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Old April 12th, 2011, 11:01 PM   #861
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don't forget panama... it's catching up really fast...
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Old April 13th, 2011, 06:37 AM   #862
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don't forget panama... it's catching up really fast...
For scale and height Panama City is one to watch, but they need some better architecture and more office development. If you compare the average 100m+ building in Panama City, and say Minneapolis, the quality gap is considerable.
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Old April 13th, 2011, 07:50 AM   #863
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For scale and height Panama City is one to watch, but they need some better architecture and more office development. If you compare the average 100m+ building in Panama City, and say Minneapolis, the quality gap is considerable.
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Old April 13th, 2011, 02:50 PM   #864
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I agree 100%. If anything, the interesting battle in the near term will be Toronto-Chicago. That's a gap that's closing, but it will probably take another 10 years.
that will be an interesting battle, indeed. for starters toronto needs at least one supertall, PRONTO! as for now, toronto is making up ground on chicago regarding skyscraper contruction. i informed myself:

towers over 200m+:
- U/C: 6
- prop: 4
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quite impressive!
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Old April 14th, 2011, 09:22 AM   #865
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that will be an interesting battle, indeed. for starters toronto needs at least one supertall, PRONTO! as for now, toronto is making up ground on chicago regarding skyscraper contruction. i informed myself:

towers over 200m+:
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quite impressive!
Considering there are only 8 200m+ buildings in Toronto right now, it's quite a jump. The development in the 100-200 m range has been relentless the last 5 years, but you're right that Toronto really needs a few supertalls to make any legitimate claim to #2 in America.

Toronto's an extremely regimented place where building heights are rarely dictated by egos or a penchant for the grandiose. 300 m+ buildings are bound to happen eventually though. Only 20% of the office space is located in the downtown core because workers were satisfied working in the suburbs. Over the last 10 years, there's been a complete 180 as far as that goes. Workers are demanding to be downtown, commercial property taxes are inching down, and companies are increasingly under pressure to be downtown.

It's possible that Toronto will see some major office building construction downtown in the coming years as there are so many forces conspiring to make that happen. I've been living in Toronto since 2001, and there's almost this conviction amongst the populace that usurping Chicago is this city's destiny. There's so much momentum in Toronto you can almost feel this collective haul to make it happen. Honestly, it comes off a little arrogant and self absorbed at times, but it's certainly a very exciting time to be living here.

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Old April 14th, 2011, 11:26 AM   #866
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I think Minneapolis has an excellent skyline for it's size, balanced and distinctive. Worthy of perhaps 10th place in my top NA skylines.
I agree.
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Old April 14th, 2011, 11:51 PM   #867
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Minneapolis skyline is what Winnipeg should have in the next 20 years.
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Old April 17th, 2011, 04:10 PM   #868
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Minneapolis skyline is what Winnipeg should have in the next 20 years.
It has a long way to go to get to that point, but there are some interesting projects in Winnipeg. The CMHR and Bomber Stadium will be major additions and there will probably be more to come; Winnipeg's population is growing quite quickly after decades of slow growth.
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this city looks like a chinese city.
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Old April 19th, 2011, 03:46 AM   #870
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this city looks like a chinese city.
The endless sea of tall buildings does remind me of some Chinese cities, but that's about it. The street grid, architecture, and mix of old and new are dead give aways that it's north American. There are 1920s buildings like the Royal York, Mies modernist blocks, 1970s grit everywhere, and post-modern structures like Metro Hall. On closer inspection, one notices thoroughly Torontonian design elements such as the simple lines, podium proportions, conservatism, etc.
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you just made me visit toronto once again. it's been too long since my last visit in summer 2008.
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Old April 20th, 2011, 01:14 AM   #872
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I remember the last time you visited. 3 years ago? There have been changes, but I understandably don't notice differences in the city as much as a visitor who's been away for a while might. I tend to look at past pics, but occasionally peeks into the future. Here's the latest one to make the rounds in the Toronto section. I believe it's supposed to represent Toronto in about 4 years from now:



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1. NYC
2. Chicago
3. San Francisco
4. Panama City
5. Miami
Torontos skyline is not very nice. it is too widespread and the most buildings are just boxy.
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Old April 21st, 2011, 02:53 AM   #874
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i still find it attractive though...
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Old April 28th, 2011, 02:12 PM   #875
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My personal list

1.New York
2.Chicago
3.Los Angeles
4.Houston

These 4 cities have the height(over 300m), quality, quantity and distinctiveness.

5.Philadelphia / Dallas (strong candidates)

The other cities in North America are not that impressive at all.
Mentionable : Seattle and SF for the beauty.
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nice shot!
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