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View Poll Results: Which City is home of the Bridge you like most?
Charleston: Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge 11 5.82%
Savannah: Talmadge Memorial Bridge 8 4.23%
Washington, DC: Key Bridge 2 1.06%
Washington, DC (MD/VA): Woodrow Wilson Bridge 1 0.53%
Washington, DC: Arlington Memorial Bridge 5 2.65%
Miami: Port of Miami Bridge 4 2.12%
Boston: Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge 7 3.70%
Boston: Longfellow Bridge 4 2.12%
Memphis: Hernando Desoto Bridge 1 0.53%
Cincinnati: John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge 10 5.29%
Cincinnati: Purple People Bridge 0 0%
Cincinnati: Daniel Carter Beard Bridge 1 0.53%
Pittsburgh: Fort Pitt Bridge 5 2.65%
Pittsburgh: West End Bridge 3 1.59%
Pittsburgh: Andy Warhol/Roberto Clemente/Rachel Carson Bridge 11 5.82%
San Francisco: Bay Bridge 11 5.82%
San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge 74 39.15%
New York City: Brooklyn Bridge 35 18.52%
New York City: Manhattan Bridge 8 4.23%
New York City: Queensboro Bridge 6 3.17%
New York City: Williamsburg Bridge 3 1.59%
New York City: George Washington Bridge 8 4.23%
New York City: Verrazzano Bridge 15 7.94%
Tampa: Sunshine Skyway Bridge 10 5.29%
Detroit: Ambassador Bridge 8 4.23%
Philadelphia: Benjamin Franklin Bridge 17 8.99%
New Orleans: Greater New Orleans Bridge(s) 2 1.06%
Other? 12 6.35%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 189. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-04-2011, 10:07 PM
 
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Don't judge by popularity.
Don't judge by the size of the skyline.
Don't judge by the size of the bridge. (They say, size doesn't matter... *snicker*)
Don't judge by the proximity of the bridge to the skyline.


I'm wondering what cities have a single bridge that looks most breathtaking. Sometimes the city may have next to no skyline, yet the bridge soaring over the skyline may compliment the city better than a bridge rolling into a cluster of skyscrapers. Then again, maybe the bridge looks perfect against a backdrop of giants. Maybe the bridge isn't very popular, but the architecture is so beautiful that it wins. Or maybe, the architecture isn't much to awe at, but the lighting of the structure makes it moving from vantage points in the city. Think outside the box and avoid quickly jumping to the cookie cutter answers of NYC and San Fran. Consider the rest for reasons not so obvious... (or is it just an easy hands down to NYC or SF? Let's see what the people of the polls say)

-Lighting
-Contrast to city
-Cinergy with city
-Walkability
-Architecture
-View of city from bridge
-View of bridge from water
-Interesting drive across bridge
-Uniqueness of structure
-Unique color
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Old 12-04-2011, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Brooklyn Bridge by far for me.
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Old 12-04-2011, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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My favorites, can't really rank them they all have something special.

San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge
Boston: Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge
Miami: Port of Miami Bridge

New York:
Brooklyn Bridge
Manhattan Bridge
Williamsburg Bridge
Queensboro Bridge
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Old 12-05-2011, 04:07 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Not judging by popularity, but simply put it doesn't get any better than the Golden Gate Bridge. Nothing else competes with it's colors, setting, engineering achievements, size and scale, and aesthetics. It's the champion of bridges. It's also very well kept. Many of the bridges listed have been neglected like so much other infrastructure around the US.

Don't mean to defy the OP, but worth mentioning best bridge city in terms of plural, definitely Pittsburgh. My favorite bridge crossing is the Pell Bridge in Newport, RI. It's a stellar view of the bay, harbor, and islands.

-Lighting: Verrazzano Bridge-NYC
-Contrast to city: Zakim Bridge-Boston (viewing it driving in on the Tobin Bridge/US Hwy 1)
-Cinergy with city: any bridge in NYC
-Walkability: Brooklyn Bridge
-Architecture: Golden Gate Bridge
-View of city from bridge: I-5 and 405 bridges crossing the Willamette River in Portland, OR
-View of bridge from water: Golden Gate Bridge
-Interesting drive across bridge: Evergreen Point/520 Floating Bridge -Seattle (on a clear day with Mt. Rainier in view)
-Uniqueness of structure: Golden Gate Bridge
-Unique color: Golden Gate Bridge

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Old 12-05-2011, 06:59 AM
 
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You're missing the Delaware memorial... It's in the top 10 longest.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Brooklyn Bridge for me.
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:24 AM
 
Location: New York NY
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On special occassions here in NYC they light up both towers of the George Washington Bridge at night, from river surface to top, in addition to the lights on the suspsension cables, which are always lit. When they do it is sublimely otherworldly and beautiful, the whole bridge shining in light against the darkness of the river and the Palisades. It's goregous beyond belief.

http://www.washington-heights.us/history/archives/images/GWBatNight.jpg (broken link)

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Old 12-05-2011, 11:27 AM
 
Location: The City
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So many great bridges

Hard to not choose either the BB or GGB

Yet so many other awesome bridges as well


Would love to see more pics of the others on the list or not on the list

Ben Franklin in Philly
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3187/3...3cf032c8_z.jpg
Ben Franklin Bridge | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/little_michael/3012231836/ - broken link)

http://farm1.staticflickr.com/35/679...62273c2a_z.jpg
BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lempieri/67996090/ - broken link)

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Old 12-05-2011, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Poughkeepsie:
Linda T. Hubbard - Poughkeepsie, New York Bridges

I think the Mid Hudson Bridge is one of the most beautiful bridges in the country.

The old railroad bridge has been converted to a Pedestrian Walkway.
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:39 AM
 
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The one, the only, Golden Gate Bridge for me!

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7157/6...34fa8d99_b.jpg
All sizes | Golden gate Bridge | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kptripa...n/photostream/ - broken link)

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