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Old 12-30-2012, 10:25 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Ughhh!!! with all the beautiful architecture in Boston he had to point out that ugly Soviet cold war style monstrosity and one of the ugliest city halls in the country. Dallas has one of those too. I hate that building, and so does the mayor of Boston.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:52 AM
 
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Oh and if this thread is about North America in general (I assume US and Canada and not including Mexico, Central America, or the Caribbean) I'd say most Canadian cities do not have landmarks. The only cities in Canada I think have noticable landamrks are TOronto and Quebec City. Vancouver looks like Seattle without the Space Needle.

Also Portland, Oregon is devoid of landmarks too. If we are to include the rest of what is technically North America, Cancun and Acapulco have very recognizable skylines and cityscapes, Cancun also has the Tulum ruins in its vicinity. There is the Atlantis Resort in Nassau and the Panana Canal in Panana City plus Aztec ruins outside Mexico City. I guess the Mexico welcome sign in Tijuana counts as a landmark.
Tulum isn't in Cancun, it's over an hour south outside the town of Tulum. That's like Portland claiming Multnomah Falls or Mount Hood as a landmark. Mexico City has a ton of famous landmarks in the city, but I'm not sure how much the average American would recognize them--though the giant cathedral oand buildings surrounding the Zocalo in the Centro are pretty well known.

Vancouver has one of the most recognizable skylines in North America with the backdrop of mountains and glass condo towers in the foreground--I'd say though that most Canadians would recognize the ScienceWorld building or the Vancouver Tower as well.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:54 AM
 
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Ughhh!!! with all the beautiful architecture in Boston he had to point out that ugly Soviet cold war style monstrosity and one of the ugliest city halls in the country. Dallas has one of those too. I hate that building, and so does the mayor of Boston.
I always imagined that building as a Orwellian Ministry of Truth or something. Boston has a bunch of brutalist/modernist government buildings along that section of town--they removed a bunch of old 19th Century architecture to build it as well.

Aren't Faneuil Hall or the Old State House considered recognizable for Boston?
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:31 AM
 
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Aren't Faneuil Hall or the Old State House considered recognizable for Boston?
I find Faneuil Hall instantly recognizable. I can't pronounce the name, but I know the building and what city it's in.

I'm curious, does the rest of the country find Independence Hall or Philadelphia City Hall recognizable?
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:58 AM
 
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I find Faneuil Hall instantly recognizable. I can't pronounce the name, but I know the building and what city it's in.

I'm curious, does the rest of the country find Independence Hall or Philadelphia City Hall recognizable?
I find them identifiable. Independence Hall would probably be on my list of secondary landmarks.

I think the most identifiable Philly landmark is the Liberty Bell.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:03 PM
 
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I'm not sure that Brutalist (technical term, really) City Hall epitomizes Boston, but nobody said a city's prime landmark had to be pretty. I think Boston's iconic landmark might be an open space--Boston Common.

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Old 12-30-2012, 12:29 PM
 
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The liberty bell isn't a landmark. You can move it. You can't move a landmark however it is a national treasure.
Independence Hall is a landmark however.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:34 PM
 
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I find Faneuil Hall instantly recognizable. I can't pronounce the name, but I know the building and what city it's in.

I'm curious, does the rest of the country find Independence Hall or Philadelphia City Hall recognizable?
I've always recognized Independence Hall and would hope that most people that have opened up a US history textbook would be able to do so. It's probably the most recognizable colonial-era building in the US and it's easy to show just Independence Hall as an intro to Philadelphia in film or TV.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:48 PM
 
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I've always recognized Independence Hall and would hope that most people that have opened up a US history textbook would be able to do so. It's probably the most recognizable colonial-era building in the US and it's easy to show just Independence Hall as an intro to Philadelphia in film or TV.
That's a big part of the problem, as I see it. There seems to be less of an emphasis on US history than ever before.
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Old 12-30-2012, 02:05 PM
 
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So is Houston the biggest city without a landmark or do we consider the space center one?
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