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List your 10 favorite skylines.

This is a subjective subject and not meant to be a "best" or biggest thread.

Here gos mine.

1. Pittsburgh

2. Chicago

3. San Francisco

4. Detroit

5. Cincinnati

6. Atlanta

7. Philadelphia

8. Charlotte

9. Hartford

10. Providence

Honorable mentions.

San Antonio

Louisville

Mobile

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In no particular order, except for number one:

1. Pittsburgh, PA | The rivers, the bridges, the hills... it all comes together to make a stunning setting for a great skyline, and PPG is probably my all time favourite skyscraper.

2. New York City, NY (Midtown) | Get New York out of the way... I prefer downtown as a place to midtown, but as far as the sklines go, midtown is my favourite. Coming down the LIE and having that skyline looming in front of you, awesome!

3. Brooklyn, NY | Often overlooked on account of it's giant siblings across the East River, Brooklyn has a great skyline, and it only promises to improve over the next decade.

4. San Francisco, CA | Like Pittsburgh, it's natural setting makes this skyline a winner. The bay, the hills, the bridges, and the Tran-America Pyramid, a signature tower that makes itself completely at home in the city by the bay.

5. Paris, FRANCE (La Defense) | Looking down the Champs-Elysees toward this futuristic almagamation is stunning.

6. St. Louis, MO | The Arch rocks, and the city's skyline is a terrific backdrop for it.

7. Chicago, IL | Area, height, diversity... Chicago has it going on. And the way it hugs the lakeshore and river canyon are big bonuses.

8. Yellowknife, NWT, CANADA | I just love it 'cos it's there, whodathunk!?

9. Philadelphia, PA | Love. It.

10. Providence, RI | I walk through it everyday, and can see parts of it though my living room window, so I better like it, or I'd be quite annoyed. <_<

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1. Chicago

2. Hong Kong

3. Sydney

4. Vancouver

5. Seattle

6. New York

7. Detroit

8. Los Angeles

9. San Francisco

10. Pittsburgh

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WOW Cotuit and IvoryTower

Pittsburgh is #1 and its not 1979! Thanks!

Pittsburgh does have a super skyline but I would have to make it #5, #2 in the U.S. though!

#1 Hong Kong

#2 Singapore

#3 Sydney

#4 Chicago

#5 Pittsburgh

#6 Los Angeles

#7 San Francisco

#8 Seattle

#9 Dallas

#10 Houston (just so much of it)

NYC I would put down but Wayyyyyyyy overhyped.

The 10 skylines that disappoint (according to their potential, with all the activities going on in their town they could build a better skyline!):

#1 New Orleans

#2 Boston

#3 Montreal

#4 Mexico City

#5 Portland

#6 Detroit

#7 Miami

#8 Tampa

#9 St. Louis

#10 Austin

DC would make the list but is exempted cause of the whole sacred nations capital only room for monuments thing.

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For N/A in no order

Atlanta

Boston

NYC

Chicago

Miami

Vancovuer, B.C.

Houston

Seattle

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WOW Cotuit and IvoryTower

Pittsburgh is #1 and its not 1979! Thanks!

Yes, Pittsburgh has a lot going for it.

Architecture,size,balance and the golden triangle.

It's amazing to look at.

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That's the first good picture I've seen of Yellowknife's skyline. Thanks Colin. We can only hope that Yellowknife and Canada's north continue to grow, and grow upwards... we need more people up there, and we have a chance to get a city right... it's a way to preserve the environment while maintaining a city up there.

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List your 10 favorite skylines.

This is a subjective subject and not meant to be a "best" or biggest thread.

Here gos mine.

1. Pittsburgh

2. Chicago

3. San Francisco

4. Detroit

5. Cincinnati

6. Atlanta

7. Philadelphia

8. Charlotte

9. Hartford

10. Providence

Honorable mentions.

San Antonio

Louisville

Mobile

Woah, Mobile has a skyline? Shock above shock. I Googled for a shot of Mobile, but it returned nada.

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* indicates i've been there

1. *Kansas City (of course, one of the reasons of love this place)

2. *Chicago

3. *Washington D.C.

4. Philadelphia

5. Verona

6. London

7. *St. Louis

8. *Atlanta

9. San Francisco

10. *New York City

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I'm surprised Minneapolis hasn't appeared on anyone's list. For style, balance, and just putting it all together in a nice package, it's hard to beat Minneapolis.

As far as New Orleans goes, someone said they were disappointed in the skyline considering all the activity there. There really isn't too much business activity. The last major office building--the Louisiana Land & Exploration Building--was built in 1984 when the oil boom was just crashing. Most of the stuff built recently is relatively small scale tourist hotels and the like.

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Sticking with North America. Noted as I thought of them. No ranking.

