"For 18 years, as the Internet and social media grew in prominence, Chowhound provided the food-obsessed an online community, a forum and an archive for a massive amount of accumulated conversation on discussion boards that were organized geographically and had threads that stretched back years.
Until last month, when a comprehensive redesign of the site prompted many longtime users, including many in Los Angeles, to abandon the site."
I agree. The problem with SkyscraperCity and ScyscraperPage are their superbroad global focus. It is overwhelming, unfocused and unfriendly for many users.Does the world really need another skyscraper website? I'd say keep it local and focus on specific cities as opposed to starting yet another general worldwide site. UrbanToronto's strength has always been its hyper-local focus. Take that and replicate it in other cities. There's no need for another SkyscraperCity or SkyscraperPage.
But, if you have an UrbanToronto, and an UrbanVancouver, UrbanMontreal, you can maintain the (very) successful UrbanToronto format of hyper-local focus with regular local news stories and userbases. All those threads can then be aggregated into the main forum on SkyriseCities.
In fact, that is the precise idea behind this new site. Projects threads exist in the local sections and are merely aggregated to the SRC main forum. Members don't have to venture out of their local section at all. Each city has its own landing page as well as local news articles and database. Here's Calgary for example: http://skyrisecities.com/database/cities/calgary
But then how does that differ from the Toronto section at SkyscraperCity? Or Calgary at SSP?
Here's Calgary's subforum: