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Nordstrom Tower Has Lost Its Spire, Will Stand 1,550 Feet Tall

Nordstrom Tower's latest look, sans spire
Comments (6)
  1. stanchaz says:

    These buildings no longer merely scrape the sky.
    No longer are they an expression of civic pride.
    Increasingly, they have a new and more ominous function
    They plunge a danger into our midst –an upraised middle finger of the new robber barons, for all to see.
    Much like Marie Antoinette’s pompous declaration of “let them eat cake”, these gated castles in the sky trumpet the gross income inequality that is undermining this society and this democracy — socially, economically and politically.
    Icarus is indeed soaring ….but for how long?

  2. stanchaz says:

    Wish I could edit…
    These buildings no longer merely scrape the sky.
    No longer are they an expression of civic pride.
    Increasingly, they have a new and more ominous function
    They plunge a dagger into our midst –an upraised middle finger of the new robber barons, for all to see.
    Much like Marie Antoinette’s pompous declaration of “let them eat cake”, these gated castles in the sky trumpet the gross income inequality that is undermining this society and this democracy — socially, economically and politically.
    Icarus is indeed soaring ….but for how long?

  3. Biff says:

    On the downside, Stanchaz, these represent a wealth inequality on a global scale. What percentage of these towers will be owned by international billionaires that never step foot in them? Some of the most expensive real estate in this country is too expensive for all but a few citizens of this country, so it gets sold to those of other countries. Even if the US were to reverse its ever widening income disparity (which is possible, look at the tax code of our “golden years”), we’d still have the super wealthy Russians, Brazilians, Chinese, Middle Easterners, etc., buying this real estate, and therefore developers still continuing on, business as usual.

  4. Ross Corrigan says:

    How does one battle a fire in a building so tall or even manage an emergency evacuation? Is there data on this.

  5. George Blomme says:

    What happens to building heights in Manhattan? They aren’t being built as tall as they are originally marketed. (1) We now know the spire is ripped off of the Central Park Tower (Nordstrom). (2) One Vanderbilt is 100 feet shorter than it had been a couple of weeks ago. Earlier, (3) the new MOMA tower was shortened even more. Do developers become more conservative when construction nears? Or are these changes due to city pressure of one sort or another. Why not build tall, not “less-tall” in Manhattan?

  6. Monath says:

    The building itself is a spire, pasting something on at the top was unconvincing.

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