Shanghai 400, L.A. 46

The number of skyscrapers to be built in each city hints at the complexities of different development patterns.
January 17, 2006, 9am PST | David Gest
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"...lending me a refreshing, if not exhausting, new perspective on both L.A. and New York was a visit over the winter holidays to the emerging new China, in particular Shanghai. The bustling city on the east coast of the booming Asian nation makes Manhattan feel like its neighboring borough of Queens, and Downtown L.A. like Santa Monica."

"While L.A. keeps holding talkfests calling for the revitalization of the Los Angeles River, Shanghai in just a dozen years has transformed what had been mostly rice paddies east of its Huanpu River downtown into a sparkling collection of residential and office developments, plazas and parks. Known as Pudong, it is now the site of the world's tallest hotel, Asia's largest shopping center and the city's new financial district, all lit up and open for business."

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Published on Monday, January 16, 2006 in Los Angeles Downtown News
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