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Seattle skyline is tops in construction cranes — more than any other US city

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on November 04, 2016 at 6:00 AM, updated November 04, 2016 at 6:02 AM

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Seattle is going crazy! But Portland's construction scene looks just as robust as most other US cities, at least as far as the summer crane count goes... Interesting numbers. I wonder where the Texas and Florida cities are in this graphic?

SEATTLE — Seattle is — for the moment, at least — the crane capital of America.

As the city transforms with taller and taller buildings, Seattle this summer had 58 construction cranes reshaping the skyline — more than any other city in the country, according to recent data.

The city has more cranes than New York and San Francisco combined. It has twice as many as Chicago, Washington, D.C., or Portland.

And it has an 18-crane lead over second-place Los Angeles, according to Rider Levett Bucknall, a firm that tracks crane counts across the world.

Seattle's crane count has grown 38 percent in the past year, creating a shortage of both cranes and operators. And while they're most tightly concentrated in downtown and the city's South Lake Union neighborhood, the cranes are soaring hundreds of feet above neighborhoods all across town.
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