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Old October 9th, 2012, 04:25 PM   #1781
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Great photos, guys. What's shocking is that Phoenix, which has a population of 1.4m, and more than 4m in the metro has such a small skyline. Is there a reason for that? I guess that the same is true for LA as well. Why are they so suburban?
Two things: the height limits imposed on downtown because of the nearby Sky Harbor airport and the sprawling nature of Phoenix where the concentration of wealth and corporate expansion moved rapidly far out away from the CBD. Additionally, companies in Phoenix tend to be service-oriented or field offices of Fortune 500 firms based in other cities and they choose locations near to where their employees live, not downtown office buildings. And unlike cities in the Northeast or Midwest, Phoenix hasn't had 150+ years of aggregated wealth and power which built their skylines. Phoenix is barely into 40 years of being a major city. When cities like Chicago or Philadelphia were at that stage, their skylines weren't all that massive either. Before 2008, there was about a dozen major towers on the drawing board in Phoenix but the city was hit hard. Now it has the 3rd fastest growing construction workforce in the US as things have begun picking up. The office and condo markets haven't come back yet but when they do, there may be some eye-opening announcements for new towers.
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Old October 9th, 2012, 11:12 PM   #1782
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can't believe Montreal once had the tallest skyscrapers in north america only about 40 years ago
I don't really understand this statement. First of all, I guess I have to assume you are disqualifying New York City? In that case, the closest you could come is 49-50 years ago, (1962) when Place Ville Marie and La Tour CIBC were built, and then Tour de la Bourse was built in 1963. These were the tallest in Canada, and any of the 3 would have been the second tallest in North America outside of NYC (behind Cleveland's Terminal Tower). So, I guess that little window is what you mean? In 1964, Boston's Prudential Center passed these 3 by well over 100 feet, and by 1972 (40 years ago) Tour de la Bourse would have been the 18th tallest building in North America, outside of NYC.

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Old October 10th, 2012, 03:11 AM   #1783
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By tallest, I think he meant amongst the tallest.

In 1963, Montreal had taller buildings than Chicago. New York was certainly in a class of its own, but Montreal was no slouch back then. Today Montreal doesn't even come to mind when one thinks of north American cities where really tall skyscrapers are to be found.

Small window or not, Montreal was in the game back then. It's interest in skyscraper construction came to an abrupt end shortly after.
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My bad, I meant to say Montreal had the tallest in Canada.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 09:06 AM   #1785
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Calgary has a very impressive skyline for a city with just over a million citizens.

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Old October 10th, 2012, 09:11 AM   #1786
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while vancouver with a pop. more than double of Calgary, has a much smaller and shorter skyline.


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Old October 11th, 2012, 03:21 PM   #1787
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Old October 13th, 2012, 06:01 PM   #1788
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while vancouver with a pop. more than double of Calgary, has a much smaller and shorter skyline.


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Smaller? I think it has the bigger skyline.
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Smaller? I think it has the bigger skyline.
Calgary's 25th tallest building is 130m while Vancouver's 25th tallest building is 109m. Vancouver has more buildings over 50m than Calgary so it makes the skyline look quite expansive.
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Calgary's 25th tallest building is 130m while Vancouver's 25th tallest building is 109m. Vancouver has more buildings over 50m than Calgary so it makes the skyline look quite expansive.
Well, he did say Vancouver had the smaller and shorter of the skyline. Vancouver seemed to be very dense and bigger than Calgary in footprint. I wonder if it's even bigger than Toronto?

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Old October 14th, 2012, 01:00 AM   #1791
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Vancouver has a shorter skyline than Calgary, but has a larger footprint. I agree that Vancouver looks denser, but I've never looked into it or looked at any data to back that up.

Downtown Vancouver is smaller than downtown Toronto in area and height. In population it's significantly behind downtown Toronto.
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Austin: The next great American skyline

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Old October 16th, 2012, 11:26 AM   #1793
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Smaller? I think it has the bigger skyline.
It is just my own way to determine the size of the skylines base only on the number of buildings that are 100m or taller. In Calgary, there are 55 towers are in that category while vancouver has 44.

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Old October 16th, 2012, 06:57 PM   #1794
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I'm a little surprised that Calgary has more 100m+ buildings. Looks like Vancouver needs to step it up!
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Also, almost all Calgary's high rises are office towers and concentrated in the CBD while in Vancouver the condo high rises are spread out around the whole dt area that makes the Calgary's skyline looks more dense than our city imo.
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Vancouver have more mid rises than Calgary but they hardly make any significant impact on the "table top" shape skyline in Vancouver especially when you look toward dt from south false creek.
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As much as Vancouver urbanity has been praised, it does leave me rather under whelmed. There's nothing jarring, but very little that thrills either. It's almost like nice mall architecture. The old parts look great though.
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Agreed!


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while vancouver with a pop. more than double of Calgary, has a much smaller and shorter skyline.


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Shorter, yes. Smaller, not in the slightest.
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I love the Vancouver business district. Lots of great textures.
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