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Old 04-01-2014, 12:21 PM
 
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Campaigners fight to save London skyline from 230 more skyscrapers | Cities | The Observer

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These towers do not answer the city's housing needs, but respond to a bubble of international investment in London residential property. A short-term financial phenomenon will change the city's skyline forever."

 
Old 04-01-2014, 01:05 PM
 
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I'm bias as I love skyscrapers due to their architecture, and I love seeing sci-fi movie and games with tons of skyscrapers in those mega cities. I think it'll be cool to have a mega city like you see in sci-fi. Now I can understand how people hate skyscrapers, but it varies from city to city. No offense to London as I love that city, and I've lived there, but their skyline is already erratic. You have random skyscrapers all over the place, including a couple next to the tower of London. The only true "downtown" area filled with skyscrapers is the Canary Wharf area.
 
Old 04-01-2014, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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International cities like London and NYC have been taken over by investment groups that are looking to push the costs of housing as high as they will go. Stopping the construction of towers in London won't stop what's been going on there, it will just drive the costs up more.
 
Old 04-05-2014, 04:13 PM
 
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I realize that London is a low-rise city, unlike American Cities where "anything goes." But the developers are putting up their own money, so I don't see a big issue.
 
Old 04-05-2014, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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A lot of times people build a skyscraper because they want a skyscraper and it leaves a terrible experience at people level.

I also have no desire to live in a skyscraper. At any price.
 
Old 04-06-2014, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Humans will never learn until we kill ourselves.
 
Old 04-06-2014, 07:55 PM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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This proposal doesn't make the city any more costly. They're protesting skyscrapers, because it changes (or creates) a skyline.
 
Old 04-12-2014, 07:15 AM
 
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A lot of times people build a skyscraper because they want a skyscraper and it leaves a terrible experience at people level.

I also have no desire to live in a skyscraper. At any price.
I strongly agree with this. Skyscrapers create awkward, unnatural social situations. I am also someone who would never consider living in a skyscraper and I try my best to avoid working in them too.
 
Old 04-12-2014, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Love the smell of NIMBY in the morning.
 
Old 04-12-2014, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Love the smell of NIMBY in the morning.
Ain't that the truth, a skyscraper doesn't have to be disconnected to the street level.
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