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Haha, I saw your requests of that PPL Building in the BAT request thread and rest assured someone (me) has tried to model it and failed miserably. I just might give it another go and see if I've learned anything from the first try.

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Interesting topic. My own hometown, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada actually boasts a fairly impressive skyline for being a relatively small city. Halifax has a metro population of just under 400,000 but its the regional centre of Atlantic Canada (approx 2 million) which gives it more weight than most small cities. Pic of the Downtown

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In a more extreme case, Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories has a number of tall buildings and yet the "city" doesn't even have 20,000 people. Total pop is just 18,352

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Interesting, your eyes can betray you, see my city below ( Ponta Grossa, southern Brazil) , looks like a big city, however it has a pop. of  315k .

 

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If you look another pic, you can see it is surround by soybean/corn fields..

 

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I live in a city of 500,000 and a metropolitan area population of almost 1.5 million people yet the tallest building in my area is still 18F. Can this be considered a skyscraper? :D

 

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For extremes in the U.S., Honolulu has a population of around 347,000, making it only the 54th largest city in the country, while the island of Oahu has a population of just some 976,000.  However, Honolulu ranks fourth in the U.S. for number of buildings over 328ft (100m), after New York City, Chicago, and Miami.  It is also fourth for total number of high-rises over 115ft (35m), after New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
 
For a time, U.S. building rankings had the city as third:  New York City...Chicago...and then Honolulu!

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Honolulu's building are not especially tall, but they are numerous.  Of course, it is a regional primate city on a small island running out of space while churning through nearly 8 million visitors a year, all of whom are being sold photo ops on that little stretch of beach by that pink hotel.

However, I like the idyllic imagery of Asheville, North Carolina, population in 2010 of 83,393:

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For extremes in the U.S., Honolulu has a population of around 347,000, making it only the 54th largest city in the country, while the island of Oahu has a population of just some 976,000.  However, Honolulu ranks fourth in the U.S. for number of buildings over 328ft (100m), after New York City, Chicago, and Miami.  It is also fourth for total number of high-rises over 115ft (35m), after New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

 

For a time, U.S. building rankings had the city as third:  New York City...Chicago...and then Honolulu!

Honolulu's building are not especially tall, but they are numerous.  Of course, it is a regional primate city on a small island running out of space while churning through nearly 8 million visitors a year, all of whom are being sold photo ops on that little stretch of beach by that pink hotel.

 

Could it also happen due to the complicated orography of the Hawaii archipelago? It doesn't like there should be much flat and buildable terrain in Oahu.

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For extremes in the U.S., Honolulu has a population of around 347,000, making it only the 54th largest city in the country, while the island of Oahu has a population of just some 976,000.  However, Honolulu ranks fourth in the U.S. for number of buildings over 328ft (100m), after New York City, Chicago, and Miami.  It is also fourth for total number of high-rises over 115ft (35m), after New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

 

For a time, U.S. building rankings had the city as third:  New York City...Chicago...and then Honolulu!

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Honolulu's building are not especially tall, but they are numerous.  Of course, it is a regional primate city on a small island running out of space while churning through nearly 8 million visitors a year, all of whom are being sold photo ops on that little stretch of beach by that pink hotel.

However, I like the idyllic imagery of Asheville, North Carolina, population in 2010 of 83,393:

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Asheville is gorgeous!!!! Been there numerous times!

Here is Greenville, SC's skyline. The city itself is only about 62,000. The metro area is ~850,000+ people though.

 

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The above image taken from Google--courtesy of www.mobilegreenville.com

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I'm surprised noone has mentioned Monaco yet. Less than 35k inhabitants and it looks like this:

 

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I believe Atlanta, GA qualifies as well. While it has a metropolitan area of around 5-6 million people (if my memory is correct), the city itself inhabits less than 500,000.

 

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One city that comes to mind is Midland, Texas.  Midland has a population of 124,000, but it has a skyline that can be seen for miles around.  Midland is located on the Llano Estacado, a flat, treeless plain that covers much of west Texas, but it is also in the heart of the oil-rich Permian Basin, which accounts for its skyline.  Many of Midland's high-rises were built to house oil company offices. 

 

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The Bank of America Building is the tallest building between Fort Worth and Phoenix, Arizona.

 

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In fact, during the 1980s oil boom, four skyscrapers over 500 feet tall were proposed for Midland.  Currently, an 870 foot (270 m) skyscraper, the Energy Tower, is planned for downtown Midland.  If built, the Energy Tower will be the sixth tallest building in Texas.

 

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Not bad at all for a city of only 124,000 located out in the middle of nowhere.

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Perhaps the original small city with a skyscraper is Waco, Texas.  Waco, with a current population of 124,805, has the Alico Building, a 22 story skyscraper built back in 1911 when Waco had only 27,000 people.  The Alico Building, then known as the Amicable Building, was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River and south of the Mason-Dixon Line when completed, and remained so until 1929.  The Alico Building was built so solid that it withstood an F-5 tornado that devastated downtown Waco in 1953 and killed 114 people.  The Alico Building is still Waco's tallest building.

