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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

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Old 11-13-2009, 01:55 PM
 
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Okay,hopefully this will be a fun threadwhat skyscraper that already exists anywhere in the world would you like to see in San Antonio?
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Old 11-13-2009, 03:25 PM
 
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I'll take Columbia Center, FTW.
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Old 11-13-2009, 03:26 PM
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Wow, you're brand new and already doing polls? Quick learner.

We've already discussed this ad nauseum--do a search (I won't tell ya how, since you're so smart!) and you'll see.

I think our skyline is great just the way it is.
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Old 11-13-2009, 03:51 PM
 
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Everybody know how I feel about this subject. SA definitely need some more Skyscrapers. Skyscraper is a measure of a city's power and place in the world
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Old 11-13-2009, 03:55 PM
 
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I suppose I like SA's skyline as is, but do wish it was more design-oriented rather than the oppressive boxes that we have. For a city that's been around for awhile, there is very little inspiration for the construction we do have in the downtown area (IMO).

I don't see City Council allowing that to happen anytime soon with the existing projects upcoming: Seeing as they raped what was going to be a stellar original design for the Grand Hyatt, it doesn't give me hope that we'll end up with anything other than more sand-colored boxes of varying heights.



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Old 11-13-2009, 04:45 PM
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Along with the skyscrapers would you like a few more sky high interchanges as well? How about a two hour commute from downtown to Loop 410 or 1604. Would you like that also?
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Old 11-13-2009, 05:51 PM
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the only "skyscrapers" of any significance(IMHO) in SA are the old National Bank of Commerce(remember them?) with the coffee table on top and the old Alamo National Bank Bldg. Otherwise, there are none that I can think of off hand.....
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Old 11-13-2009, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Universal City, Texas
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I would go in a different direction. I would tear down all the large buildings around Alamo Plaza and rebuild the Alamo the way it was the day after the Seige of the Alamo. Let people really feel the impact of what San Antonio stands for. FREEDOM!!!
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Old 11-13-2009, 08:21 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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I would like to see some unique buildings, complementary to the spirit here. Something like Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill's National Commercial Bank in Saudi Arabia:

www.SOM.com | National Commercial Bank (http://www.som.com/content.cfm/national_commercial_bank_jeddah - broken link)

Hard to believe it was built in '83. What a cool, cool building!
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Ideally, it would be great to see huge skyscraper developments.. but I'd much rather see low rise developments like the Vistana and Vidorra that attract new residents downtown. People make a downtown, not tall buildings. A downtown bustling with people is a whole lot more interesting than a deserted office building forest. We need people to live downtown, not just commuters who work there but live way outside of 1604. Having a bustling downtown is important for the health of a city... it acts metaphorically like the heart of the human body. Cities that have deserted downtowns or no downtown at all lack an economic center of community coherency.

By the way, I really like the attention to architecture that the new Vistana building displays. It doesn't look like some cheap concrete structure thrown up by some hasty developer. There are some great art deco details on it which contribute to the downtown street scapes.
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