Top 10 Ugliest Skyscrapers in Phoenix

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For being one of the biggest cities in the United States, Phoenix certainly has an unremarkable skyline.

Part of it may be due to height -- Phoenix's tallest building, Chase Tower, is still about 250 feet shorter than the 100th-tallest building in the country; cities like Mobile, Alabama, and Jersey City, New Jersey, have buildings taller than Phoenix's tallest. Of the taller buildings Phoenix does have, some of them are just plain ugly. Check out our picks for the 10 ugliest skyscrapers in Phoenix:

10.) Phoenix Plaza

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The building's not all that bad, the problem is, there are two of them, at Central Avenue and Thomas Road. This rendering is of Phoenix Plaza Tower Two.


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Rita Mary
Rita Mary

Maybe next article could be about the 25 ugliest strip malls--you'd have 100s to choose from. These are tall buildings -- not modern day skyscrapers-they look like they date to the 1950's or earlier. The skyline, like much of the population: bland, living in the past and pretty narrow minded.

Brian Finch
Brian Finch

New Times needs New staff. Getting worse and worse.

Jacque' Ekladyous
Jacque' Ekladyous

The skyline really doesn't look that bad. If they where all empty and most of the windows missing...then you would having something to complain about.

Kirk Dooley
Kirk Dooley

It amazes me that a place that has been home to such great architects as Wright, Solari, Bruder, etc,, can have so many ugly buildings. But then, Phoenix is The Place Where Strip Malls Go To Die. (A city with such an inferiority complex, one would swear the place had been founded by Canadians. Although, unlike Canada, the inferiority is definitely well earned. I lived there for over 30 years, and I'll never go back.)

Doug Cleland
Doug Cleland

Because Phoenix Arizona is an ass backwards town.

Morgan Glassco
Morgan Glassco

This should read the "Ugliest 10 out of 11 skyscrapers in Phoenix"

Bryan Jorgenson Wallis Hardie
Bryan Jorgenson Wallis Hardie

As a Phoenix newspaper, wouldn't be a better tactic to highlight good things about Phoenix when possible? Not sure this story is the best use of anyone's time.

Don Collins
Don Collins

Funny , I lived there for 22 years and didn't see a thing wrong with them , had they been like Chicago or some other trashy city it would be disappointing to say the least !!!!

Nick Tambakeras
Nick Tambakeras

Nice captions. What high school newspaperman did you hire to write them?

Randy Bell
Randy Bell

But wait! Aren't there only about 10 skyscrapers in all of Phoenix?

Mike Woodling
Mike Woodling

You posted this same non-story already. Two words for you, New Times. The first one is "fuck" and the second one rhymes with "off."

Javier Alvarez
Javier Alvarez

Skyscrapers. Highraisers focus on more legitimate issues Blah blah blah Like the Gila monster! !!!!!!

audreyhorne
audreyhorne

This is not news this is sad attempt at click bait! Who cares about buildings!!

Michael O'Dowd
Michael O'Dowd

Agree the Sheraton Downtown is an ugly site and it's new. The inside is trick as I worked there but going to work and seeing that bland looking undercooked piece of chicken didn't exhilarate the senses.

Juan Pepe Alvarez
Juan Pepe Alvarez

I think sky scrappers are 50 stories or more. ?? New york. Got em

editorbizmark
editorbizmark

Noah Cross: Politicians, ugly buildings and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.

Cameron Brownlow
Cameron Brownlow

Phoenix barely has more than 10 skyscrapers anyway. We don't have a city scape like most big cities do.

Reggievv
Reggievv

Can't we extend this to Tempe, in the former "Bankrupt City" towers behind Mill Avenue. Terrible. And let's extend it to Tucson on the hideous monsters being built off Park and Speedway, that were TOD. I hope the Tucson City Council learned their lessons on those bulky monsters.

James Patrick Harris
James Patrick Harris

I think NT is just farming out their articles to contemptuous assholes that don't even fucking live here and base their every opinion about /anything/ having to do with Arizona on Arpaio, Brewer, or SB1070/1062. Every other fucking article is complaint after fucking complaint peppered with condescension. NT is no longer a platform for any semblance of journalistic integrity, but a platform for disillusioned pseudo-hipster lefties to piss and moan about the tired stereotypes of 'lack of culture', 'right wing gun nuts', 'racists', 'tweakers', 'bros', etc. About Arizona: Embrace it or leave or at least write interesting articles with integrity rather than this recent avalanche of profound stupidity. Either way, shut the fuck up with your incessant & infantile whining about everything. NT should be respected in a community; NT has become an even bigger laughing stock to most than it thinks Phoenix is...

Suzette Aissa Cota
Suzette Aissa Cota

Do you want to know what would have been a shorter list? the best looking buildings in phx

Rick Stevens
Rick Stevens

We have nothing over 40 floors here... In other words

Jimmy Green
Jimmy Green

I think calling the Phoenix skyline unremarkable is somewhat insulting

Jimmy Green
Jimmy Green

Top ten ugliest sky scrapers. Heck. Phoenix only has ten skyscrapers. And they aren't really tall enough to be called skyscrapers anyway.

Rick Stevens
Rick Stevens

We have nothing over 40 floors here... In other words, we have no skyscrapers! Only highrises

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Prince Charles is a well-known critic of "modern" architecture. He'd be pretty much aghast at seeing these monstrosities. I suspect, however, that they look this way due to a need for extra insulation against Phoenix's retched climate. Take a look at AZ's supremely ugly housing tracts and then compare them with similar developments in California. Do you see a difference?

Larry Gulliford
Larry Gulliford

If people hate everything about Phoenix so much, then why don't they just move somewhere else? Seriously why are we complaining about a bunch of office buildings, many of which were built more than a decade or two ago? You don't think there's also lots of boring architecture in LA or NYC or any city for that matter? How about a better article with an analysis of the econo-social-political reasons behind the architecture, now that is something I would read. Someone at NT hire me, I'll write it.

Tony Morales
Tony Morales

Meh, 10 buildings, 10 pages to click through and the 1st page shows a rendering?? Couldn't even be bothered to take a picture? Then again, the NT can't be bothered to write a decent piece either so I guess it comes with the territory...

Kirk Dooley
Kirk Dooley

Is it coincidence that Arpaio's office is in the #1 building on this list? (It's also interesting that a city that has had so many great architects practice there has so many ugly buildings.)

Test_Tickles
Test_Tickles

And yet, you continue to read it. Oh, the irony...

Test_Tickles
Test_Tickles

You do. You clicked, and then you read the article. Fail.

g3neee
g3neee

yeaah, like you said! 

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