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Old December 21st, 2014, 10:05 PM   #61
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Its quite a shame too. Chicago has always been the most balanced skyline for me. Its a shame to think that it might lag behind other North American skylines in the coming years. If you ask me, Id say that Toronto is giving it quite a run for its money!
Toronto would need a few supertalls to rival Chicago (Besides CN tower of course)
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Old December 21st, 2014, 10:21 PM   #62
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Is this officially canceled? If so, time for DN Archives.
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Old December 22nd, 2014, 08:13 AM   #63
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Honestly, Chicago isn't that bad in terms of development. If you head over to Skyscraperpage, the Chicago forum is 100 times more active, and the actual development going on is much more impressive. Honestly, with the Wanda group hotel going up and the slew of 500-800 footers currently under construction, coupled with the fact that Chicago is not on an island and peninsula (no call for super high-density buildings) I'm not too worried.

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Old December 23rd, 2014, 12:18 AM   #64
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This project is not so much dead but very different. NAR is no longer involved and the site was sold after the atheletic club on the site was demoed. I would still expect something huge here. Macerich buys parcel - Chicago Tribune

Also development in Chicago is alive and well. We've been going through an apartment boom (the most new apartments in the history of downtown Chicago will start leasing next year), a hotel boom, and a mini office boom. The former two do not tend to create signature towers but let's just say Chicago is filling in quite nicely. All signs point to a condo boom coming soon with the RAMSA designed 451 E grand and Wanda Vista Chicago being pretty much a guarantee. Chicago isn't developing as fast Toronto at the moment but all the development in Canada has been fueled by the fact that they were relatively unaffected by the recession. Not to get into a city vs city thing but in my mind 6 magnificently designed Supertalls, Mies Van Der Rohe, Bertrand Goldberg, and Louis Sullivan beats CN Tower and Frank Gehry any day.
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Old December 23rd, 2014, 11:37 PM   #65
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Its quite a shame too. Chicago has always been the most balanced skyline for me. Its a shame to think that it might lag behind other North American skylines in the coming years. If you ask me, Id say that Toronto is giving it quite a run for its money!
Call me when Toronto gets 1 supertall, much less the 6 that Chicago already has.
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Old December 24th, 2014, 03:24 PM   #66
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Also, wasn't Enemy filmed in Toronto specifically because the city is so impersonal and depressing? It's almost like Shanghai in it's repetitiveness.

On total height, maybe Toronto will catch up, but on design and character it's a million miles behind Chicago. Aside from the CN Tower I can't name a single building in Toronto that stands out.
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Old December 24th, 2014, 04:35 PM   #67
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Chicago's skyline, like any other city, consists largely of undistinguished boxes.
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Old December 24th, 2014, 04:52 PM   #68
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As is New York's.
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Old December 24th, 2014, 06:34 PM   #69
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Not as much as Chicago though.
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Old December 24th, 2014, 06:38 PM   #70
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More, considering NYC has way more buildings.
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Old December 24th, 2014, 07:52 PM   #71
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Chicago's skyline, like any other city, consists largely of undistinguished boxes.
Ok... but nobody was saying otherwise. So thanks Mr Redundancy.
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Old December 24th, 2014, 09:32 PM   #72
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Many of those boxes in New York too,but it doesn't take from how great the New York City skyline is..... Chicago has a great skyline, second to NYC in the US... just a shame it appears this really compelling project looks like it won't be part of it.
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Old December 24th, 2014, 09:44 PM   #73
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I've alway liked how buildings in chicago are "undistinguished". The buildings along the riverfront are so elegant as a whole, that they dont need any flashy design to be impressive. The CNA for example is meant to be different and its my least favorite building in the entire city. In Dubai there are impressive things, but they try to hard at making unique designs and end up making the city look like a mess in some areas. Id take a city designed like Chicago over a city designed like Dubai any day. Hopefully someday the NAR will add to this beautiful city
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Due to the objections by the City of Chicago this scheme is no longer tenable. The N.A.R. property at 430 N. Michigan Ave. may yet be redeveloped but the parameters could be drastically different.

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