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Old June 19th, 2017, 12:14 AM   #3121
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That's the point.

A classic skyline has a balance to it, like a mountain range does. Without a doubt SF's skyline is beautifully balanced by not only the buildings, but by the hills, the shape of the bay and the associated structures such as bridges.

Even then, you *can* find angles from which SF looks a little mundane. But those angles are few. In some cities, you have to work hard to find a nice angle. That's the difference.


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Totally agree with SSMEX. Sometimes quantity does not equal a quality skyline. The aesthetic of the skyline is ruined with way too many buildings that seem to continue into the horizon. I have seen pictures of SOME cities in South America and Asia where the it's not really a "skyline". It is just a hodgepodge of apartment/condo towers/some office towers and ego towers that go on, it seems, forever.
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Old June 19th, 2017, 12:57 AM   #3122
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I also agree, some people like a sea of skyscrapers, others will look other features as natural settings and specific architecture. Totally subjective opinions. The thing is if we go just by the number of skyscrapers then we would have to see some skylines full of boring boxy white buildings in the podium.

What make NYC #1, Density? Natural settings?
The Empire State and Central Park? Personal bias just because it's iconic fame?

See, it could be all of the above and yet could be none of it. It is what it is, nobody says NYC is #1 because the number of skyscrapers in a list. Unless we are specifically doing that for a statistics chart.
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Old June 19th, 2017, 02:50 AM   #3123
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Totally agree with SSMEX. Sometimes quantity does not equal a quality skyline. The aesthetic of the skyline is ruined with way too many buildings that seem to continue into the horizon. I have seen pictures of SOME cities in South America and Asia where the it's not really a "skyline". It is just a hodgepodge of apartment/condo towers/some office towers and ego towers that go on, it seems, forever.
Like Sao Paulo or Rio De Jeniro?
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Old June 19th, 2017, 03:33 AM   #3124
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One thing NYC has is history. It's a massive urban complex with 400 years of history.

But so is London, right? Nope. The difference is, at its heart, NYC is a vertical city, a skyscraper city.

Add to *that* the complex geography, large bridges, multiple building clumps, the sheer density, well, it has it all.

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Old June 19th, 2017, 04:15 AM   #3125
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One thing NYC has is history. It's a massive urban complex with 400 years of history.

But so is London, right? Nope. The difference is, at its heart, NYC is a vertical city, a skyscraper city.

Add to *that* the complex geography, large bridges, multiple building clumps, the sheer density, well, it has it all.
That's what I'm saying, nobody ranks NYC #1 for its 262 skyscrapers solely but for bunch of subjective reasons other than numbers.
The same apply for other american cities and their skyline. If someone likes Miami over SF just because the first has more skyscrapers, well it's correct but in practice we value other things in a skyline that sometimes it's not about the buildings themselves but setting, lanscape, etc that put them up in the ranking of beauty and not just numbers.

So if you guys consider Miami #3 for whatever reasons that's cool. The beauty is on the eyes of the beholder, unless we're discussing statistics and numbers but we're not doing that here, or so I think because then Houston is #4 and not SF. ( Hell no )
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Old June 19th, 2017, 04:35 AM   #3126
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I love SF. Easily the No. 3 skyline in the nation and a gorgeous natural setting. Not to mention the great community.
Actually, San Francisco is pretty far back on my list of best skylines in the United States. Even with the Salesforce Tower, it doesn't make my top five, but at least it just got better.
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Old June 19th, 2017, 07:42 AM   #3127
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Actually, San Francisco is pretty far back on my list of best skylines in the United States. Even with the Salesforce Tower, it doesn't make my top five, but at least it just got better.
How can it not be in the top 5? It is a city with one of the top 5 most high rise buildings in America with a gorgeous setting. What is your top 5 then?

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Old June 19th, 2017, 09:18 AM   #3128
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Hi from Australia..sf is the 3rd best skyline in the u.s easily ..it's attractive and dense and getting really tall and one of the best backdrops in the world.. Looking forward to seeing it get even better over the next few years. Sexy San Fran.
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Old June 19th, 2017, 10:27 AM   #3129
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Actually, San Francisco is pretty far back on my list of best skylines in the United States. Even with the Salesforce Tower, it doesn't make my top five, but at least it just got better.
If it's pretty far back on your list, which cities do you think are better and why? I'm not meaning to sound off, I'm genuinely interested to find out. I've spent a fair bit of time in various parts of the States and I tend to agree with most on here. The combination of the new builds and the topography of San Francisco definitely put it right up there for impact. Granted, if you were to put some of the buildings in a Midwest city or Florida (where it's pretty flat), it might lose some appeal but as it is, I would say top 3 or 4.
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Old June 19th, 2017, 11:06 AM   #3130
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Just watched "Big Hero 6" and that SalesForce Tower reminds me of the tallest building in that fictional city of San Fransokyo... Same design even if the actual tower is much lower!
Well "Big Hero 6" is set in an alternate universe wherein the Japanese won WW2 or something like that so it made sense the SalesForce Tower or whatever its called over there would be much higher...
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Old June 19th, 2017, 11:57 AM   #3131
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Old June 19th, 2017, 09:41 PM   #3133
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Just gorgeous photos. It still seems to me that both the Salesforce Tower and the Transamerica Pyramid look taller than its height. But maybe that is just me.
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Old June 20th, 2017, 05:06 AM   #3134
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The tower is so sexy
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Old June 20th, 2017, 04:11 PM   #3137
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Those must be LED lights
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Hi from Australia..sf is the 3rd best skyline in the u.s easily ..it's attractive and dense and getting really tall and one of the best backdrops in the world.. Looking forward to seeing it get even better over the next few years. Sexy San Fran.
exactly Aussie , it's a sexy skyline, like Miami's. NYC puts you in awe while SF's soothes you ..............LA or Philly? the view of Philly's from the baseball stadium in south philly gives Philly the edge there but LA's is more sexy.
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Old June 21st, 2017, 12:28 PM   #3139
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We can't compare SF to NYC's full skyline but Downtown SF could give Lower Manhattan a run for its money.
Things would improve is the Treasure Island became a cluster of >1000 ft buildings, and if all Caltrain and BART stations outside SF until San Jose on both sides of the Bay had their surroundings upzoned for big towers as well.
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