:59 PM
 
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Seattle, slam dunk...and then add the vistas.
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:17 PM
 
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Minneapolis, slam dunk....and then add the culture.
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