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Old 11-24-2014, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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However, having a tall building or two doesn't make a city. Cities are also about density of housing, amenities. Suburban towers are usually built because of proximity to a freeway. A few eventually become cities. Two that spring to mind are Bellevue, WA and Stamford, CT.
Stamford was always a city, albeit a small one. It was similar to Norwalk to its northeast, with a largely suburban/rural hinterland, and an urban core. Actually, up until 1947 the City and Town of Stamford weren't consolidated, meaning there was a small City downtown which was nestled within the town (a unique system to Connecticut and Vermont, I think - Groton is the only City which hasn't consolidated within the town).

Regardless, Stamford had a huge construction boom in the 1960s and 1970s - when NYC was looking rough. Many Manhattan offices moved north at that time. But during the same period, downtown had heavy urban renewal, which demolished most of the historic core. You can see remnants though, everything from two-story retail buildings to historic midrises, scattered through downtown.
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Old 11-29-2014, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Montréal & New York area
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I've always been impressed with the Sheraton Mahwah - a 22-story hotel at the junction of I287 and I87 on the NJ/NY border. I don't think there's another building within miles taller than four stories.
I had my cousins wedding there
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Old 11-29-2014, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Montréal & New York area
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Fort Lee, NJ (now finished)

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Old 11-30-2014, 06:33 PM
 
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Fort Lee, NJ (now finished)
I have a few pictures of this building I took when taking a hike that ended in Fort Lee. The building perfectly reflects the sky and the effect was gorgeous ... hesitant to post anything because I don't know how to thoroughly remove any personal information from the picture file or where to host, and eh, effort.

There are several random high-rises in generally suburban Bergen County (the part of NJ this is in), and particularly in Fort Lee and Hackensack, but that one is by far the largest and the best looking.
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