Pick your favorite, bitches!
Which American city has the best skyline?
|by Anonymous||reply 111||11/12/2012|
Atlanta is a joke.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||07/16/2010|
love NYC hate Chicago, but it has a better skyline.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||07/16/2010|
I voted New York, which is beyond compare in the US.
I live in Houston, where the skyline is getting bigger as I type (3 new office towers under construction), though not necessarily more beautiful. Who are the tenants for all these buildings? Does this mean the two Enron towers are at capacity, that there now need to be more skyscrapers?
One of the buildings under construction is on the site of a former flophouse hotel. I was so glad to see that thing imploded, not realizing that it meant that the homeless would now have nowhere at all to go downtown at night. Instead of abandoning downtown alltogether, they just sleep rough and extort "bus fare" even more aggressively.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||07/16/2010|
I can't believe SF is so low.
It gets my vote.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||07/16/2010|
what about dallas?
|by Anonymous||reply 5||07/16/2010|
R1 you have shitty taste. Atlanta's skyline is regarded as one of the most impressive in the country. The view of the buildings shooting up from the thick forest greenery is beautiful.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||07/16/2010|
Washington DC has no skyline to speak of. Their stupid building height laws make it impossible to build anything tall enough to give them a decent skyline.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||07/16/2010|
|by Anonymous||reply 8||07/16/2010|
[quote]Atlanta's skyline is regarded as one of the most impressive in the country.%0D %0D Link?
|by Anonymous||reply 9||07/16/2010|
r8. I lurvveee it.lol
|by Anonymous||reply 10||07/16/2010|
I'd agree that NYC and Chicago both have more impressive skylines than San Francisco. SF's downtown is too small to compare to the size and grandeur of the other two.
However, as R4's pic illustrates, if you place the skyline and the setting together -- the skyline as seen from the beyond the Golden Gate Bridge, or the view of the skyline with bay and the hills as you drive over the East Bay Bridge into SF at night, that's hard to top. But that has more to do with the picturesque setting rather than the skyline itself.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||07/16/2010|
R6 needs to travel more
|by Anonymous||reply 12||07/16/2010|
The Dallas skyline is okay, but not all that special, R5.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||07/16/2010|
NYC by a mile.%0D %0D To broaden "best skyline" to cityscape, San Francisco comes into play, as does, say, Pittsburgh. Neither has a huge range of great skyscrapers, but the skyscrapers they do have lend much to the cities.%0D %0D Chicago has lots of skyscrapers, certainly, but it lacks the rich variety of time periods that makes New York's great.%0D %0D Atlanta might as well be Houston, or a big Charlotte or maybe a giant Wilmington, Delaware. Its skyscrapers are too much of a narrow time frame and lack distinction, and the broader cityscape is undistinguished -- it could almost be anywhere.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||07/16/2010|
People used to say that the World Trade Towers fucked up NY's skyline, but, to me, the skyline looks like a jumbled mess without them.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||07/16/2010|
Whut about Faynecks?
|by Anonymous||reply 16||07/16/2010|
New York - not so much with the twin towers missing.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||07/16/2010|
|by Anonymous||reply 18||07/16/2010|
Chicago and New York, tied for 1st. Seattle and S.F., tied for 3rd.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||07/16/2010|
|by Anonymous||reply 20||07/16/2010|
I had to vote New York also because it's THE iconic American city. I don't think it's necessarily the BEST or #1 in plenty of areas, but New York is, just, New York. It generally comes to mind first among most of the world's population when you say "big city" or "city skyline". Yeah, Paris might compete, but as skylines go, I think NYC is the hands-down winner.
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|by Anonymous||reply 22||07/16/2010|
The tropical Miami skyline
|by Anonymous||reply 23||07/16/2010|
Toledo, here. You're welcome:
|by Anonymous||reply 24||07/16/2010|
Another vote for Atlanta. What sets it apart, as another poster mentioned, is that these gleaming skyscrapers rise up out of one of the greenest major cities in the country. It's beautiful. Plus, the skyscrapers are somewhat spread out and not all in one clump.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||07/16/2010|
You can have Atlanta.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||07/16/2010|
I prefer Los Angeles's skyline.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||07/16/2010|
Still much better than Atlanta.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||07/16/2010|
[quote]Which American city has the best skyline?%0D %0D Gee, we haven't done THIS in a while. . .%0D %0D No, really. We haven't done this in a while. At least a few years. Thank you, OP. Let's see if the Atlanta guys go insane again.
