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Old October 1st, 2012, 02:52 AM   #1761
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Old October 1st, 2012, 10:25 AM   #1762
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Agree. It's surprising given that 100 years ago St. Louis was already quite a large city. Wasn't it one of the 5-6 largest in the US?
St Louis was always a mystery to me. At it's peak in 1950 it had 856,000 residents but the skyline was very low to mid-rise:

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River commerce had been on the decline for some time and after the war, the biggest economic drivers were in the suburbs. The city itself fell victim to ruinous urban renewal projects that erased whole blocks of historic buildings. By the time local banks grew large enough to put up tall towers in the 1980s, the Arch had already been built and with it the agreement that no new structure could exceed its 630 ft height.
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Old October 1st, 2012, 11:45 AM   #1763
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the 1980s, the Arch had already been built and with it the agreement that no new structure could exceed its 630 ft height.
Height restrictions are so childish and idiotic, IMO. It's sad that cities like St. Louis and Vancouver have fallen victim to them.

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Little Rock in this thread (as far as I remember). It may not have a large skyline, but it is definitely beautiful.
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 07:58 AM   #1764
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Looks like St. Louis lost many great buildings.
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 08:24 AM   #1765
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Height restrictions are so childish and idiotic, IMO. It's sad that cities like St. Louis and Vancouver have fallen victim to them.
The funny thing is people including many skyscrapers lovers buy into this dumb so called "view cones" policy that was created back in 1989 to protect the views of the mountains.
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 09:00 AM   #1766
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Can you even see the mountains from the street unless you look down some avenue terminating to the north? It just seems like a ridiculous goal unless you limit downtown Vancouver to 3 floor buildings.
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Looks like St. Louis lost many great buildings.
Still gritty but on the mend, St Louis has been on a preservation tear lately, renovating old buildings throughout the CBD and expanding the revival out to many beautiful but distressed neighborhoods. It doesn't hurt that much of the building stock are sturdy fire-proof brick structures.

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Old October 2nd, 2012, 03:25 PM   #1769
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Still gritty but on the mend, St Louis has been on a preservation tear lately, renovating old buildings throughout the CBD and expanding the revival out to many beautiful but distressed neighborhoods.
Better late than never.

The US was already a huge country a century ago and the big cities seem to have gone through their big growth spurts at the right time: 1880-1930. I read somewhere that New York City had almost as many people as Canada back then.
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Better late than never.

The US was already a huge country a century ago and the big cities seem to have gone through their big growth spurts at the right time: 1880-1930. I read somewhere that New York City had almost as many people as Canada back then.
Yeah, that's true.
New York City metropolitan area - Hartford Knowledge Corridor - Delaware Valley - Allentown contains over 31 million people that's almost as many people as Canada has today.
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The skyline of San Francisco usually under-whelms me, but not there. Just terrific!
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Yeah, that's true.
New York City metropolitan area - Hartford Knowledge Corridor - Delaware Valley - Allentown contains over 31 million people that's almost as many people as Canada has today.
It's an eye opener for sure. Tokyo has the same population as Canada. We could triple in population just in the south and still have tons of untouched wilderness.
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Great photos, guys. What's shocking is that Phoenix, which has a population of 1.4m, and more than 4m in the metro has such a small skyline. Is there a reason for that? I guess that the same is true for LA as well. Why are they so suburban?
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In terms of the dominant towers though, Chicago takes this one to me.
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Old October 9th, 2012, 02:39 PM   #1780
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Great photos, guys. What's shocking is that Phoenix, which has a population of 1.4m, and more than 4m in the metro has such a small skyline. Is there a reason for that? I guess that the same is true for LA as well. Why are they so suburban?
A lot of US cities are like that. I suppose lax zoning regulations and low land values mean they don't have to concentrate office buildings downtown or build tall. There are 30 US metros over 2 million people, but how many of them have lots of 40+ floor condo buildings? New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle? So a quarter of them. The interest in downtown living is strong in only some US cities.

If you look at Canadian cities, its quite a different story. Even in smaller metros of 500,000 people, the interest in living downtown is gaining traction. We're starting to see significant residential towers built in places like Halifax, Calgary, and Victoria. It's quite telling when Vancouver (2.3 million people) has a far better skyline than Phoenix (4.3 million people).
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