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yellowboy06
Oct 26, 2009, 4:12 PM
There are so many threads discussing which major city has the best/second best/third best skyline, and let's face it, small cities just can't compete with the Chicagos and San Franciscos of the world.

Let's see some of the best 'small city' skylines (from cities with metros with less than 600,000 people). Post pictures along with what city it is as well as the metro population.

TOP 5...


1. Corpus Christi, Texas
http://www.ccmorf.org/images/SunsetSkyline/CorpusSkyline.jpg
(Source: http://www.ccmorf.org/)
Metro Population: 431,741
2. Des Moines, Iowa
http://www.desmoines.org/images/DesMoinesSkyline.jpg
(Source: http://www.desmoines.org/)
Metro Population: 556,230
3. Peoria, Illinois
http://givingbackpeoria.org/PeoriaSkyline.jpg
(Source: http://givingbackpeoria.org/)
Metro Population: 371,206
4. Reno, Nevada
http://www.snapreno.com/files/RenoSkyline.jpg
(Source: http://snapreno.com/)
Metro Population: 577,386
5. Boise, Idaho
http://appliancerepairboiseidaho.com/BoiseSkylineFall2.jpg
(Source: http://appliancerepairboiseidaho.com/)
Metro Population: 587,689

Nowhereman1280
Oct 26, 2009, 4:35 PM
Madison, WI has a sick skyline:

http://www.december.com/places/mad/images/madsky.jpg
december.com

Its not very tall, but each building is very high quality and it is located on an Isthmus where excellent views of the skyline abound from all directions. The reason the skyline is relatively low and uniform is that Madison has a height restriction limiting the buildings to the crest of the the Capitol Building dome so that the dome will always be the sole peak of the skyline.

I'm very conflicted about the height restriction because Madison could certainly support some very tall buildings and has already begun to take on the aire of Paris with just solid 5-10 story buildings across much of the city. However, I don't want it lifted because the crown jewel capitol dome effect would disappear rapidly. I've always thought it would be interesting if they lifted it in the area of the University of Wisconsin campus where the most development pressure seems to be. That would be off to the side and away from the capitol dome and would satisfy the demand for the tallest buildings.

yellowboy06
Oct 26, 2009, 4:50 PM
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Pretty nice, just needs taller buidlings.

urbanactivist
Oct 26, 2009, 6:18 PM
for "very small" cities, I'd go with Hot Springs, Arkansas (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=163896) (pop. 37k). Kinda tough to get a skyline shot there, but the density and variety of its buildings is very impressive... not to mention that most of the city was built during the Art Deco era.

tascalisa
Oct 26, 2009, 6:26 PM
You can't really see all of the skyline, but here is a small capture of Mobile, Alabama's skyline. Definitely one of the best in the 'small' category. Tallest building is 745 feet.

http://www.lumis.com/images/sized/photo/Downtown_Mobile_Christmas-0x600.jpg

Lumis.com (http://www.lumis.com/picture/downtown_mobile_christmas/1128/)

youngregina
Oct 27, 2009, 7:43 AM
Look up Regina, SK. I think my city has a fairly impressive skyline for a city of only 200 000.

Buckeye Native 001
Oct 27, 2009, 7:46 AM
Des Moines

Exodus
Oct 27, 2009, 9:56 AM
Windsor, Ontario, Canada

KB0679
Oct 27, 2009, 4:56 PM
Winston-Salem, NC (MSA: 468K)

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1196/544632176_fa946b30ef.jpg http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1364/901622778_bd77010ceb.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1196/544632176_fa946b30ef.jpg http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1364/901622778_bd77010ceb.jpg

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA (MSA: 390K)

http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/23337804.jpg
http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/23337804.jpg

Mobile, AL (MSA: 406K)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3174/2611963062_c04c9a3b04.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3174/2611963062_c04c9a3b04.jpg

wrab
Oct 27, 2009, 5:01 PM
600,000 is an awfully high threshold for a "small" USA city, yellowboy, given that it includes such places as Denver, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Las Vegas, Portland, Atlanta, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Honolulu, St Louis, Buffalo & Cincinnati.

But given that those are your parameters, my vote goes to Seattle (pop. 598,707), followed closely by Minneapolis (pop. 382,605), Cleveland (pop. 433,748) and Pittsburgh (pop. 310,037).

KB0679
Oct 27, 2009, 5:02 PM
^Read the title again.

wrab
Oct 27, 2009, 5:04 PM
^Read the title again.

Ah yes, "metro population".

Des Moines.

tascalisa
Oct 27, 2009, 5:54 PM
Montgomery, AL's also isn't too shabby:

http://soulofamerica.com/content/images/8b4e3f451a05efcb54b50e95d23929d6.jpg
Soul of America (http://soulofamerica.com/9896.0.0.1.0.0.phtml)

Chattanooga, Tennessee
https://www.rastn.com/images/Chattanooga%20Skyline.jpg
RAS (https://www.rastn.com/default.aspx?articleid=6&top_articleid=12)

texcolo
Oct 27, 2009, 11:19 PM
Winston-Salem, NC (MSA: 468K)

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1196/544632176_fa946b30ef.jpg http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1364/901622778_bd77010ceb.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1196/544632176_fa946b30ef.jpg http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1364/901622778_bd77010ceb.jpg

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA (MSA: 390K)

http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/23337804.jpg
http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/23337804.jpg

Mobile, AL (MSA: 406K)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3174/2611963062_c04c9a3b04.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3174/2611963062_c04c9a3b04.jpg

Are they dressing up the older building with a new spire to make it look like the newer building? Is that finished?