Pittsburgh-There's nothing like driving through in the middle of the night. Amazing.

Seattle: Comibined with Seattle's vibe and scenery, I consider it nearly perfect

Miami: Is just so Miami, no need to say anything more.

Toronto: How cities are done right.

Vancouver: See Toronto with the addition of a near-perfect setting.

San Francisco: Compact, tight, I left my heart (and some underwear) there, more than once.

Houston: Powerful, tall, and grand.

NYC: A class by itself, afterall, it's New York

Chicago: A giant mid-western city, all grown up, walkable, the view from the water can't be matched.

My honorable mentions:

Cincinnati, Atlanta, St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Tampa...and my little hometown, Nashville...home sweet home.

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Favorite NYC*

Others I like: Seattle, Miami*, Tampa*, LA, DC* (not tall, but good), Toronto

Skylines I have soft-spot for: Detroit, Jacksonville*, Charlotte*

Skylines that I respect but don't appeal to me: Chicago*, Houston, Atlanta*, SF

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Pittsburgh gets the nods because its the only city in the world where you enter the interstate tunnel on approach after passing some office center and a mall, no clue on whats ahead:

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Then the sky opens up again and:

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Pittsburgh isn't known for having the tallest skyscrapers BUT, It has several bldgs. that are taller then ANY structure in the state of Florida, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Jaxville, all are shorter! San Francisco also is another major city that Pittsburgh beats on the tallest skyscraper (from a inhabitable floor, the Pyramid thing in SF is taller by a few feet, but they don't rent office space above 800 feet on that!)

Houston

Chicago

Singapore

Hong Kong

Sydney

Seattle

Los Angeles

are my other favs.

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List your 10 favorite skylines.

This is a subjective subject and not meant to be a "best" or biggest thread.

Here gos mine.

1. Pittsburgh

2. Chicago

3. San Francisco

4. Detroit

5. Cincinnati

6. Atlanta

7. Philadelphia

8. Charlotte

9. Hartford

10. Providence

Honorable mentions.

San Antonio

Louisville

Mobile

What a cool list Ivory. Thanks for starting it!

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USA Only

10 Favorite (in NO particular order)

New York

Los Angeles

Houston

Chicago

Charlotte

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

Miami

San Francisco

Hartford, CT

Next 10:

Dallas

Denver

Cleveland

Columbus, OH

Boston

Washington, DC (ah, the things you can do with a height limit and reaaaaaaaaally expense real estate)

Asheville, NC

Portland, ME

Las Vegas

San Francisco

And, 10 more:

Louisville

Honolulu

Detroit

Milwaukee

Portland, OR

Seattle

Providence, RI

Kansas City

Tampa

Richmond, VA

Disappointments:

Phoenix

Austin, TX

St. Louis

Raleigh-Durham

Minneapolis, MN

Baltimore (well, the Domino Sugar sign is very cool)

Buffalo

Atlanta (for the boisterism, is that all they can come up with?)

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USA Only

10 Favorite (in NO particular order)

New York

Los Angeles

Houston

Chicago

Charlotte

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

Miami

San Francisco

Hartford, CT

Next 10:

Dallas

Denver

Cleveland

Columbus, OH

Boston

Washington, DC (ah, the things you can do with a height limit and reaaaaaaaaally expense real estate)

Asheville, NC

Portland, ME

Las Vegas

San Francisco

And, 10 more:

Louisville

Honolulu

Detroit

Milwaukee

Portland, OR

Seattle

Providence, RI

Kansas City

Tampa

Richmond, VA

Disappointments:

Phoenix

Austin, TX

St. Louis

Raleigh-Durham

Minneapolis, MN

Baltimore (well, the Domino Sugar sign is very cool)

Buffalo

Atlanta (for the boisterism, is that all they can come up with?)

I want to clarify something

you like this

richmond.jpg

but find this dissapointing

5skylinepan.jpg

and this

atlanta_skyline_large.jpg

any way my top ten in the US in no particular order

San Francisco

Chicago

Houston

Philadelphia

Seattle

Atlanta

Minneapolis

NYC

LA

Dallas

others I like

Boston

Miami

San Diego (they have done a lot with a height limit)

St. Louis

Detroit

Charlotte

Denver

Pittsburgh

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I want to clarify something

you like this

richmond.jpg

but find this dissapointing

5skylinepan.jpg

and this

atlanta_skyline_large.jpg

any way my top ten in the US in no particular order

San Francisco

Chicago

Houston

Philadelphia

Seattle

Atlanta

Minneapolis

NYC

LA

Dallas

others I like

Boston

Miami

San Diego (they have done a lot with a height limit)

St. Louis

Detroit

Charlotte

Denver

Pittsburgh

YEP! :D

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