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New Haven skyline pictures feature the second-largest city in the state of Connecticut, with a metropolitan area home to over 862,000 residents. Although the area was originally settled in the early 1600s, New Haven's skyline has been influenced largely by its part in the New York-Newark-Bridgeport, New York-New Jersey-Connecticut-Pennsylvania Combined Statistical Area.
When looking at New Haven pictures, many features common to American cities can be seen; however, New Haven has great historical importance as many elements of U.S. city planning had their foundations on its streets. During the 1600s, the "Nine Square Plan" street layout of New Haven was revolutionary and today, is recognized as a National Planning Landmark. Many blocks within the city's downtown area are listed as National Historic Landmarks. New Haven also had the first public tree-planting program in the United States.
Beyond its proximity to the major cities of New York and Newark, much of the development in New Haven skyline pictures has been influenced by colleges within its borders. The most famous and prosperous of these institutes includes the Ivy League school, Yale University. Founded in 1701, this is one of the oldest buildings seen in New Haven photos and is the third oldest institution of learning in the United States.
While the historical importance cannot always be immediately guessed in looking at New Haven skyline pictures, this city is an important element of American culture that should not be passed over by travelers to the East Coast. With architectural landmarks dating from every time period and construction style in U.S. history, a number of museums and centers for the performing arts, theatre and film, the influence of New Haven continues to make its mark on panoramas of U.S. city skylines to this day.