The new tower is awesome by the way.

ue
Oct 27, 2009, 11:24 PM
Des Moines, Yellowknife, Regina, Victoria, Winnipeg (I guess it's slightly over 600), Boise, Madison, Halifax, Mobile, Burnaby-New Westminster (technically apart of Vancouver...) and Bellevue (technically apart of Seattle...) have pretty good small city skylines.

TarHeelJ
Oct 27, 2009, 11:46 PM
Are they dressing up the older building with a new spire to make it look like the newer building? Is that finished?

The new tower is awesome by the way.

Yes - isn't it tacky? The RSA Battlehouse is nice, but the hotel with the copycat crown is a mess.

KB0679
Oct 27, 2009, 11:49 PM
^Agreed. The crown comes across purely as a cheap afterthought.

someone123
Oct 27, 2009, 11:55 PM
Here is a slightly old photo of Halifax, which has about 400,000 people:

http://westinnovascotian.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/aerial-qm2-at-pier-21.jpg
Source (http://westinnovascotian.wordpress.com/2009/06/10/the-great-offshore-picnic/)

Another angle:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2603/4005075189_2187ede999_b.jpg
by dcnelson1898 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcnelson0381/4005075189/in/set-72157622446386459/)

TarHeelJ
Oct 28, 2009, 12:10 AM
Asheville, NC...408,000
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/1/878889_8311712071.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/zen/878889/


Augusta, GA...528,000
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3089/3370868021_e1cf2a2cf1.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ourviewphotography/3370868021/


Fort Wayne, IN...411,000
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3233/2939364886_07e00822eb.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/31431611@N08/2939364886/


Myrtle Beach, SC...300,000
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3373/3481121869_7a63d6d02f.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/31142169@N03/3481121869/

TarHeelJ
Oct 28, 2009, 12:10 AM
Lexington, KY...437,000
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0b/LexingtonDowntown.JPG/800px-LexingtonDowntown.JPG

Exodus
Oct 28, 2009, 2:24 AM
Windsor, Ontario, Canada

2006 census:

City: 216,473

Metro: 323,342

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2310/2335599399_3a0e078880_o.jpg

rich-s

http://www.flickr.com/

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1407/1296886154_c8d120965c_b.jpg

Steve Brandon

http://www.flickr.com/

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3471/3374100313_28fc8de2f4_b.jpg

exbrit2

http://www.flickr.com/

tascalisa
Oct 28, 2009, 4:13 AM
Yes - isn't it tacky? The RSA Battlehouse is nice, but the hotel with the copycat crown is a mess.

Yup. The only time it ever really looks nice is at night when it's lit up. Though, the renovation that came along with the crown is amazing.

Ayreonaut
Oct 28, 2009, 4:58 AM
A few Canadian cities.

Halifax, NS (400,000)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3309/3670701311_c69645e2b2_b.jpg
Source (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kurtisbillard/3670701311/)

London, ON (450,000)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/eb/LondonOntarioSkyline.jpg
Wikipedia

Regina, SK (200,000)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2099/1966971101_5a77e37a8e_o.jpg
Our very own HIMS (http://www.flickr.com/photos/14303872@N05/1966971101/)

Saskatoon, SK (230,000)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3170/2928479010_939b1922bd_b.jpg
Source (http://www.flickr.com/photos/knobberhead/2928479010/)

Exodus
Oct 28, 2009, 9:26 AM
A few Canadian cities.

Halifax, NS (400,000)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3309/3670701311_c69645e2b2_b.jpg
Source (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kurtisbillard/3670701311/)

London, ON (450,000)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/eb/LondonOntarioSkyline.jpg
Wikipedia

Regina, SK (200,000)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2099/1966971101_5a77e37a8e_o.jpg
Our very own HIMS (http://www.flickr.com/photos/14303872@N05/1966971101/)

Saskatoon, SK (230,000)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3170/2928479010_939b1922bd_b.jpg
Source (http://www.flickr.com/photos/knobberhead/2928479010/)You forgot Windsor, 323,000 metro

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2310/2335599399_3a0e078880_o.jpg

Credit

rich-s

http://www.flickr.com/

CGII
Oct 28, 2009, 3:06 PM
Madison, WI has a sick skyline:

http://www.december.com/places/mad/images/madsky.jpg
december.com

Its not very tall, but each building is very high quality and it is located on an Isthmus where excellent views of the skyline abound from all directions. The reason the skyline is relatively low and uniform is that Madison has a height restriction limiting the buildings to the crest of the the Capitol Building dome so that the dome will always be the sole peak of the skyline.

I'm very conflicted about the height restriction because Madison could certainly support some very tall buildings and has already begun to take on the aire of Paris with just solid 5-10 story buildings across much of the city. However, I don't want it lifted because the crown jewel capitol dome effect would disappear rapidly. I've always thought it would be interesting if they lifted it in the area of the University of Wisconsin campus where the most development pressure seems to be. That would be off to the side and away from the capitol dome and would satisfy the demand for the tallest buildings.

I think Madison's height limit helps it be such an incredible pedestrian experience. If it were lifted anywhere to let taller buildings be built, those areas would just become really dense urban centres surrounded with non-development or parking lots like every other Midwestern city. Madison has a coherent urban fabric as a result of the height limit and I think that's great.

Ayreonaut
Oct 28, 2009, 3:16 PM
You forgot Windsor, 323,000 metro


No, I just skipped it since it was just posted. I also left out Victoria because I couldn't find a decent picture. I saw one the other day but can't remember where.

KB0679
Oct 28, 2009, 3:33 PM
Canadian cities in general have excellent skylines relative to their populations.

