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What about Des Moines Iowa? It has a skyline that can be seen for miles and in my opinion one of the most beautiful. 

 

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Des Moines hardly qualifies as a small city.  Wikipedia states that the city has a population of 203,433 and its metropolitan area's population is 611,549.  For comparison, Lincoln, Nebraska, which has a skyscraper state capitol, has a population of 258,379 and its metro area has 302,157.  Speaking of that, below is the skyscraper Nebraska State Capitol, designed by Bertram Goodhue:

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Tallahassee, Florida has 181,376 inhabitants and a metro population of 375,751 and has a skyscraper state capitol:

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I should also mention Baton Rouge, Louisiana, population of 228,895, a metro population of 820,159 and the tallest state capitol of all:

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Gold Coast is hardly a small city.  It has a population of 527,828.  Surfer's Paradise is a district of Gold Coast, which makes it no different than Venice, California, which is a part of Los Angeles or Bronx, New York, which is part of New York City.

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My town Eugene Oregon has a small skyline for the population (400,000 in the metro area). Oregon's largest city Portland also has a smaller skyline for being a city of 2.5 million (metro area).  

Pic 1: Eugene 

Pic 2: Portland

 

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Jackson, Michigan is definitely a candidate for this topic. It has a slightly declining population of 33,000 and a MSA of 159,000, and still manages to boast a skyline, this place is home to the Michigan state prison and north onto Brooklyn, MI shows the International Speedway.

(I also actually live here :P)

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Lol, does this count? Sandusky has a population of about 25,000; I used to see this from the highway over Sandusky Bay on my trips between Toledo and Cleveland when I lived in Ohio.
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My real choice is  Bartlesville, Oklahoma; population 36,000

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Evansville, IN has a decent skyline for its size. The city is about 120,000, with the metropolitan area claiming to be 314,000 (I'd argue against that metro figure though, since Evansville sits in the middle of Indianapolis, Louisville, Nashville, and St. Louis, and that number probably includes all the area halfway between each of those cities, a lot of space).

Anyway:

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Fun fact: the white building on the far right is the tallest building, it's essentially abandoned, and it used to be the HQ of Old National Bank, who moved to that new building in the middle on the waterfront.

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It's interesting to note that some french cities in the 60's wanted some modernity in their old city centre... I can give the example of Nancy, where I live, which has only 100k citizens and has is own "little manhattan" 

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French scale but the highest tower (on the left side) is around 100m tall.

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13 hours ago, NicholasSloan said:

I think that the honor goes to Whittier, Alaska. Nearly all of the city's 214 residents live in the 14 story Begich Towers Condominuim.

Whittier, Alaska is the best experiment on the feasibility of urban Arcologies in existence. It's denser than Arcosanti. Combining the findings from both, you could build Arcologies anywhere (with a port) desired as Whittier is arctic and Arcosanti is in a desert.

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Now that I think about it, I think that Pripyat, Ukraine could technically be the smallest city with skyscrapers. Due to the Chernobyl disaster, Pripyat has a population of 0 people.01-Pripyat-Skyline.jpg

If that doesn't count, then Poliske, Ukraine, also impacted by the Chernobyl disaster, has a couple of relatively tall buildings. I don't know if they could be classified as skyscrapers though. Unlike Pripyat, Poliske does have people living in it. As of 2013, there are 20 people still living there.55_big.jpg

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I was quite surprised when I visited Poznan, Poland. Many Eastern Bloc cities have small clusters with tall buildings (can't really be considered skyscrapers), a result of the Soviet-influenced planning of the 1950s and 60s.

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People may think such a romantic and lovely skyline like the one of the city of Heidelberg never would be disfigured by a skyscraper.

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And they are absolutely right.

 

And if there was a thread for the most misplaced skyscraper in the world I probably would have to post there. Because Heidelberg has a skyscraper, built by an insurance company. But they had to build it somewhere not disturbing the famous medieval skyline - hidden behind the next bend of the mountain range where tourist looking on the castle won't see it :

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Standing there in the middle of the woods like an unwanted son abandoned by the city it should belong to.

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Germany will never stop surprising me... I've seen Eschborn is very near Frankfurt a.M. Could it be that this area of Eschborn was first established as a suburban office park and then grew up by companies escaping the skyrocketing real estate prices in downtown Frankfurt?

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