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Old Posted Jul 6, 2009, 10:11 PM
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Question Which landmarks, parks, and events are unique to your city?

Well for Toronto to name a few there are the more obvious ones like the CN Tower, City Hall, large parks close to downtown. And for events there's the CNE and Caribana in August.
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Los Angeles has a few

Hollywood sign
Disney Hall
City Hall
Disneyland (theres only one )
Santa Monica Pier
Beverly Hills Sign
Staples Center
Hollywood Bowl
110 / 105 interchange
Skyline with snow covered mountains is pretty LA
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I'm tempted to be snarky and say we don't have any but I'll state the well-known:

- Golden Gate Bridge
- Fisherman's Wharf
- Cable Cars
- Coit Tower
- City Hall (and entire Beaux Arts Civic Center complex--considered the best in the US by many)
- Golden Gate Park
- Castro (and the gay scene in general) and Haight-Ashbury Districts
- The Presidio (Golden Gate National Recreation Area)
- San Francisco Opera (contends with Chicago and Houston as second best in the US after New York's Met)
- San Francisco Symphony (under conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, one the best in the US, specially for newer and more avant-guard works).
- Bay to Breakers foot race
- Annual "(Gay) Pride" parade
- Multiple street fairs (pretty much each neighborhood has one)
- Biennial "Black and White" Ball
- Halloween (multiple events including "Exotic Erotic Ball" and celebration in the Castro--or wherever the city lets it happen in any given year).
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Skyline with snow covered mountains is pretty LA
And Denver.




For us:

The mountains.
Red Rocks.
Art museum.
Great American Beer Fest.
Mile High Music Fest.
Monolith.
Our Cinco de Mayo is huge.
Casa Bonita! (Seen the South Park episode? Yes, it's real.)
Colfax.
DIA is pretty unique.
A lot of parks, the Cherry Creek bike path.
Some might say 16th st.
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And L.A. has Rodeo Drive and those Baywatch babes or at least I used to believe that until I found out the hard way when I went to the beach that it's just a TV show.....
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A quick list for Philadelphia:

9th & Passyunk (Pat's/Geno's)
The Liberty Bell
Independence Hall
Boathouse Row
Sports Complex (any other place where you'll find four stadia within the same three block area?)
City Hall
Mummers Parade
Odunde
Rittenhouse Square
Comcast Center Jumbotron
Piazza at Schmidt's
Philadelphia Zombie Crawl
Fairmount Water Works
Laurel Hill Cemetary
Eastern State Penitentiary (not just on Halloween)
Philadelphia Museum of Art (and stairs)
Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts
Center City Commuter Tunnel (connecting the disparate lines of two former systems. Boston, Chicago, New York? How 'bout youse guys?)
Reading Terminal Market
PSFS Sign
LOVE Park
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And of course the King Of Prussia mall, and the daily event of running up the stairs!
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We have the remains Bethlehem Steel plant here. It used to have more buildings and stuff there, but a good chunk of it's gone now. You can see the remains of the plant at the beginning of the new Transformers movie, masquerading (poorly, IMO) as a shipyard of some sort in Shanghai.

On a related note, we also have Martin Tower, our tallest skyscraper. It used to serve as the headquarters of Bethlehem Steel, and if I'm not mistaken, it's either mostly empty or completely empty. In fact, preservationists are trying to save it nowadays. The most unique aspect of it, besides its vacancy? It stands in the middle of nowhere, relatively speaking - there are almost no buildings around it.

Also, we have Musikfest every August. It's almost the only event that will get a huge throng of people to even step foot into Bethlehem.
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And Denver.
Alright, fine. Skyline with snow-covered mountains and palm trees.
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Unique LANDMARKS...