202_Cyclist
Oct 28, 2009, 4:18 PM
Although it is a very small metro area, Burlington VT certainly has a scenic skyline (both photos courtesy of Wikipedia).

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/45/Burlingtonskyline.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1f/Burlington_vermont_skyline.jpg

Nowhereman1280
Oct 28, 2009, 5:15 PM
I think Madison's height limit helps it be such an incredible pedestrian experience. If it were lifted anywhere to let taller buildings be built, those areas would just become really dense urban centres surrounded with non-development or parking lots like every other Midwestern city. Madison has a coherent urban fabric as a result of the height limit and I think that's great.

I don't think the height limit is responsible for that CGII. I think the pedestrian experience is primarily a function of the fact that the city is relatively inaccessible by freeway and has few streets over two lanes. Thus traffic and parking are hell in Madison and its a very unappealing place to drive, so everyone bikes or walks. People won't build parking lots where there is no demand to park. Also, the fact it is on an isthmus makes it even more unlikely that anyone would tear down buildings in favor of highrises. Its only accessible from two directions, so its like you have a Chicago-Lakefront effect from two directions. Imagine how few parking lots would be in Chicago if the whole city was like the North Lakefront: No freeways and only accessable from one or two directions.

Further evidence of this lies in the fact that other cities that never had height restrictions also never had parking lots until freeways were punched through the middle of them.

Steely Dan
Oct 28, 2009, 6:04 PM
Evanston, IL is a small city of ~75,000 and has built a pretty decent little skyline for itself. if the economy ever turns around, there will be a new 400' tall centerpiece tower built right in the middle of the skyline in the coming years

http://img188.imageshack.us/img188/7101/58355970.jpg
Andy Tucker/ flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mspdude/3989188948/)

texcolo
Oct 28, 2009, 6:54 PM
Rochester, Minnesota

http://pics4.city-data.com/cpicc/cfiles5371.jpg

Omaha, Nebraska

http://www.emgnebraska.com/images/cityImages/omahaNebraska.jpg

TarHeelJ
Oct 28, 2009, 7:09 PM
:previous: Omaha doesn't fit the thread criteria of metros<600,000...

TarHeelJ
Oct 28, 2009, 7:18 PM
Charleston, WV...304,000
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2586/3984425500_0b9ae69890_o.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tarabunnyears/3984425500/sizes/o/


Savannah, GA...334,000
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2077/2194578108_44565cd540_b.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bht/2194578108/sizes/l/

jdcamb
Oct 28, 2009, 7:37 PM
Rochester NY

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l179/jdcamb/B3.jpg
image by: jdcamb
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l179/jdcamb/RocMe.jpg
image by: jdcamb
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/27/Rochester_aerial_aug_17_2007.jpg/800px-Rochester_aerial_aug_17_2007.jpg
image by: Chris Tomkins-Tinch

City pop. = 220,000

Metro = 1,100,000 (I think of it as a small city)

Trantor
Oct 28, 2009, 8:20 PM
http://pics4.city-data.com/cpicc/cfiles5371.jpg

thats a LOT of parking lots...

Trantor
Oct 28, 2009, 8:26 PM
Balneário Camboriú
pop: 88k (no metro)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/78/Panorama_Balne%C3%A1rio_Cambori%C3%BA.jpg

Novo Hamburgo
pop: 260k (a quite independent city which is located at the northern edge of Porto Alegre contiguous urban area)
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/6764/pano03smallat1.jpg

Maringá
pop: 329k (no metro)
http://maringamaringa.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/maringa_skyline.jpg
authoer: Gustavo T.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2209/3987592635_0b25c7db47_b.jpg
author: Fábio Guillen


Caxias do Sul
pop: 360k (no metro)
http://img179.imageshack.us/img179/2189/caxiasdosul331gh2.jpg
author: Luis Chaves

CGII
Oct 28, 2009, 11:35 PM
Balneário Camboriú
pop: 88k (no metro)

Balneario Camboriu
city: 94,344, but summer population of 700,000+
Metro: 390, 990

Maringá
pop: 329k (no metro)

Maringa
city: 329,800
metro: 570,094

Caxias do Sul
pop: 360k (no metro)


Caxias do Sul
pop 527, 858

LSyd
Oct 29, 2009, 12:18 AM
Brazil wins

-

Trantor
Oct 29, 2009, 1:19 AM
Balneario Camboriu
city: 94,344, but summer population of 700,000+
Metro: 390, 990


what metro? And yes, the summer population is over 700k... but thats only 3 months. The FIXED population is only about 90k.



Maringa
city: 329,800
metro: 570,094


actually, 532k.

I didnt knew it had a metro area (which are stablished by law in Brazil). Many of the cities in Maringá metro are not even connurbed with Maringá.



Caxias do Sul
pop 527, 858

NOOOOOO WAY.

Its true I got confused and posted Caxias population from several years ago (I could swear it was still in the 300k).

But official ESTIMATES for 2009 is only 410k... no WAY it even reaches 500k!



these are the metro areas in Brazil
1 Região Metropolitana de São Paulo São Paulo 19.223.897
2 Região Metropolitana do Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro 11.571.617
3 Região Metropolitana de Belo Horizonte Minas Gerais 5.397.438
4 Região Metropolitana de Porto Alegre Rio Grande do Sul 4.063.886
5 Região Metropolitana de Salvador Bahia 3.967.902
6 Região Metropolitana do Recife Pernambuco 3.843.326
7 Região Metropolitana de Fortaleza Ceará 3.602.319
8 Região Metropolitana de Curitiba Paraná 3.172.357
9 Região Metropolitana de Campinas São Paulo 2.633.523
10 Região Metropolitana de Belém Pará 2.249.405
11 Região Metropolitana de Goiânia Goiás 2.007.868
12 Região Metropolitana de Manaus Amazonas 1.933.327
13 Região Metropolitana de Vitória Espírito Santo 1.624.837
14 Região Metropolitana da Baixada Santista São Paulo 1.606.863
15 Região Metropolitana de Natal Rio Grande do Norte 1.255.409
16 Região Metropolitana de São Luís Maranhão 1.211.270
17 Região Metropolitana de Maceió Alagoas 1.111.678
18 Região Metropolitana de João Pessoa Paraíba 1.049.290
19 Região Metropolitana do Vale do Rio Cuiabá Mato Grosso 815.392
20 Região Metropolitana de Aracaju Sergipe 759.998
21 Região Metropolitana de Londrina Paraná 741.928
22 Região Metropolitana de Maringá Paraná 570.094
23 Região Metropolitana do Cariri Ceará 554.945
24 Região Metropolitana do Vale do Aço Minas Gerais 438.059
25 Região Metropolitana de Macapá Amapá 436.251

Trantor
Oct 29, 2009, 1:50 AM
Santa Maria
pop - 268k
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c6/Santa_maria007.jpg

Criciuma
pop: 188k
http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/5860640.jpg
author: Felipe Ghisi

Cascavel
pop: 300k
http://xs433.xs.to/xs433/08454/cvel186.jpg

Cirrus
Oct 29, 2009, 2:42 AM
Evanston is a Chicago edge city. It doesn't qualify.

Here is Ocean City, MD.
Year-round population: 7,173
Summer weekend population: ~340,000
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2657/3964576680_8dc65df47f_b.jpg
source (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21012819@N06/3964576680/sizes/l/)

rockyi
Oct 29, 2009, 2:48 AM
Davenport, Iowa.
City: 100,000
Metro: 376,000

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v420/rockyi/022_3A.jpg
My photo

Austinlee
Oct 29, 2009, 3:01 AM
Montgomery, AL's also isn't too shabby:

http://soulofamerica.com/content/images/8b4e3f451a05efcb54b50e95d23929d6.jpg
Soul of America (http://soulofamerica.com/9896.0.0.1.0.0.phtml)


I've always thought Montgomery looks like Wichita (or visa versa)

Wichita:
http://www.wichitacasinoparties.com/images/wichita.jpg
http://www.wichitacasinoparties.com/

ue
Oct 29, 2009, 3:05 AM
Evanston is a Chicago edge city. It doesn't qualify.

Here is Ocean City, MD.
Year-round population: 7,173
Summer weekend population: ~340,000
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2657/3964576680_8dc65df47f_b.jpg
source (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21012819@N06/3964576680/sizes/l/)

Okay that one takes the cake for 7000 people! Even better than Yellowknifes 17 or 18ish thousand.

LMich
Oct 29, 2009, 6:36 AM
Okay that one takes the cake for 7000 people! Even better than Yellowknifes 17 or 18ish thousand.

I'd certainly hope it would: it's a resort town.

Since these inevitably turn into "post your area/state/province's small skylines", I'll go all in for Michigan. I'd not consider any of these the best, but they are all definitely notable.

Battle Creek: ~53,000 (city), ~79,000 (UA), ~136,000 (MSA)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3595/3491677946_ef610fcc8a_b.jpg
Roxy2135 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/roxy2135/3491677946/sizes/l/)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3645/3490865963_977170590c_b.jpg
Roxy2135 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/roxy2135/3490865963/sizes/l/in/photostream/)

Kalamazoo: ~72,000 (city), ~188,00 (UA), ~324,000 (MSA)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3341/3412605986_ea67748b78_b.jpg
c.f. mason (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chuckmason/3412605986/sizes/l/)

Saginaw: ~56,000 (city), ~141,000 (UA), ~201,000 (MSA)

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/79/227847815_75b04cef7f_b.jpg
g.s. george (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gsgeorge/227847815/sizes/l/)

Traverse City: ~14,500 (city), N/A, ~142,000 (MSA)

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/151/401530547_60f3ee78cd_o.jpg
Jon-O (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jon_o/401530547/sizes/o/)

Lansing: ~114,000 (city), ~300,000 (UA), ~455,000 (MSA)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3271/2695856962_028280a491_b.jpg
Doug Langham (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dooger/2695856962/sizes/l/)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2132/2484653727_a6daf45d39_b.jpg
Macdane (http://www.flickr.com/photos/macdane/2484653727/sizes/l/)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3024/2611093050_0946161e02_b.jpg
Doug Langham (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dooger/2611093050/sizes/l/in/set-72157606483833018/)

Ann Arbor: ~114,000 (city), ~284,000 (UA), ~347,000 (MSA)

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1198/1246420318_0f1a19d5e0_b.jpg
Airplane Lane (http://www.flickr.com/photos/photons/1246420318/sizes/l/)

Lexy
Oct 29, 2009, 3:21 PM
That aerial angle of Ann Arbor looks like you took a Sim City 4 Rush Hour city, and turned it into a real city. Especially with that block of property that is cleared-out and under construction. I have both been to and flown over Ann Arbor and it's a nice place without a doubt! Granted it doesn't have the largest skyline in the world, but it's still a fresh city with some coolness happening all the time it seems!! That's a great shot!

brickell
Oct 29, 2009, 9:38 PM
Obviously a resort town has advantages.

