So, as Jakeline and I were driving into downtown Los Angeles this morning, we got into a discussion about the unique and readily-identifiable qualities of major cities’ skylines. For the record, neither of us feel that LA has a very distinctive skyline, but we could both pick it out of a lineup fairly easily because we’ve lived here all of our lives.
I haven’t traveled to too many big metropolitan areas in my life, but I’ve certainly hit a few (San Francisco, San Diego, St. Louis, Chicago, Phoenix, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, Portland and DC are the ones I can think of off the top of my head). I don’t know how many of those I would recognize from an anonymous photo, though. If it hasn’t already been done, I was thinking that would be an easy-to-make and entertaining online quiz.
At any rate, I guess I’m wondering what all of your opinions are on the distinctiveness of various skylines from the bigger cities in the country (and throughout the world, for that matter). Which of them do you think you could easily recognize, and why? And for those who have traveled a lot, are there cities that you think have very generic-looking skylines?
Personally, I think I’d have a very easy time picking out Chicago, New York (even though I haven’t been), Dallas and San Francisco.
Oh, and also, if anyone wants to link to cool photos of various skylines you want to point out, I’d appreciate it.