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Old July 28th, 2014, 05:03 PM   #5461
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Old July 28th, 2014, 10:04 PM   #5462
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Singapore probably ranked 5th after chicago
What about Toronto or Dubai? I think they are good runner ups for 5th also.

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Old July 28th, 2014, 10:06 PM   #5463
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Old July 28th, 2014, 10:13 PM   #5464
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Old July 28th, 2014, 10:19 PM   #5465
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Old July 28th, 2014, 11:44 PM   #5466
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I really like this picture of Toronto. The skyline looks very extensive and there is a strong "heart beat" profile to the skyline from this angle. The new tall towers are really making a difference.
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Old July 29th, 2014, 05:03 AM   #5468
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What about Toronto or Dubai? I think they are good runner ups for 5th also.
Yes they are as well.



Think the same goes to KL and Guangzhou.

Just that everyone has view. I dont mind with any cities listed above as ranked 5
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Old July 29th, 2014, 06:10 AM   #5469
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Think the same goes to KL and Guangzhou.

Just that everyone has view. I dont mind with any cities listed above as ranked 5
I hear you... to me the top 4 is very definitive, but always have a hard time determining the 5th place.
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Old July 29th, 2014, 08:05 PM   #5470
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I really like this picture of Toronto. The skyline looks very extensive and there is a strong "heart beat" profile to the skyline from this angle. The new tall towers are really making a difference.
It's taken from 'Leslie Spit'. Those vantage points from the southeast (like this one) and southwest are the most representative as they take into account most of the skyline. You see the breadth from north to south, but also some of its width from east to west.

It's nice to see tall towers like AURA beginning to go up outside the CBD and agree that they're changing the skyline dramatically. Towers that go up in the CBD get lost in the crowd and in some cases they get hidden altogether. Trump is 282m and you can barely see it.

I think we'll see equally dramatic improvements to the skyline as skyscraper development now moves to these new areas of the core.
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It's taken from 'Leslie Spit'. Those vantage points from the southeast (like this one) and southwest are the most representative as they take into account most of the skyline. You see the breadth from north to south, but also some of its width from east to west.

It's nice to see tall towers like AURA beginning to go up outside the CBD and agree that they're changing the skyline dramatically. Towers that go up in the CBD get lost in the crowd and in some cases they get hidden altogether. Trump is 282m and you can barely see it.

I think we'll see equally dramatic improvements to the skyline as skyscraper development now moves to these new areas of the core.
That's because the roof is 237m, and the top is pretty thin. But yes, Toronto is doing pretty well construction - wise.
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It's taken from 'Leslie Spit'. Those vantage points from the southeast (like this one) and southwest are the most representative as they take into account most of the skyline. You see the breadth from north to south, but also some of its width from east to west.

It's nice to see tall towers like AURA beginning to go up outside the CBD and agree that they're changing the skyline dramatically. Towers that go up in the CBD get lost in the crowd and in some cases they get hidden altogether. Trump is 282m and you can barely see it.

I think we'll see equally dramatic improvements to the skyline as skyscraper development now moves to these new areas of the core.
Thanks for pointing out the location where the photo is taken from. I always like the skyline views from those offshore islands (peninsulas?). I wish the CBD was more integrated with the lakefront and the islands. When I visited Toronto, I found that the city looks inwards which I thought was quite a contrast from its nearby cousin Chicago which instead looks "out" into the lake.

The new buildings like Aura are definitely changing the skyline for good. As you point out, they create new focal points instead of getting lost within the the dense mass of the CBD.
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Old July 30th, 2014, 03:30 AM   #5474
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Thanks for pointing out the location where the photo is taken from. I always like the skyline views from those offshore islands (peninsulas?). I wish the CBD was more integrated with the lakefront and the islands. When I visited Toronto, I found that the city looks inwards which I thought was quite a contrast from its nearby cousin Chicago which instead looks "out" into the lake.

The new buildings like Aura are definitely changing the skyline for good. As you point out, they create new focal points instead of getting lost within the the dense mass of the CBD.
Cities the world over used to look away from their water ways. They were places where heavy industry was located and places where raw sewage was pumped. Toronto was a typical industrial city in this regard. You'd be shocked how industrial our water front was as recently as 1980. People turned their backs on rivers as they were seen as sources of disease (which they were) and Toronto even paved over some of them to make way for housing, etc.

It's only in the last few decades that cities de-industrialized and made attempts to reclaim these areas for people. We now view waterfronts and rivers as desirable and/or tourism assets. It may surprise many, but Toronto was for most of its history a heavily blue collar industrial town and only started turning back towards its water ways about 15 years ago. We are stitching the city back to the waterfront bit by bit. The transformation has been dramatic so far, but it will take another decade to fully reverse 150 years of neglect/abuse.

Perhaps Chicago was never as industrial as Toronto or started the reclamation much earlier? Btw, the Toronto Islands are actual islands. The Leslie Spit is a peninsula. I believe some of it is actually dirt excavated from when we built our subway.
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That's because the roof is 237m, and the top is pretty thin.
That's part of it, but even it it were fatter and 282m to the roof it wouldn't have made much of an impact to our skyline. Trump has 218m Bay-Adelaide across the street to the north, 275m Scotia Plaza next to it to the east, a 298m building across the street to the west, and a 239m building half a block away to the south. It's hemmed in on all sides. You'd only see a tiny fraction of it. From the west it would be completely hidden. The CBD is also very dense, most of the buildings use their entire lot lines.
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Perhaps Chicago was never as industrial as Toronto or started the reclamation much earlier? Btw, the Toronto Islands are actual islands. The Leslie Spit is a peninsula. I believe some of it is actually dirt excavated from when we built our subway.
I personally don't know much but I think three factors are at play here:

1. I think Chicago never had a major freeway separating the CBD from the waterfront. Chicago did have a major railway line, but most of it has now been put underground thus allowing direct access to the waterfront.

2. From historic pictures that I have seen, I think Chicago started revitalizing [converting industrial areas to recreational] the waterfront in the CBD area much earlier than Toronto.

3. Many of the major industrial waterfront areas in Chicago were historically located south of the city, and extended to the State of Indiana [Gary, Indiana].
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I think you hit the nail on the head with those 3 points.
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