Here's Naples, FL - 315,258

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3249/3073186266_2ec10929d8_b.jpg
src: me

BrandonJXN
Oct 30, 2009, 3:33 AM
Riverside, California (Population 310,000)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3222/2956838364_419a4579ef_o.jpg
RXSQ

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/66/Riverside_DSCN0700.JPG

cabasse
Oct 30, 2009, 4:37 AM
lmich you def left out jackson, mi - more impressive than some you posted above (yet population only 33k!)
http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/1590/164682.jpg (http://img20.imageshack.us/i/164682.jpg/)
http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/6982/268285.jpg (http://img101.imageshack.us/i/268285.jpg/)
images innocuously jacked from emporis

staff
Oct 30, 2009, 4:51 AM
Benidorm (67,627 [Wiki])

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2522/3803516885_db14fcdca3_o.jpg
Recesvintus

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3079/3205184849_deec96b933_b.jpg
by Yokusho / Christian



Gold Coast (402,648 [Wiki])

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3012/2986641004_5b2ec5fcd1.jpg
lazyevaluator

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3471/3183122819_be9af502bd.jpg
scottrudkin

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1072/875442986_34f6dfcf04.jpg
by flash62_au

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3074/2719715250_7c388a9bc9.jpg
by d.i.

LMich
Oct 30, 2009, 10:02 AM
lmich you def left out jackson, mi - more impressive than some you posted above (yet population only 33k!)

images innocuously jacked from emporis

I sure did leave it out. Definitely a mistake, and you sure did jack those from emporis. The last photo is one I took. :D

Riverside, California (Population 310,000)

Riverside is neither a small city, nor does it sit in a small metropolitan area, which is what the thread's stated intent.

Nantais
Oct 30, 2009, 1:24 PM
Some in France :

Tulle (pop: 15,734) :

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b8/Tulle_panorama.JPG/800px-Tulle_panorama.JPG
from wikipedia, bigger pic (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b8/Tulle_panorama.JPG)


Le Puy-en-Velay (pop: 19,976) :

http://www.pierre-alglave.com/web/assets/images/headers/le-puy-en-velay.jpg
from http://www.pierre-alglave.com
http://www.auvergne-convention-bureau.com/images/sites-remarquables/lepuy-1-full.jpg
from http://www.auvergne-convention-bureau.com/images/sites-remarquables/lepuy-1-full.jpg
http://www.fond-ecran-image.com/galerie-membre,france-le-puy-en-velay,le-puy-by-night.jpg
from http://www.fond-ecran-image.com/galerie-membre,france-le-puy-en-velay,le-puy-by-nightjpg.php


Le Mont Saint-Michel (pop: 41) :

http://pelerinwhitechapel.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/mont_saint-michel.jpg
from http://pelerinwhitechapel.wordpress.com/2009/02/21/chapitre-huit-la-curiosite/


Villarembert (pop: 268) :

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2133/2423065492_e8b67f49ca_b.jpg
by @tofe_75 from flickr
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2376/2423139836_82f56d2627_b.jpg
by @tofe_75 from flickr

yellowboy06
Oct 30, 2009, 2:07 PM
Le Mont Saint-Michel (pop: 41) :

http://pelerinwhitechapel.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/mont_saint-michel.jpg
from http://pelerinwhitechapel.wordpress.com/2009/02/21/chapitre-huit-la-curiosite/

Now that is awesome! Looks like it is out of 'Lord of the Rings' or something...

Lexy
Oct 30, 2009, 3:20 PM
Now that is awesome! Looks like it is out of 'Lord of the Rings' or something...

Certainly agree with the above statement. That is just amazing and I mean that. Amazing!!!

fishrose
Oct 30, 2009, 4:17 PM
I'm surprised you included Battle Creek, LMich... I grew up there. It would have a pretty cool skyline if there was anywhere to take a photograph of the whole city, but there aren't any unobstructed views from a good angle.

I'm also really surprised you didn't include Grand Rapids!
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/52/Grdowntown.jpg/800px-Grdowntown.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cf/Grand_Rapids_Michigan_Panorama.jpg

(Photos from wikipedia: Grguy2011 and Dehk, respectively)

MolsonExport
Oct 30, 2009, 4:39 PM
A better shot of London, Ontario, Canada (city 352,000, metro 460,000)
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a138/ldoto/2009/3602790056_e2c3531fae_b-1.jpg
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=169858&page=2
c/o Whisper09


definitely not the best in the world for a small city, but arguably one of the better ones in Canada for metros under 600K threshold.

that is, after Halifax, and perhaps Regina

CapitalCity
Oct 30, 2009, 11:17 PM
Salem, Oregon --- 385,000

http://media.point2.com/p2h/listing/eb79/f8e4/6bb5/46a651edc0eb6ff0200d/gallery.jpg
http://media.point2.com/p2h/listing/eb79/f8e4/6bb5/46a651edc0eb6ff0200d/gallery.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RAJT2WTZql8/RrsrLNdGMRI/AAAAAAAAAbI/0WMSWKuTz2I/s320/downtown+salem+oregon.JPG
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RAJT2WTZql8/RrsrLNdGMRI/AAAAAAAAAbI/0WMSWKuTz2I/s320/downtown+salem+oregon.JPG

LMich
Oct 31, 2009, 5:34 AM
I'm also really surprised you didn't include Grand Rapids!

It doesn't fit the specifications of the thread. Grand Rapids' metro is over 700,000, or slightly over a million, depending on how one wants to define it.

staff
Oct 31, 2009, 6:36 AM
Are there any skylines that can match those of Gold Coast and Benidorm, and possible some of those Brazilian ones?

youngregina
Oct 31, 2009, 9:49 PM
I dont think the evanston skyline should be considered for this page. Considering it is part of the chicagoland area. and also considering it is served by the cta. I consider it to be almost like a neighborhood of chicago, rather than a city of its own.

