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    Cyburbian Dharmster's avatar
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    The return of high-rise Britain?

    Work starts this week on the UK's tallest residential building - a 47 storey, 171m high glass tower in Manchester. Similar projects are planned in cities across the nation; will we all be living high-rise in years to come?

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    I think that it could be a great idea... IF... it is done with in reason. I think that this would be a great opportunity to get some mixed use and smart growth involved right from the start, but if this 47-story tower is built with 2 story homes surrounding it. I would not support the idea. (by the way, what would those figures transfer into dollars?)
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    Michaelskis--the pound is worth about 1.85$ right now--so almost double. Very, very expensive project. The Manchester city center is very urbanized, although not (in most places) as tall as a comparable American city. That's changing, though. There's a huge number of new projects, including a lot of skyscrapers, going up all over Britain, and Manchester in particular is having a center-city building boom. 47 stories will definately stand out, though.
    Having said that, it does seem as though skyscrapers as residences could become more common in smaller cities. There is a growing interest in living downtown, both among the "empty nesters" and people who prefer urban living to the soulless tract houses in the suburbs, and skyscrapers would be a logical way to accomodate that.
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    I think that would be great. I seem to always be in favor of densifying the rich...now if only they could spell the word "story"

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