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|by Anonymous||reply 30||07/16/2010|
It's Chicago by a mile. No other city has anything close to the view of the nighttime Chicago skyline along the outer drive.
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|by Anonymous||reply 32||07/16/2010|
[quote]It's Chicago by a mile. No other city has anything close to the view of the nighttime Chicago skyline along the outer drive.
Especially after Oprah has climbed the Sears Tower.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||07/16/2010|
I voted for NY but I always thought Miami had such a beautiful skyline with the tropical waters, cruise ship port and the downtown buildings.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||07/16/2010|
I love Seattle's skyline.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||07/16/2010|
Are we really discussing skylines now? You bitches are really that boring.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||07/16/2010|
I prefer the photos taken from ground, water, or an observational place (like from an existing a building with a view). If you have to rent a helicopter to get a photo that makes the skyline look good, it's not all that.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||07/16/2010|
I would say Miami too but I think the buildings in a skyline ought to be occupied for it to count.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||07/16/2010|
Port of Miami
|by Anonymous||reply 39||07/16/2010|
I know I'll rile up the Texas haters, but Dallas gets my vote. Oil boom of 80's led to post-Modernists and developers trying to outdo each other. It's a great one.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||07/17/2010|
New York wins. Chicago second, San Francisco, third.
Everyone else is an also-ran.
The city of Boston is gorgeous, but the skyline barely makes a blip. Part of the problem is that the two tallest buildings, the Prudential and the Hancock Tower are far away from the rest of the downtown cluster of tall buildings...so any photos gets one or the other view but not both.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||07/17/2010|
Dallas has the ugliest buildings of any city. I'm a Chicagoan and love architecture, but I picked Houston because of the way the buildings are grouped (ironic in a city with no zoning)and there are few real clunkers. Atlanta's is an ugly strip of buildings, Waffle House post-modernism, for the most part. New York is filled with ugliness and Chicago has ruined theirs in the last thirty years. Seattle has an outstanding skyline but nobody will vote for it until the Alaska Way is torn down. Some smaller cities like Tulsa have nice groupings, and the drama of downtown Pittsburgh and downtown Cincinnati cannot be beaten. Miami's skyline is unattractive and very public sector oriented, suggesting that Miami is not so much a great city but a Potemkin scheme.%0D
|by Anonymous||reply 42||07/17/2010|
The Houston skyline is sort of T-shaped (north/south along Louisiana/Travis, east/west along McKinney), so it's hard to view and photograph from an angle that takes it all in. It's usually photographed from from the west, maybe because the park along Allen Parkway is the easiest place to set up a shot. It really looks most dramatic from the northeast as you drive in along the Eastex Freeway, an angle that also gets the baseball and basketball arenas and the convention center, but I can't think of anywhere a photographer might stop and set up a shot there.
I used to laugh at the canonical view of downtown Houston from the west standing in for "L.A" at the beginning of each Melrose Place episode.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||07/17/2010|
It is time to bring Canada into this mix: Any average Canadian city has a skyline more attractive than Atlanta's or anywhere in Texas.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||07/17/2010|
New York. No competition.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||07/17/2010|
|by Anonymous||reply 47||07/17/2010|
"It is time to bring Canada into this mix"%0D %0D Oh, NOW you've done it. I give you: Calgary. Pretty buildings, but they're all filled with assholes.%0D
|by Anonymous||reply 48||07/17/2010|
Chicago by far has the best skyline. Not looking at the people or the food or the city as a whole, Chicagos definitive has the most architectural creators. More sculptures have been through there and left their mark. It has some of the oldest still standing buildings in the country. If you look at chicago from N-S not E-W... you will see why!
|by Anonymous||reply 50||05/01/2012|
I like Los Angeles' skyline because of the mountains back drop.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||05/01/2012|
Houston from the NE
|by Anonymous||reply 52||05/03/2012|
Oops no that the SE but at least it's east.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||05/03/2012|
Salt Lake City
|by Anonymous||reply 54||05/03/2012|
Chicago?!?!?! Are you fucking kidding me?
