Originally Posted by Lecom
I agree. Though other places aspire to match New York's greatness and urbanity (as the city has been the trendsetter throughout the 20th century), we must admit that sheer size-wise, the city, if not already beat, will be beat by certain clusters around the world. Look at Dubai Marina's "tallest block". Up to a dozen supertalls butting up right against one another. I'm not arguing whether it's a good urban development strategy or not, but that's just the way it is.
I'll concede that point. There's no doubt that there is no profit in - nor need for - NYC trying to compete deliberately with cities that put up supertalls to "make a statement." I frankly wouldn't want a city or other government to waste tax dollars, for instance, merely to indulge in that. Nor would I think it particularly good urban planning. But when you look at what's coming for lower Manhattan in its entire context - the way the entire lower end of Manhattan island will converge in ever taller towers (when viewed from the Brooklyn side of the East River) and culminate in the Freedom Tower's spire... well, I stand by what I posted: NOTHING anywhere will match that urban ensemble in its entirety.
It shall be, to paraphrase Larry Silverstein, unprecedented, amazing, unbeatable.