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Old 09-12-2012, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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But why not just build a tall observation tower, like the CNN tower in Toronto or the new Sky Tree in Tokyo?
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Old 09-14-2012, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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But why not just build a tall observation tower, like the CNN tower in Toronto or the new Sky Tree in Tokyo?
Uh. Office space. The entire building is leased out an is a huge economic engine for Taipei. It's a very prestegious address for businesses. A friend of ours works on the 40th floor. Very nice offices with great views. An observation tower would just be an economic hole, and Asians aren't prone to wasting good real-estate when there's more efficient ways to use the space.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:16 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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the skyline would look a bit more cohesive if 101 weren't so damn tall. however, taipei's single gigantic monolith skyline does sort of qualify as unique.
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Well, it's a lot more impressive than it was in 1957-1959 when I lived there.

IIRC, the two largest structures in the city were the MND building and the Grand Hotel. Chiang Kai Shek had a large secure home outside town on Grass Mountain.

At that time our suburb of Tien-Mou was a rural community several miles outside Taipei to the west of Grass Mountain. It was populated by a few hundred American military dependent families living in small "ranch-style" houses.

Our part of the neighborhood was called West Point Village - with about 20 houses. Our house was a small 3 bedroom stone ranch style with tile roof. Dad paid $125/month rent, which we thought was very high then (and was for the local natives). We had two live-in maids who were paid $30 & $20 per month, which was considered good money by the local people.

Our house backed up to a rice paddy with an old farmhouse that served as a family home and as a barn for the numerous pigs, chickens, and at least one water buffalo. Fertilizing time (with the "honey buckets") meant keeping the house windows closed.

Used to enjoy hiking across the rice paddy trails to climb up "Dog Head Mountain", really just a good sized hill topped by a rocky outcrop that looked like the profile of a dog's head.

We boys attended the old Taipei American school that was located downtown then. I understand it has moved twice since those days. There were about 200 American high school kids attending, along with a few dozen Chinese students. My brother actually attended a class reunion at the Grand Hotel about 10 years ago.

I wonder if there are any duck farmers remaining on the banks of the Tamsui River?
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Old 09-16-2012, 12:53 PM
 
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My top 10 skylines in Asia:

1. Hong Kong
2. Shanghai
3. Singapore
4. Dubai
5. Manila
6. Kuala Lumpur
7. Beijing
8. Tokyo
9. Jakarta
10. Osaka

Chongqing has a decent skyline! Probably around 8 or 9. Manila is a little high on this list..

I feel like Seoul's skyline is lacking too...
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:12 PM
 
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Top 10 skylines in Asia:
1. Hong Kong
2. Shenzhen
3. Shanghai
4. Dubai
5. Guangzhou
5. Singapore
6. Tokyo
7. Osaka
8. Kuala Lumpur
9. Chongqing
10. Bangkok
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Old 12-12-2013, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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Why is this so important to people? It's just building height, it doesn't really affect the city.
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:13 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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Why is this so important to people? It's just building height, it doesn't really affect the city.
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