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Old 05-13-2013, 03:16 PM
 
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One of the reasons I'm choosing Portland to move to is its lack of skyline. Tall buildings scare me, they make me feel claustrophobic. I how portland seems to be more of a "squat" town and is spread out with more greenery than the average city. Chicago makes me feel literally ill after being there a few days.
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:59 PM
 
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C'mon - Portland doesn't really even have a skyline!! Look at other cities in the western part of North America that have skylines that dominate Portland's 'skyline': Vancouver, Seattle, Calgary, Edmonton, San Francisco, LA, Denver, San Diego, Phoenix. You could even make a claim that cities like Salt Lake City, Albuquerque, Anchorage, Tucson, Long Beach and Bellevue have bigger, more prominent skylines than Portland.
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:37 AM
 
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C'mon - Portland doesn't really even have a skyline!! Look at other cities in the western part of North America that have skylines that dominate Portland's 'skyline': Vancouver, Seattle, Calgary, Edmonton, San Francisco, LA, Denver, San Diego, Phoenix. You could even make a claim that cities like Salt Lake City, Albuquerque, Anchorage, Tucson, Long Beach and Bellevue have bigger, more prominent skylines than Portland.

C'mon.....now you are just being silly. Phoenix has a crappy skyline. There are no bigger buildings over 500 feet if I recall correctly and Portland has 3. Portland's "skyline" is just fine. True, it needs to fill the space between the 2 tallest towers, but even then the density downtown more than makes up for it. In fact, Portland actually has 3 skylines if you count the SOWA and Lloyd district. To me one of the more impressive buildings in town is that new OHSU building I think it is next to the Marquam bridge that is going up now. It is only 10 stories or so but it is HUGE and the annex to it is very interesting looking. Also, the old Meier and Frank building and the one across the street on 6th ave. have always impressed me due to the sheer mass of the buildings.

And cities like Calgary have so many high rises because they are built on oil money. Calgary has a skyline that rivals towns 3 times larger, but they are a anomaly. If Portland had more industry and a few large corporate HQ's well then we might have taller buildings as well. Being weird doesn't equal tall office buildings.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Hillsboro, OR
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I think Portland would do well to have one more ultra modern, super green, LEED-gold certified skyscraper to be it's flagship skyline building. I mean if any city should have it's flagship be the most green skyscraper in the world, it should be Portland.
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I think Portland would do well to have one more ultra modern, super green, LEED-gold certified skyscraper to be it's flagship skyline building. I mean if any city should have it's flagship be the most green skyscraper in the world, it should be Portland.
Now that is something I would love to see happen in Portland.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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IMHO Portland's skyline is not as impressive as many other cities but it lives better at street level than most and I think that is really more important.
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Old 06-07-2013, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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IMHO Portland's skyline is not as impressive as many other cities but it lives better at street level than most and I think that is really more important.
I agree, I have been in cities that have impressive skylines, but a void of street life with towers that are more like islands with no real connection to their surroundings, and then that city usually has a couple active neighborhood streets that you wish there were more of. Charlotte and Atlanta come to mind when I think of cities with great skylines and poor street life.

I would rather take a city that is extremely active on the street, but has no buildings over 10 stories, than the other way around.

Of course with that said, I am loving the density that Portland is seeing on both sides of the Willamette and would love to see that grow. I could see a few tell buildings rise around Big Pink, as well as see a new tallest for the city that really knocks it out of the park, but if none of that happens in my lifetime, I won't be disappointed.
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:48 AM
 
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You could even make a claim that cities like Salt Lake City, Albuquerque, Anchorage, Tucson, Long Beach and Bellevue have bigger, more prominent skylines than Portland.
Really...

Albuquerque:


http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p...LBUQUERQUE.png

Anchorage:

http://www.anchorage.net/sites/ancho...aphy%20610.jpg

Long Beach:

http://www.davincirealtygroup.com/wp...ch-skyline.jpg

Portland:


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...nd_Mt_Hood.jpg


http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-ge.../PDX-AIR-8.jpg




http://www.pearldistrict.org/wp-cont...-Landscape.jpg

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Old 06-07-2013, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Portland's skyline has increased incredibly in the time I have lived here. I never thought I would see so many buildings that have sprung up when I first moved here. But I like them. I think it makes the city look interesting.

I love the Chicago skyline which of course is nothing like Portland's but both are really nice to look at as far as I am concerned.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:05 PM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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I think Portland would do well to have one more ultra modern, super green, LEED-gold certified skyscraper to be it's flagship skyline building. I mean if any city should have it's flagship be the most green skyscraper in the world, it should be Portland.
We didn't have the money to build it. Some $60 million and no tenants really wanted to be in it. If there had actually been tenants, it might have gotten built.
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