-The incredible Deco, Boston Ave, Cathedral style Church
-Golden Driller, along with deco pavilion at the Fairgrounds
-BOK Arena our newest icon
-Oral Roberts University Campus (one of the worlds, if not the worlds, largest collection of Futurist architecture.
-Cains Ballroom
-Villa Philbrook Museum and Gardens (probably the most beautiful spot in this region of the country)
-Gilcrease Museum (worlds largest, most comprehensive collection of Western American and Native American art and artifacts)
- Council Oak ( the spiritual heart and birthplace of Tulsa).
-Tulsa Ballet, one of the top ranked companies in the US with an incredible history (oil money brought some culture and incredible talent to the prarie)
-Route 66 attractions, from the Blue Whale, Diners, quirky hotels, to neon signs like the Medow Gold Sign

PARKS...

-Tulsa River Parks, a wonderfully diverse and beautiful park system running on both sides of the river through the city with over 40 miles of trails, fountains, play areas, v-ball courts, Turkey Mountain wilderness area, statues and sculptures, dual trails great for running, bikeriding, jogging, trails for mountain biking, climbing aread, hiking, soccer and baseball fields, skateboard park, areas for rowing, kayaking, disk golf course, fishing, etc, etc.
-Tulsa Municipal Rosegarden, this terraced, Italian Renaissance style garden is an old WPA project and is one of the largest rose gardens in the country with around 300 varieties of roses and over 5,000 rose plants, beautiful pools and fountains.
-Woodward Park
-Linnaeus Teaching Gardens
-Centennial Park ( a national showcase for how to do flood control and water retention facilities,,, right)
-Oxley Nature Preserve and Redbud Valley showcasing our Tulsa area, native flora/fauna and landscape.

EVENTS

-Tulsa Nude, annual erotic art event http://www.myspace.com/nude3
-D-FEST!,,, which is this month 24th-25th http://www.dfest.com/ , 2 night music festival/concert and conference event. Started just a few years ago with only 14 bands and a few hundred people and has rapidly grown, this year expecting over 70,000 people, 13 stages, and over 160 bands in the heart of downtown. http://www.myspace.com/dfest
-Tulsa Oktoberfest, said to be one of the largest, if not the largest ouside of Germany
-Tulsa Tough, cycling festival
-Tulsa International Mayfest, and Blue Dome arts and music festivals downtown

Lots more but thats enough lol.
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Adding to LASF's list...

1) Griffith Park
2) Dodger Stadium
3) The Coliseum
4) US Bank Tower
5) Westin Bonaventure
6) Queen Mary
7) Venice Beach
8) Griffith Observatory
9) Getty Center
10) Pink's Hot Dogs
11) Philippe's French Dip
12) Canter's Deli
13) Langer's Deli
14) MacArthur Park
15) Hollywood and Highland
16) Hollywood and Vine
17) Hollywood Walk of Fame
18) Grauman's Chinese Theater
19) Capitol Records Building
20) Olvera Street
21) Cole's French Dip
22) Grand Central Market
23) Angels Flight
24) Tournament of Roses Parade
25) Broadway
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Detroit:

Renaissance Center - Tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere, one of the largest and most expensive private projects when it was completed.

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Uniroyal Tire - The world's largest tire. It was originally a ferris wheel built for the World's Fair.

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Detroit-Windsor Tunnel - The first underwater tunnel connecting two nations.

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Michigan Central Station - The tallest train station in the world when constructed, now more famous for being the city's most recognizable ruin:

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Heidelberg Project - An urban folk art project covering nearly an entire city block of abandoned homes.

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Belle Isle - The largest inner-city island park in the U.S.

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Detroit People Mover - One of the few modern elevated train systems in the U.S.

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Islamic Center of America - The largest mosque in North America.

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Greenfield Village - One of the first (and largest) outdoor history attractions in the U.S.

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DIA/Detroit Industry Murals - One of Diego Rivera's most famous projects in one of the most prominent Art Museums in the U.S.

