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Old February 18th, 2011, 02:37 AM   #1
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World's best skyline: population under 3 million

I was going to put "population under 5 million", but whether my little hometown of Vancouver has a better skyline than the likes of Sydney and San Francisco, or even Shengzhen, is highly debatable at best. But I think we easily have it for the under-3-million category, unless Dubai counts as a real city

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Vancouver, Canada - population: 2.2 million












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Old February 18th, 2011, 02:40 AM   #2
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really beautiful
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Old February 18th, 2011, 03:26 AM   #3
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very nice. but KL is better !
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Old February 18th, 2011, 04:44 AM   #4
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But Kuala Lumpur's skyline is so spread out and sparse...

And it has over 7 million people... see thread title

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Old February 18th, 2011, 06:23 AM   #5
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As soon as I saw the thread tittle I thought Vancouver. Amazing for a city little more than 2 million.
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Old February 18th, 2011, 07:56 AM   #6
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Vancouver is awesome, but here are a few other contenders in this category:

Brisbane (pop 2.2 million)

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Panana City (pop 1.3 million)

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/peace-o...rg/4976181470/

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Pittsburgh (pop 2.35 million)

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/curt/249309756/

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Calgary (pop 1.1 million)

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/brillia...rp/4220933197/

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/cuppojoe_trips/1389129838/

If we're not counting the obvious ones like KL and Dubai, I personally think Brisbane would come out on top.
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Old February 18th, 2011, 08:09 AM   #7
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Great pics Nouvellecosse. Thanks for posting!
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Old February 18th, 2011, 12:47 PM   #8
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Dleung, you should at least let people know that some of the tallest buildings are future renderings in those Vancouver skyline pics. I know they're done by you but it's deceitful to not to inform people what they're actually looking at.
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Old February 18th, 2011, 05:40 PM   #9
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Old February 18th, 2011, 06:28 PM   #10
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But Kuala Lumpur's skyline is so spread out and sparse...

And it has over 7 million people... see thread title
KL has 1,8 million people !
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Old February 18th, 2011, 07:25 PM   #11
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KL has 1,8 million people !
City population is meaningless; its just a political boundary. KL has as population equal to Toronto!
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Old February 18th, 2011, 08:36 PM   #12
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I love Vancouver, want to live there, really!
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Old February 19th, 2011, 02:03 AM   #13
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I went to vancouver during the summer and hoped the temperature would be better then nyc. I went on like the hottest day of the summer and the coldest day in the summer for nyc. Anyways back on topic. The vancouver skyline is really impressive. It looks really good from the lonsdale quay.
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Old February 19th, 2011, 03:20 AM   #14
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While an impressive skyline Panama is almost 3.5 million.
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Old February 19th, 2011, 04:58 AM   #15
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Personally I think Vancouver looks somewhat generic with a good proprotion of the towers typically and similarly clad residential condo towers. There is little differentialtion and the heights are dismal. the location is naturally beautiful and adds to the spectacle. To suggest it's better than SF and Sydney is a just a little blinkered and self-absorbed.

Look at the quality of some fo the cities, Panama has a really impressive skyline. The Gold Coast while not dense can look far more impressive from a skyline perspective and punches well beyond its weight. Personally I also think Brisbane looks far more structured and polished than vancouver, it also has a good mix of commercial and residential.

LOL at better than Shenzhen ... you are smoking something man. Shezhen has height, density and a population growing with exponential speed. Shun Hing Square alone beats vancouver.
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Old February 19th, 2011, 05:12 AM   #16
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This is a three horse race between HK,NYC and Shanghai!IMO
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Old February 19th, 2011, 05:34 AM   #17
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Old February 19th, 2011, 05:53 AM   #18
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While an impressive skyline Panama is almost 3.5 million.
That's the country of Panama. Panama City, the capital of Panama, has a metro area of ~1.3 million.
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Old February 19th, 2011, 06:52 AM   #19
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  1. Panama City, Panama
  2. Dubai, UAE
  3. Calgary, Canada
  4. Benidorm, Spain
  5. Gold Coast, Australia
  6. Vancouver, Canada
  7. Brisbane, Australia
  8. Balneario Camboriu, Brazil
  9. Kuwait City, Kuwait
  10. Honolulu, USA
I haven't taken into account the natural setting, or else Vancouver would be first and some of the oceanside skylines would be higher.

I have Panama City at the top because its skyline is more cohesive and less linear than Dubai. The Calgary skyline has not only the height and size, but also the quality buildings and density you'd expect of a much larger city. The Gold Coast has height which Benidorm lacks, but I prefer Benidorm's under-150m buildings. Brisbane has height and density, the latter a weakness for Kuwait City. Vancouver, Balneario Camboriu and Honolulu might not have the world's finest buildings, but the large number of highrises can't be ignored. The oceanside skylines also give the impression of being taller than they actually are, due to the lower ceilings of resi/hotel buildings.

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01. Dubai
02. Doha
03. Pittsburgh
04. Vancouver
05. Kuwait City

06. Calgary
07. Panama City
08. Charlotte
09. Brisbane
10. Gold Coast
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