17 Apr '11, 8pm

Saudi Arabia's Proposed Mile High Tower Will Get a Brand New City to Go With It

But despite all my unbridled criticism, the idea of starting anew outside the established urban center isn't a new one. In the late 1950s, French leaders ditched Paris to build skycrapers in La Défense, a new business district on the city's western outskirts. (It wasn't the first time the Parisians had been thus dissed: in the 17th century, King Louis XIV transformed the provincial town of Versailles into a royal palace when he got sick of the capital.) But now Paris, which has been on a sustainable hot streak lately, is turning away from building in La Defense and looking back towards its center

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