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View Poll Results: Do you wish San Antonio had a bigger skyline?
No,its just fine now. 22 26.19%
Yes,tall sleek skyscrapers like Houston,LA,Dallas,etc. 40 47.62%
No,but maybe a little more newer low rises. 14 16.67%
San Antonio has a skyline?!?! 12 14.29%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 84. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 11-17-2009, 07:10 PM
 
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I love Houston's skyline. The best part is that it's ever changing. Not like Manhattan mind you, but still, very nice.

BTW, SA doesn't have any skyscrapers today, a skyscraper is a building 50 stories or taller, I don't think SA has any over 40. And someone mentioned the price of land being a detriment to building skyscrapers... Huh? That's why skyscrapers are built, when land gets expensive, cities start building up. Do you think land in SA is more expensive than NYC or Houston? They're building up.
I think that's the point he was making. Land is not as expensive or hard enough to find to force this economy to build up.
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Old 11-17-2009, 07:12 PM
 
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Still, it would be nice for SA to have a few more talls so we wouldn't have to keep having this discussion.
Haha....never thought of it that way...I wonder how many it would take....and how tall is tall?
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Old 11-18-2009, 08:05 PM
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I think that's the point he was making. Land is not as expensive or hard enough to find to force this economy to build up.
Again as mentioned I think, turn USAA or Time Warner on their sides, and presto......skyscraper.....BTW, Since when does a skyscraper make a city?
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Old 11-18-2009, 10:28 PM
 
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Again as mentioned I think, turn USAA or Time Warner on their sides, and presto......skyscraper.....BTW, Since when does a skyscraper make a city?
I have no idea. You'll have to ask the few members who keep bringing this very tired subject back.
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:12 PM
 
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Skyline? What skyline?
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Old 11-20-2009, 06:42 AM
 
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Again as mentioned I think, turn USAA or Time Warner on their sides, and presto......skyscraper.....BTW, Since when does a skyscraper make a city?
When did clothes make the woman?? Like it or not its all perceptions of the muscle your city has.

Paris has tons of new Skyscrapers
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:29 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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You're absolutely right (people are going to start thinking I have a man-crush on TxHwyMan).
That's OK-- I have one on you, too.
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:46 PM
 
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When did clothes make the woman?? Like it or not its all perceptions of the muscle your city has.
Strictly your opinion.....like it or not. Not even sure what "muscle" means in a city's skyline.

A lot of those "muscled" skyline cities are in serious economic shambles right now....and most likely trying to fill up those hollow shells.
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:15 PM
 
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Paris only has two structures taller than 12 stories- and I think it's "economic clout" is just fine.
With all due respect, the "skyscrapers" of Paris are located in La Defense - a business district about 7 miles north of the Arc De Triomphe. It has several buildings over 600 feet tall, and will have 6 buildings over 1000 ft tall by 2015. It is France's "Canary Wharf", and indicative of an expansive metro area that has no analogue to San Antonio real estate or development.

As far Panama City - we are comparing an oddity there. Panama City has a higher per capita GDP than San Antonio (look it up) and is a very important trade and banking center for the region. It also has an astonishingly high demand for hotels and urban residences. Rather like Hong Kong or Singapore, it will defy the expectations we have for "tall buildings".

You are right, though - the economic clout of a city is not directly linked to "tall buildings". God knows I am preaching to the choir with you, but I am sure we all recognize that "skyscrapers" are not built to assuage civic pride but rather to provide office space. For any number of reasons, they are literally not on the horizon for San Antonio. Who cares. They are a pain in the arse to work in, anyways. Much like a light rail, monorail, an NFL team, IKEA or Trader Joe's, "skyscrapers" should not make you feel better about your city. If you feel like those things are so critical to someone's quality of life, you can have them all..... in Detroit.

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Old 11-20-2009, 05:22 PM
 
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San Antonio doesn't really have a need to build skyscrapers downtown. Will it ever, I don't know. I do know that it's a good thing the city doesn't just build for pride like RonLumbergh said because then downtown could have several skyscrapers that are all condos and hotels and really no purpose. It's better to lure a business downtown and go from there.
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