Who knew DL was infested with so many delusional Chicagoans?
|by Anonymous||reply 55||05/03/2012|
I remember on Obama's election night looking at the glittering Chicago skyline in the background of the park, it was beautiful, so I vote for Chicago, NYC, San Francisco, Seattle (I love the Space Needle) Las Vegas and D.C.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||05/03/2012|
Chicago's skyline is beautiful, easily the most beautiful in the country.
New Yorkers loudly assert NYC is the best at anything before they even know the topic. That's not civic pride, it's bombast, every bit as irritating as anything coming from an overbearing Texan. Talk about delusional. "Having a lot of tall buildings" does not equal "beautiful". The NYC skyline is a jumbled mess, with lots of attractive buildings dwarfed by their (even taller!) surroundings.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||05/03/2012|
Chicago filmed from the L train at the link here. I love seeing the skyline from inside.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||05/03/2012|
Miami might have the only convincing skyline that was left out of OP's list.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||05/03/2012|
I'm a New Yorker. I've been here 33 years. I love new York. But I voted Chicago.
However, I think R59 has a very good point about Miami. The skyline shimmers.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||05/03/2012|
Chicago from the ground. New York from the air.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||05/03/2012|
R61 has it right after all.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||05/03/2012|
Everyone pick Atlanta, just to piss off all the right people.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||05/03/2012|
I love Atlanta's skyline. Growing up in the burbs, rounding that hill and seeing it was like seeing Oz. The foothills make it. Chicago has its lake but it's seriously in the middle of cornfield otherwise.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||05/03/2012|
Christ, the anti-Chicago troll R55 is back.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||05/03/2012|
The reason Miami's awesome skyline was left out was because this poll was probably made by some dumb hick american who wouldn't know anything about Miami.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||07/05/2012|
My favorite skyline view of Miami.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||07/05/2012|
Well, of course it's New York. But New York no longer has the best skyline in the world--it's been surpassed by Hong Kong.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||07/05/2012|
I heart R33. Especially because she refuses to call it "Willis" Tower.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||07/05/2012|
NYC by far is the best skyline evah!
|by Anonymous||reply 70||07/05/2012|
Driving south down I-75 into Atlanta, the Atlanta skyline is fabulous and Atlanta has some of the nicest new architecture in the US.
Chicago and New York have by far the most impressive skylines in the US, and I love both cities. Chicago is a rich city architecturally, but I do love that incredible view of Manhattan from NJ or Brooklyn.
San Francisco is my favorite city in America but its skyline is unimpressive. Even Nashville's skyline is more impressive than SF's.
Washington DC has no skyline by law. No building over approx. 10 stories high may be built in the District of Columbia. That law was passed about 100 years ago. They don't want any building in the District to be taller than the Capitol building. This is a good thing.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||07/05/2012|
There is a height restriction D.C. but some buildings have twelve stories. Ornamental features like turrets can extend above the limit as long as they are purely aesthetic and aren't used for residences or offices.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||07/05/2012|
I voted for NYC, but my god this shot of LA is beautiful!
|by Anonymous||reply 73||07/06/2012|
LA, hands down.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||07/06/2012|
Detroit has a receding skyline
|by Anonymous||reply 75||07/06/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 76||07/06/2012|
I love the shots of L.A. at night from an elevated place . It really does look like tinseltown then.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||07/06/2012|
I know I'll summon the haters, but Dallas's skyline is incredible.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||07/06/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 79||07/06/2012|
r79, Boring. Lots of the same kinds of buildings...just different heights. I'll give you points for the palm trees though.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||07/06/2012|
Paris is the only city that has the sophistication of an aerial view. No city in America can compare to the Arc De Triomphe and Eiffel Tower.
So the basic question is invalid
|by Anonymous||reply 81||07/06/2012|
Australian here - but travelled quite a bit in the US - and always enjoy spending time there...