Ayreonaut
Oct 31, 2009, 10:09 PM
Are there any skylines that can match those of Gold Coast and Benidorm, and possible some of those Brazilian ones?

Doubt it. Gold coast is my favourite in this thread, but just out of curiosity, are there any non-residential towers there? It looks like it's all condos and apartments.

mthd
Oct 31, 2009, 10:44 PM
if the gold coast really counts - there are 500,000 people in the gold coast LGA itself - and it's only an hour from Brisbane - then it wins!

of the truly 'small' cities, corpus christi is pretty nice.

Exodus
Oct 31, 2009, 11:00 PM
Certainly agree with the above statement. That is just amazing and I mean that. Amazing!!!Yeah, but does a castle count lol

Exodus
Oct 31, 2009, 11:08 PM
I dont think the evanston skyline should be considered for this page. Considering it is part of the chicagoland area. and also considering it is served by the cta. I consider it to be almost like a neighborhood of chicago, rather than a city of its own.Same goes for Ann Arbor imo, since it is officially part of the greater Detroit metro area. That's why I didn't include Covington, Ky, because it is officially part of the Cincinnati metro.

muppet
Nov 2, 2009, 7:23 PM
Huaxi, China's richest village, complete with 1076 ft apartment block u/c

pop 35,000:

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r5/z0rgg/other/20071209_e64e631142e3bd7e7cd3JQBEP5.jpg http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r5/z0rgg/other/paspx-1.jpg

http://i986.photobucket.com/albums/ae344/PP99SS/2-2.jpg

http://bbs.home.news.cn/upfiles/040316BD.002C

http://bbs.home.news.cn/upfiles/0403190D.002C

jodelli
Nov 2, 2009, 9:15 PM
Same goes for Ann Arbor imo, since it is officially part of the greater Detroit metro area. That's why I didn't include Covington, Ky, because it is officially part of the Cincinnati metro.

Yeah, but A^2 is part of Detroit's CSA, not MSA.
These definitions get a little bit weird depending on the jurisdiction. In another place or time Essex County would count too for MSA(since that's the US Census methodology), with an additional 393,000.

And the Covington or Evanston argument would then apply here as well:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3500/4069909254_98616de652_b.jpg

TonyAnderson
Nov 7, 2009, 9:01 PM
Huaxi, China's richest village, complete with 1076 ft apartment block u/c

pop 35,000:

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r5/z0rgg/other/20071209_e64e631142e3bd7e7cd3JQBEP5.jpg http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r5/z0rgg/other/paspx-1.jpg

http://i986.photobucket.com/albums/ae344/PP99SS/2-2.jpg

http://bbs.home.news.cn/upfiles/040316BD.002C

http://bbs.home.news.cn/upfiles/0403190D.002C

Wow. Hard to compete with a supertall.

ChiSoxRox
Nov 14, 2009, 8:11 PM
An Iowan's input:

Des Moines is my pick for best overall, although it's getting close to that 600k mark.

http://www.spinmarketart.com/UserDocs/Store/DesMoinesSkyline.jpg
(spinmarketart.com)

http://www.thecrockedpot.com/blogger/uploaded_images/C007_Des_Moines_Skyline_Des_Moines-744406.gif
(The Crocked Pot)

Cedar Rapids
http://www.cedarrapidsiowalocal.info/Cedar_Rapids_Iowa.jpg
(Cedarrapidsiowalocal.info)

http://www.sequoiaetc.com/images/cedar_rapids_skyline.jpg
(Sequoiaetc.com)

Sioux City

http://siouxlandchamber.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/cropped-sux-skyline11.jpg
(Siouxland Chamber of Commerce)

Double L
Nov 14, 2009, 10:34 PM
Wow, I've never seen that Des Moines, Iowa skyline before. I really like it.

Visualize
Nov 15, 2009, 5:09 AM
Here are some other nice downtown Boise shots.

http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/9192606.jpg
http://www.panoramio.com/user/1586896&comments_page=1&photos_page=1

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/Idahomajesty/d-2.jpg
by Sawtooth: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=163145

c@taract_soulj@h
Nov 15, 2009, 5:19 AM
I dont think the evanston skyline should be considered for this page. Considering it is part of the chicagoland area. and also considering it is served by the cta. I consider it to be almost like a neighborhood of chicago, rather than a city of its own.

No, it shouldn't....it's like calling Mississauga the same thing...although it does have 700,000+ ppl :sly:

tascalisa
Nov 15, 2009, 6:44 AM
I think Des Moines is definitely tops. Either way, here's Mobile AGAIN :) I think Mobtown def wins as far as height goes. Also, see that ugly building that just looks like a slab of concrete? It's getting renovated!!!

http://media.al.com/live/photo/fantasy-arrives-1jpg-9b5a82c92ab33a13.jpg
Mobile Press-Register

Ex-Ithacan
Nov 16, 2009, 12:27 AM
I sure did leave it out. Definitely a mistake, and you sure did jack those from emporis. The last photo is one I took. :D

Hey LMich, the first Jackson pic is mine.:yes: :D :cheers:



I think Midland, Texas has a decent skyline for a metro area of 260,000:

http://www.redwingaerials.com/images/740_740_MKT_MIDLAND_IMG_1839.jpg

source: Red Wing Aerials. (www.redwingaerials.com)


And Rochester, MN is impressive too for a metro of about 180,000:

http://pics4.city-data.com/cpicc/cfiles5371.jpg

source: Roger Thiemann at City-Data

Exodus
Nov 22, 2009, 5:23 AM
Yeah, but A^2 is part of Detroit's CSA, not MSA.
These definitions get a little bit weird depending on the jurisdiction. In another place or time Essex County would count too for MSA(since that's the US Census methodology), with an additional 393,000.

