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Old January 6th, 2015, 08:09 AM   #4821
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Philly's skyline is tall enough so that you can see it from a damn good distance away despite its scale compared to cities like NYC and Chicago. That's how you get myths like you can spot the tallest buildings from atop the WTC in Manhattan. The furthest I've spotted it is from the Delaware Memorial Bridge on a clear day, that's still at least 25 miles. Here's a photo someone else took, Philly is on the extreme right:


NYC + Philly + Baltimore + Wilimington 2010 -23 by aaron.davidson, on Flickr

but as far as being visible from a huge distance, Charlotte probably takes that cake.
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Old January 6th, 2015, 06:57 PM   #4822
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Old January 6th, 2015, 07:05 PM   #4823
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Old January 7th, 2015, 03:15 AM   #4824
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Hudson11: My flag football team practice in that Toronto park. It does afford great views of the city.
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Old January 7th, 2015, 09:53 AM   #4825
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Old January 7th, 2015, 10:53 AM   #4826
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Old January 7th, 2015, 11:11 AM   #4827
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Old January 7th, 2015, 01:29 PM   #4828
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You can see some of those pictures that centre of Vancouver is actually quite small. Hard to think that this city have 2 million people living in metropolitan area.
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Amazing pictures of Vancouver!!!! The city centre is not that small!
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Old January 7th, 2015, 10:01 PM   #4830
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OMG, Canadian cities are so Beautiful

Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary
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Old January 8th, 2015, 09:25 AM   #4831
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Old January 8th, 2015, 09:27 AM   #4832
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Here a couple of things about Chicago that I believe may make it somewhat unique:

1. The fact that it has beaches directly surrounding the downtown area - and when I say directly surrounding I mean within 50/100 yards of Fortune 500 companies - literally steps from downtown to the beach.

2. The river canyon. In addition to being situated on the water Chicago has a river canyon that many cities simply do not have.

These things do not necessarily put Chicago at the top of the list but they should be duly noted.

Here are pics of both:











This pic is from Batman or the Transformers movie - I'm not sure which one:




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Old January 8th, 2015, 09:38 AM   #4833
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Old January 8th, 2015, 12:56 PM   #4834
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I just got back from a quick trip to Chicago. As in, my suitcase is still sitting unpacked lol.

Some casual observations:

The Loop (particularly Lower Michigan Ave and State Street) really is an architectural museum with a strong sense of history. I was amazed to see a long, nearly unbroken wall of turn of the century skyscrapers while driving up along Grant Park. I can't think of a good analog in New York City, really. Maybe parts of the financial district? I mean certainly places like SoHo or parts of the UES have that consistency, but those are filled with mid/low-rises, not these big, imposing skyscrapers. It's not really a dominant feature of the skyline per se but seeing it from street level is great, and completely unique to Chicago.

Other standouts were the Hancock Center, which is now easily in my top 5, maybe top 3 skyscrapers. It is just so perfect, and much more imposing in person than you'd think. Sears tower is similarly impressive, but not as graceful. The rest of the downtown outside the historic loop is more like midtown manhattan, but a bit more spacious feeling. And finally, the view of the skyline from the beaches north of downtown is dynamite and probably the nicest vista of a skyline I've ever seen and currently unmatched imo.

Still, there is nothing like the feeling of coming home and seeing the Empire State Building and the Chrysler lit up at night

Just my two cents!
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Old January 8th, 2015, 05:04 PM   #4835
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Old January 8th, 2015, 05:42 PM   #4836
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You can see some of those pictures that centre of Vancouver is actually quite small. Hard to think that this city have 2 million people living in metropolitan area.
the area with all those highrises is just downtown, not a whole city. The greater metro pop is almost 3 millions and wil add another million in the next 10 years.

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Amazing pictures of Vancouver!!!! The city centre is not that small!
comparing to other major cities its CBD is small but the whole downtown area is big. Its density is second only to Manhatten in north america.
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Old January 8th, 2015, 09:35 PM   #4837
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I just got back from a quick trip to Chicago. As in, my suitcase is still sitting unpacked lol.

Some casual observations:

The Loop (particularly Lower Michigan Ave and State Street) really is an architectural museum with a strong sense of history. I was amazed to see a long, nearly unbroken wall of turn of the century skyscrapers while driving up along Grant Park. I can't think of a good analog in New York City, really. Maybe parts of the financial district? I mean certainly places like SoHo or parts of the UES have that consistency, but those are filled with mid/low-rises, not these big, imposing skyscrapers. It's not really a dominant feature of the skyline per se but seeing it from street level is great, and completely unique to Chicago.

Other standouts were the Hancock Center, which is now easily in my top 5, maybe top 3 skyscrapers. It is just so perfect, and much more imposing in person than you'd think. Sears tower is similarly impressive, but not as graceful. The rest of the downtown outside the historic loop is more like midtown manhattan, but a bit more spacious feeling. And finally, the view of the skyline from the beaches north of downtown is dynamite and probably the nicest vista of a skyline I've ever seen and currently unmatched imo.

Still, there is nothing like the feeling of coming home and seeing the Empire State Building and the Chrysler lit up at night

Just my two cents!
Great observations. Glad you enjoyed our fair city And yep, I agree with most everything you said. And I totally agree about the John Hancock -- it is still my personal favorite.

I have often heard it said that the 2 imposing superstructures (Hancock and Willis) with their black color and huge antennas... combined with some popular old buildings that we have... that they give Chicago a gothic kind of feel. And that the 2 huge black towers make you feel like 2 big brothers watching over your shoulder everywhere you go. This along with the gothic feel of the city are a few reasons that I have heard Chicago is often chosen to represent New York/Gotham City in the Batman movies. I think the Goth feeling is cool and gives the city a vibe like no other.

That said, I like NYC as well. Different vibe (not gothic) but a vibe all its own as well. Have spent quite a bit of time there through the years... I have always enjoyed it.

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I just got back from a quick trip to Chicago. As in, my suitcase is still sitting unpacked lol.

Some casual observations:

The Loop (particularly Lower Michigan Ave and State Street) really is an architectural museum with a strong sense of history. I was amazed to see a long, nearly unbroken wall of turn of the century skyscrapers while driving up along Grant Park. I can't think of a good analog in New York City, really. Maybe parts of the financial district? I mean certainly places like SoHo or parts of the UES have that consistency, but those are filled with mid/low-rises, not these big, imposing skyscrapers. It's not really a dominant feature of the skyline per se but seeing it from street level is great, and completely unique to Chicago.

Other standouts were the Hancock Center, which is now easily in my top 5, maybe top 3 skyscrapers. It is just so perfect, and much more imposing in person than you'd think. Sears tower is similarly impressive, but not as graceful. The rest of the downtown outside the historic loop is more like midtown manhattan, but a bit more spacious feeling. And finally, the view of the skyline from the beaches north of downtown is dynamite and probably the nicest vista of a skyline I've ever seen and currently unmatched imo.

Still, there is nothing like the feeling of coming home and seeing the Empire State Building and the Chrysler lit up at night

Just my two cents!

bodegavendetta... I particularly like this picture of the Hancock.


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Old January 9th, 2015, 02:00 AM   #4840
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Its density is second only to Manhatten in north america.
I don't believe that to be true, just within Canada the greater downtown/central cities of both Toronto and Montreal have a higher density than downtown/central Vancouver.
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