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Old April 28th, 2013, 10:53 AM   #2221
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All Americans, or just those from the US? I'll answer anyway: Frankfurt, London, Moscow, Paris, Rotterdam in that order.
Thank you for the honest answer. I'm glad that you have Frankfurt chosen on place one.
I also mean the Canadians and Mexicans.
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Thank you for the honest answer. I'm glad that you have Frankfurt chosen on place one.
I also mean the Canadians and Mexicans.
Frankfurt is my choice too! I always thought that Canadians, Mexicans, and U.S. citizens were all North Americans. Okay, so that's what you meant.
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Old April 29th, 2013, 12:50 AM   #2223
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I really like these two a lot. They really show how incredibly massive the New York skyline is. Chicago was my pick for Best North American skyline. Now, I'm not so sure.

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Old April 29th, 2013, 09:00 PM   #2225
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Old April 29th, 2013, 09:01 PM   #2226
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Frankfurt is my choice too! I always thought that Canadians, Mexicans, and U.S. citizens were all North Americans. Okay, so that's what you meant.
And central Americans, Caribbeans, and Greenlanders.

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I really like these two a lot. They really show how incredibly massive the New York skyline is. Chicago was my pick for Best North American skyline. Now, I'm not so sure.
Sometimes people lose sight of how much bigger Manhattan is than anything else on the continent. Exciting times for Miami, btw.
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Old April 29th, 2013, 09:22 PM   #2227
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Thank you for the honest answer. I'm glad that you have Frankfurt chosen on place one.
Frankfurt may not be the biggest, but its elegant, sophisticated, and orderly. Stick to classic designs and you can't go wrong.
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I really like these two a lot. They really show how incredibly massive the New York skyline is. Chicago was my pick for Best North American skyline. Now, I'm not so sure.
And it's growing steadily ... expecting at least 15 supertalls to be completed by decade's end. Throw in a dozen of 200m+ skyscrapers and you got your massive skyline.

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Old May 1st, 2013, 08:21 PM   #2229
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Sometimes people lose sight of how much bigger Manhattan is than anything else on the continent.
Yes! Over twice as many as Chicago, the next largest skyline in the U.S. The photos Hunser posted really put it all into perspective.

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Exciting times for Miami, btw.
I thought that maybe Miami could challenge Toronto in this decade, but not with the boom you've got going there now. We'll just have to settle for putting a lock on the third largest skyline in the U.S. in this decade.

You will challenge Panama City and give Chicago a run for its money while Miami increases in stature. New York has over 200 buildings over 500 feet tall or 150 meters. Chicago has just over 100. I'm projecting that Miami will have over 50 buildings over 500 feet tall or 150 meters by the end of this decade.

Isaidso, you haven't seen these before because they were just taken last Sunday with my new Nkon D5200 with 24.1 MP.

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Old May 2nd, 2013, 12:18 AM   #2230
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NYC, by far the best skyline on earth.
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I thought that maybe Miami could challenge Toronto in this decade, but not with the boom you've got going there now. We'll just have to settle for putting a lock on the third largest skyline in the U.S. in this decade.

You will challenge Panama City and give Chicago a run for its money while Miami increases in stature. New York has over 200 buildings over 500 feet tall or 150 meters. Chicago has just over 100. I'm projecting that Miami will have over 50 buildings over 500 feet tall or 150 meters by the end of this decade.

Isaidso, you haven't seen these before because they were just taken last Sunday with my new Nkon D5200 with 24.1 MP.
No city booms forever. Perhaps when Toronto starts slowing down Miami can close the gap. No lead is insurmountable. I thought it far fetched to see Toronto catch Chicago, but that looks like a 'when' rather than an 'if' at this point.

Panama City was one of the big surprises for me on SSC. It's Achilles' heel is the quality of its buildings. Things are getting much better, but it still lacks spectacular office buildings like Aon or Scotia Plaza.

Nice Miami photos.
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I really dig the skylines of Miami and Toronto. Both cities have great density and a highrise / skyscraper boom ongoing. All Toronto needs is some supertalls (and preferably a 400m+ tower) to overtake Chicago.

Regarding massiveness and density, NYC is in a league of its own:

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All Toronto needs is some supertalls (and preferably a 400m+ tower) to overtake Chicago.
I'd be shocked if Toronto didn't have 3-4 super talls by the end of the decade, but the city really needs a 400m+ tower to legitimately pull ahead. Then again, the CN Tower does count for something despite not being a proper building.

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Agree. Hong Kong and Shanghai don't even give me that feeling of massiveness that Manhattan does. It's still unique in the world, imo.
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I don't think Calgary is top 10, but it's quickly heading in that direction. It's bizarre how you can still see traces of it being a frontier town right next to a modern north American office cluster. Then again, it was largely open prairie just 100 years ago.