And the Covington or Evanston argument would then apply here as well:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3500/4069909254_98616de652_b.jpgYes, it is weird when you look at the big picture sort of speak, because geographically Windsor is right across the river from Detroit while Ann Arbor is miles away, yet Windsor is thought of more as being independent of Detroit and Ann Arrbor isn't.

Blitz
Nov 22, 2009, 10:16 PM
^ The idiotic passport requirement has only strengthened that independence, unfortunately.

Spotila
Nov 23, 2009, 10:31 AM
Does it have to be American/Canadian?
Wellington, NZ - Metro 380,000
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/55/149664446_cea5c7307e_b.jpg
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/193/499228083_57eb561550_b.jpg
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/190/469384806_f15bbcc924_b.jpg

hammersklavier
Nov 23, 2009, 2:51 PM
Harrisburg's got a pretty impressive skyline:
http://icetaskforce.com/assets/4757harrisburg_west_skyline.jpg

http://www.pa-taskforce.us/images/harrisburgskyline.jpg

One of the best angles is from the PA Turnpike bridge across the Susq.

And yes, I totally did yank those images from a state website (pa-taskforce.us).

theWatusi
Nov 23, 2009, 5:39 PM
And Rochester, MN is impressive too for a metro of about 180,000:


Holy crap look at all of those parking lots.

yellowboy06
Nov 23, 2009, 6:20 PM
Oh yeah guys, the skyline must me in NORTH AMERICA

Cirrus
Nov 23, 2009, 6:36 PM
Are there any skylines that can match those of Gold Coast and BenidormResort cities have a natural advantage. Because of the nature of their existence they require infrastructure and housing for many times their permanent population. Beach resort cities especially have that advantage, because the whole point is that everyone wants to be as close to the beach as possible.

Ocean City, MD (pictured earlier) is the exact same phenomenon on a smaller scale, but pick any beach resort city in the world and you will see the same thing.

MayDay
Nov 23, 2009, 7:28 PM
As LMich said, these threads usually end up as a "post ____ from your area" mashup, but what the heck:

Youngstown, OH (570K in the metro):
http://www.clevelandskyscrapers.com/ytown0507/ytown0507_3.jpg

http://www.clevelandskyscrapers.com/youngstown/ytownskysouth.jpg

Canton, OH (400K in the metro):
Photo from wikipedia - provided openly by username "Chuuzetsu":
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3d/N23329614_35444456_1981.jpg

Akron misses the metro mark (690K in metro), but why not :D
http://www.clevelandskyscrapers.com/akron0708/akron0708_2.jpg

Evergrey
Nov 23, 2009, 10:46 PM
Fairmont, WV (micropolitan area pop. 57k)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2507/3917802638_800fc73251_b.jpg

Clarksburg, WV (micropolitan area pop. 92k)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2523/3917340478_da02dc8e2f_b.jpg

Ex-Ithacan
Nov 23, 2009, 11:45 PM
Bartlesville, OK Micropolitan pop ~ 50K

http://www.oklahomafilm.org/photos/Locations%20Magazine/slides/Downtown%20Bartlesville%2023_edited-1.jpg

Gotta include Frank Lloyd Wright's Price Tower (not in first pic)

http://www.oklahomafilm.org/photos/Locations%20Magazine/slides/Price%20Tower,%20Bartlesville%2061.jpg

source: www.oklahomafilm.org

Phil McAvity
Nov 23, 2009, 11:52 PM
I don't think either Bartlesville Oklahoma or Evanston Illinois should make this thread because they are both parts of much larger metropolis' (Tulsa and Chicago).

Here's a small city with a decent skyline though:

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r100/solstice30/IMG_1138.jpg

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm119/liamhanks/Yellowknifeatnight002.jpg

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f251/noellepics/IMG_0045.jpg

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w224/tythorpe/HikingYK3.jpg




What city is it, you ask? Why it's Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada.

Population: less than 20,000. Now that's a small city.

King weatherman3
Nov 24, 2009, 3:12 AM
Lexington, KY...437,000
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0b/LexingtonDowntown.JPG/800px-LexingtonDowntown.JPG

I think seem Louisville and Lexington which one small city in USA??? make me sure?

Ex-Ithacan
Nov 24, 2009, 9:40 PM
I don't think either Bartlesville Oklahoma or Evanston Illinois should make this thread because they are both parts of much larger metropolis' (Tulsa and Chicago).

Actually I believe Bartlesville is part of the Tulsa-Bartlesville CSA.
Bartlesville is its own Micropolitan area. And considering it's nearly 50 miles from Tulsa, I think it can stand on its own much the way Baltimore and DC are each their own cities. :)

btw, I've always been impressed with Yellowknife's skyline.

RockMont
Nov 24, 2009, 10:06 PM
[QUOTE=Phil McAvity;4574459]I don't think either Bartlesville Oklahoma or Evanston Illinois should make this thread because they are both parts of much larger metropolis' (Tulsa and Chicago).



Evanston is part of the Chicago metropolis, but Bartlesville isn't (Tulsa that is). There is quite a lot of open country between the two.

