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Old January 9th, 2007, 07:53 AM   #461
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Old January 9th, 2007, 08:20 AM   #462
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To me, I prefre Seattle. Vancouver despite the impressive skyline doesn't have the supertalls that Seattle has plus their skyline is mostly residential condos.
Vancouver has a larger skyline as it has a lot of residentials along both the main and False Creek waterfronts. What makes it unique is the use of glass and the young age of so many of the buildings in the skyline. I don't like skylines that have disproportionate attention on a few very tall buildings if there is nothing else to accompany them. A skyline is about an entire built-up area. A supertall doesn't make a good skyline if it's very lonely. I don't think it's even fair to judge a skyline based on a few landmark buildings only.
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Old January 10th, 2007, 04:36 AM   #463
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Vancouver has a larger skyline as it has a lot of residentials along both the main and False Creek waterfronts. What makes it unique is the use of glass and the young age of so many of the buildings in the skyline. I don't like skylines that have disproportionate attention on a few very tall buildings if there is nothing else to accompany them. A skyline is about an entire built-up area. A supertall doesn't make a good skyline if it's very lonely. I don't think it's even fair to judge a skyline based on a few landmark buildings only.
It's not just the landmark buildings but I like Seattle's skyline because of it's nice cluster and it's surroundings.
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Old January 10th, 2007, 04:47 AM   #464
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It's not just the landmark buildings but I like Seattle's skyline because of it's nice cluster and it's surroundings.
Actually, Seattle's mountain backdrop looks further away from the city centre than Vancouver. Vancouver's hills rise very quickly just north of the downtown core across the water. For example, Grouse Mountain offers a panoramic view of the whole city and it's reachable by city bus.
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Old January 10th, 2007, 07:51 AM   #465
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Actually, Seattle's mountain backdrop looks further away from the city centre than Vancouver. Vancouver's hills rise very quickly just north of the downtown core across the water. For example, Grouse Mountain offers a panoramic view of the whole city and it's reachable by city bus.
While Seattle's mountains are just a bit further away, the city has beautiful views looking west toward the Olympics, east toward the Cascades, south to Ranier and the isthmus that the city occupies is almost completely surrounded by water. I Love our skyline and I think it's even more impressive when considering the actual size of Seattle. Nice, sleek and modern mixed with historic and soon to be much more residential buildings. Architecturally more impressive IMO.

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Old January 10th, 2007, 08:15 AM   #466
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While Seattle's mountains are just a bit further away, the city has beautiful views looking west toward the Olympics, east toward the Cascades, south to Ranier and the city is almost completely surrounded by water. Vancouver's mountains are closer and therefore more dramatic, but only impressive looking toward the north and there is not as much water around the city. Both cities surroundings are great though.
Agree on all but the last part. Vancouver has a lot of waterfront settings. The main harbour area towards the north is a good vantage point with mountains on one side and the skyline on the other. Then there is False Creek in the south and more bays to the east towards Coquitlam. Then the Fraser River's mouth opens up further south of downtown in Richmond. The Strait of Georgia borders to the west, so there is quite a lot of water frontage. But then, the skyline looks best if viewed from a higher vantage point over Richmond looking north, capturing the skyline with the mountains. The view south from North Vancouver / Stanley Park captures the whole skyline, but is missing the mountain backdrop.
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Old February 15th, 2007, 04:06 AM   #467
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1. Atlanta
2. Chicago
3. TO
4. Seattle
5. Montreal

To be honest, I was never fond of the NYC skyline.
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Old February 17th, 2007, 11:32 AM   #468
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Old February 17th, 2007, 11:42 AM   #469
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Old February 18th, 2007, 03:49 AM   #470
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Chicago
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Old February 18th, 2007, 04:36 PM   #471
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Chicago
Toronto
New York (Will pass Toronto once WTC and others are built)
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Old February 20th, 2007, 11:39 PM   #472
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I would say Chicago has the more impressive skyline...nothing in New York really stands out anymore and I would even say that it is a little dated. NYC is still the coolest, most cosmopolitan city in the US though but I don't think its skyline is the best anymore...
Correct. As a city NY is clearly NA's greatest and there is really no argument or discussion there. However Chicago has a definitely superior skyline.

put it like this. From the top of the Hancock you look ACROSS at the Aon, the Sears and the Loop whereas from the ESB you look DOWN at Midtown. That's the difference. Chicago is taller.

I don't place toronto third. For me both Seattle adn vancouver have better skylines.

1. Chicago.
2 NY
3 Seattle
4. Vancouver.
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Old March 12th, 2007, 11:08 PM   #473
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In the 80's, Houston!

If this question was posed in the 1980's, Houston would be on a lot of these lists. But hardly anything tall has been built downtown since! Denver fits into this category as well.

In 2007, after NYC and Chicago: (in no particular order)

Atlanta (inc. midtown)
Los Angeles
Seattle
Vancouver
Toronto
Miami
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Old March 14th, 2007, 09:47 AM   #474
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My top 3
  1. New York
  2. Chicago
  3. Seattle
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Old March 15th, 2007, 12:34 PM   #475
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Atlanta is one of my favourite NA skyline though it's not part of the top 3.
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Old March 17th, 2007, 12:44 AM   #476
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I go back and forth between Seattle and San Francisco as to which city takes the number 3 spot, behind NYC and Chicago (in the US only).
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Old March 18th, 2007, 12:22 AM   #477
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chicago is good nyc is better!!!
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Old March 18th, 2007, 03:51 AM   #478
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Seattle overperforms!

It is quite interesting that Seattle shows up on a lot of these lists. (Not that I disagree), but Seattle's city and metro population are not even in the top 10 in the U.S.! I think the skyline is great, but the surroundings bring it up a notch. Plus, it is one of just a handful of U.S. cities that continue to build multiple large projects. And edge city, Bellevue, across Lake Washington, is quickly becoming a very dense and tall suburb...never will be Seattle, but I believe there is more office/residential built (and planned) in Bellevue than in all of downtown Portland, OR. (I guess Boeing, Microsoft, and Starbucks must be doing quite well!)
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Old March 18th, 2007, 04:49 AM   #479
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1) NYC
2) Chicago
3) Toronto
4) Vancouver
5) Montreal (i love the mix of old and new)
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 05:03 AM   #480
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1. Chicago
2. NYC
3. Toronto
4. Seattle
5. Vancouver
6. LA
7. SF
8. Minneapolis
9. Philly
10. Miami
11. Boston
12. Pittsburgh
13. Houston
14. Dallas
15. Detroit
16. Atlanta
17. Denver

Rest of NA skylines dont have enough height/arent big enough to bother.

Edit - Ah damn forgot Calgary, somewhere around 8 I guess.
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