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Alright, fine. Skyline with snow-covered mountains and palm trees.
thats right! thats what i meant. or how about skyline ocean and snow covered mountains. i know you know what picture im talking about West!
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Old Posted Jul 7, 2009, 5:39 AM
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Seattle area:
--Pike Place Market
--Space Needle
--Largest building in world by volume, by factor of four, at Boeing Everett
--Experience Music Project
--Three regional floating bridges (well, four)
--Glaciers always visible from Downtown Seattle (if clear!) regardless of summer heat
--Tallest mountain viewable from major US city? (particularly if based on difference from city's elevation, i.e. 14,410 or whatever they've changed it to)
--Downtown Transit Tunnel, with five stations, dating to the late 80s, will be dual bus/rail starting mid-July. Probably not unique but not common.

I can't claim the ferry system, the locks, or festivals such as Bumbershoot, Folklife, or even the Hemp Fest as unique. Likewise the Central Waterfront, Broadway, Pioneer Square, or Downtown's Retail District. Or the Museum of Flight, awesome though it is. At one point our land reclaimation and regrading, such as the Denny Regrade (mostly Belltown today) and Harbor Island, were superlative but not even close anymore.
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Some truly unique landmarks, parks and events for the city of Chicago:

Sears Tower - Height, Tallest Building in the Americas
John Hancock Center - Icon, height, location, design
The Taste of Chicago - Worlds largest food festival
Millennium Park - Art, architecture
Lollapalooza - 3 day music festival in Grant Park (Time will tell whether it will stay forever)
Wrigley Field - Second oldest Major league ball park
The Lakefront - Because it is awesome
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Berlin, Germany

Landmarks
Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate, National and European icon)
Reichstag building (German parliament, including the cupula, designed by Sir Norman Foster)
Fernsehturm (TV Tower, Highest building in Germany, second highest in the EU)
Olympiastadion Berlin (1936 Jesse Owens, 2006 World Cup Final)
Berlin Wall (Remnants of it, 1km is left)
Musemsinsel (Museum island, World heritage site)
Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Largest Central crossing station in Europe)
Schloss Charlottenburg (Charlottenburg Palace )
Holocaust Memorial
Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche (Preserved ruin church, bombed in WW2)
Berliner Dom (Protestant church)

Parks
Tiergarten (Central Park, more forest like)
Zoologischer Garten Berlin (Zoo with the largest animal diversity in world)
Beach bars and clubs along the river Spree

Events
Berlinale (Largest Film festival in the world)
Modewoche (Fashion Week, biannual)
Karneval der Kulturen (multi-ethnic street parade)
CSD (Gay parade)
Sylvester party (New Years Eve, 1 million visitors)
Berlin Marathon (Largest in Europe and the fastest track in the world, 1 million fans, 40.000 runners)
Diplomatic events, visits (Obama in front of a 200,000 listeners)
Fanmeile (Fanmile, international Fan festival at Euro/World Cup Finals)
Countless trade fairs, congresses, cultural festivals
Clublife

Several Hundred thousand international fans watching football during the Euro and World Cup finals in front of giant video walls near Brandenburg Gate.

http://www.spox.com/de/sport/fussbal...in-Berlin.html
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Festival of Lights, Berlin (Illuminated city icons in November)


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What about Oktoberfest? I know a few North American cities host that.
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A couple of quick ones for Calgary:

-The Calgary tower
-The Calgary Stampede
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New York City

Just to name a few, you can really go on and on.

1. Statue of Liberty
2. Emprie State Building
3. Grand Central Terminal
4. Times Square
5. Brooklyn Bridge
6. Central Park
7. Plaza Hotel
8. Yankee Stadium
9. Museum of Natural History
10. The Intrepid
11. Thanksgiving Day Parade
12. 4th of July Fireworks
13. Tree Lighting at Rock Center
15. Apollo Theater
16. South Street Seaport
17. Coney Island
18. The 5th Avenue Apple Store
19. Radio City Music Hall
20. Holland Tunnel
21. MoMA
22. WTC Site
23. NYSE (Wall Street)
24. MSG
25. Rock Center
26. New York Public Library
27. Chrysler Building
28. Woolworth Building
29. Flatiron Building
30. United Nations HQ
31. Ellis Island
32. Waldorf=Astoria
33. Park-Lex-Mad-5th
34. Broadway
35. The Bronx Zoo
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