Chicagoguy
Nov 24, 2009, 10:16 PM
Im not sure how to post pictures on here but it someone could post one of Springfield, IL. I grew up there and it has an ok cityscape for such a tiny city...only about 110,000 in population!

isaidso
Nov 24, 2009, 10:28 PM
Niagara Falls, Ontario
City population: 82,181
Metro population: 390,317


http://citynoise.org/upload/14530.jpg
http://citynoise.org/upload/14530.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3016/2945679329_d91247421f_b.jpg
Courtesy of SheldonBranford http://www.flickr.com/photos/86693975@N00/2945679329/

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/141/324516776_d815dce169_o.jpg
Source unknown

youngregina
Nov 25, 2009, 8:34 AM
I think yellowknife wins.

Busy Bee
Nov 26, 2009, 4:41 PM
Springfield, IL

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/148/348367552_c9ef97098f_b.jpg
link (http://farm1.static.flickr.com/148/348367552_c9ef97098f_b.jpg)

Comparing Springfield to Peoria isn't really apples to apples though because Springfield's metro isn't much more than the city proper, yet the Peoria metro is over three times the city proper population, making the the downtown CBD much more important and significant for it's size. This has something to do with Springfield's government economy, versus Peoria's industrial and medical economy. I also think this is has very much to do with the fact that population across the river is well established yet regard downtown Peoria as their natural commercial center. The city of Pekin(pop. ~40,000), which is included in the metro, would also regard Peoria as being its' natural hub of commercial activity.

Metro Matt
Nov 27, 2009, 6:51 AM
I think Midland, Texas has a decent skyline for a metro area of 260,000:

http://www.redwingaerials.com/images/740_740_MKT_MIDLAND_IMG_1839.jpg

source: Red Wing Aerials. (www.redwingaerials.com)

Tyler, Texas - 100,000 city/200,000 metro
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v720/metromatt/IMG00001-20091125-0951.jpg

TWAK
Nov 27, 2009, 8:33 AM
Can't find very many good photos of Stockton, CA. Metro is 685,660, hope that is ok :)
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/102/312443894_28efd27c30.jpg

Evan
Nov 27, 2009, 9:11 AM
Tyler, Texas - 100,000 city/200,000 metro
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v720/metromatt/IMG00001-20091125-0951.jpg



I always thought that black building in Tyler was interesting. It looks like someone hacked off part of the Sears Tower (Willis Tower, NEVER!) and transplanted it in Texas!

Metro Matt
Nov 27, 2009, 9:29 PM
I always thought that black building in Tyler was interesting. It looks like someone hacked off part of the Sears Tower (Willis Tower, NEVER!) and transplanted it in Texas!

Among us architectural buffs, the Plaza Tower in Tyler is also known as the "mini Sears Tower" of Texas & at 280' in height is as tall as Sears (Willis) Tower's western antennae. You can't see it in the pic I took because it was so far away & with a cellphone camera, but the buildings 3 roof lines & lobby area are accented in red railing which is illuminated at night with red LED's giving it that neon like appearance.

Dan Denson
Dec 1, 2009, 4:31 AM
Tyler, Texas - 100,000 city/200,000 metro
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v720/metromatt/IMG00001-20091125-0951.jpg

I've always liked Tyler. I don't think it has much of a skyline, but it's a really pretty town located in a nice area with a lot of lake resorts and forests.

Metro Matt
Dec 1, 2009, 10:03 PM
I've always liked Tyler. I don't think it has much of a skyline, but it's a really pretty town located in a nice area with a lot of lake resorts and forests.

Tyler has a decent skyline for a city its size. Downtown has a 280 ft. & 202 ft. tall building for its two tallest with a few others over, or right at 100 ft. in height. The medical center district southeast of downtown has somewhat of a skyline with its tallest at 10 stories or 150 ft. & there are various other multi-story buildings scattered all over town, including a new 14 story 180 ft. tall luxury high rise condo over looking a new golf course on the west side of town, which was just built 1 1/2 years ago. If this crazy economy finally ever gets back on track a second tower will possibly be built.

stormkingfan
Dec 1, 2009, 11:40 PM
Unfortunately, Albany, NY, can't be included. It's a small city (95,600) with a kick-ass skyline for a town its size(!), but there's over 1.1 million in the Capital District.

Somebody included Youngstown, OH. Very good call! Except for one bldg from the 60s, it's the largest all-pre-modern skyline in US.

Phil McAvity
Dec 2, 2009, 1:28 AM
Evanston is part of the Chicago metropolis, but Bartlesville isn't (Tulsa that is). There is quite a lot of open country between the two.

Actually I believe Bartlesville is part of the Tulsa-Bartlesville CSA.
Bartlesville is its own Micropolitan area. And considering it's nearly 50 miles from Tulsa, I think it can stand on its own much the way Baltimore and DC are each their own cities. :)

I agree that 47 miles is a lot of real estate between Tulsa and Bartlesville yet Emporis considers Bartlesville part of greater Tulsa. :shrug:

http://www.emporis.com/application/?nav=city&lng=3&id=102507


Regardless, it has an amazing skyline for a town of 35,000.

Dan Denson
Dec 2, 2009, 3:11 AM
Tyler has a decent skyline for a city its size. Downtown has a 280 ft. & 202 ft. tall building for its two tallest with a few others over, or right at 100 ft. in height. The medical center district southeast of downtown has somewhat of a skyline with its tallest at 10 stories or 150 ft. & there are various other multi-story buildings scattered all over town, including a new 14 story 180 ft. tall luxury high rise condo over looking a new golf course on the west side of town, which was just built 1 1/2 years ago. If this crazy economy finally ever gets back on track a second tower will possibly be built.

Thanks for setting me straight. I haven't seen most of what you mentioned, but will make a point to stop in Tyler and explore more when I'm in that part of the state the next time.