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Old 06-07-2018, 01:32 PM   #1
DZH22
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Best North American Skylines - Ranked

For those of you who have an interest in skylines outside of Boston, here is my list I came up with for the best North American skylines, reposted from Skyscrapercity:
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...postcount=9628

It looks like it ends up being my Top 86.....


Here is my mid 2018 semi-comprehensive ranking. I am going to break it into tiers, and cities within the same tier will be alphabetized. Criteria considered included height, density, variety, mass, quality/design, and layout/organicness. This is current and not reflective of future potential/expectations. Suburbs are not included in the list.

Tier 1A: No peer, widening lead
NYC

Tier 1B: Huge with multiple massive supertalls
Chicago

Tier 1C: Clear #3 but lacks Chicago's firepower at the top
Toronto


Tier 2A: Biggest, tallest of the rest, have that wow factor
Houston
Los Angeles
Panama City
Philadelphia
San Francisco
Seattle

Tier 2B: Big city skyline, expansive
Atlanta
Boston
Calgary
Dallas
Mexico City
Miami
Montreal


Tier 3A: Best of the rest, most "complete" skylines remaining
Denver
Detroit
Minneapolis
Pittsburgh
Vancouver

Tier 3B: Very strong in certain areas
Charlotte
Cleveland
Kansas City
Las Vegas
New Orleans

Tier 3C: Good mid sized city skylines
Austin
Baltimore
Cincinnati
Columbus
Edmonton
Honolulu
Indianapolis
San Diego
St. Louis


Tier 4A: Got something, but missing something
Atlantic City
Guadalajara
Milwaukee
Monterrey
Nashville
Oklahoma City
Tampa
Tulsa

Tier 4B: Still substantial enough
Fort Worth
Hartford
Jacksonville
Louisville
Phoenix
Portland (OR)

Tier 4C: ...........
Albany
Buffalo
Des Moines
Little Rock
Niagara Falls
Omaha
Richmond
Saint Paul
San Antonio


Tier 5A: ...........
Hamilton
Memphis
Oakland
Raleigh
Salt Lake City
Washington DC (including Arlington + Beltline)
Winnipeg

Tier 5B: ...........
Corpus Christi
Dayton
Grand Rapids
Halifax
Orlando
Ottawa
Providence
Quebec
Rochester (NY)
Sacramento
Toledo
Winston Salem

Tier 5C: ...........
Baton Rouge
Fort Wayne
Greensboro
London (Canada)
New Haven
San Jose
Shreveport
Springfield (MA)
Virginia Beach

If I'm missing anything or you disagree with my list, please let me know with as many expletives as possible.

Most likely to take the next step over the next few years:
Mexico City and Miami from 2B to 2A
Austin from 3C all the way to 3A
Edmonton from 3C to 3B
Guadalajara, Monterrey, and Nashville from 4A to 3C
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