 

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Downtown Waco.  The Alico Building is in center.

 

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The building's website has a page on its history: http://www.alicobuilding.com/heritage/default.php

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I don't have a picture right now as I'm writing from my iPad.. But you all forgot probably about the smallest one.. THE CITY OF LONDON

You mean London, Ontario, right?

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I don't have a picture right now as I'm writing from my iPad.. But you all forgot probably about the smallest one.. THE CITY OF LONDON

You mean London, Ontario, right?

 

I'm pretty sure he means London in England. The city proper is only 1.12 sq. miles with 7,375 inhabitants (that's not a typo). It's small. 330,000 workplaces though. However, that's obviously kind of cheating, as you usually consider the whole metropolitan area in questions like these.

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Well, we were talking about cities itself, in that case, many of the ones named in here are way bigger because of metro area =p!! Even though the metro area is huge, remember the city of london is considered apart from that, and remember that the metro area get the name London, yet the city of London is separated from that. 

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Well, we were talking about cities itself, in that case, many of the ones named in here are way bigger because of metro area. 

 

Sure. My comment wasn't directed at only you. There's just nothing surprising about skyscrapers in multi-million people metros.

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Atlantic City, New Jersey, with a population of only 39,558, has some of the tallest buildings in the northeastern United States outside of New York City.  Atlantic City has fifteen buildings over 100 meters, with the Revel Resort Hotel the tallest at 57 stories and 710 feet (216m).  Many of these buildings are casino-hotels, but Atlantic City has an incredibly high skyline for a city with such a small population.

 

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The Revel Resort, probably the tallest building of any city under 50,000.

 

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Harrah's Hotel and Casino, at 45 stories and 525ft (160m).

 

The Trump Taj Mahal has two skyscrapers that are at least 500 feet (152m).  The original hotel casino tower stands at 51 stories and 510 feet (about 155m).  The newer Chairman Tower stands at 50 stories and 500 feet.  Bally's Atlantic City stands at 49 stories and 490 feet, and the 38 story Water Club at Borgata rises to 460 feet.

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I'm surprised noone has mentioned Monaco yet. Less than 35k inhabitants and it looks like this:

 

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I believe Atlanta, GA qualifies as well. While it has a metropolitan area of around 5-6 million people (if my memory is correct), the city itself inhabits less than 500,000.

 

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Yes, I would agree with the statement about Atlanta. I've been there and there are actually three high rise areas, Downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead. Buckhead is very up and coming, with construction everywhere in it.

As for my small city with skyscrapers, my choice would be Covington, Kentucky. It has about 40,000 people and a skyline with three buildings over 200 ft tall. Of course, it is a suburb across the river from Cincinnati.

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Hmm no Aussie city posted yet so here you go, Gold Coast the largest non state capital city in Australia with a population of around 500,000 is a big tourist city for Australia. Gold Coast once held the title of having the world's tallest residential tower Q1 but still the tallest tower in Australia when measured to the spire.

 

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Hmm no Aussie city posted yet so here you go, Gold Coast the largest non state capital city in Australia with a population of around 500,000 is a big tourist city for Australia. Gold Coast once held the title of having the world's tallest residential tower Q1 but still the tallest tower in Australia when measured to the spire.

 

That moment when you look at an Australian skyline and you identify a reddonquixote-BATted building.  :rofl:

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Hmm no Aussie city posted yet so here you go, Gold Coast the largest non state capital city in Australia with a population of around 500,000 is a big tourist city for Australia. Gold Coast once held the title of having the world's tallest residential tower Q1 but still the tallest tower in Australia when measured to the spire.

 

That moment when you look at an Australian skyline and you identify a reddonquixote-BATted building.  :rofl:

 

 

Watch out for Melbourne, it looks like he's not going to stop until he BATted all of them.  :lol:

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The Revel Resort, probably the tallest building of any city under 50,000.

 

 

The Revel is actually set to close in September. I don't know if they have plans with what to do with the building or if it's just going to sit there ... again...

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The Revel Resort, probably the tallest building of any city under 50,000.

 

 

The Revel is actually set to close in September. I don't know if they have plans with what to do with the building or if it's just going to sit there ... again...

 

 

Currently, the tallest building in Las Vegas is the unoccupied 68 story Fontainebleau Resort casino-hotel.  In fact, the building was never finished because the company that was to operate the hotel went bankrupt in 2009, several months before the resort was due to open.  The building has sat unfinished to this day, but word is that Carl Icahn, who acquired the property through a liquidation auction, is seeking to have it demolished so he can sell off the land it sits on.  

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Asheville,North Carolina is sorta small with a population of 87,000 and a metro population of 424,000 and has plenty of skyscrapers and has almost 8 buildings over 7 stories proposed in downtown to be built, all of them are hotels. BB&T bank is the tallest building at 18 floors. Asheville_Downtown_panorama.thumb.jpg.65

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