Love New York of course - but I'm gonna hafta cast my vote for Chicago.
Please don't tell my friends - both American and Australiansvwould probably disown me. They're all very NYC-centric -
And the skyline there is amazing - and there is so much of it!
But Chicago takes my breath away. It just has such an incredible array of truly wonderful buildings. Every time I go there I do a couple of tours/walks with Chicago Architectural Institute people - and I'm never disappointed.
Beautiful skyline. AND I have a blast there - great city....
It's a toddling town :)
|by Anonymous||reply 82||07/06/2012|
LA, there is a point when you are driving down the Hollywood free way, and the downtown skyline comes into view. Awesome.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||07/06/2012|
[quote]Paris is the only city that has the sophistication of an aerial view. No city in America can compare to the Arc De Triomphe and Eiffel Tower.
And don't forget everyone's favorite, the lovely Tour Montparnasse!!
|by Anonymous||reply 84||07/06/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 85||07/06/2012|
As impressive as Chicago's is, "New York City takes my breath away," to quote the Ramones song. I consider myself to be lucky to be living on the other side of the Hudson.
Unfortunately, all NJ has to offer is this . . .
|by Anonymous||reply 86||07/06/2012|
Why is Las Vegas even a choice? That skyline is a joke.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||07/06/2012|
Another view of Houston so you can feel the colors.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||07/06/2012|
Dallas has an amazing "blah" factor
Minneapolis is pretty good.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||07/06/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 90||07/06/2012|
It's not fair to show Toledo, Ohio without the bridge. I like Toledo. You know they used to have a Steve's Ice Cream at Portside?
|by Anonymous||reply 91||07/06/2012|
At least Toledo doesn't put on any airs.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||07/06/2012|
A quarter million people attended the opening weekend of Portside Toledo in 1984....
|by Anonymous||reply 93||07/06/2012|
R81, Paris doesn't have much of a skyline 'cause its foundation can't support skyscrapers.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||07/06/2012|
Arriving at Laguna Beach by sea always makes me finish my joint and just allow my awe struck eyes to absorb the THC.
|by Anonymous||reply 95||07/06/2012|
How can anyone from New Jersey neglect to mention the spectacular Jersey City on the Hudson's night skyline?
|by Anonymous||reply 96||07/06/2012|
Houston? Atlanta? Haha! I laugh at your anonymity. Everyone in the world knows who I am by sight.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||07/06/2012|
We all know that the "arch" is really a symbol of mockery toward the whores of East St. Louis.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||07/06/2012|
Pittsburgh by a mile.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||07/06/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 100||07/06/2012|
These Pittsburgh skyline shots put other cities to shame.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||07/06/2012|
NYC until the construction of the twin towers in the 60's -- that threw everything off balance, and the skyline never recovered. The rectangles that followed eclipsed the wonderfully romantic shapes that had echoed the city's aspirations. Then again, those aspirations changed too, so perhaps they are reflected in the banality of the new additions to the skyline.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||07/06/2012|
houston or chicago new is not what it use to be.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||07/17/2012|
Whoever makes these lists has obviously never been to Pittsburgh
|by Anonymous||reply 104||10/17/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 105||10/17/2012|
Cincinnati, when served over spaghetti.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||10/17/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 107||11/12/2012|
Pittsburgh has the perfect American city skyline. Other cities should strive for its beauty and balance.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||11/12/2012|
Chicago in the lead? Please. Nothing of note has been built in Chicago for 40 years. And nothing compares to the multi-sided, diverse, extensive and complex Manhattan skyline in America. As for other nations, well, new money always is cheap and overextends itself. Asian cities look like a cross between Vegas and a close-up of the dirty bristles of a hairbrus
|by Anonymous||reply 109||11/12/2012|
Pittsburgh looks like something you'd see in a generic skyline snowglobe at the Goodwill store. Itsy, precious and over-controlled, because the lack of dynamics allowed it.
|by Anonymous||reply 110||11/12/2012|
Closing out R109.
|by Anonymous||reply 111||11/12/2012|