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Which American city has the best skyline?

Pick your favorite, bitches!

by Anonymousreply 11111/12/2012

Atlanta is a joke.

by Anonymousreply 107/16/2010

love NYC hate Chicago, but it has a better skyline.

by Anonymousreply 207/16/2010

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 Anonymousreply 307/16/2010

I can't believe SF is so low.

It gets my vote.

by Anonymousreply 407/16/2010

what about dallas?

by Anonymousreply 507/16/2010

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 Anonymousreply 607/16/2010

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 Anonymousreply 707/16/2010

Missoula, MT

by Anonymousreply 807/16/2010

[quote]Atlanta's skyline is regarded as one of the most impressive in the country.%0D %0D Link?

by Anonymousreply 907/16/2010

r8. I lurvveee

by Anonymousreply 1007/16/2010

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 Anonymousreply 1107/16/2010

R6 needs to travel more

by Anonymousreply 1207/16/2010

The Dallas skyline is okay, but not all that special, R5.

by Anonymousreply 1307/16/2010

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 Anonymousreply 1407/16/2010

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 Anonymousreply 1507/16/2010

Whut about Faynecks?

by Anonymousreply 1607/16/2010

New York - not so much with the twin towers missing.

by Anonymousreply 1707/16/2010

Toledo Ohio.

by Anonymousreply 1807/16/2010

Chicago and New York, tied for 1st. Seattle and S.F., tied for 3rd.

by Anonymousreply 1907/16/2010

"Atlanta" ?


by Anonymousreply 2007/16/2010

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 Anonymousreply 2207/16/2010

The tropical Miami skyline

by Anonymousreply 2307/16/2010

Toledo, here. You're welcome:

by Anonymousreply 2407/16/2010

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 Anonymousreply 2507/16/2010

You can have Atlanta.

by Anonymousreply 2607/16/2010

I prefer Los Angeles's skyline.

by Anonymousreply 2707/16/2010

Still much better than Atlanta.

by Anonymousreply 2807/16/2010

[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 Anonymousreply 3007/16/2010

It's Chicago by a mile. No other city has anything close to the view of the nighttime Chicago skyline along the outer drive.

by Anonymousreply 3107/16/2010


by Anonymousreply 3207/16/2010

[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 Anonymousreply 3307/16/2010

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 Anonymousreply 3407/16/2010

I love Seattle's skyline.

by Anonymousreply 3507/16/2010

Are we really discussing skylines now? You bitches are really that boring.

by Anonymousreply 3607/16/2010

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 Anonymousreply 3707/16/2010

I would say Miami too but I think the buildings in a skyline ought to be occupied for it to count.

by Anonymousreply 3807/16/2010

Port of Miami

by Anonymousreply 3907/16/2010

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 Anonymousreply 4007/16/2010

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 any photos gets one or the other view but not both.

by Anonymousreply 4107/17/2010

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 Anonymousreply 4207/17/2010

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 Anonymousreply 4307/17/2010

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 Anonymousreply 4407/17/2010

New York. No competition.

by Anonymousreply 4507/17/2010

%0D I can't believe this is Phoenix:

by Anonymousreply 4607/17/2010


by Anonymousreply 4707/17/2010

"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 Anonymousreply 4807/17/2010

If get to head North, I get to hunt for South American skylines.

by Anonymousreply 4907/17/2010

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 Anonymousreply 5005/01/2012

I like Los Angeles' skyline because of the mountains back drop.

by Anonymousreply 5105/01/2012

Houston from the NE

by Anonymousreply 5205/03/2012

Oops no that the SE but at least it's east.

by Anonymousreply 5305/03/2012

Salt Lake City

by Anonymousreply 5405/03/2012

Chicago?!?!?! Are you fucking kidding me?

