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Old 02-24-2014, 11:45 AM
 
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it seems like everybody wants their city to model after NYC these days with big tall buildings? why is that? do skylines enhance a city? does it really matter?
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Who wants their city modeled after NYC? Tall buildings look nice from a distance but it is more about the content at the street level that I feel is more important. If the tall buildings are isolated at the base then it creates a negative zone for activity.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Outside of forums like this, no one cares about skylines when discussing the merits of a city.

DC lacks one entirely, and is pretty well lauded as a walkable city. Most major European cities have relatively little in terms of skylines as well.
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:10 PM
 
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Nice to have, not have to have. The best cities care much more about the way the buildings relate to the street than they care about how they soar into the sky.
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:35 PM
 
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Nice to have, not have to have. The best cities care much more about the way the buildings relate to the street than they care about how they soar into the sky.
A "city" doesn't care squat about anything. A city is a legal entity only.
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:51 PM
 
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A "city" doesn't care squat about anything. A city is a legal entity only.
Legal entities comprised of people. Do I have to state the obvious with you every time? Every decent sized city in the nation has a comprehensive plan that sets pen to paper about the things it cares about.
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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it seems like everybody wants their city to model after NYC these days with big tall buildings? why is that? do skylines enhance a city? does it really matter?
Having a lot of tall buildings typically means that a lot of money is being spent. No one builds or uses skyscrapers in a bad economy. So essentially, a skyline can come to represent a city's economic success and growth.
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:15 PM
 
Location: The City
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Having a lot of tall buildings typically means that a lot of money is being spent. No one builds or uses skyscrapers in a bad economy. So essentially, a skyline can come to represent a city's economic success and growth.

Maybe in a sene skyscrapers are more important as a statement for places trying to establish themselves

or in select places out of true need - NYC being the most obvious example or more micro like a DT SF or even Boston
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Thunder Bay, ON
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Although even in smaller cities, I don't think it's all vanity. The downtowns are often much better served by transit (multiple transit lines converging) than anywhere else, so places within walking distance of the downtown transit hub will have much higher land values. Also, being located right next to major clients and partners is often considered important. In Toronto, if you're in the financial industry, you want to be as close as possibly to Bay and King. Bay and College is already much less desirable. Perhaps technology has reduced the importance of this aspect somewhat, but the transit aspect is still very important, much of the office projects in Toronto are within a few blocks of Union Station while condo projects are spread out across a larger part of downtown.

Of the 21 office towers under construction or proposed in Calgary, 21 are within a 10 minute walk of a downtown LRT station. I do think the large modern skyline is an important part of Calgary's image as an important, modern, prosperous city.
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Old 03-04-2014, 11:07 PM
 
Location: bend oregon
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i only like skyscraers in the biggest cities. smaller cities are fun because theres nature. but thats my opinion
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