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View Poll Results: Which of these cities has the best skyline?
Seattle 126 49.61%
Portland 1 0.39%
San Francisco 77 30.31%
Los Angeles 41 16.14%
San Diego 9 3.54%
Voters: 254. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-19-2012, 06:03 PM
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although Mount Rainier really magnifies Seattle
if it's not blocked by clouds

 
Old 06-20-2012, 11:35 AM
 
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The skyline of San Francisco has more variety and buildings than Seattle. How can Seattle even compare to such a magnificent city like SF. Yet, I respect that Seattle is a pretty city but not as impressive as SF.
Because we're not talking about the whole city, just the skylines and imo Seattle's skyline is tops. San Francisco has more buildings but Seattle has more varied height, more attractice talls and more color. From certain angles San Francisco has a flat top look with a point and a black box sticking out the top.
 
Old 06-20-2012, 12:47 PM
 
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Because we're not talking about the whole city, just the skylines and imo Seattle's skyline is tops. San Francisco has more buildings but Seattle has more varied height, more attractice talls and more color. From certain angles San Francisco has a flat top look with a point and a black box sticking out the top.
Agreed
 
Old 05-27-2013, 07:01 PM
 
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Seattle has the more photogenic skyline, but most people who have seen both in person would say that San Francisco has the more impressive skyline. Most pictures of San Francisco's skyline don't even include the buildings to the West of the main cluster(by city hall), which is still considered to be a part of downtown San Francisco. Seattle's skyline looks amazing in pictures, but in person, you realize that San Francisco's skyline clearly dominates it in size, density and in my opinion, beauty(highly debatable).
 
Old 05-27-2013, 07:28 PM
 
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Seattle has the more photogenic skyline, but most people who have seen both in person would say that San Francisco has the more impressive skyline. Most pictures of San Francisco's skyline don't even include the buildings to the West of the main cluster(by city hall), which is still considered to be a part of downtown San Francisco. Seattle's skyline looks amazing in pictures, but in person, you realize that San Francisco's skyline clearly dominates it in size, density and in my opinion, beauty(highly debatable).
I agree - but Seattle has pretty good size and density too, and its skyline is growing more quickly than SF's.

This one capture the density pretty well:

http://www.[blocked due to copyright reasons].com/north-...ne-seattle.jpg

And this one just looks cool with the tall buildings cluster and Mt. Rainier.

http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-ge...tock-photo.jpg

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Old 05-30-2013, 05:04 AM
 
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I chose Seattle. San Francisco is beautiful but the towers are just so white. There is very little color.
 
Old 05-31-2013, 08:51 AM
 
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I love San Francisco. If you asked me what my favorite west coast city is, the answer is easily SF. However, I'm in the camp that doesn't think building height, "density," or number of high rises is as important as the overall appearance. Both cities have great skylines, but I find Seattle's to be more aesthetically pleasing.

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Seattle has the more photogenic skyline, but most people who have seen both in person would say that San Francisco has the more impressive skyline. Most pictures of San Francisco's skyline don't even include the buildings to the West of the main cluster(by city hall), which is still considered to be a part of downtown San Francisco. Seattle's skyline looks amazing in pictures, but in person, you realize that San Francisco's skyline clearly dominates it in size, density and in my opinion, beauty(highly debatable).

Does SF have more towers than Seattle? Absolutely. However, with cities like Chicago, New York, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, etc. out there, the size of SF's skyline isn't particularly that impressive (especially for a CSA of around 8 million people). I would say only two cities in the U.S. have skylines where I'd apply the word "dominate;" and those are obviously NYC and Chicago. SF's skyline is notable and famous because of the topography (bay, hills, etc.) and the iconic bridges (the Golden Gate is more famous, but the Bay Bridge is larger and closer to the city center) and to a lesser degree, the irregular shape of the tallest building. It's stunning in that regard. I just wouldn't say it "dominates" Seattle in size or any other category. I think Seattle's skyline is more attractive and you think SF's is. Beauty is obviously subjective, so neither of us are wrong when it comes to those opinions. I just have a hard time saying that San Francisco's skyline "dominates" another city like Seattle. When I think of dominating skylines, I think of imposing (in terms of height and size) and sprawling. SF's is neither of those things. It's simply beautiful.
 
Old 08-11-2013, 03:45 AM
 
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Another cool one of Seattle

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