Who knew DL was infested with so many delusional Chicagoans?

by Anonymousreply 5505/03/2012

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 Anonymousreply 5605/03/2012

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 Anonymousreply 5705/03/2012

Chicago filmed from the L train at the link here. I love seeing the skyline from inside.

by Anonymousreply 5805/03/2012

Miami might have the only convincing skyline that was left out of OP's list.

by Anonymousreply 5905/03/2012

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 Anonymousreply 6005/03/2012

Chicago from the ground. New York from the air.

by Anonymousreply 6105/03/2012

R61 has it right after all.

by Anonymousreply 6205/03/2012

Everyone pick Atlanta, just to piss off all the right people.

by Anonymousreply 6305/03/2012

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 Anonymousreply 6405/03/2012

Christ, the anti-Chicago troll R55 is back.

by Anonymousreply 6505/03/2012

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 Anonymousreply 6607/05/2012

My favorite skyline view of Miami.

by Anonymousreply 6707/05/2012

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 Anonymousreply 6807/05/2012

I heart R33. Especially because she refuses to call it "Willis" Tower.

by Anonymousreply 6907/05/2012

NYC by far is the best skyline evah!

by Anonymousreply 7007/05/2012

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 Anonymousreply 7107/05/2012

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 Anonymousreply 7207/05/2012

I voted for NYC, but my god this shot of LA is beautiful!

by Anonymousreply 7307/05/2012

LA, hands down.

by Anonymousreply 7407/05/2012

Detroit has a receding skyline

by Anonymousreply 7507/05/2012

Los Angeles

by Anonymousreply 7607/05/2012

I love the shots of L.A. at night from an elevated place . It really does look like tinseltown then.

by Anonymousreply 7707/05/2012

I know I'll summon the haters, but Dallas's skyline is incredible.

by Anonymousreply 7807/05/2012


by Anonymousreply 7907/05/2012

r79, Boring. Lots of the same kinds of buildings...just different heights. I'll give you points for the palm trees though.

by Anonymousreply 8007/05/2012

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 Anonymousreply 8107/06/2012

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 Anonymousreply 8207/06/2012

LA, there is a point when you are driving down the Hollywood free way, and the downtown skyline comes into view. Awesome.

by Anonymousreply 8307/06/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 8407/06/2012

Merde !

by Anonymousreply 8507/06/2012

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 Anonymousreply 8607/06/2012

Why is Las Vegas even a choice? That skyline is a joke.

by Anonymousreply 8707/06/2012

Another view of Houston so you can feel the colors.

by Anonymousreply 8807/06/2012

Dallas has an amazing "blah" factor

Minneapolis is pretty good.

by Anonymousreply 8907/06/2012

Toledo, Ohio.

by Anonymousreply 9007/06/2012

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 Anonymousreply 9107/06/2012

At least Toledo doesn't put on any airs.

by Anonymousreply 9207/06/2012

A quarter million people attended the opening weekend of Portside Toledo in 1984....

by Anonymousreply 9307/06/2012

R81, Paris doesn't have much of a skyline 'cause its foundation can't support skyscrapers.

by Anonymousreply 9407/06/2012

Arriving at Laguna Beach by sea always makes me finish my joint and just allow my awe struck eyes to absorb the THC.

by Anonymousreply 9507/06/2012

How can anyone from New Jersey neglect to mention the spectacular Jersey City on the Hudson's night skyline?

by Anonymousreply 9607/06/2012

Houston? Atlanta? Haha! I laugh at your anonymity. Everyone in the world knows who I am by sight.

by Anonymousreply 9707/06/2012

We all know that the "arch" is really a symbol of mockery toward the whores of East St. Louis.

by Anonymousreply 9807/06/2012

Pittsburgh by a mile.

by Anonymousreply 9907/06/2012

More Pittsburgh.

by Anonymousreply 10007/06/2012

These Pittsburgh skyline shots put other cities to shame.

by Anonymousreply 10107/06/2012

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 Anonymousreply 10207/06/2012

houston or chicago new is not what it use to be.

by Anonymousreply 10307/17/2012

Whoever makes these lists has obviously never been to Pittsburgh

by Anonymousreply 10410/17/2012


by Anonymousreply 10510/17/2012

Cincinnati, when served over spaghetti.

by Anonymousreply 10610/17/2012


by Anonymousreply 10711/12/2012

Pittsburgh has the perfect American city skyline. Other cities should strive for its beauty and balance.

by Anonymousreply 10811/12/2012

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 Anonymousreply 10911/12/2012

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 Anonymousreply 11011/12/2012


Closing out R109.

by Anonymousreply 11111/12/2012
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