Originally Posted by wburg
Chicago proper is about eight times the population of Sacramento, with almost four times the metropolitan area--it's also considerably denser and very built out, with a century-long track record for dramatic vertical architecture, integrated public transit systems, and near-dictatorial city government, as well as being the financial and industrial/transportation hub of the Midwest.
And we ain't. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it is a fact.
We have to crawl before we can walk, and walk before we can run. Right now we're walking, and occasionally breaking into a brisk jog, which has resulted in several dramatic face-plants. You say we can't build a 450-foot skyscraper: I'd retort that we haven't yet, but we haven't stopped trying, either.
Just to put things in perspective.
Chicago has 22 buildings over 450 ft under construction (including 3 over 1,000ft)
Chicago has 5 building over 450 ft that are currently on hold, waiting construction
Chicago has 19 building over 450ft that are proposed.
So many cities that are similar in size, or even smaller than Sacramento have skyline that dwarf Sacramento's. Why?
Its not that this city can't walk....its just that when it comes to buildling skyscrapers in Sacto, this city is chained to 1000 lb anchor that is endless environmental studies, commission boards, town meetings, tree huggers, nimbys, anti-growth, mayor with little power, save any old stuff, nothing gets done until i have my say, and nothing new gets built until we give money to homeless and schools mentality.....and this area sorely lack big companies and super rich people. Its a wonder that anything gets built at all.
I would also whole heartedly support near dictatorial city government!