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Next to Toronto, Chicago seems to be almost standing still these days. I'm with you Isaidso regarding Panama City though. Overall, the architecture just doesn't impress me. A lot of people feel that way about Miami, but give it time. We are far from done down here, and by the end of this decade, the U.S. will have three very big skylines. Miami is not as far behind Chicago as Chicago is behind New York.

Sometimes, I like the Chicago skyline better than New York's because I have always liked the way the Chicago skyline is configured better than New York's in spite of its massiveness, but I love these angles of Manhattan where Midtown and Lower Manhattan seem to be right next to each other, and it looks far more massive than Shanghai and Hong Kong because of the concentration on Manhattan Island.

Isaidso, thanks for the compliment on the pictures, but I'm not sure how I like the new Nikon D5200. It doesn't seem to have the sensor that should go with a 24.1-megapixel camera. I had to get off a lot of shots from the Rickenbacker Causeway with so much traffic going by just to get a couple of clean shots, and it seems the slightest bit of wind will ruin a good night shot with this camera even with a timer and a tripod. In situations such as this, I always set the camera to take multiple shots on the tripod to get a couple of clean ones in between the traffic.

This one I took from underneath the bridge at its base, so no traffic shaking the tripod.

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I don't think Calgary is top 10, but it's quickly heading in that direction.
I think I already have Calgary in my NA Top 10
Regarding the CN Tower: I think it is one of the major factors in order to make the TO skyline appear unimpressive as you can't tell its height just by looking at it, also if other buildings are visible as well. In fact it dwarfes the rest of the skyline to some extent and I think it needs to be outbalanced by some supertalls spread wisely over the whole skyline ASAP.
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I agree that the dwarfing effect of the CN Tower works against the skyline in some regards. It doesn't help that the main CBD cluster is a good 1km inland either. The bank towers look much smaller than they actually are. I couldn't imagine Toronto without the CN Tower, but the skyline has been trying to grow up to it for the past 38 years.

I agree 100% with your comment that Toronto needs a few well placed super talls to counter balance the CN Tower. 1 Yonge might do the trick to the east, but we need a super tall in Yorkville and another half way between Yorkville and the CBD. Looks like we'll have to wait a good 10 years to realize all of that.

Calgary? I think once Herald Square (new tallest) goes up I may have to put in the top 10. There's also talk of a talk of another proposal that would bump Herald to #2. Good times for Cowtropolis!
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Next to Toronto, Chicago seems to be almost standing still these days. I'm with you Isaidso regarding Panama City though. Overall, the architecture just doesn't impress me. A lot of people feel that way about Miami, but give it time. We are far from done down here, and by the end of this decade, the U.S. will have three very big skylines. Miami is not as far behind Chicago as Chicago is behind New York.

Sometimes, I like the Chicago skyline better than New York's because I have always liked the way the Chicago skyline is configured better than New York's in spite of its massiveness, but I love these angles of Manhattan where Midtown and Lower Manhattan seem to be right next to each other, and it looks far more massive than Shanghai and Hong Kong because of the concentration on Manhattan Island.

Isaidso, thanks for the compliment on the pictures, but I'm not sure how I like the new Nikon D5200. It doesn't seem to have the sensor that should go with a 24.1-megapixel camera. I had to get off a lot of shots from the Rickenbacker Causeway with so much traffic going by just to get a couple of clean shots, and it seems the slightest bit of wind will ruin a good night shot with this camera even with a timer and a tripod. In situations such as this, I always set the camera to take multiple shots on the tripod to get a couple of clean ones in between the traffic.
Manhattan is just in its own league. The building data suggests it's 3-4 times the size of Toronto, but it looks about 5-6 times bigger in photos. Having midtown and downtown separated by an area with much shorter buildings tricks the eye into taking in the whole thing together. In most cities, highrise gives way to low/mid rise, then suburbia. Any way you cut it, Manhattan is impressive.

Chicago is definitely the most well balanced big skyline out there. It's almost perfect and looks fabulous from almost any angle. Toronto looks fabulous from some angles, then strangely under-whelming from others. Balance/layout has always been my #1 beef with the Toronto skyline; its something that will get better as it fills out, but presently it can look very awkward.

I agree with you that Chicago looks like it's almost standing still when you compare it to other cities. Maybe Miami should put their bull's eye on them instead of Toronto?

Btw, I don't know much about cameras/photography, but appreciate what you posted.
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Miami is not as far behind Chicago as Chicago is behind New York.
Maybe not as far behind in raw numbers, but proportionally, New York's skyline is about 2.5 times the size of Chicago's, which is about 3 times the size of Miami's.

If we are only talking raw numbers, some other cities closer to Chicago than Chicago is to New York include: Phoenix, San Jose, Knoxville, Tallahassee, Syracuse, Annapolis, Washington DC, any other city (or town) in the Americas...
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