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yellowboy06 Oct 26, 2009 4:12 PM

Best Small-City Skylines (Metro Population < 600,000)
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
Metro Population: 431,741
2. Des Moines, Iowa
Metro Population: 556,230
3. Peoria, Illinois
Metro Population: 371,206
4. Reno, Nevada
Metro Population: 577,386
5. Boise, Idaho
Metro Population: 587,689

Nowhereman1280 Oct 26, 2009 4:35 PM

Madison, WI has a sick skyline:

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 (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.

SpawnOfVulcan 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.

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)

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

Mobile, AL (MSA: 406K)

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


Originally Posted by KB0679 (Post 4526626)
^Read the title again.

Ah yes, "metro population".

Des Moines.

SpawnOfVulcan Oct 27, 2009 5:54 PM

Montgomery, AL's also isn't too shabby:
Soul of America

Chattanooga, Tennessee

texcolo Oct 27, 2009 11:19 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.

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


Originally Posted by texcolo (Post 4527345)
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:

Another angle:
by dcnelson1898

TarHeelJ Oct 28, 2009 12:10 AM

Asheville, NC...408,000

Augusta, GA...528,000

Fort Wayne, IN...411,000

Myrtle Beach, SC...300,000

TarHeelJ Oct 28, 2009 12:10 AM

Lexington, KY...437,000

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