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View Poll Results: I choose__________as the Greatest and Most Diverse Architectual Gem in the U.S.
New York City, New York 40 67.80%
Los Angeles, California 19 32.20%
Voters: 59. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-08-2010, 09:08 PM
 
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As we already know, New York and Los Angeles are the nation's two most populous cities. Both are spectacular cities with some the country's best architecture and natural settings (if not the best). Putting these two great metropolises against another is a feat unto itself. Comparing the total architectural spectrum of New York City and Los Angeles, pick the city that you see as the greatest and most diverse architectual gem in the United States, beyond the skyline.
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Old 06-08-2010, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Long Island/NYC
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I think NYC has a larger diversity of architecture, there's almost a little bit of everything. Most people think it's just brick buildings and glass buildings.

I'm not knocking LA either but I just think NYC comes out on top.

Greatness is subjective though.
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Old 06-08-2010, 10:04 PM
 
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la should not be in this poll. it is not #2 or #1, it is not even #3...
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Old 06-08-2010, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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I voted Los Angeles, but New York City is the more architectural haven in this case.
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Old 06-09-2010, 12:38 AM
 
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I think it's close. So close I didn't vote. They're both home to many internationally-famous architectural icons, as well as to a wide range of local vernacular styles. I was leaning towards LA for its sheer (and I think broader) diversity of twentieth century styles (including the googie style, which I love!), but as a newer city NYC beats it when it comes to variety of architectural representation from earlier centuries. (LA does have some older buildings, too, just not as much or as broad a spectrum as the older NYC buildings). The more I think about it the more I can't make up my mind. A tie, I think.
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Old 06-09-2010, 01:09 AM
 
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Agreed. I am not sure if it's in the top 5.

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la should not be in this poll. it is not #2 or #1, it is not even #3...
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Old 06-09-2010, 01:30 AM
 
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Why wouldn't LA be in the top 5?
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Old 06-09-2010, 01:35 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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Why wouldn't LA be in the top 5?
Saying New York City is better is one thing, but I agree Polo, saying Los Angeles is not a top 5 is just plain wrong:

Example in Los Angeles:
http://openmindgr.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/kahnsalkinstitute.jpg (broken link)

Yeah I like LA more than NYC, but I gave props to NYC in this thread. But don't knock LA out. It's got a lot to be proud of.
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Old 06-09-2010, 01:38 AM
 
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Saying New York City is better is one thing, but I agree Polo, saying Los Angeles is not a top 5 is just plain wrong:

Example in Los Angeles:


Yeah I like LA more than NYC, but I gave props to NYC in this thread. But don't knock LA out. It's got a lot to be proud of.
I think people dwell to much on skyscraper architecture, and by impulse pick NYC without any thought, and ignore LA architecturally. LA is NO scrub in the architecture department. The City Of Everything Modern(or something like that). People on C-D dwell too much on History.
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Old 06-09-2010, 01:55 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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I think people dwell to much on skyscraper architecture, and by impulse pick NYC without any thought, and ignore LA architecturally. LA is NO scrub in the architecture department. The City Of Everything Modern(or something like that). People on C-D dwell too much on History.
Oh lol, I said NYC because the first thing that came to mind was the Statue of Liberty. And some of the things it will have in a few years like the New World Center Transportation Hub. Along with their roads and apartment buildings.

But I agree with you, lots of things for Los Angeles go uncredited.
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