I may try and get to this one (given I never find the time to go to others) as it'd be a great scheme to get a sneak peak on.
Not sure where my reply went so apologies if it’s a duplicate. The problem is with your argument there js you’ve listed several buildings or structures in which a majority don’t actually validate your point (if anything they had the complete opposite intention (I’m bemused as to why you would make reference to the Great Wall as a beacon of commerce)).It’s not a question of “ how many”, the important factor is the identification, by potential investors in the City, of Manchester’s ability to attract the high levels of investment implicit in erecting buildings of that scale.
Signature buildings/constructions are recognised far beyond their location & have been for millennia viz.
Stonehenge, the Pyramids, the Acropolis, the Colosseum, the Great Wall of China, Versailles, the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building etc etc.
I must say walking passed the newly planted landscaping at Elizabeth Tower along the road was full of rubbish, what a great first impression for what is no doubt marketed as the very definition of luxury living.I appreciate GJS is pretty much an on-going construction site still, but the litter on that road, all the way along it, and on both sides of it is absolutely shocking. Visible in part in Ferg’s pictures. Pat!